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We always say our furniture is fit for a castle or château but now we can show you. Go to Shannon Scott Design and click on portfolio/residential/ fortress to see some of our items in a magnificent Canadian castle.
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To read about Meril Markley's latest speech and publication about corporate governance and lessons from 14th century France, click here

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Meril Markley's articles on European travel in the Newsletters of the
Wine Society of Texas (Greater Houston Chapter) now have their own page where you can link and download items, click here.
Or to view and download the complete set of Meril's articles, click here.

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Heading to Paris?  Download the Markley Guide to Paris or follow this link to a list of some of our favorite spots.

Heading farther afield in Europe? Follow this
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M. Markley Antiques
Gothic & Renaissance

 

M. Markley Antiques, the premier source in the U.S. for French Gothic Revival and Renaissance Revival furniture.
 
Our featured item of the week --

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We've added some exciting new items to our Recent Arrivals Page

 

To visit our clearance sale page, click here

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Item 3301 - Pair of Tuscan Armchairs
(Italy, Circa 1890 -
Clearance Price $2,495)

 

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To see Michael Markley quoted in the

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M. Markley Antiques is the only U.S.-based dealer in French antique furniture concentrating on the Gothic Revival and Renaissance Revival styles.  This has allowed us to offer the widest array of pieces to buyers  who prize these styles and to procure the most interesting and unique items as they become available in Europe.  Because enthusiasm in the U.S. for Gothic and Renaissance style furniture has outpaced the publication of scholarly materials, we have dedicated our website to expanding and enhancing the resources available in English on the 19th century revival in France of  Gothic and Renaissance design.  Because Italian Renaissance design had such a strong influence on French Renaissance furniture, we also feature items from Italy that we especially adore, such as library tables and Savonarola chairs.  Click Stylistic Origins for a more complete discussion of this collection.

In addition to furniture, we feature decorative items such as lighting fixtures, coats-of-arms, and ceramics from Gien and Blois.  These two 19th century factories, based in the Loire Valley of France, both focused on designs from the Italian Renaissance.  We have the largest collection in the U.S. of these pieces that look gorgeous with our furniture!

Our objective is to convey the affection and admiration we feel for the anonymous geniuses who studied and interpreted the magnificent furniture of an earlier time and whose products, once brand new, have become treasured antiques in their own right.  Making this furniture available to collectors in the U.S. has been a labor of love and offering it on the Internet has brought us into contact with collectors from all over the world.  And so we invite you to visit and enjoy the Château des Bois CollectionTM and immerse yourself in creating your own Romantic Interior.

Cordialement,

Michael  & Meril  Markley


To visit our online tribute to Margaret Benjamin (Meril 's Mom), click
here.


 


To visit an online tribute to one of the great voices of the 20th century, Hilde Rössel-Majdan, click
here.
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Vassar College Celebrates its First 150 Years
Click here for more about how Vassar College inspired
M. Markley Antiques.


Like the Paris antique dealers whose dogs are central to their business,
M. Markley Antiques has Mischa and Margaux.  Click the photos to learn more about them.  
Mischa Markley      

 

 

  We recommend works by our friends...

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Cent Ans de Faïence à Blois by Martine Tissier de Mallerais.

Thanks to our curiosity about 19th century French ceramics in the style of the Renaissance, we have been privileged in getting to know Martine Tissier de Mallerais.  She curated and wrote this catalog for the only exhibit dedicated to the ceramic works at Blois and held at the Château in 1978.  For more about Martine and Blois, follow his link.

 

 

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Rosso Fiorentino by Eugene A. Carroll is available from Amazon.com.

The book, running close to 400 pages, is the definitive catalog for an exhibition in 1987 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC of drawings, prints, and decorative arts created by Rosso Fiorentino.  This important Italian spent much of his career in France where his influence on the Castle at Fontainebleau is still on view today.  For more about Eugene Carroll and his influence on M. Markley Antiques, click here.

 

 

Notre-Dame de Paris by Andrew Tallon and Dany Sandron is available from Amazon.com.

Andrew Tallon teaches medieval art and architecture at Vassar College and is a powerhouse when it comes to researching and bringing to a wide audience the glories of Gothic architecture in the context of modern technologies.  For more details, visit his website with a host of links to fascinating projects in which he is involved, such as the Emmy-nominated Building the Great Cathedrals,  the website Mapping Gothic France and the book, shown at left, published in 2013.

 

 

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CD of Schumann's Dichterliebe with Wolfgang Holzmair available from arkivmusic.com.

Wolfgang has made so many wonderful recordings over the years, but this one, "the poet's love," remains our favorite.  The epitome of Lieder singers, Wolfgang's mastery of the music as vehicle for the text, amidst all the subtlety and intimacy of this genre, interprets Schumann as no one else.  Enigmatic, astute, creative, gifted -- apply to composer and artist equally.  Hear him during his farewell tour of the U.S. in February, 2013, including at the Frick Collection in New York on Sunday, February 9 at 5 pm.

 

 

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Modernism by Christopher Wilk is available from Amazon.com.

Admittedly not our favorite era in the history of design, we applaud Christopher for Modernism, this comprehensive catalogue accompanying the blockbuster exhibition in 2008 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.  For more about Christopher Wilk and his influence on M. Markley Antiques, click here.

 

 

Eva Holzmair - Mir träumte, du lägest im Grab

Mir träumte, du lägest im Grab -- Mord in der Grand Opéra by Eva Holzmair, available from Amazon Germany.

After listening to Wolfgang's recording, above, we suggest reading the mystery penned by his wife, Eva, who is a translator and writer of fiction.  Set in Paris at the Opéra Garnier, the work's title is a partial excerpt from Heinrich Heine's Ich hab' im Traum geweinet, one of the poems included by Robert Schumann in his song cycle, Dichterliebe.  The title translates as I Dreamt You Were Lying in Your Grave -- Murder in the Grand Opera.

 

 

Drew Minter - Handel Opera Arias

Handel Opera Arias with Drew Minter, Countertenor, is available from archivmusic.com.

I have had the privilege of knowing Drew Minter since he auditioned right before me at Vienna's Music Academy.  During our student days there, he made the switch to countertenor and became known for groundbreaking and magnificent performances.  Among his current gigs is teaching voice and directing the opera program at my alma mater, Vassar College. 

 

 

 Working with Americans by Allyson Stewart-Allen and Lanie Denslow is also available from Amazon in the U.S. and the U.K.

The world of international business is a funny place.  We knew Allyson and Lanie separately when we lived in Los Angeles and not until the book was published did we learn they knew each other.  An indispensable manual for anyone thinking about an investment in the U.S., Working with Americans is a great way for Americans to learn how the rest of the world see us and how to use that to our advantage in international business.

 

 

Escape into Danger, Sophia William's compelling tale of survival and hope amidst the chaos of World War II, in her own words, has been published by Rowman & Littlefield and is available from Barnes and Noble as well as Amazon.

We recommend it highly, but also suggest setting aside a block of time to read it because you will not be able to put it down!

 

 

  

Moss Bluff Rebel by Philip Caudill is described more fully at mossbluffrebel.org and is available from Barnes & Noble as well as Amazon.

Drawn from William Berry Duncan's own diaries and contemporary documents, Phil Caudill tells Duncan's story masterfully while evoking the hardships endured and overcome by Texan soldier-entrepreneurs during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

 

 

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Worldwise by Lanie Denslow is available from Amazon.com.

The book is an essential tool for success in international business, in addition to being a fascinating read.  We've known Lanie for over twenty years and never cease to marvel at her expertise and creativity when it comes anticipating what can go wrong in international business due to a failure to anticipate differences in culture.

 

 

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DVD of Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) by W.A. Mozart is available from arkivmusic.com.

Our favorite opera featuring the world's leading dramatic coloratura soprano, Albina Shagimuratova, is now available.  It captures a recent production at Teatro alla Scala when Albina made her debut there.  If you have not heard Albina sing Queen of the Night, this recording should not be missed.  Or better yet, hear her live, in a new production at San Francisco Opera, June 13 through July 8, 2012.  The brilliance of David Gockley and the artistry of Albina Shagimuratova promise a Zauberflöte for the ages!

 

 

Classic in the Barn by Amy Myers is available from Barnes & Noble and Amazon

It is no coincidence that Amy Myers' series of Jack Colby mysteries puts classic cars front-and-center.  Amy is married to Jim Myers, friend of close to 30 years and the ultimate networker, who also happens to collect classic cars   He inspired the character of Jack Colby, who solves murders related to such classics as a Lagonda and drives around Kent in a variety of really cool vehicles.

 

 

Emily Van Evera - My Lady Rich

My Lady Rich with Emily Van Evera, Soprano, is available from archivmusic.com.

Emily Van Evera has one of those perfect soprano voices for early music and has been featured on many recordings.  I enjoyed performing with her at Vassar College and have admired her vision and creativity in projects such as this one, involving multiple Elizabethan composers and one compelling muse.

   

Armour and the Lure of Classical Pattern by Robert B. Cassar in Ornament and Malta, is available from amazon.com.

We had the privilege of meeting Robert Cassar, Curator at the Palace Armoury in Valetta, while on a trip to Malta.  His dedication o preserving the treasures of Malta and his commitment to enlightening visitors about his country's heritage are inspiring.  This book accompanied an exhibit in 2011.

 

 

 

For a suit of armor to complete that Gothic or Renaissance style interior, we suggest Museum Replicas.

From what started as a workshop crafting Damascene swords in Toledo, Spain, their business has expanded to include suits of armor, period costumes and accessories, as well as other hand-crafted items available on-line or in the print edition of their catalogues.

 

 



 

 

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