Author Archives: Frank Farmer Loomis IV

How Mary-Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun’s art saved New Orleans treasures after Hurricane Katrina

Mary-Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun broke gender barriers in 18th century France with her skillful use of a paintbrush and political savvy. Her "forgiving" portraits of Marie Antoinette charmed the Queen and earned her a coveted royal endorsement to the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. More than 200 years later, her work was instrumental in...

How Mary-Louise Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun helped save New Orleans’ museums after Hurricane Katrina

Mary-Louise Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun broke gender barriers in 18th century France with her skillful use of a paintbrush and political savvy. Her "forgiving" portraits of Marie Antoinette charmed the Queen and earned her a coveted royal endorsement to the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. More than 200 years later, her work was instrumental in...

Secrets to Savvy Collecting: Share the benefits of antiques

As part of Antique Trader’s mission to introduce collecting to a younger audience, we offer you the second installment of Frank Farmer Loomis’ popular book “Secrets to Affordable Antiques: How To Buy More For Less!” (Krause Publications, 2004). This exclusive series will run for the next several issues, as well as appear on www.AntiqueTrader.com.