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Art Classics Ltd. Launches Exclusive Collection with Biltmore

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (July 2017)

Artwork and wall decor manufacturer Art Classics Ltd., will introduce a new collection of matted and framed images in collaboration with Biltmore at the Summer 2017 AmericasMart Atlanta in Atlanta, Ga.  The exclusive 44 piece collection presents reproductions of an array of original engravings, etchings, and prints from George Vanderbilt’s private library and art collection at Biltmore in Asheville, N.C.

Known as a passionate reader and collector of books, George Vanderbilt created a magnificent library at Biltmore to house about 10,000 volumes from his personal collection of more than 23,000 books. With topics ranging from architecture to zoology, the subjects reflect Vanderbilt’s keen intellect and wide-ranging tastes. The books in the Library are at least 125 years old with some being antiques when Vanderbilt purchased them. The books are in excellent condition and there are volumes that may not be in print anymore.

“Our vision for this project was to bring George Vanderbilt’s most notable books to life while selecting subjects that will resonate with our customers,” explains Pat Schmidt, President, Art Classics Ltd.  “We had the exceptional experience of working with Biltmore’s Museum Services team to look through these precious books with many being first editions. We are excited and honored to showcase the Biltmore Art Collection.”

Art Classics has partnered with Biltmore to faithfully reproduce a selection of breathtaking original works that are as vivid today as they were when first bound in leather and placed upon the Library’s shelves for Vanderbilt and his guests to enjoy. The Biltmore Art Collection presents architectural features, delicate botanical studies, masterpieces from beloved artists, and much more.  Distinct design elements of hand applied gold and silver leafing, archival paper with 125-year life time rating, custom created silk and Belgium linen mat boards, and exquisite frames provide a timeless look for today’s homes.

“We have created a diverse collection that provides an elegant modern interpretation of a classic brand and one that will have wide-range appeal,” says Pat Schmidt, President, Art Classics Ltd. “From a Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece to meticulously drawn aquatic birds, we believe the different genres will perform well at retail and will also provide solutions for interior designers shopping for unique artwork.”

“It is intriguing to see beautiful reproductions from books and paintings that were beloved to Mr. Vanderbilt and are still treasured today,” said Tim Rosebrock, Vice President and GM, Biltmore Licensed Products. “Art Classics has expertly preserved the details and clarity of the original images. We are very impressed with this collection and pleased to bring it to market.”

The Biltmore Art Collection will be available to the trade and in retail locations nationwide in August 2017. Additional inquiries may be directed to John Schmidt who will be available to introduce the collection during 2017 AmericasMart Atlanta from July 11-18, 2017. Art Classic’s showroom is Building 1 space 13A9.

About Art Classics Ltd.
Art Classics Ltd. offers a wide variety of artwork for the discerning consumer. We pride ourselves in providing a high quality, unique and diverse product to fit your personal space. With over 23 years of experience, this family owned business is an industry leader for innovation design, reliability and modest pricing. We look forward to partnering with you and satisfying your home décor needs.
www.artclassicsltd.com

About Biltmore Licensed Products
Biltmore is a highly recognized brand in licensed products, drawing on the historical treasures and inspiration found in George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore House and gardens, located in Asheville, North Carolina. Consumers are able to experience both the classic designs found in the grand collection of art and furnishings of America’s largest home, and the relaxed enjoyment of fine country living. Biltmore partners with industry leading companies in home furnishing, bedding and bath, and gourmet and entertaining. To learn more about Biltmore licensed products, go to www.biltmore.com/products or call 828.225.6791.
 

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