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In all the cutlery, spoon is the first to emerge from the Paleolithic, it is made of bone or wood. It is not until the fifteenth century that silver spoon develops coincident with the appearance of the fork with which they form what is called a couvert, a fork and a spoon of the same model, the same silversmith and made on the same date. » Read more
The mirrors produced in Venice reflect the elegance and sophistication that reigned in the city of the Doges. The most fantastic exemples are sought after by collectors, dealers and museums.» Read more
January auctions are usually quiet without any important lot. They were sold in December. Despite that two lots caught our attention in the past few weeks, one at Chiswick Auction and the second at Donnington Priory.» Read more
For over 200 years, the city of Dieppe was one of the greatest European centers for ivory. Statuettes, chess, model boats, snuff boxes, fans in carved ivory were produced by Dieppe workshops. These works of art, sometimes of very high quality, are now the delight of collectors of sculptures and objects de vertu.» Read more
Following the Regence style, transitional style between the styles Louis XIV and Louis XV, Louis XV style develops in France and especially in Paris between 1715 and 1770. » Read more
The second half of the 19th century was the golden age of the liquor caskets, work of art dedicated to men.» Read more
2009 was a year a spectacular bid for French commode. Let us have a look on some of the top result.» Read more
Appreciated by art lovers of the Ancien Regime, sought after by the Emperor Napoleon's generals, the French portico clock is today one of the "must have" for collectors of old clocks.» Read more
Sold, auction, specialist, reserve, viewing, auctioneer, withdrawn, bid, commission bid are some of the words you can hear in an auction room. What do they mean? And how to sell at auction?» Read more
Born in the Middle Age, games tables facing many changes
until their virtual disappearance in the twentieth th century. Sometimes dedicated to
one set, sometimes several, tables games are often ingenious objects full of refinement.» Read more
After the golden age of Brussels tapestry in the XVI th SUP> century, Flanders will be gradually overtaken by France and the spirit of the tapestry will evolve, becoming closer of painting ...
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Jean-Baptiste Olive (1848-1936) was a French painter of the second half of the nineteenth century and early twentieth specializing in landscape and marine frequently representing his native Provence. Unknown to the general public, it is celebrated on the Cote d'Azur, and in particular in Marseilles he painted many times for his pictures full of sunshine and light.» Read more
Jean-Michel Frank is one of the greatest designers of the early twentieth century. He created a style called "luxe pauvre" and his creation are still very successfull at auctions.» Read more
François-Désiré Froment-Meurice is one of the most important French Romantic artists. Leader of a famous nineteenth century dynasty of Parisian goldsmiths and jewelers it was nicknamed the "Cellini" in reference to the great Florentine sculptor of the Renaissance.» Read more
This week newsletter is about a fantastic discovery: an unknown Leonardo da Vinci old master drawing. This drawing appreared at first at Christie's New York in 1998.» Read more
The Nabis are a group of young independant artist in the late 19th century with Paul Serusier as main figure. Their paintings lead to the early 20th century artsitic movement.» Read more
Victorian Furniture can be define as a mix of tradition with many artist revisiting previous styles and revolutionary with many new style such as Art and Craft or Liberty and Co furniture.» Read more
Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), son of the jeweler and founder of the famous New York house " Tiffany & Company ", is certainly the most famous American glass designer in the world. The Musée du Luxembourg in Paris presents his work in a monographic exhibition. This is a unique event ever produced in France since the Universal Exhibition of 1900!» Read more
The name is familiar and immediately we are thinking to the Diamond Chair. Very shortly it became a "Must have", this seat design cult author made his return in 1952 in the Hall of Design. We forget too often that Harry Bertoia was a sculptor but not designer. Many in the market consider it the equal of Calder. His works in galleries and in auctions reach very high price.» Read more
Colorfull and charming, French tole peinte seduce amateurs and collectors. They are real works of art but not "serious" one.» Read more