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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
Normandy armoire are a very thougth after piece of French furniture. Usually in oak, extensively carved, they are large and tall to reflect the wealth of their owners.» Read more
For centuries, european tapestries covered the walls of castles and royal residences in order to both functional and decorative. They are woven in wool, silk and sometimes silver or gold.» Read more
Jules Rene Herve (1887-1981) was a French impressionist painter of our time. He is best known for his paintings depicting scenes of Parisian life full of light.» Read more
American furniture start with the first settlers who directly influence its style. In the early 20th century, the rise of Hollywood and the American way of life offer new answers and an American style of furniture is created. However, it is not until the 50's that American furnishing becomes independant from any influence.» Read more
Micromosaics are formed by very small pieces of colored enamels that put together create a picture without any painting. This art realised by talented artists, such as Giacomo Raffaelli, started in the late 18th century but its golden age was the 19th century.» Read more
Around 1730, shortly after the commode, appears in the french furniture a new type of furniture often richly inlaid or wood veneer, the toilet table. Its birth coincided with the feminization in decoration from the Regence era.» Read more
Snuff bottles became true objects of desire for collectors but what is their history?» Read more
Fang territory extending from Cameroon to Gabon through Guinea. It is covered with dense equatorial forest crossed by rivers. The weather calls for heavy rains. In this climate somewhat hostile develops an intimate art centered on the line. » Read more
Neither forgotten nor unknown, Etienne Cournault is a secret artist. Born in Lorraine, he and his friend Jean Prouvé and Jean Lurçat belong to the heirs of the Ecole de Nancy trained in graphic arts as well as applied arts.» Read more
Among the difficulties encontered by restoration of old furniture, the retoration of chairs and armchairs is particular as the frame are subjetc to mechanicals efforts that are excessively higher than for other types of furniture.» Read more
Since ancient age, the question of home lighting led to the creation of simples objects and in parallel to works of art. The artists who chose to sublimate light, used precious metals, particularly silver, bronze, ormolu, porcelain, earthenware, painted wood or gilt wood to bring candles, gas nozzle, and now bulbs. » Read more