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  • April 21 marks National Tea Day in Britain, a celebration of an iconic beverage with an arguably richer history than even wine and beer. Tea is said to have been responsible for wars won and lost, it commands respectful ceremonies in many countries, and varieties of tea, at times, have been considered more valuable than… The post The English Tea Set: What You Need to Know appeared first on Invalua...

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  • Unique American furniture can add eye-popping touches to modern rooms, serve as prized investments, and be passed down as historically important heirlooms. American furniture, especially by mid-century modern and modernist designers, is one of the most widely collected types in today’s market. Furniture periods in America were strongly influenced by regions abroad, namely in Europe… The post 9 Ear...

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  • People often choose to display art in their home for aesthetic reasons, but recent studies have shown that engaging with the visual arts can actually improve stress, memory, and empathy, whether by viewing art or creating it. The benefits of viewing art are countless. According to a study conducted by the University of Westminster, participants… The post The Benefits of Art on Memory and Creativit...

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  • Artists have been fascinated by movement for centuries, especially as modern society develops new technologies that make the transport of people and ideas faster and easier. Kinetic art, or art related to motion, is rooted in the Impressionists’ exploration of light and in photographic realism. Edgar Degas, especially, revealed his interest in movement by depicting horse… The post 10 Defining Arti...

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  • Breaking a favorite vase or antique ceramic can be devastating. While your instinct may be to throw the damaged object away, there is an alternative practice that will not only revive your pottery, but create a new piece altogether. What is Kintsugi? Kintsugi is a centuries-old Japanese art of repairing broken pottery and transforming it… The post Kintsugi Pottery: The Art of Repairing With Gold a...

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  • What are Marklin trains and toys worth? To understand the value of these in-demand collectors’ items, it’s important to learn the history and breadth of objects that the German toy manufacturer has developed in over 150 years in production. Explore key examples from the Marklin brand below, from its early days in doll accessories to… The post Inside the Archives: Prices for Marklin Trains and Toys...

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  • When it comes to painting, the colors used in a work of art are just as important as subject matter. Many of the most iconic works of art are recognized by their use of color: Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel, Pablo Picasso’s The Old Guitarist, Helen Frankenthaler’s Mountains and Sea. Color is so important for certain artists… The post 5 Art Movements & Their Painters’ Palettes appeared first on Invaluab...

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  • The History of Shakespearean Insults Followers of William Shakespeare know that April 23rd is an important day used to celebrate the literary achievements and impact of the beloved playwright, poet, and actor. Over the course of two decades, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays that are praised for their ability to showcase the full range of the… The post Shakespearean Insults for Every Situation appeared f...

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  • Two magnificent adjoining townhouses sit prominently on Rue Americaine in Brussels, Belgium. Their facades are decorated with spiraling iron balconies, smooth Belgian blue and French white stone. Inside, four stories of lavish furnishings, curved stairways, and narrow passageways create ambiance that’s anything but austere. Together, these townhouses comprise a public museum, best known by residen...

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  • Possibly one of the most enchanting art movements of the twentieth century, surrealism sought to celebrate the human unconscious while repressing rationality. Today, surrealism is most often associated with the visual artist Salvador Dalí. But in actuality, it encompassed much more than just the visual arts, was practiced by many artists, and still influences artists… The post Surrealism Defined i...

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  • People collect innumerable types of objects, from postage stamps, coins, and dolls, to niche items like depression glass, oil cans, and vintage artwork. Some collect as a relaxing hobby or to create a decorative space in their home. Others collect for the challenge and reward of finding rare, unique items from across the globe. The… The post 10 Strange Collections and the Psychology Behind Them ap...

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  • Thanks to the strength of the Asian art market, Hong Kong has become a leading destination for influential auction houses, galleries, and art fairs. Though the city plays host to many international events, established and emerging art market players alike retain a commitment to cultivating the local art scene. This blend of local focus and… The post The Art Collector’s Guide to Hong Kong appeared ...

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  • You’ve probably heard the word “lagom” trending if you’re interested in decor, but do you know what it means? This Swedish word refers to a balance in life that every person strives for: at work, home, and even with their decor. Principles of lagom decor in particular are about slowing down and taking your time,… The post Lagom Decor Ideas for a Balanced Home appeared first on Invaluable.

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  • Our favorite superheroes have influenced society and pop culture for decades, remaining beloved by fans of all ages. Through the years, comic book characters have addressed political, personal, and social issues, inspiring the American public along the way. As the decades passed, the aesthetic of each character has shifted to adapt to the mood of… The post The Inspiration Behind Iconic Comic Book ...

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  • This year’s BADA Art & Antiques Fair opened on Wednesday, offering a rich selection of fine art from the Old Masters to contemporary art, as well as eclectic antiques including furniture, militaria, and Asian art. The fair runs from March 14-20 in Duke of York Square on the King’s Road. For over 25 years, BADA (The… The post 8 Inspiring Booths from BADA Art & Antiques Fair appeared first on Invalu...

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  • The history of Dutch painting is a rich one, yielding some of history’s most significant painters including Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Pieter Bruegel, Hieronymus Bosch, and Vincent van Gogh. But the trajectory of Dutch painting ebbs and flows along with politics, wars and artistic developments in neighboring countries, with enormous leaps in the Golden… The post 8 Dutch Painters You Sho...

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  • Cherry blossoms are beloved for their fleeting beauty. Native to Asia, cherry blossoms bloom briefly in the spring and are often dormant again after only two weeks. Despite the brevity of their appearance, the arrival of cherry blossoms corresponds to celebrations of spring across the world, including the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.,… The post Cherry Blossoms: Symbolism in...

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  • From a dry martini to a pour of Merlot, using the proper glassware when enjoying your favorite beverage is an easy way to elevate your tasting experience. For several decades, different beverages have been served in unique glassware for largely practical reasons. Today, it’s fairly predictable what type of drinking glass you’ll be served when… The post Types of Drinking Glasses for Your Next Cockt...

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  • In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8), we asked 7 members of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD) – an international organization founded in 2012 to connect women in the visual arts – to select their favorite artist whose work addresses issues of feminism. Read on to learn more about these dealers and the… The post Specialists Speak: Women Art Dealers on Feminist Artists appeared ...

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  • Works of art from the Qianlong period are markedly diverse, immersed in traditional styles, and characterized by experimentation. Punctuated by recent headline-grabbing sales, interest in works of this era has grown in the last decade, and collectors have taken note. It is thanks to the eponymous emperor himself – who demonstrated a keen interest in… The post Inside the Archives: Prices for Qianlo...

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  • Every culture and country has a different symbol or practice that they believe brings them luck. Whether it’s by carrying acorns for good health or placing an elephant in your shop for a prosperous work day, there are many different talismans and ways to use them. As cultures have evolved and assimilated, these good luck… The post 24 Good Luck Charms from Around the World appeared first on Invalua...

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  • Award season is in full swing, bringing with it many must-see films. This year, one of the most lauded films is based on the unconventional life of a great painter. Loving Vincent is the latest in a long line of projects that immortalize Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. Although a popular subject for filmmakers, van… The post 7 Oscar-Worthy Adaptations of Artists’ Lives appeared first ...

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  • As one of the defining designers of the Art Nouveau era, Daum created some of the most coveted examples of art glass of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Daum continues to dazzle with its contemporary creations – a prime example is the magnificent crystal peacock created in collaboration with Belgian designer Madeleine van… The post Inside the Archives: Daum Glass appeared first on Invaluabl...

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  • There are many tried and true rules for home decor that exist for a reason, but a rule against mixing metals is not one of them. Mixing metals adds both a clean and elegant style to any room. The different metals work together to add depth, guiding the eye from the dominant color’s features to… The post 8 Tips for Mixing Metals in Home Decor appeared first on Invaluable.

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  • Last week, former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled their official portraits for the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The contemporary aesthetic of both paintings represents a leap forward for presidential portraiture, which is typically more traditional. Only a few past Presidents, including John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton, have opted… The post 6 Black Ar...

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  • Advertising has had to adapt constantly as technology has evolved. Print advertisements in newspapers and magazines were common as far back as the eighteenth century, but with the emergence of radio and television in the twentieth century, advertising once again had to shift gears. In the 1920s, companies began purchasing air time and sponsoring radio… The post Today’s Popular Brands Reimagined as...

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  • With Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle tying the knot in May, and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s recent engagement, royal weddings are top of mind – though our fascination with royal weddings is not a recent phenomenon. Prince Charles’ wedding in 1981 drew around 750 million viewers. Decades before that, the union of Prince… The post Royal Weddings and the Love Stories Behind Them app...

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