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  • Like world history, the evolution of art involves protagonists and antagonists, leaders and dissidents, winners and losers. Many art movements began when artists channeled their frustration with mainstream ideas and systems into their work. For example, Realism was sparked by the scientific revolution across Europe and Romanticists reacted to the Enlightenment by seeking a return… The post Quiz: W...

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  • Every holiday comes with its own set of traditions, but most involve a meal enjoyed with family and friends. Holidays are a time to celebrate the foods and people we love, but as with many special occasions, the dishes served are likely not the same ones we eat every day. As such, it may be… The post 11 Fine Wine Pairings For Festive Holiday Foods appeared first on Invaluable.

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  • By: Tom Mulraney For many people, buying a mechanical watch is an investment – not so much in the traditional sense of the word, although there are unquestionably some models that appreciate more in value than others – but in the sense that a nice watch is an object people want to own for a… The post How to Keep Your Mechanical Watch in Top Condition appeared first on Invaluable.

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  • Most record-breaking coins have distinct characteristics that make them desirable as collector’s items. The 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar, a pristine example of the first silver dollar disseminated by the United States Mint, set the record for most expensive coin sold at auction when it was purchased at Stack’s Bowers Galleries for $10,016,875 in 2013.… The post 7 Historically Significant Coins ...

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  • Renowned journalist and oral historian Jean Stein was devoted to fine art and the avant-garde. Throughout her life, Stein became an intrinsic part of the art world, often hosting salon-style gatherings for her close group of artist and celebrity friends, including Warren Beatty, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and many more. Her eclectic art collection, which… The post For Jean with Love: Friend...

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  • Latin American art has often been overlooked within the dominant historical narratives of modern and contemporary art, but the tide is gradually shifting. While Latin American avant-gardes in the twentieth century have historically been depicted as merely derivative of European modernist movements, this does not account for the radical experimentation and specific contexts that exist… The post 5 L...

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  • The last decade has seen a dating revolution, but wedding traditions remain largely untouched. Even nontraditional brides frequently wear white, share a dance with their fathers, and request that their guests gather to watch them take the first bite of cake. Some traditions seem obvious, like the pure white dress common in Western wedding ceremonies.… The post Wedding Traditions Around the World a...

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  • More than any other country, France’s complex political history is reflected in the fine and decorative arts of each era. From the absolute monarchs that emerged in the 16th century to the French Revolution and beyond, the socio-political zeitgeist of the country has long influenced the types of furniture and ornamentation preferred by the elite… The post 10 French Furniture Styles You Should Know...

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  • By: Carole Pinto At the turn of the 20th century, Paris was the epicenter of the artistic and cultural world. Choreographer Serge Diaghilev broke with traditional dance techniques by introducing Les Ballets Russes to a highly critical French audience, setting the program to the revolutionary music of Igor Stravinsky. Novel stage sets and exotic costumes… The post Hidden Treasures: A Second Look at...

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  • Will you be home for the holidays? This age-old adage holds true during December as many people travel home to trim the tree with loved ones, attend local holiday parades, and binge-watch Christmas flicks by the fire. But it’s never too late to try something new. Even though departing from holiday tradition is difficult, it’s… The post The 11 Most Joyful Places to Spend the Holidays in the U.S. ap...

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  • Perhaps the most well-known art movement of the 20th century, Pop art emerged in reaction to consumerism, mass media, and popular culture. Many artists associated with the movement achieved unprecedented fame and status, an experience that brought practitioners closer to mainstream celebrity. Pop art began in the mid-1950s in Britain. In the United States, the… The post Pop Art Defined in 8 Minute...

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  • Through a series of six sales at Pace & Hong Auctions, the collection of former Lionel Trains, Inc. CEO Richard P. Kughn, which features thousands of rare Lionel trains, vintage toys, and related Lionel memorabilia, will head to auction this fall. Our editors sat down with Kughn, the man widely credited for saving the Lionel… The post Q&A with Former Lionel Trains CEO Richard Kughn appeared first ...

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  • Finding inspiration sometimes feels like striking gold, but it shouldn’t. In order to make creativity a regular occurrence, seek it out. Make it a habit. Prepare and put effort into developing your creative muscle. For those who need tips for flexing this muscle or just want to read about someone else’s journey to motivate your… The post The 15 Best Books for Creative Inspiration appeared first on...

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  • During the 19th century, New York’s Hudson River School popularized the work of painters like Thomas Cole who created dynamic and romanticized landscapes. The school had a large hand in perpetuating the powerful styles of Romanticism and Luminism, which emphasized elements of classical beauty and mythology in art. In the northeast region of the United… The post 6 American Artists You May Not Know,...

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  • Copies of famous 16th, 17th and 18th century works are part of the history of influence and inspiration in the arts. In recent years, copies have often been looked down upon when compared to original works; however, copying was an integral and respected part of artistic training for many centuries. When the Louvre opened in… The post After the Masters: Understanding and Collecting Old Master Copie...

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  • A cabinet of curiosities, also known as a wunderkammer or “kunstkammer,” is the equivalent of a zoo full of exotic animals in the world of antiquing. A practice that began in the 13th century, a kunstkammer was a place for collectors to house miscellaneous trinkets, oddities, and museum-worthy specimens. Cabinets full of curiosities were especially… The post Cabinet of Curiosities: Oddities of Vic...

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  • Music has the power to convey emotion. Whether it unifies, energizes, calms, or saddens, there is no doubt of how influential it can be. Artists like The Beatles, Elvis, and Jimi Hendrix cross genres and generations, continuing to reach and influence millions of people through their music. These iconic musicians owe their sound to instruments,… The post A Compendium of Iconic Guitars by Genre appe...

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  • By: Tom Mulraney On the 26th of October, Phillips, in association with Bacs & Russo, will hold its inaugural New York watch auction entitled Winning Icons: Legendary Watches of the 20th Century. Just about everyone in the world of luxury watches, from seasoned collectors to brand executives, is expected to attend, coming in droves from… The post Why Collectors Will Vie for Paul Newman’s Rolex Dayt...

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  • Once a symbol of Russian luxury, the House of Fabergé continues to be synonymous with expert craftsmanship and exceptional quality. Rising to acclaim in the late 19th century for their impeccable Imperial Easter eggs, Fabergé is also respected among today’s collectors for their remarkable range of breathtaking jewels and decorative objects. Russian Roots Gustav Fabergé’s… The post Inside the Archi...

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  • Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein’s signature style, which pays homage to mass production and the printing process, has cemented his oeuvre as some of the most instantly recognizable works of 20th century art. But long after the craze for Pop art had subsided, Lichtenstein continued to explore an array of mediums, including sculpture. Though widely celebrated… The post Roy Lichtenstein: His Career, Artw...

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  • Vintage posters never go out of style. Collected by lovers of art, antiques, and design alike, “posters feature in so many areas of life,” says Kirill Kalinin, founder of one of London’s premiere antique poster shops. Kalinin and his wife Harriet run Antikbar Original Vintage Posters, which shares a collaborative relationship with California-based poster restoration… The post What You Should Know ...

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  • Considered by peers to be a preeminent collector of political memorabilia, Daniel C. Schofield collected artifacts of American history including rare pamphlets, ballots, songbooks, and more. As his collection grew, Schofield loaned pieces to libraries and historical associations. He also used his objects to liven up the lessons in his classroom, where he taught middle… The post 5 Relics from an Un...

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  • After a lifetime of collecting, avid car enthusiast, train collector, and former CEO of Lionel Trains, Inc., Richard P. Kughn is downsizing. In a series of six auctions now through December 2017 comprising thousands of Lionel trains and related memorabilia, the personal collection of the former owner, chairman, and CEO of Lionel Trains will be… The post For the Love of Lionel: The Collection of Ri...

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  • A well-chosen rug ties a room together and adds rich colors and textures to a space. While rug sizing and placement may not be the first thing up for consideration in room design, the size, shape, placement, and color palette of a rug are key factors in creating a cohesive, welcoming environment. Choosing a rug… The post 8 Rug Placement Tips for the Perfect Space appeared first on Invaluable.

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  • Walking into opening night of the Accessible Art Fair 2017 in Brussels (October 5-8), visitors were introduced to a carefully curated explosion of complex, intricate, jarring, thought-provoking, and baffling materials. These included painted aluminum, white-washed dollar bills, metal coils from mattresses, pink woven cotton thread, pyrographed mirrors, and human blood on canvas (no, we aren’t… The...

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  • London’s fall art calendar is in full swing with Frieze week at the helm. Both Frieze London and Frieze Masters are held in Regent’s Park, which is punctuated by public sculpture presented by Gagosian Gallery, Victoria Miro and Marlborough Gallery. This year, Frieze London places a heavier emphasis on painting than in previous iterations, with… The post 9 Mesmerizing Booths from Frieze Week appear...

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  • Scary stories have been capturing our collective imagination for centuries, through channels of storytelling such as folklore, literature and film – from the grotesque tale of the Minotaur in Greek mythology, to Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, “Frankenstein,” to Boris Karloff’s epic role in the 1932 film, “The Mummy.” To dissect where the fascination with these frightening… The post The Evolution of Cl...

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  • For Manhattan-based interior designer Thomas Jayne, who was named to ELLE DECOR’s A-List for the second year in a row this June, historical architecture and antiques have been a lifelong passion – so much so that he’s signed on to be the Design Chair for the 2018 Winter Antiques Show in New York. We caught… The post Designer Spotlight: One-on-One with Jayne Design Studio appeared first on Invaluab...

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