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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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  • Throughout his career, Chilean artist Roberto Matta explored the human condition through a signature artistic vision. Heavily influenced by the Surrealist movement in Europe, Matta blended its guiding principles with elements from figural painting and abstraction to explore three dimensionality. While living in the United States in the 1940s, Matta himself guided some of the… The post Artist Spotl...

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  • Socialite, heiress, and fashion icon Millicent Rogers left her mark on the art world through an extensive collection of artifacts, furniture, fine art, books, and decorative arts. When an early childhood illness left her bedridden for an extended period, Rogers spent her time learning languages, painting, and reading about faraway lands. “I think her collecting… The post Spectacular British Silver...

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  • The Chinese New Year is an annual celebration of the end of winter. Also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is set according to the Lunar Calendar, meaning that the date changes annually. The Chinese Zodiac is a system that assigns animals to years in a 12-year cycle. Traditionally, the rat is the… The post 5 Chinese Objects that Celebrate the Year of the Dog appeared first on Invaluab...

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  • What does it take for a painting to capture the attention of worldwide audiences? Sometimes it is the content of the painting itself that leaves audiences stunned long after they leave a gallery. Often, a fantastical story attached to the painting results in the work being shrouded in mystery: some works are stolen by art… The post How 6 Iconic Paintings Became Famous appeared first on Invaluable.

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  • There are many different reasons an institution will ban a book. The magic in a fantasy novel can be construed as anti-religious, or the language in a novel can be considered too mature for younger audiences. No matter the reason, banned books intrigue audiences and tempt readers as soon as they are restricted. Before a… The post 15 Banned Books and Their Reasons for Censorship appeared first on I...

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  • Buying an engagement ring is a deeply personal process. Traditionally one partner selects a ring for the other and then proposes marriage, but many modern couples choose their rings together. Either way, purchasing an engagement ring is an intense experience that can be made less stressful through a deeper understanding of several different paths to… The post How to Buy an Engagement Ring at Aucti...

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  • During the Olympic Games, the world sets aside politics in favor of sportsmanship. Fans gather and cheer while countries compete, reminding everyone of the universality of athleticism and patriotism. Billions watch around the world, presenting a unique opportunity to spread cultural awareness. The uniforms worn by Olympic athletes represent each country’s style and persona on a… The post Olympic U...

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  • When a tiny yet tasteful tea service turned up at a Bonhams London auction in late 2012, porcelain collectors took notice. The excitement over that diminutive set – minus its teapot, no less – was owed to its rarity and maker: Meissen, the gold standard of porcelain producers that possesses a legacy stretching back hundreds… The post Inside the Archives: Meissen Porcelain Prices appeared first on ...

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  • Before email, text messages, and Instagram memes, couples in love would communicate through heartfelt handwritten messages. Something about the notion of writing one’s thoughts for another conveys a deep sense of intimacy. While jewelry and diamonds may catch the eye, words written from the heart convey your love in a more intimate way. This Valentine’s… The post Famous Love Letters Throughout His...

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  • For the third year in a row, Invaluable is proud to partner with the Works on Paper Fair, a specialty fair in a world of ever larger and more multidisciplinary endeavors. The 2018 fair takes place February 1-4 at the Royal Geographical Society in London, England. Our editors spoke to the Chair of the Works… The post A Look Inside the Vetting Process at the Works on Paper Fair appeared first on Inv...

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  • As in most professions, many artists end up forming romantic bonds within the occupation. Some couples work together to create one body of work, while others branch out into their own separate artistic endeavors. Regardless, each partner looks to the other for inspiration and support at one time or another. In anticipation of Valentine’s Day,… The post 12 Prolific Creative Couples appeared first o...

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  • By: Bob Ellis Wall clocks can complete any type of decor, from classic to modern, traditional to rustic. Often, a unique wall clock is displayed as a centerpiece, bringing together a room’s colors or theme. In fact, there’s rarely a room where a decorative clock would be out of place. From a vintage wall clock… The post Wall Clocks to Fit Your Design Aesthetic appeared first on Invaluable.

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  • Gertrude Stein was an American modernist and a revolutionary character in the Parisian salon era of the early twentieth century. She defied societal norms of femininity while embarking on a literary career and becoming a prolific art collector. Stein fraternized with Ernest Hemingway, Sherwood Anderson, and Ezra Pound, who together defined a generation of literature.… The post Gertrude Stein: Biog...

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  • Pieces of the past have the power to tell a story or evoke a sense of nostalgia. That’s why significant historical objects like vintage posters, space age tech gadgets, and black and white photographs of cultural icons remain popular with contemporary collectors. Though stamps and coins are among the most common historical collectibles, niche items like antique… The post 5 Events that Defined the ...

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  • Old Masters generally refers to European artists who lived between the 13th and 18th centuries. This term is not used to describe a single style, but rather a handful of art movements including the Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Neoclassicism, and Romanticism. These movements are distinguished by influential figures who created iconic works of art, but at times… The post 30 Creativity Quotes Fro...

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  • Cufflinks have long been an underrated and underutilized accessory in many wardrobes. A bold statement of elegance and style, cufflinks have witnessed a resurgence in today’s fashion. “Cufflinks are one of the few versatile men’s jewelry accessories that can add a touch of flair,” says Ian Klopfer, Staff Gemologist in Fine Jewelry and Timepieces for… The post Guide to Men’s Cufflinks: Important De...

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  • In centuries past, posing for a portrait was a luxury mainly reserved for the ruling class. During the Imperial Roman era, marble busts of emperors and their wives represented their triumphs and stood as an eternal symbol of their status and power. This practice is echoed in monarchical portraits in Europe and extends to images… The post Preserving History: Significant Portraits at the 2018 Winter...

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  • Outsider artists historically worked independently of the art world to explore alternative ways of creating and thinking; however, in recent decades, the genre has gained more recognition from the mainstream. In 1992, LACMA hosted an exhibition validating outsider art entitled Parallel Visions: Modern Artists and Outsider Art and in 2013, the main exhibition at the… The post Inside the Outsider Ar...

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  • Unlike other genres of art, which are often easily identified by a precise style or specific time period, folk art is a broad genre that can be difficult to define. The term “folk art” can simultaneously refer to a textile made in 17th century North America, a painted wooden sculpture from early 20th century England,… The post Folk Art Defined in 8 Minutes appeared first on Invaluable.

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  • Movie props often play a pivotal role in moving the plot forward. The dramatic principle known as Chekov’s gun states that if a gun is introduced in the beginning of the story, it must go off before the end or be omitted altogether. In other words, if a prop is placed in the film it… The post 12 Most Iconic Movie Props of All Time appeared first on Invaluable.

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  • Afternoon tea is the most quintessential English custom. As classic as a cocktail hour, a full English tea replaces the formality of an evening gown with fanciful hats and tiered cake stands full of treats. While still an elegant affair, tea party attire and decor can be modified to fit a particular theme, making it a… The post Hosting a Tea Party: Styling Tips and Etiquette Rules appeared first o...

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  • Hailed as the archetypal Renaissance man by French artist and critic Guillaume Apollinaire, the Italian artist Alberto Savinio (born Andrea Francesco Alberto de Chirico in 1891) was a polymathic producer of paintings, fiction, musical compositions, theatrical set designs, and numerous critical essays. The younger brother of Giorgio de Chirico, Savinio’s career was often overshadowed by… The post A...

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  • Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute has been announcing the Pantone Color of the Year. The color is chosen after analyzing fashion shows, major art exhibitions, film releases, popular car models, and even viral advertisements from around the world. After the research is complete, representatives gather twice a year in Europe to determine the defining… The post Pantone’s Color of the Year: Sele...

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  • Designer Erdem Moralioglu brings the fairytale back to fashion, drawing inspiration from stories found in literature, art, and world history for his stunning collections. His clothes, including a collection made in collaboration with H&M, play with vintage prints, patterns, colors, and shapes. Named by British tabloids as one of Meghan Markle’s favorite designers, Erdem creates… The post Designer ...

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  • With a history that stretches more than two centuries, Derby porcelain is a defining example of English design. Named after the quaint city nestled next to Nottingham in north-central England where their first factory originated, Derby porcelain is probably best known for its “Royal Crown” days, when it became one of the most popular producers… The post Inside the Archives: Derby Porcelain Prices ...

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  • Every season crowds of people flock to Berlin to experience the artistic offerings of this cultural capital. Museum exhibitions, coupled with WWII and Cold World era graffiti and contemporary musical performances, encourage locals and tourists alike to revel in an eclectic smorgasbord of art. With an entire island devoted to museums, visitors can enjoy everything from… The post The Art Collector’s...

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  • In Greek mythology, the eternal union between Persephone and Hades was ignited by the gift of a pomegranate. This story encouraged an association between the fruit’s crimson seeds and the concept of eternal love. Similar in color to the pomegranate, garnet possesses an analogous meaning. The gemstone’s name also connects it to the story of Persephone:… The post Exploring Birthstones: Traditions & ...

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