Etel Adnan has excelled in a remarkably diverse range of fields during her long life. She is a poet, known in particular for her protests against the Vietnam and Iraq wars; a novelist whose book about the Lebanese civil war, ‘Sitt Marie-Rose’, won the coveted France-Pays Arabes prize and is considered a classic of war literature; a journalist and essayist who has explored the nature of place and history in books such as ‘Of Cities and Women’, and ‘Paris When It’s Naked’; and a philosopher who taught for many years at Dominican College in California.Now in her early 90’s, she is receiving widespread acclaim for her artistic work, and during the last year has had major exhibitions in London and Paris. In this, also, she shows mastery of a wide range of genres, producing tapestries and ceramics as well as paintings and drawings, and pioneering the development of leporellas, or folding books, based on the Japanese traditional form.
How the art market is influenced by the 'Celebrity factor'
Although the first cufflinks appeared in the 1600s, they did not become common until the end of the 18th century
Even though this is quite new they are rare to find it's such nice quality in a small item # car mascot
A Place forHeirlooms
by Bob Brooke
According to the Oxford University Press Dictionary, an heirloom is an object that has belonged to a family for several generations. Thus, all heirlooms are naturally considered antiques. Today’s 30s-somethings seem to consider these not something to treasure, but instead, they rather furnish their homes with items from IKEA and Wayfair.com. What they don’t realize is that heirlooms, no matter how trivial, are their connection to the past—to their family’s past.
Time to book your next trip,maybe for half term, its mountains and snow for us but wherever you go enjoy the break.
As we career headfirst into April we’ve already celebrated equinox, or perhaps it’s passed you by without you even knowing it was here. It’s significant for the arrival of spring and the soon-to-be-oh-so-welcome summer.
Of course, the equinox is when the plane of the earth’s equator passes through the very centre of the sun. This happens twice a year, once in March and the second in September. So no, it’s perhaps not quite an official signifier of spring after all, but in March it certainly feels like it.
Get away from the chocolate Easter egg obsession
Of course, if you’re looking for something a little more extravagant, perhaps a markedly more ostentatious display of affection, you could try looking on www.antiques.co.uk. I go on there sometimes just to see what will come up if I key in certain words. For instance, today I keyed in “spring,” and I got a Victorian Marquetry Inlaid Circular Breakfast Table, an Imperial Jade and Diamond ring and leather Victorian Rocking Chair, amongst other things. When I keyed in ‘Easter,’ I got just the one item, an Easter island head carved in malachite stone. Whatever takes your fancy, that’s what I say.
Once upon a time in Russia (and I’ve always wanted to say that), there was a jeweller/artist/goldsmith working for the Russian Imperial Court. He would go on to create the world-famous Faberge egg, named after himself of course. Yes, Faberge eggs are for the rich. All his eggs were and still are decorated with the finest jewels and the most precious objects imaginable. They are symbolic of a dynastic and passionate world for which there is no equivalent today. They embody the world from which they came.
Faberge himself was born in the middle of the 19th century and travelled the world before settling down to a goldsmith course in France, England and Germany. He learnt his craft well, and his exquisite eggs were representative of his talent and dedication to even the minutest of details.
Valentine’s Day and those famous cards
It’s amazing how quickly this time of year comes around again. It’s almost Valentine’s Day and you’re going to be thinking hard about what to buy your loved one on that special day. You’ll also be looking for a card, something that conveys a message really well, unfortunately a lot of mass made cards today are a little cheesy to say the least. You might like them, but for many they’re a little repetitive and the cards too much like the last one you picked up.
Interior Trends for 2017
Happy New Year! Yet again we have started the beginning of another year and we start with a quick look at what to expect from interior trends for 2017. If you’re in the process of refurbishment, or you’re getting ready to do it in the spring, then this should be the perfect place to stop first, so you get all the gen on what’s in and what’s out. It’s not overly prescriptive and you don’t have to take it too seriously, but it does give you some idea of what to expect in the coming months. That way, the next time you have a look on our site for new items, you’ll have a better idea of what to look out for.
Many of you will already have gone back to work, and some of you with children will have seen them return to school for another term. January is renowned for being dull, dark and wet, and sometimes we even get snow. It's enough to make you want to spend the entire month in bed until spring appears.
Some of you may have succumbed to flu this month, so you'll have taken to your sick beds rather than return to work, while others may have been sick over Christmas. Keep in mind that the days are getting longer and we're not too far away now from spring.
The pleasure’s in the giving as well as the receiving
An unusual vintage or antique item could be the opener to a question, a business venture, a thank you, or simply a reminder of good times gone by. Taking the time to choose something that’s a one off, and beautifully unique, the pleasure’s going to be in the giving as well as the receiving.
Make sure you take a leisurely look around our online site, and don’t forget that by browsing online for your gifts, you cut out the stress of shopping and fighting your way through the crowds, doubling your chances of finding something unique that catches your eye. That’s got to be better than the harsh lighting of a shopping mall.
Until next time, from all of us here at www.antiques.co.uk we wish you a happy, peaceful Christmas.
Unusual, unique and beautiful
Let’s look at some examples. These particular items could be off the page by the time this blog goes online, however, they do illustrate how easy it is to pick up items which are both unique, original and a worthwhile investment. We have an unusually shaped pewter box which has been exquisitely designed, a perfect gift which has practical uses as well as purely ornamental. There’s some gorgeous rings too, with the Victorian Opal and Diamond half hoop ring and an unusually shaped diamond ring.
And if you’re looking for some random and off the radar slightly, how about a French frame with new glass? There’s also the most beautifully detailed 19th century Cantonese enamel plate, or the 1900s-yellow upholstered Prie Dieux carvings. Yes, it is just the one chair, but can you imagine it placed carefully in the best corner of the hallway or the living room, a real conversation starter as well as something to sit on.
Antique/vintage gifts are so much more interesting than brand new ones
If you’re one of those people that like to buy gifts which are both original and unique, then a trip down the high street is possibly the worst idea possible. And buying antique doesn’t mean you’re buying some dark wood coffee table that no one will want, or a large, heavy and unattractive lamp that your friends are going to want to hide in the loft. Antiques gifts cover a wide range, and not all of them are purely for aesthetic purposes, some still have a functional use, a unique alternative to today’s made-quickly-out-of-man-made-materials products which won’t stand the test of time.
Christmas is only round the corner, so if you’re still looking for last minute Christmas gifts, then look no further than www.antiques.co.uk, where you’ll find plenty of antiques for you to choose from as a Christmas present to remember.
Thanksgiving and providing light
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
We hope you enjoy Thanksgiving and that your family are safe and well, and that you enjoy this peaceful time to give thanks in a world that’s becoming more turbulent and a year which has been eventful.
Guy Fawkes what will you be doing this November 5th?
We have a bumper selection of blogs this month as we enter the home straight towards the year’s end. We’ve got blogs on the back story to David Lloyd’s famous Guy Fawkes mask and a brief look at how an antique rug can change the look of a room, giving it a nice warm, autumnal feel. We also look at how lighting can transform a room whether it’s in winter or for Christmas, and www.antiques.co.uk has some beautiful lighting in its directory this month. We’re also looking at dinner services and coffee sets, now that the entertaining season is upon us.
Our blogs this month are about interiors and how you can subtly alter your home to fit in with the changes Autumn brings. Many of us are still not ready to say goodbye to summer, but now October comes we must come to terms with the fact that summer is gone and the colder wet weather will be with us now, followed by darker, shorter days.