Category Archives: Antiques

Mirza Ali Asghar Khan by Ismail Jalayir circa 1880 …

 Amazing wish I could be there to bid!

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Turner’s golden landscape …

This is up for auction next week 

“It is a salutary thought that of all the artists whose work has sold at auction for around $50m or more, only three predate Monet. This triumvirate comprises Raphael, Rubens and Turner. After finding an auction record of £30.3m in 2014 for the latter’s Rome, from Mount Aventine (1835), Sotheby’s London now offers another late work painted in the same year, Ehrenbreitstein. As the painting’s full title makes abundantly clear, this is more than a picturesque view of a Rhineland fortress atop a rocky crag.”

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“Ehrenbreitstein, or The Bright Stone of Honour and the Tomb of Marceau, from Byron’s Childe Harold, represents the stone obelisk near Koblenz that forms the monument to the young French revolutionary hero, General François-Sévérin Marceau-Desgraviers, whose bravery in battle prompted a delegation from the opposing Austrian forces to join with the French in honouring him. For Byron, the poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage reflected the sense of melancholy and disillusionment felt by many in the aftermath of the French Revolutionary wars. Turner’s response, although poignant, seems far more positive. Peace has triumphed over war, and life continues as usual in this idyllic valley bathed in hazy golden light.”

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851 (J.M.W. Turner …
Tate Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851

Joseph Mallord William Turner, RA was an English Romanticist landscape painter. Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting. Wikipedia
Born: 1775, Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom
Died: 19 December 1851, Cheyne Walk, London, United Kingdom
On view: Yale Center for British Art, Tate Gallery, Britain, more
Period: Romanticism
Buried: St Paul’s Cathedral, City of London, United Kingdom
Siblings: Mary Ann
Parents: William Turner, Mary Marshall Wikipedia

Please visit source: Turner’s golden landscape and other auction highlights | Apollo Magazine

I really want it just have to find a spare $30m. It should be in a museum for all to view don’t you think?

Vintage door lock by John Wilkes circa. 1680 …

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Thanks Leslie I have not seen this before.

The Pink Star: One Of The World’s Great Natural Treasures | Sotheby’s

You girls will love this

“Meticulously cut by Steinmetz Diamonds over a period of nearly two years – a process in which the 132.50 carat rough was cast in epoxy more than 50 times in order to create models upon which the design team could experiment with different cuts -it was transformed into this spectacular 59.60 carat, fancy vivid pink, internally flawless oval cut gem – the largest internally flawless or flawless, fancy vivid pink diamond that the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has ever graded.”

Please visit source: The Pink Star: One Of The World’s Great Natural Treasures | Sotheby’s

“Of all fancy coloured pink diamonds, those graded ‘Fancy Vivid’ are the most precious and desirable. The current world auction record for a pink diamond is the Graff Pink, a superb 24.78 carat diamond which sold at Sotheby’s Geneva in November 2010 for US$46.16 million. Weighing in at 59.60 carats and graded as Fancy Vivid, the Pink Star is twice the size.”

If you have a spare 80 mil you might be bidding against Bear if you like it or should I say your partner likes it. See you in Hong Kong LOL

Remains of 5,000-Year-Old Egyptian City Unearthed Abydos …

Bear loves antiquities and had to share this …




“The remains of a 5,000-year-old city, including a cemetery and several houses, have been unearthed at the site of Abydos in Egypt.

The city, whose size is not clear, dates to the early dynastic period when the first pharaohs ruled a united Egypt, said Mahmoud Afifi, the head of Ancient Egyptian Antiquities at the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, in an Arabic language statement.”

Please visit source: Remains of 5,000-Year-Old Egyptian City Unearthed & Ministry of Antiquities

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Paris Train A MUST SEE …

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A rail journey fit for a king: Paris commuter train has carriages transformed to resemble rooms from the Palace of Versailles.


Few commuters in Britain or Australia would describe their train journey to and from work as a pleasant experience.

Passengers have become used to overcrowded carriages, not to mention finding discarded newspapers, alcohol bottles, Coke cans, chewing gum, or worse such as graffiti on the seats.

But some lucky commuters in France enjoy an altogether different ride, as these amazing pictures show.

1Lavish: A commuter train serving Paris in France has been decorated in the colours of the Palace of Versailles in an impressive project
2Incredible: The refurbishments mean that the train’s carriages resemble rooms from the royal palace

A train on the main rapid transit system in Paris, the RER, has undergone a dramatic refurbishment – to resemble the rooms of a royal palace.

The train carries the colours of the Palace of Versailles , which was once the centre of political power in France .

And passengers who take a journey on the RER C line between the Palace, which is 20 kilometres south-west of Paris , and the centre of the capital do so in lavish surroundings.
Ornate paintings and golden sculptures line the aisles and even the ceilings are intricately designed. Other attractive improvements include the creation of a mock library in one of the carriages.

The refurbishments are designed to evoke memories of seven different areas of the royal chateau and its grounds, including the Hall of Mirrors, the Gallery of Battles and Marie-Antoinette’s estate. The changes, which were funded by the Palace of Versailles , involved layering the interior walls of the train with a high-tech plastic film.

The refurbishments were carried out thanks to a deal between officials at the palace and rail operator SNCF. Versailles was the centre of political power in France from 1682, when King Louis XIV moved from Paris , until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 during the French Revolution.
3Striking: An image of a statue from the palace grounds looks down on passengers
4Splendid: Ornate images can be found on the back of comfortable seats
5Colourful: Giant scenes from Versailles have transformed the appearance of the train, which runs on one of Paris ‘s main commuter routes
6Enormous: Branches sprawl across the ceiling of the carriage in this huge painting
7Powerful imagery: The train carries the colours of the Palace of Versailles, which was once the centre of political power in France
8Beauty: A golden statue is reflected in a glass mirror on the train
9Reflections: The refurbishments are designed to evoke memories of seven different areas of the royal chateau and its grounds
10Booking details: Passengers can take their place alongside an amazing display which resembles a library
11Vibrant: A once-dull door on the train has been transformed with bright red and pink colours
12Facelift: The changes, which were funded by the Palace of Versailles, are the result of a deal between officials at the palace and rail operator SNCF
13Swirls: Another decorative ceiling design based on furnishings from the Palace of Versailles
14Unexpected: The exterior of the train gives few clues to the incredible displays found inside


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Ancient Bling: Exquisite Jewelry Found in Tomb of Chinese Woman …

The two earrings the archaeologists found are difficult to describe in words. Made of gold, the earrings contain images of dragons and a human face.

Her epitaph, found by the tomb entrance, reads simply, “Han Farong, the wife of Magistrate Cui Zhen” (as translated in the journal article). In China, the surname is traditionally written first and the given name second.

“Archaeologists found ancient remains of a woman named Farong who was laid to rest wearing fantastic jewelry.

Around 1,500 years ago, at a time when China was divided, a woman named Farong was laid to rest wearing fantastic jewelry, which included a necklace of 5,000 beads and “exquisite” earrings, archaeologists report.

Her tomb was discovered in 2011 in Datong City, China, by a team of archaeologists with the Datong Municipal Institute of Archaeology who were surveying the area before a construction project. The researchers excavated the tomb, conserved the artifacts and reconstructed the necklace.

Farong’s tomb was dug into the ground, and her skeleton (which is now in poor condition) was found lying in a coffin archaeologists said. [See Photos of Farong’s Burial and Exquisite Jewelry]”

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PS my friend wants the earrings!