‘Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) is without question Britain’s greatest cabinet-maker. He excelled in every style he worked in, from the whimsical rococo and the fashion for all things Chinese in his early career, to the neoclassical with its straight lines derived from the ancient world. His reputation spread far beyond the shores of his homeland, and his genius is reflected in the number of beautifully designed and executed pieces of furniture that survive in excellent condition nearly 250 years after his death.’
Bear loves the Chippendale design but unfortunately not rich enough to own any of the furniture …
“Unseen in public for 200 years, a breath-taking group of jewels belonging to Marie Antoinette are among the many highlights of one of the most important royal jewellery collections ever to come to auction. ‘ Royal Jewels from the Bourbon-Parma Family’ (12 November, Geneva) will offer fascinating insights into the splendour of one of Europe’s most important royal dynasties. Watch more video here.”
Bear loves antiques real antiques just wish I had more money. Some good stuff here you girls will like.
Patek Philippe A Rare White Gold and Diamond-Set Wristwatch with Bracelet Ref 2526, Made In 1954
“Sotheby’s Watches department in London are delighted to announce Fine Timepieces, taking place on 25 September. This carefully curated auction will endeavour to include both modern and vintage timepieces at a spectrum of price points. With a clear focus on quality, condition and rarity the sale will offer watches that are bound to appeal to both the novice and connoisseur alike.
Valuation Day Calendar
11-13 June: Italy
We will be accepting consignments until 11 July 2018.”
A KHOROSSAN CARPET FRAGMENT [DETAIL], NORTHEAST PERSIA, 17TH CENTURY. ESTIMATE £7,000–10,000
“Much like any other category of collectable, what defines an item of interest to a collector is a combination of factors. Is it rare, unusual and beautiful? Is it in as good a condition as possible? These elements, when presented alongside a compelling historical context, will pique the interest of even the most reticent collectors.”
“A symbol of great wealth, the wearing of bangles in China can be traced back more than 2,000 years. The Chinese believe jadeite is a gift from heaven and so the shape of this highly important and superb bangle means it represents the ‘Circle of Heaven’. It is a highlight of Sotheby’s upcoming Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite sale (03 April, Hong Kong).” view video here The Circle of Heaven Sotheby’s
A symbol of great wealth, the wearing of bangles in China can be traced back more than 2,000 years.
“This lekythos has an unusually large shape is subdivided into three zones, each with a mythological subject. The middle zone features Thetis and her sister Nereids bringing armor to replace the set that Achilles had given Patroklos. The lower zone depicts Theseus and Hippolyte in combat among Greeks and Amazons. The uppermost scene has been interpreted as the abduction of Persephone but more likely shows a god (or goddess) departing on a mission of divine intervention.” http://met.org/2mMVO99
Featured Artwork of the Day: Attributed to the Eretria Painter | Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) | ca. 420 B.C. | Greek, Attic.