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The First Emperor of China – Seeking the Mandate of Heaven

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Today the first Emperor of China’s terracotta army has no battles to fight, but rather it seeks to win the war for China about culture as art

Thursday’s Top Ten

Thursday’s Top Ten

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Our Thursday’s Top Ten posts this week reveal a wide range of arts and culture interest. For quick access > Andy Warhol Pop Art Prince – King of People’s Perceptions | King James Bible – Celebrating 400 Years Conserving The Word | First Impressions – Monet, Pisarro, Sisley & Renoir…

A Passion for Gothic Decoration by Brian Brennan

A Passion for Gothic Decoration by Brian Brennan

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The decorative arts were never considered secondary by Augustus Welby Pugin. As an architect he might design the structure of a house, church or institution, but he conceived of the building, its fittings and furnishings as a ‘complete work of art.’

Beauty of Form

Beauty of Form

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Aphrodite, Adonis, Apollo, Artemis…are about ennoblement of form in Ancient Greece. Its visual remains, its architecture, ceramics, and most especially the statues of male and female bodies are for many aesthetically beautiful. But how can so many things be beautiful in Ancient Greece when they are entirely dissimilar? Is beauty…

Antique & Art Dealers Association Show @ Sydney in Spring

Antique & Art Dealers Association Show @ Sydney in Spring

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The Australian Antique & Art Dealers Association (AA&ADA) Show is on at Royal Randwick Racecourse at Sydney from the 7 – 11th September. It is the leading industry body representing antique and art dealers in Australia today. Their Code of Practice is surety that your investment in the past is also an investment in your future.

Antiques & Art

Antiques & Art

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An antique is something made in an earlier period and collected and valued because it is rare, old, aesthetically pleasing of high quality or interest. A more generally accepted understanding is furniture and objects over 100 years of age. But this is not strictly true. Today many Associations for antique…

The Culture Concept Circle

The Culture Concept Circle

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‘This site takes the often complex world of history, design and the arts to a whole new level. It’s a cultural journey filled with beautiful images and fascinating stories. I love the simplicity and richness of the content and I’m sure you will too – never boring always fascinating! In…

Christie’s Art

Christie’s Art

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It was in 1762 that James Christie established himself, and successive members of his family, as an auctioneer in Pall Mall at London. By the time this portrait was painted in 1778 he had moved to commercial premises adjacent to the painter Thomas Gainsborough’s residence where this portrait was rendered…

An Eye for Art

An Eye for Art

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The Regency era (1792 – 1830) in England saw the rise of the first professional art critics who were wealthy connoisseurs or collectors like Richard Payne Knight (fine eye for erotica) and journalists like William Hazlitt. Trained as a painter Hazlitt had first hand knowledge of the technical and aesthetic…

State of Nature

State of Nature

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Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) French political philosopher, educationist and author, drew an equation between the informality of British dress, the virtues and simplicity of country life and the liberty of the British constitution. He hoped to change the traditional attitude of French aristocrats by having them embrace a ‘State of…

Bentwood Classic

Bentwood Classic

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The decorative arts magazine The Studio was devoured in the coffee house culture of Vienna’s cafes at the turn of the 20th century with English fashion, sport and food debated endlessly. The attractiveness of handicraft items issuing from Vienna was demonstrated at the World Exposition in Paris of 1900. Michael…

Youthful Style

Youthful Style

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During the late 19th and early 20th centuries the economic and social forces, which underpinned Victorian stability, were shattered, Britain’s manufacturing power was threatened at home by industrial unrest and internationally by America, Germany and Japan. Growing feminist and socialist movements characterize this period as one of protracted crisis. The…

Residence – a Profile of a Stylish Designer

Residence – a Profile of a Stylish Designer

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Residence splendidly showcases the ability of Sydney based international designer Thomas Hamel to produce an interior that accommodates the needs of the client in a timelessly elegant and unforgettable way. This beautiful illustrated volume provides an insight into some of his favourite projects. Chapters are accompanied by a description of the design process used in each transformation