Design History & Decorative Arts

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Le Corbusier – Charles-Edouard Jeanneret’s Modernist Style

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Early in the twentieth century Swiss born Charles-Edouard Jeanneret adopted his grandfather’s name Le Corbusier presenting a new audacious style of architecture

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Diane de Poitiers – Moon Mistress and Woman of Influence

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Wearing black and white was a statement of style for the mistress of Henri II of France Diane de Poitiers who adopted Goddess Diana’s crescent moon as a symbol

A model presents a creation for Chanel during the 2016-2017 fall/winter Haute Couture collection fashion show on July 5, 2016 in Paris. / AFP / PATRICK KOVARIK/Getty Images

Fashion – Is It More Than a Frock asks Carolyn McDowall?

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Costume encompasses all that we wear and today reflects a society in which privacy has been stripped bare – so what is fashion, is it more than a frock?

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Garden Art of Japan – Profound Happiness, Beauty and Bonsai

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The garden art of Japan devotee can approach his/her ultimate destiny calmly with great dignity, glorying in the beauty and majesty of the creation and creator

18th Century ‘Compleat’ Gentlemen – Rulers of Taste & Style

18th Century ‘Compleat’ Gentlemen – Rulers of Taste & Style

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Pursuing a passion for art and architecture in England in the 18th Century spawned new trades and expanded enjoyment for those living a leisure filled lifestyle

Australia, a Multicultural Land of Paradoxes & Opportunities

Australia, a Multicultural Land of Paradoxes & Opportunities

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Australia is a multicultural land of opportunity, one whose layers of diversity are constantly re-interpreted distilled and decanted into something quite unique

Meissen Porcelain – Passionate Pursuit of Power and Prestige

Meissen Porcelain – Passionate Pursuit of Power and Prestige

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Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony’s claim to fame rests on his being the founder of the first European factory at Meissen to produce porcelain in the west

Enlightenment – On Beauty and Thought Provoking Works

Enlightenment – On Beauty and Thought Provoking Works

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In 18th century Europe aesthetics was a field of study . Beautiful works were seen as thought provoking, but clearly distinguished from those considered sublime

City of Bath In The Age of Pleasure – Baths, Balls and Beau

City of Bath In The Age of Pleasure – Baths, Balls and Beau

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King Henry VIII came to Bath and discovered the therapeutic value of the waters in 15th century. When ‘Beau’ Nash arrived in 1702 it became a centre for fashion

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Art Deco – A Revolution of Design & Style for the Modern Age

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Art Deco was about integrating contemporary living with art, and turning life into art, against those consciously working for the undoing of art and its purpose was enjoyment.

The Grammar of Ornament – Inspiring a Taste for the Exotic

The Grammar of Ornament – Inspiring a Taste for the Exotic

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In 1856 Owen Jones published The Grammar of Ornament inspiring a taste for the exotic reflected in Leighton House and The Peacock House at Holland Park, London

David J.K. Roche – An Honourable Quest in Trust for a Nation

David J.K. Roche – An Honourable Quest in Trust for a Nation

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Whether as a collector of decorative arts or as a dog breeder and judge David Roche was all about being the very best that he could be on ever level of his life

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What is an Antique – Watch our FREE Video

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Collecting antiques is a social phenomenon, often misrepresented as being the hobby of only a select few. From my experience working in the trade, perusing galleries, working at and attending fairs and auctions over a long period of time (some 30 years) collecting antiques is a pleasure indulged in by a vast number of people from very different backgrounds and all walks of life.

A Symphony of Stained Glass – Flight of the Egret

A Symphony of Stained Glass – Flight of the Egret

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There are some in our society who are blessed with great creative gifts. Imagination is surely one, however it is one thing to have the ability to form images and ideas in the mind, especially of things never seen or never experienced directly, but quite another to connect those to the totality of real things in the world in order to convey knowledge or influence our perception of them.