09 mars 2017

Palermo Chinese palace

Characterized by an unusual mix of architectural styles, the Chinese house was designed and built in 1799 by G. Venancio Marvuglia according to the taste of the "chinoiseries" turn of the century, on commission of King Ferdinand III of Bourbon, who stayed there for a long time during the forced residence in Sicily. The sovereign will hosted several friends and among the distinguished guests and admired this building is a must also remember the visit of Admiral Nelson and Lady Hamilton. The... [Lire la suite]
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06 février 2017

Prince Charles Renovated This Incredible Historic Scottish Home

Prince Charles (known as the Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland) stands at the entrance to the Tapestry Room of Dumfries House, which was preserved for posterity through his efforts. Designed by the brothers Adam and furnished by cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale, Dumfries House is considered the most gloriously intact 18th-century house in Scotland.   The ceiling in the entrance hall features ornate plaster ornamentation; a mahogany-and-brass grand orrey is situated between Doric columns. The floors are stone.   ... [Lire la suite]
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01 février 2017

Renaissance Gimmel Ring with Memento Mori, German, dated 1631

Renaissance Gimmel Ring with Memento Mori, German, dated 1631. Fold. Height 29.61 mm; exterior diam. 23.7 mm; bezel 14.25 x 12.18 mm.; Weight 13.75 grams US size 7.5 UK 0 ½. Griffin Collection, L.2015.73.1 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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01 février 2017

Devotional Ring, British (?), 13th century

Devotional Ring, British (?), 13th century. Gold and sapphire. Height 26.6 mm.; hoop inner diam. 20 mm.; hoop outer diam. 23.5 mm; bezel 10 x 13.4 mm.; weight 8.71 g. Griffin Collection, L.2015.72.10 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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29 janvier 2017

Cusped Ring, North European, 15th century

Cusped Ring, North European, 15th century. Gold, hessonite garnet. Height 26.4 mm.; hoop inner diam. 20 mm.; hoop outer diam. 26 mm.; bezel 19 x 13 mm.; weight 12.34 g. Griffin Collection, L.2015.72.14. © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. When this ring was made, goldsmiths concentrated on showcasing the color and brilliance of gemstones. Here, the designer captures the deep, lustrous tones of the hessonite garnet. The ring itself is cast from a single piece of gold. The octagonal collar that holds the stone in place... [Lire la suite]
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14 octobre 2016

An Art Deco diamond bracelet, by Cartier

Lot 255. An Art Deco diamond bracelet, by Cartier. Estimate USD 200,000 - USD 300,000. Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016. Designed as a wide old and single-cut diamond pierced band of 'fleurette' design, 1923, 7 1/4 ins., with French assay marks for platinum and 18k gold, in a Cartier red leather case. Signed Cartier, Paris, no. 0123 With a Certificate of Authenticity from Cartier Christie's. Sale 12182, Important Jewels, 18 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza 
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30 septembre 2016

A private apartment in Florence, Italy

A private apartment in Florence, Italy. © Photo Francesca Pagliai
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18 août 2016

Buzzanca Gioielli. Buzzanca chess-set, pearls, gold, diamonds

Buzzanca Gioielli. Buzzanca chess-set, pearls, gold, diamonds. Photo courtesy Buzzanca Gioielli
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17 août 2016

Conservation of the "Chinese Cabinets" in Schönbrunn Palace on course for completion

 Chinese Cabinet in Schönbrunn Palace. VIENNA.- Much of the conservation work on the "Chinese" Round Cabinet, part of the exquisite East-Asian interior decoration in Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria, has been completed, and work on the "Chinese" Oval Cabinet continues full steam ahead. The conservation work is based on a concept developed with the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF. Small and exclusive: the "Chinese Cabinets" in Schönbrunn Palace with their East-Asian decoration were not originally intended... [Lire la suite]
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17 août 2016

Kedleston Hall

Caesars’ Hall, the everyday ground-floor entrance hall at Kedleston Hall. ©National Trust Images/Nadia Mackenzie Part of the Marble Hall at Kedleston Hall. ©National Trust Images/Dennis Gilbert The Marble Hall at Kedleston. ©NTPL/Dennis Gilbert Pause amongst the pillars... at Kedleston. ©NTPL/Dennis Gilbert The Drawing Room at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire. The chimneypiece and ceiling were designed by Paine, while the doorcases and sofas are slightly later additions by Robert Adam. ©NTPL/Nadia Mackenzie... [Lire la suite]