26 juin 2016

Special collections of fine English ceramics lead Skinner's Auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts

Lot 365. Wedgwood Numbered First Edition Copy of the Portland Vase, England, 18th century. Estimate $40,000-$60,000. Photo Skinner MARLBOROUGH, MASS.- Skinner, Inc. will present a summer auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Marlborough Gallery on Friday, July 15 at 10AM. With over 750 lots on offer, the auction will feature Part II of the Troy Dawson Chappell Collection of 17th and 18th century English Pottery and Part I of the Paul Lauer Collection of Wedgwood, as well as an expansive selection... [Lire la suite]

26 janvier 2016

Dress ("robe à la française"), c. 1760, England

Dress ("robe à la française"), c. 1760, England. Yellow silk taffeta (lustring), matching trim; double-flounced pagoda sleeves; matching petticoat. AC5761 88-11AB. ©The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Toru Kogure. A typical 18th century women's dress, "robe à la française". The color has a golden shine, resonating with the glossy brilliance of the crisp silk. In early Christian culture, yellow was seen as the color of heretics, and held in contempt until medieval times. In China, yellow was the color of the... [Lire la suite]
26 janvier 2016

Dress ("robe à la française"), c. 1760, England

Dress ("robe à la française"), c. 1760, England. Off-white Spitalfields silk brocade of gold, silver, and polychrome threads with plant pattern; trimmed with gold lace and silver gauze; matching stomacher and petticoat. AC4891 84-23-1AC. ©The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Taishi Hirokawa. This dress, made from the gorgeous silk brocade on a white background made in Spitalfields, had come down from a Scottish castle. Three kinds of gold threads and 11 colors silk threads weaved floral pattern, on the background of... [Lire la suite]
26 janvier 2016

Detail of a mantua, England, 1740-1745

Detail of a mantua, England, 1740-1745, embroidered silk with coloured silk and metal threads, Victoria and Albert Museum © V&A Images
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01 janvier 2016

Sand-colored men's suit with multicolored embroidered vest, about 1780, England

Sand-colored men's suit with multicolored embroidered vest, about 1780, England. Sand-colored silk rep, multicolored silk embroidery. Ident.Nr. 2003 KR 106 ac. © Photo: Museum of Decorative Arts of the National Museums in Berlin - Prussian Cultural Heritage. Photo: Saturia Linke The three-piece suit consists of a narrow skirt with arched cut-back front parts, stand-up collar, long sleeves with cuffs and embroidery on the front edges, cuffs, pocket flaps and the rear tails. The skirt has a set of 20 embroidered... [Lire la suite]
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31 décembre 2015

Tiara of horn and moonstone made by FJ Partridge for Liberty & Co, England, c.1900.

Tiara of horn and moonstone made by FJ Partridge for Liberty & Co, England, c.1900.
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20 décembre 2015

The fashion gallery at Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin

Gown in dark-green Gros de Tour brocade, England, 1730-1740. This gown with adjusted back is typical of English ladies’ fashion during the 18th century and is outstanding in the quality of its stiff, beautifully brocaded silk, with its pattern of tulips and chrysanthemum flowers. Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.  Jacket ca. 1750. Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Bodice, ca. 1750. Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Men’s suit made of blue wool in twill weave... [Lire la suite]
15 juin 2015

British Museum displays superb collection of medieval and Renaissance treasures

The Waddesdon Bequest, Room 2a, British Museum. © The Trustees of the British Museum. LONDON.- The Waddesdon Bequest, the superb collection of medieval and Renaissance treasures left to the British Museum in 1898 by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild MP, is being redisplayed in a new gallery that opened on 11 June 2015.The gallery is made possible through a generous donation from the Rothschild Foundation. The new display contains some of the most impressive objects in the British Museum’s European collection, and gives... [Lire la suite]
13 juin 2015

Shoes and sacrifice: Exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum explores footwear fashion

Chopines, about 1600 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London LONDON (AFP).- For centuries, women and sometimes men have squeezed their feet into tiny shoes or balanced on towering heels to feel sexy, empowered and to show their wealth and status. Now their sacrifice is being celebrated in a new exhibition, 'Shoes: Pleasure and Pain', which opens at the V&A museum in London on Saturday. From a 2,000-year-old pair of Egyptian gold sandals to child-like Chinese slippers for bound feet, to Christian... [Lire la suite]
18 avril 2015

30 masterpieces from St. Petersburg shown in UK for the first time as part of 'Francis Bacon and the Masters'

Francis Bacon, Study for a Portrait of Van Gogh, England, 1956. Oil on Canvas © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2014. NORWICH.- From 18 April, 30 masterpieces on loan from the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg will go on display in the UK for the first time as part of Francis Bacon and the Masters at the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich (18 April – 26 July). The major loan includes important works by Picasso, Velazquez, Rodin, Titian and Matisse, as well as outstanding examples of antique Greek,... [Lire la suite]