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Maison Denière
Maison Denière was a famous French foundry with an unrivaled reputation for quality in the nineteenth century. Jean François Denière (1744 – 1866) and Thomas Matelin founded the first workshop Denière et Matelin in 1808.According to the catalogue of the 1855 Paris Exposition  ...
André Delatte
Nancy School · Art Nouveau · Craftsmanship
Banker captured his name in cameo glass – Andre Delatte (1887- 1953).André Delatte is a master glassmaker who founded Verreries de l’Est in 1921, whose workshop produced beautiful artistic glassware under the A.Delatte Nancy trademark in Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles.Be ...
Wedgwood Jasperware
CRAFTSMANSHIP · HISTORY · TECHNIQUES
Josiah Wedgwood (1730 – 1795) – An English potter, who’s company was founded in 1759. Wedgwood crafts are famous for their unique traditional materials: Jasper, luminescent Queen’s Ware, and fine bone china. Since 1759 to today, many of Josiah Wedgwood’s methods are still used b ...
Art Deco
Art Deco · 20th Century · Visual Arts History
Art Deco is a relatively new style, yet, there are many curiosities hidden in its history. Popular in the “Roaring 20s”, this style comes back to the 21st century as a major trend. What is Art Deco Style? Art Deco is a style that combined arts and craftsmanship, it manifested across arc ...
The Japanese Shibayama Inlay
Japan · Meiji Period · Inlay
The shibayama zogan (inlay), as it is known amongst the Japanese, is an art technique consisting of incrusting diverse source materials into a ground base material, particularly, Japanese lacquer. The technique is often mentioned as being an artistic achievement of the Meiji Period in the se ...
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt
(1736-1783)
Franz Xaver · Austrian sculptor
Austrian sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt was born in Wurttemberg, Germany, in the year of 1736. He is most known for his series of 64 grimaces represented in extraordinary character heads (of these only 49 survive today), which have shocked the artistic critique of the period, and puzzled ...
Floral Decoration in Meissen Porcelain
floral decoration · rococo influence
For many enthusiasts of antique porcelain, the Meissen factory is the highest standard ever achieved for a type of porcelain made in Europe (as opposed to the porcelain made in China, starting several centuries earlier). The discovery of the Arcanum to make this “pure white gold” was mad ...
Archibald Knox and his Design
Archibald Knox · Art Nouveau · Celtic Revival
Archibald Knox was born in the year 1864 in the Isle of Man. Although being Manx by birth, he had a Scottish descent, and this origin would have an important aesthetical influence in his designs, inasmuch many of them feature the characteristic disciplined and sober traces of the North. Arch ...
Wondering about the Cabinet of Curiosities
history · cabinet of curiosities · first places
Cabinets of curiosities have been around for more than 4 centuries, and they may be regarded as the ancestors behind our passion for collecting antiques – these “chambers of wonder” were the first visible shape of our taste for antique and precious, foreign and exotic, mysterious or si ...
Chinese carved cinnabar lacquerware
The Chinese Art of · Cinnabar · Lacquerer Pieces
The material we know as “lacquer” has a plant origin, as it comes from the so-called “lacquer tree”, widely disseminated in Asia through a variety of subspecies. Indeed, the word we use - lacquer - connotes to this origin, and, interestingly, its western etymology is Portuguese and d ...