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Art Deco Collection Info
ART DECO is an art and design movement that started in the mid 1920’s (Paris Exhibition of 1925) and carried on through the 1940’s. The Art Deco movement began as a modern follow up to the ART NOUVEAU era and was thought to be a glamorous and modern time brought about after the oppression of World War I. The emergence of jazz music and flappers in the 1920’s brought a new spirit to people, and with it, a taste of luxury.
The ART DECO movement affected industrial design, interior design and architecture, as well as fashion, painting and the graphic arts which is evident in ART DECO antiques. The Art Deco movement was greatly influenced by other artistic movements including Cubism, Italian Futurism and Russian Constructivism. The opulent and lavish artistic style of ART DECO works were considered modern in the 1920's and 1930's. ART DECO pieces are often characterized by their use of materials such as stainless steel, lacquer, aluminum, inlaid pieces of wood and other exotic materials. The use of sweeping curves and bold stepped forms are common characteristics of the ART DECO movement and were considered the modern version of the previous ART NOUVEAU movement.
A resurgence and revival of ART DECO came first in the 1960's and 70's.
Then again in the 1980's ART DECO re-merged with a growing interest in graphic design.
In recent years, the search for New Modern forms dictates the sharp resurgent in TIMELESS ART DECO popularity, and is again becoming the latest resort for all forms of modern functional art. ART DECO is becoming the choice for the NEW MILLENNIUM.
The NEW WAVE of the AGE OF GLAMOUR is back again, let it ride together!
Art Nouveau Collection Info
Art Nouveau movement was established as the first new decorative style of the 20th century at the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris. Art Nouveau is an international movement and style of art, architecture and the decorative arts. Art Nouveau that in popularity at the turn of the 20th century 1890–1910. The name 'Art Nouveau' is French for 'new art'. It is also known as Jugendstil, German for 'youth style', named after the magazine Jugend, which promoted it, and in Italy, Stile Liberty from the department store in London, Liberty & Co., which popularised the style. A reaction to academic art of the 19th century, it is characterized by organic, especially floral and other plant-inspired motifs, as well as highly stylized, flowing curvilinear forms. Art Nouveau is an approach to design according to which artists should work on everything from architecture to furniture, making art part of everyday life. In design Art Nouveau was characterized by writhing plant forms and an opposition to the historicism which had plagued the 19th century.
The movement was strongly influenced by Czech artist Alphonse Mucha, when Mucha produced a lithographed poster, which appeared on 1 January 1895 in the streets of Paris as an advertisement for the play Gismonda by Victorien Sardou, starring Sarah Bernhardt. It was an overnight sensation, and announced the new artistic style and its creator to the citizens of Paris. Initially called the Style Mucha, (Mucha Style), this soon became known as Art Nouveau.
Art Nouveau was most strongly felt throughout Europe - from Glasgow to Moscow to Madrid - but its influence was global. In France, Hector Guimard's metro entrances shaped the landscape of Paris and Emile Gallé was at the center of the school of thought in Nancy. Victor Horta had a decisive impact on architecture in Belgium. Magazines like Jugend helped spread the style in Germany, especially as a graphic art form, while the Vienna Secessionists influenced art and architecture throughout Austria-Hungary. Art Nouveau was also a movement of distinct individuals such as Gustav Klimt, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Alphonse Mucha, René Lalique, Antoni Gaudí and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Art Nouveau fell out of favour with the arrival of 20th-century modernist styles and it is seen today as an important bridge between the historicism of Neoclassicism and modernism. Art Nouveau monuments are now recognized as significant contributions to cultural heritage.
Gemstone Collection Info
Your best place for BRITISH and EUROPEAN Jewelry / Jewellery including Antique Jewellery, Vintage Jewellery, Hand made Jewellery, Costume Jewellery, Designer Jewellery or just Unique Jewellery. The store with a wide and interesting vintage jewellery selection.
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We are not a Gemstone reseller- we are specialists in Antiques and Collectables. However, we are honored to offer in our store exclusive gemstones from a few personal collections that have been compiled over the period of eighty years. The gemstones featured in our store are of the highest quality, unique, specially cut and one of the kind. So bookmark our store, there is a new and exiting gemstone inventory coming soon!
Vintage Jewellery Collection Info
Jewellery or jewelry signifies items of personal adornment, such as necklaces, rings, brooches, earrings and bracelets. Jewellery may be made from any material: gemstones, precious metals or shells, besides other materials, depending on cultural differences and availability of materials. Jewellery may be appreciated because of geometric or other patterns, or meaningful symbols. The word jewellery is derived from the word jewel, Anglicised from the Old French "jouel" circa the 13th century. Further tracing leads back to the Latin word "jocale", meaning plaything. Jewellery is one of the oldest forms of body adornment; recently found 100,000 year-old beads made from Nassarius shells, are thought to be the oldest known jewellery. Jewellery is sometimes seen as wealth storage or functionally as holding a garment or hair together. It has from very early times also been regarded as a form of personal adornment. The first pieces of jewellery were made from natural materials, such as bone, animal teeth, shell, wood and carved stone. Jewellery has been made to adorn nearly every body part, from hairpins to toe rings and many more types of jewellery. While high-quality jewellery is made with gemstones and precious metals, such as silver or gold, there is also a growing demand for art jewellery where design and creativity is prized above material value. In addition, there is the less costly costume jewellery, made from lower value materials and mass-produced. Other variations include wire sculpture (wrap) jewellery, using anything from base metal wire with rock tumbled stone to precious metals and precious gemstones.