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Capodimonte: royal passion for porcelain
NEW YORK – Capodimonte porcelain was born of secrecy, love and passion. In 1738, the height of the porcelain craze, Bourbon King Charles VII of Naples and Sicily wed Maria Amalia of Saxony, whose grandfather founded Meissen, the first hard paste porcelain factory in Europe. Its secret formula replicated the strength, fragility, translucence and heat-resistance […]
Portrait miniatures: personal mementos
NEW YORK – Long before we carried around photos of family and friends on our phones, there were portrait miniatures. First used to decorate handwritten books in the 1500s, miniatures were then framed and, owing to their size, well suited to be carried around by people whether as tokens of worship, loyalty to a king […]
Miscellaneana: Glassware and Accessories
LONDON – If you’ve kept up these last couple of weeks, you’ve shunned the supermarket and purchased your vintage wine at your local saleroom; you’ve tracked down an appropriately elaborate corkscrew to flourish when you uncork your next bottle and you’re all set for a new year of dinner parties that will make friends and […]