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Collecting Vintage Posters
Whilst many people dream of one day owning a piece of fine art, very few ever see this dream materialised on their mantelpiece. On the other hand, almost everyone grew up surrounded by posters, either on their bedroom walls or adorning the streets around them. Vintage posters represent a kind of graphic art which was designed for mass consumption; they were not made to be framed in museums but to advertise products and events, knowing that they could be rained on, torn down or covered up. Read More »

Collecting and Understanding Old Masters
The term ‘Old Masters’ generally refers to European artists and their work dating from (approximately) the 1500s to the 1800s. However, the category of Old Masters is not a formal classification of art in historical terms. Instead, it acts as an umbrella term and encompasses a wide range of styles, movements and locations, including Romanticism, Renaissance (Early, High, Gothic, Venetian, Spanish, Northern), Baroque, the Dutch Golden Age, Rococo and Neoclassicism. To be considered a ‘Master’ is partly... Read More »

Hollywood Memorabilia
Few people can resist the glamourous appeal of Hollywood and in recent years this nostalgia has emerged in several high-profile auctions of noteworthy memorabilia. Recent sales include the personal possessions and cinematic souvenirs of two iconic Hollywood stars: Christie’s The Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn (the star of Roman Holiday, My Fair Lady, Breakfast at Tiffany’s) and Sotheby’s The Vivian Leigh Collection (Gone with the Wind, A Street Car Named Desire). Read More »

Dollhouse Furniture Collecting
Pieces of furniture made by the Ladies’ Guild are in very high demand and that translates into cost. They are extremely fragile now and many are in very poor and degraded condition. However, for keen collectors - particularly in England - they do have special appeal. Read More »

The History of Chess
The history of the game of chess dates back 1500 years. Its origins have been debated between India (where it was called Chaturanga) and China. From Asia the game spread to Persia, and then Southern Europe after the Arab invasion of Persia. It’s in Persia that archaeologists have discovered the oldest chess pieces. From Persia the game spread across the world, for example in Russia through Mongolia, where it was played from the 7th century, cementing its presence and importance there. Read More »

Chinese Ceramics
Chinese ceramics and porcelain have a long and illustrious history. These world-renowned ceramics are not only remarkable for the quality and artistry involved in their production, but the ways in which their styles and motifs can be traced from the early Palaeolithic era to the modern day. Read More »

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