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Ming Dynasty
With the Ming period, during which all the arts were encouraged and flourished, we mark a notable advance, for painted decoration in color, both monochrome, and polychrome, now appears with its manifold fascination, whereas formerly colored glazes had supplied the sole chromatic resource.
The Sung Dynasty
Burton summarises the distinguishing characteristics of the Sung porcelain as simple, and sometimes clumsy, in shape; the body never white, but at best greyish in colour, and occasionally drab or even reddish-brown; the walls of the pieces thick and rarely possessing the quality of translucence; the glazes imperfect and uneven in their distribution, displaying bubbles and drops; and the decoration attained by the use of coloured glazes but never by painting under the glaze.
Decorative Uses Of Russian Textiles
In the modern use of old brocades, damasks and velvets for picture frames, desk appointments, cigarette boxes and match cases, there is to be seen one of the happiest adaptations of an art for purposes other than that for which it was originally designed.
Miniature Animal Sculptures By Faberge
The general public knew very little about the Russian court jeweler, Peter Carl Faberge, until 1934 when some of the jeweled Easter eggs which he made for the Imperial family came on the market in London.
Ornaments Lend Charm And Grace
Grandfather called them knick-knacks. Grandmother had a friendlier word and spoke of them as bric-a-brac. Today they are known as ornaments. and the change of name is an indication of the honor they now hold in the scheme of interior decoration. Ornaments at present are used not merely as accessories but as the finishing touches to a home.
Elijah Skaggs
The Skaggs clan in the Kentucky backwoods showed less energy than most in tilling the overfertile soil and took fullest advantage of idleness to indulge in the sports of the day.
The Paris Doll Show
Some 60,000 people paid 60 cents a head to see the autumn show of 4,000 dolls from 74 countries held at the Galliera Museum in Paris, and the French Children's Protection Center benefited by over $40,000.
The name "melodeon" was originated by Jeramiah Carhart of Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1835. For over ten years he had worked with harmoniums and other reed organs of the day to develop an instrument with a softer, sweeter sound. The product he finally put on the market he called a melodeon: the sound was mellow, and a melody could be played upon it.
The Starch Books
Do you remember the "Starch Books"? Chances are you do, if you were a child at the turn of the century or in the early years of the 1900s. For a generation these unprepossessing little booklets were saved by mothers, and loved, read, traded, collected, and prized by children throughout most of America.
The Silver Of Our Allies
With so many nations in the world joined in a common struggle and united by bonds of a new idealism, it has been interesting to see the response of the public to museum exhibitions featuring the arts of our Allies.
Small Furniture, Its Past And Future
It may be that the home of tomorrow will be fitted with miracle gadgets whereby the sweeping, dusting, cooking, dishwashing and air-conditioning will be done in a couple of minutes by pressing this or that button.
Lovely Cherishable Lustre Ware
Lustre ware is so desirable that you find little of it in the slops nowadays. Pieces of this delightful old English pottery do come on the market, of course, but they are gone in a few days.
Old Prints Of Boston
In the year 1634 William Wood wrote in picturesque seventeenth century style in his New England Prospect an impression of Boston, which had been founded in 1630, "Boston is two miles Northeast from Koxberrv: His situation is very Pleasant being a Peninsula... so that a little fencing will secure their cattle from the wolves. Their greatest wants be Wood and Medow ground which never were in that place . . . It being a neck and bare of wood they are not troubled with three great annoyances of wolves, rattlesnakes, and Mosquitoes..This Towne, although it be neither the greatest nor the richest, yet it is the most noted and frequented...There were sixteen other settlements in the Massachusetts Bay Colony but Boston soon established her supremacy over them all.
Three Paintings By The Masters
One rarely thinks of Dutch painting of the seventeenth century in terms of local schools. The country is too small and painters like Rembrandt, Hals, Vermeer are too great for purely geographical classifications to assume any considerable significance. Influences travel quickly in such a small country from one city to another and so do the masters themselves.
Silas Allen Flintlock
Silas Allen, Massachusetts gunsmith, was born in Boston in 1775. In 1796 he opened a gunshop in Shrewsbury where his father was also a gunsmith. Here he made flintlock rifles, flintlock Kentucky-type rifles, and did general gunsmithing. He operated his shop from 1796 to 1843.
American Cut Glass Patterns
George E. Hatch, assignor to the Meriden Flint Glass Company of Meriden, Connecticut (later to become part of the International Silver Plate Company of Meriden) on September 19, 1882, patented two very handsome designs for cut glass articles.
Kestner Dolls
The exact time the Kestner family began making dolls is not known. About 1860 Henry Kestner, son of the Kestner then making the doll of that name in Germany, came to the United States, and settled in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Eighteen Enamels
About three hundred years ago a certain Jean Perricaud, the descendant of a race of hereditary craftsmen, performed a chef d'oeuvre at Limoges, that quaint old city so centrally situated in France.
Mainly A Woman's Hobby
Chaucer mentions "ensamplers," but no fourteenth or fifteenth-century samplers have survived. A few seventeenth-century and plenty of eighteenth-century samplers are collectable still, and an interesting study they make, especially for a woman.
It was about the year 1622 that Dame Anne Sherley made her will, and bequeathed "my Turkey carpet of cowcumbers, a chaire of needleworke of apples, my carpet of needleworke of gilly flores and woodbynes," also " five of my chaires of cruell needleworke " to her heirs and assigns. Crewels were used even then, it appears.
Old Keys
There are not many collectors of old keys-in this country. In France there are a considerable number of old-key collectors; it is true, no doubt, that the best keys made in the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries were French.
The Sign-Manual Of The Great
Out of a bookseller's threepenny box I fished a firstedition copy of Carlyle's " Past and Present." And going through it to " collate " it, as booksellers say-to see that no letterpress pages or the title-page or flyleaves were missing-I came upon what seemed to be a signed autograph letter by Thomas Carlyle himself.
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