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Faberge silver inkwell

For centuries silver has been admired and collected by many for its beauty, brilliant lustre as well as for its intrinsic value. However, silver was once considered by some to be a necessity, symbolic of one's place in society. Whether you were a nobleman in the 18th century or of the Medieval period, a magnificent display of silverware was almost paramount.

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  • Posted by Robin Newcombe
Argyle pink Jubilee diamond

An incredible discovery was made at the Argyle diamond mine in the East Kimberley region of a remote northern corner of Western Australia a couple of weeks ago. Miners there found a rough pink diamond weighing 12.76 carats, the largest such stone found in the country. Estimated to be worth millions, the diamond has been named the Argyle Pink Jubilee and will be cut and polished over a period of ten days in Perth, before being sold later this year.

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  • Posted by Simon Rufus
Fabio Capello pensive glasses

All the news today seems to be centred on the resignation of Fabio Capello. He appears to have become incensed over the Football Association’s removal of John Terry as captain of the England Football team. In very difficult financial times it is quite hard to accept the obscene wages of players and managers alike, who seem to have evaded politicians expansively muttering about the greed of bankers. At least the bankers bought art with their massive incomes.

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  • Posted by Jonathan Riley
Charles Newington Folkestone giclee print

We all know the cost of insurance has recently escalated dramatically. Many people have paintings inherited or bought that have become valuable and are a lure for thieves. So why not make as perfect a copy as possible to hang on the walls with the original safely stored? Delicate watercolours no longer need be hidden behind their own curtains to avoid fading in the light and hence ruined. Giclee prints are generally known as the finest quality reproductions of images that can be made and they don’t fade.

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  • Posted by Jonathan Riley
Fra Angelico et les Maitres de la Lumiere

Recently I visited the wonderful exhibition, Fra Angelico et les Maîtres de la Lumière, at the delightful Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris. Paintings have been collected from many sources to produce an exhilarating experience for the viewer. At first my heart sank as I saw the immense queue in the street waiting to gain entry. I wondered why so many people wanted to see such an esoteric exhibition, but this was France and Paris.

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  • Posted by Jonathan Riley
Lady Windmere's Fan by Oscar Wilde

Grand Auctions will be selling paintings of costumes for Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan. The play is well known, especially for Wilde’s epigrams. ‘We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars’, ‘Wicked women bother one, good women bore one, that is the only difference between them,’ are two of many.

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  • Posted by Jonathan Riley
silver tea service set

Antique silver objects have been seen as a safe haven for savvy investors for a long time, but for many people who have acquired silver objects, knowing how, who to sell to and when to sell can be a difficult decision to make.

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  • Posted by Robin Newcombe
Elizabeth Taylor eyes

Recently there has been a great deal of publicity for the much inflated prices people were prepared to pay for jewellery belonging to Elizabeth Taylor. The lady concerned seemed to have considerable skill in receiving very expensive presents only equalled by her ability to marry rich husbands.

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  • Posted by Jonathan Riley

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