James Gillis

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For the Love of Porcelain: Meissen’s Cupid

February 1st, 2016

Chocolates, flowers, cozy candle-lit dinners – these ordinary words gain a special significance this time of year around Valentine’s Day. This season of grand romantic gestures and proclamations of love is often personified by its most popular mascot – the mischievous young Cupid. The name alone conjures an image of a chubby-cheeked cherub wielding his infamous bow and arrow. Yet, the plump young cherub that today adorns Valentine’s cards and chocolate boxes is actually older than the holiday itself.

A King Among Porcelain: KPM

November 11th, 2015

Earning a legendary reputation after over 250 years of superior porcelain production, KPM Berlin porcelain and china is considered among the finest in the world in terms of quality, creativity, and history. Almost exclusively crafted by hand in classic forms, KPM porcelain has become synonymous with beautiful and timeless pieces that possess a character that surpasses their mere practical uses. A lasting expression of individuality and luxury, KPM Berlin porcelain remains highly desirable and treasured today.

Master of Glass: Lalique Perfume Bottles

August 7th, 2015

Renowned for his impeccable artistry in glass design, René Lalique is a legend of his craft. His illustrious career began in 1881 as a designer of stunning jewelry creations, and he eventually took over the workshop of jeweler Jules Destape in Paris. For nearly a decade, Lalique concentrated exlusively on fine jewelry design, but by 1890 the celebrated artisan began his first experiments in designs using glass. Lalique would, by the early 20th century, fully emerge not only as a master of Art Nouveau jewelry, but also an Art Deco master of glass who would irrevocably change the world of glassmaking.

Like Father, Like Son: The Artistic Style of the Brueghel Family

May 13th, 2015

The Brueghel family has long enjoyed a strong history in the realm of Flemish painting. The patriarch of the family, Pieter Brueghel the Elder, set the stage for the family’s success and popularity in 16th-century Dutch Renaissance art that carried on for his future generations. As placing peasants in everyday life as the subject of […]

Nécessaire: The Greatest Travel Companion + GIVEAWAY!

December 2nd, 2014

Travel during the late 16th century all the way through the early 19th century was considered a privilege and a symbol of wealth shared only by those who were fortunate enough to afford the luxury. Upon completing their academic studies, young gentlemen and women of high social standing would spend time traveling throughout Paris, Venice, […]

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