James Gillis

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Beauty Amidst Danger

September 6th, 2012

Weapons are some of the most intriguing antique pieces, possessing both a tangible strength of material and a symbolic strength of a nation or people. ¬†A few of my historical¬†favorites that we have in the gallery right now are these three elegant examples. With intricate designs and workmanship, and the unyielding form of a serious […]

The beauty of French Provincial furniture

May 31st, 2012

A fantastic Louis XV French Provincial Table Every so often, a piece of furniture comes along that perfectly embodies both the form and function of the period in which it was made. This magnificent French Provincial centre table captures the spirit of the Louis XV period and the craftsmanship of the Provincial style in a […]

The Fire Within

April 26th, 2012

Nonius, a Roman Senator, preferred exile to parting with the Ethiopian Opal that Marc Antony demanded from him. Furthermore, the famous 1st century author Pliny wrote that Opals combine the best possible characteristics of the most beautiful of gemstones. One look at this magnificent opal bead necklace and you instantly understand why these stones have […]

Purple Sapphires, a Rare and Regal Delight!

March 20th, 2012

Sapphires can be called the gemstones of the sky . . .they lie well hidden in just a few places and have to be brought to light through extremely hard work. Sapphires are found in India, Burma, Ceylon, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, Tanzania and Kenya. From the gemstone mines, these raw crystals are first […]

It’s a large world after all!

February 17th, 2012

This extraordinary terrestrial globe, measuring an impressive 30 inches in diameter, was crafted by the reputable firm W. & A.K. Johnston, Ltd. The beautiful, accurately detailed map is set within a lavishly carved mahogany base on four cabriole legs. Globes of this grand scale were incredibly expensive to make. It proved to be much more […]

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