Equal parts stunning objet d’art and mechanical marvel, few antiques evoke more delight than a singing-bird tabatière. Holding the beautiful box in the palm of your hand, all is calm. Until, that is, a vibrant feathered bird emerges singing, twirling, and flapping his tiny wings! At the conclusion of his song, the minute bird slips […]
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By upending old tried and true methods of painting that had served art for the past four centuries, such as perspective and foreshortening, Cubists abandoned old techniques in favor of new ones. Artists now explored new methods of opening forms, blending background into foreground, and showing one object fragmented and from various angles. In the same instance groundbreaking, distorted, and abstracted, these new stylistic techniques yielded prompt recognition and regard.
On October 30, 1974, the Rumble in the Jungle World Heavyweight Championship pitted the then undefeated boxing champion George Foreman against challenger Muhammad Ali. The match ended with Ali winning by knockout just before the conclusion of the eighth round and is now considered one of the greatest sporting events of the 20th century.
Within this influential structure, the Pope reigns supreme – his actions and words have held remarkable import for as long as the position has existed. In March 2013, a monumental event took place as the 266th pope was elected, Pope Francis I. The first pope hailing from Argentina, Pope Francis I embraced the modern era unlike any other before, sparking a renewed global interest in the Vatican. Recently popularized by blockbuster films and top-rated pop fiction novels, the Vatican is headlining news now more than ever before. Stories about secret archives and ancient symbols within the walls of the Vatican seem farfetched, but the true history that envelops the world’s smallest country is no less intriguing.
It has been cherished for millennia, heralded as a ubiquitous symbol of beauty, luxury and royalty in China: Jade. Without question, this stone has surpassed every other with its enduring importance and rich history. Valued for its beauty and symbolic powers, jade is pervasive throughout Chinese decorative arts, considered the most valuable of all precious stones. Today, Asian and non-Asian buyers alike are drawn to jade as never before. And in this Chinese New Year, jade holds a special importance as a symbol of prosperity, success, and good luck.