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Glossary of Antiques Terms - Antiques Glossary ~ M.S. Rau Antiques

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.... Renaissance Revival of interest in classical design, beginning in Italy during the 14th century and continuing to spread throughout Europe until the 17th century....... Adapted from the French 18th-century style, it is also called a chaise lounge. Regence French Transitional period in French furniture design between Louis XIV and the Rococo style developed by Louis XV....... During the 18th and 19th centuries, rock crystal was one of the most precious and expensive materials used in the decorative arts... Read More »

The History of the Mirror ~ M.S. Rau Antiques

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.... By the 14th century, the invention of glass blowing techniques in Europe refueled the interest in mirror production....... New Techniques Bring Great Advances Glass blowing revolutionized the production of mirrors and by the 16th century, it was the Venetians who would turn their attention to mirrors, inventing a method....... Choosing the Right Mirror When selecting your mirror, ask if there have been any extensive restorations. Many frames, particularly those hailing from the late 18th and early 19th centuries in the neoclassical style boasted complex floral swags and garlands that over the years were easily damaged... Read More »