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

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.... By the 15th century, the nef was used as a receptacle for salt, goblets, napkins, eating utensils, and meat. By the 16th century, it evolved into an elaborate table ornament, from the form of simple boats to fully and accurately rigged ships often peopled with tiny figures....... Necessaire Travel became a key pastime for the affluent beginning in the 18th century. Young gentlemen and women of high social standing often traveled throughout the Continent in an extended, educational tour known as their Grand Tour....... Its earliest known use, recorded in 12th century France, was most likely as a drinking vessel and was made of materials other than silver... Read More »

Collecting Antique Globes ~ M.S. Rau Antiques

[from Resource Library] 03/14/2009
.... Maker Next, who was the maker of your globe? Commercial globe making, directed towards a privileged few, began in The Dutch Republic towards the end of the 15th century and soon spread to the rest of the continent, and eventually America......court in the 17th century. Important makers in Germany were ushered in with the Enlightenment and globes from the New World began to appear at the end of the 18th century....... Many believe that some of the finest antique globes and scientific devices were crafted in London during the 18th and 19th centuries... Read More »

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.... In the late 15th century, when the Portguese re-established reliable trade routes to sub-Saharan Africa, ivory began flowing back into central Europe and the famous wood carving artisans of Odenwald subsequently....... Considered among the premier ébénistes of the 18th century, Latz counted numerous members of royalty throughout Europe as patrons....... Owned by one of the most powerful men in the world, and handcrafted by one of the greatest ébénistes of the 18th century, this clock is a profound work of art of incredible historical importance... Read More »

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....C.E., and wore them as talismans to ward off evil spirits. Once cutting techniques emerged in the late 15th-century, colored diamonds quickly became associated with power and wealth, with the grandest examples finding their way into crown jewels......Comments RSS Archive for the 'Jewelry' Category The Splendor of Natural Colored Diamonds May 30th, 2012 | posted by Bill Rau This astounding 4......: A veritable rainbow of colored diamonds are showcased in this exquisite bracelet. Less than 1/1,000,000th of all yellow diamonds are graded as Natural Fancy, and even fewer bear the Intense color grading of this spectacular specimen... Read More »

.... In the late 15th century, when the Portguese re-established reliable trade routes to sub-Saharan Africa, ivory began flowing back into central Europe and the famous wood carving artisans of Odenwald subsequently....... The first historical record of a mechanical music device dates to 9th century Iraq with the creation of a water-powered organ that played cylinders outfitted with tiny pins that corresponded......to particular notes on the organ. It is this very cylinder design that was used in music boxes through the 19th century... Read More »