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...into decline there. 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....... 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 »

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 »

The official weblog of M.S. Rau Antiques » 2014 » March

...and the art form subsequently went into decline there. 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......About Ancient Monarchs March 5th, 2014 | posted by Ryan Clark   The worldwide fascination with antiques lies not just in their impressive age, but in the way that centuries ago, people used these prized objects much in the same way that we might today......: Large Chinese Export Silver Tankard This mid-19th century silver tankard made by Lee Ching of Canton, Shanghai and Hong Kong was made specifically for export, with a wealthy Western buyer in mind... Read More »

Let There Be Light: Choosing the Right Antique Chandelier ~ M.S. Rau Antiques

[from Resource Library] 03/14/2011
.... While crossed timber forms remained in use through the 15 th century, they gave way to magnificent iron or brass hoops of single and multiple levels....... Gothic designs were rendered in metal and carved wood. The Dutch introduced the curly-armed brass chandeliers around the 15 th century and variations of these designs flourished for centuries....... Managed fire meant warmth and protection...and light when and where there was once only darkness. Early civilizations revolutionized lighting with the inventions of tallow lamps, wax candles and, by around the 7 th century, the chandelier... Read More »

The official weblog of M.S. Rau Antiques » 2012 » May

....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...... some of the most desirable of the early 20th century, The Familiar Birds is absolutely breath-taking.  Despite the obvious qualities that would assumedly draw attention, it is the sitter......as a painter are apparent in this substantial painting of 20 ¾ x 13 ½ inches. His use of chiaroscuro implies influence from Italian Masters like Caravaggio from the late 16 th century. The diagonal... Read More »

The official weblog of M.S. Rau Antiques

...into decline there. 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....... 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 »
Billiard Table

The Noble Game of Billiards ~ M.S. Rau Antiques

[from Resource Library] 04/24/2009
...to that of croquet around the 15th-century, hence the green cloth resembling grass. The game underwent numerous transformations over the centuries and by the late 17th century, most towns could boast ownership of at least one public billiards table....... Majestic, early 19th-century tables such as these, beautifully restored and in excellent condition, are truly remarkable and wonderful finds. Tags: billiards......The Noble Game of Billiards ~ M.S. Rau Antiques The Noble Game of Billiards A A A Though experts have speculated for centuries about the true origins of billiards, most agree that the game evolved from a lawn game similar... Read More »