A collection of Chinese antiques, belonging to a British farmer, Roger Pilkington, has sold at auction for £45 million. The collection, consisting of around 100 pieces from the Tang, Song, Ming and Qing dynasties, dating from the 7th century to the 20th century. They had been collected by Mr Pilkington between 1950 and 1969, when… Continue reading A British farmer’s Chinese treasure trove fetches £45million
Art experts believe that the discovery of a 400 year old 17th Century painting in the Attic of a house in France, could be the greatest art find in the last 20 years. It is believed that the 400 year old painting is a work by Italian master Caravaggio (Michelangelo merisi da Caravaggio) and though… Continue reading The $136million leaky roof
Malachite is formed in the earth from the weathering of copper ore and has been used for many ornamental uses, such as the beautiful vases in these photos. It is more common than Azurite. Malachite has been predominantly mined in the Urals Russia but has also been found and in various locations around the World,… Continue reading Magical Green Malachite
Silverware at a formal dinner party is common but adding a bit of gold is a bit different and adds class and elegance to the formality. You don’t have to go to the extremes in the pictures of Buckingham Palace below but you can introduce varying degrees of gold (traditional or contemporary style) and it doesn’t… Continue reading All that glitters is gold
In March 2011, this Famille Rose Chinese Porcelain vase was listed in the Sotheby’s New York catalogue as “probably Republican period (20th century)”, with an estimated vale if $800 to $1200.In what would probably be the biggest variation to an auction estimate ever, the vase actually sold for $18 million!!! Bidders believed that Sotheby’s were… Continue reading Is this vase really worth $18 million?
Wedgwood Panel in the Palace of Archduke Albert in Vienna. History of Wedgwood Wedgwood (Josiah Wedgwood & Sons) was founded in 1759. In 1765 Wedgwood created a new form of earthenware, which attracted the attention of the Queen’s Consort, who provided official permission to call it “Queen’s Ware”. In 1766 Wedgwood created Jasperware, inspired… Continue reading Wedgwood an Icon