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  • WHAT MAKES JADE VALUABLE?

    September 20th, 2016 · 2:00 pm  →  Antiques Asian Art Blog Jewelry

    Jade has been revered by many cultures for its beauty, durability, and its presumed metaphysical properties, which include the ability to manifest various aspects of spirituality, as well as heal both the body and mind. The word Jade originally comes from the the Spanish expression, “piedra de ijada” which literally translates to “the stone of theRead the Rest…

    SEPTEMBER 16TH- FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    It’s another Friday, and you know what that means! Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Have you been wondering what the Textile Department has been up to the last four years at The Art Institute of Chicago? Well this is your last chanceRead the Rest…

    AUGUST 26TH- FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    It’s the last Friday of the August, and we’re glad to be celebrating all of our hard work with an upcoming long weekend. But before that, we’re glad to share some interesting stories from the week! Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Closing thisRead the Rest…

    TERMINOLOGY CONFUSION FOR RARE FIRST EDITIONS

    August 16th, 2016 · 2:00 pm  →  Antiques Books Libraries Literature

    There can be a lot of confusion when reading descriptions of rare books. When confronted with terms like first edition or third impression, the meaning isn’t always clear. Here is a very brief breakdown of some of the most common terms you will come across. Edition – An edition encompasses all of the copies ofRead the Rest…

    THE HISTORY AND LEGACY OF ACOMA POTTERY

    In Southwestern New Mexico, nestled atop a high sandstone mesa overlooking vast arroyos and valleys,  is the oldest inhabited community in North America — the Acoma Pueblo, also known as “sky city”.  Located approximately one hour west of Albuquerque, NM, this is where the Acoma people have lived for centuries, producing an inspiring wealth ofRead the Rest…

    UPDATED FEDERAL LAWS INCREASE REQUIREMENTS FOR IVORY SALES

    August 2nd, 2016 · 2:00 am  →  Antiques Appraisal Art Law Art Market Artifacts Government Historical Objects Ivory News

    Just two months ago, we posted a follow-up to our original 2014 blog about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) regulations on the trade of ivory. Since 1989, trade in certain ivory items has been illegal in the United States, following an international agreement by United Nations sub-body the Convention on International Trade in EndangeredRead the Rest…

    MECHANICAL BANKS: MAKE SAVING MONEY FUN!

    Still banks where coins are deposited into a receptacle by hand have been around for centuries, but the introduction of mechanical banks in the late 1800s added a level of entertainment to saving your pennies. Mechanical banks differ from still banks in that they require the coin to be deposited through a mechanical process. TheRead the Rest…

    IS IT CHINESE OR JAPANESE?: NAVIGATING PICTORIAL TRADITIONAL WOODBLOCK PRINTS

    One of the most common concerns people have regarding their woodblock print are their true ethnic origins. To the untrained eye, identifying ethnic origin can be a difficult task, especially if contextual evidence is missing or is undecipherable. In the case of pictorial Japanese or Chinese woodblock prints, there are distinct technical and stylistic features each print may contain,Read the Rest…

    JUNE 24TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    It’s another Friday and we’re looking forward to a sunny weekend full of summer delights!  Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Did you miss the last Randolph Street Market? Well here is your chance to catch it this month! This Saturday andRead the Rest…

    U.S. IVORY TRADE TWO YEARS LATER: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT ONGOING LEGISLATION

    The use of ivory in decorative items, weapons, jewelry, and all manner of objets d’art is a custom going back thousands of years. Its fine grain and smooth glossy luster has made it a desirable material for craftsman in many different cultures and artistic traditions, using ivory derived from many animals, from whales to elephants.Read the Rest…