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Thanks so much for this great article / blog about Not Just Antiques
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My daughter Jessica and I are doing a blog called Vintage in Vegas so check us out there!
Ahhh-its nice to know that some oldies are still in demand and continue to do their good work!
Guardian Ware Service is the amazing, aluminum alloy cookware that dates from the 1930s to the 1950s. This cookware is highly sought-after today with many people collecting it and using it on a daily basis.
It comes in all sizes and shapes
We have extraordinary Antique Items such as this pair of Royal Dux figurines....
Exceptional Vintage Pottery...............
And Old Kitschy Kitchen!
Teeny Tiny colored tiles make up this amazing antique picture -- a rare find. Often found in jewelry with larger pieces of tile it is getting rare to find a work with such amazing depth done with the tiny tiles.
The definition of Micromosaic is: Micromosaics (or micro mosaics, micro-mosaics) are a
special form of mosaic that uses unusually small mosaic pieces
(tesserae) of glass, or in later Italian pieces an
enamel-like material, to make small figurative
Surviving ancient Roman mosaics include some very finely worked panels using
very small tesserae, especially from Pompeii, but only from Byzantine art are there mosaic icons in
micromosaic with tesserae as small as the best from the Modern period. Byzantine
examples, which are very rare, were religious icons. The best known shows the Twelve Great Feasts of the Greek
Orthodox Church and is in the Bargello in Florence. Another is in Rome and was crucial in
developing the iconography of the Man
of Sorrows in the West.
From the Renaissance they began to be made in Italy,
reaching the height of their popularity in the mid 19th century, when Rome was
the centre of production; there was a Vatican Mosaic Studio from 1576, set up to
create mosaic replicas of the altarpieces in St
Peter's Basilica, which were being damaged by the humid
conditions of the vast and crowded interior. They were popular purchases by
visitors on the Grand Tour, easily portable, and often taken home
to set into an object there. Typical scenes were landscapes of Roman views,
rarely of any artistic originality, and the micromosaics were small panels used
to inset into furniture or onto snuffboxes and similar objects, or for jewellery.
Religious subjects were copied from paintings. The
very smallest mosaic pieces come from works from the period between the late
18th century and the end of the 19th. Fortunato Pio Castellani (1794–1865) expanded the
range of subjects in his work in the "archeological style", copying Roman and Early Christian wall-mosaics. It was
even imitated by porcelain painters, who painted faint lines
across their work to suggest the edges of tesserae.
A distinctive feature of micromosaics is that the tesserae are usually oblong
rather than square. The best work can achieve 3,000 to 5,000 tesserae per square
inch. The best collections are in the Hermitage Museum and the Gilbert
After many years of collecting and enjoying a 'reamer' collection - it was brought into the store to be put up for sale. There are all kinds of whimsical reamers including figurals. This collection has some wonderful ceramic pieces and great old depression glass in cobalt. There are 2 that have a handle to hold onto. Just so many fun collections that people begin for whatever the reason and add onto through the years. We would love to hear what your passion is!
(Picture is taken at Not Just Antiques Mart) Times are changing and the young people decorating their homes do not necessarily want the antiques and collections my generation treasured. Mahogany - Schmogany! But the wise young people still do understand quality - and if its real wood - well; they can paint it. So these tired, dark curios and china cabinets - not to mention picture frames, little old tins, and foot stools are finding a new life with a can of paint and some imagination. I like it! I didn't think I would; but I think it is great they have found a way to recycle and repurpose. I remember my parent's had a old dresser back in the 70's, and I wanted to keep it for sentimental reasons -- but didn't really like the dark wood. Antique kits were available in various colors and I painted it blue! The kits were not nearly as beautiful as today's shabby chic items but I kept that dresser and many years later - yes, I had all the paint removed and restored it to its original grand look - and perhaps - in the future, my daughter will take it and paint it a creamy white!