The Academy Awards are Almost Antique!

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I would like to deviate away from furnishings for a moment to consider that the Academy Awards are almost antique. Yes, they have been around for 88 years, which is only 12 years shy for officially determining the age of an antique. Now, we all know that a show can’t be an antique, but when you think about it, what show in history has lasted this long and continues to get a burst of viewers from all around the world. Yep, we all tune in to watch the hype, the stars, the interviews, the glamour and of course those gorgeous dresses! Who can resist?

Here is a little bit of history for any of you who are not familiar with the “Oscars”, although I can’t imagine what planet you’ve been living on that you have never about them. So, here goes:

The Academy Awards (or “Oscars“) is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The once a year event is held in recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements in the film industry as determined by the Academy’s voting membership. If an actor happens to be one of the selected few to win in their category, the lucky winner is presented with a statuette, officially called the Academy Award of Merit, which has become commonly known affectionately by its nickname “Oscar”.

The awards were first presented on May 16, 1929 at a private dinner function at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and attended by an audience of about 270 people. The post-awards party was held at the Mayfair Hotel, costing guest tickets $5. There were only fifteen statuettes awarded, honouring artists, directors and other participants in the film-making industry of the time and the ceremony ran 15 minutes. Can you believe that, only 15 minutes! Now, they run almost 3 hours and often go into overtime.

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The following year, the award ceremony was first broadcast to radio in 1930 and televised in 1953. Today, it’s seen live in more than 200 countries and can stream live online.

Tonight, the 88th Academy Awards ceremony is being held at the Dolby Theater and hosted by Chris Rock.  This comedian cracks me up and the opening monologue should be great.

A total of 2,947 Oscars have been awarded since the inception of the award through the 87th, and tonight more statuettes will be given out to celebrated actors to the delight of their adoring fans.

So, as I mentioned at the beginning, the Oscars not only has a long and interesting history, the beauty and glamour that surrounds the Academy Awards makes us keep celebrating their past and come back for more time and again, just like an antique.

 

Enjoy the show!

 

Sturdy Hardwood & Wicker Rocker

New listing:

This sturdy, beautiful hardwood rocker with an open-wicker-weave is an excellent condition. The lighter toned wicker weave on the chair’s seat and back are a striking accent against the sheen of the walnut stained finish. This gorgeous, well-made hardwood rocker is a great addition to any home décor. $75

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Vintage Hurst Wall Clock

New Listing:

A vintage Hurst battery operated Wall Clock in excellent condition. This stunning piece has a “quality controlled passed” seal on the back by Gordon & Soskin Intl Inc. Richmond Hill ON., pursuers of fine clocks in the early 1970s, numbered #840615 attesting to its high-quality excellence.

This beautiful (approx. 45+ yrs.) walnut and oak clock comes with all of the original hardware. It has the Hurst insignia on the face and works perfectly.  It measures 12 in. wide, 4 in. deep and 25 ½ in. tall. This unique clock will appeal to anyone who loves vintage pieces. A rare find that cannot be duplicated, we are offering this gorgeous piece at $100.00

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Natural Bamboo & Rattan Accent Table

New Listing:

A beautiful, natural bamboo and rattan accent table with glass top in exceptional condition. This lovely side table is perfect for a sunroom, patio or deck.  It measures 18 ½ in. wide and 19 in. tall.

The wicker weave is firm and sturdy with a classic, bamboo spindle design.  A perfect addition for any home décor, this attractive piece is great for anyone thinking about the upcoming outdoor summer season $45.

 

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Our Love Affair With Crystal Continues Today

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To our delight, cut glass and crystal has been manufactured for several centuries throughout Europe. Of all of the places in this region, the English were both renowned and revered by competing countries for their high-quality crystal production because they employed the best skills provided by these artisans.

Needless to say, each country felt that they had superior artisans in comparison and boasted of its quality production. However, the truth of the matter is that each of these European countries produced great glass and crystal of superior quality.

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This exceptional craftsmanship was due to the fact that they equally had great chemists, modellers and designers who were constantly trying to discover new innovations in the production. Each county produced better glass as the decades and centuries passed, and over time, we were the fortunate recipients of their talent and artistry.

In addition to the renowned glass artisans in England, glass houses elsewhere in Europe thrived throughout the 1800s. Baccarat in France, Val St. Lambert of Belgium, Egermann in Bohemia, Orrefors in Sweden, Swarovski in Austria and Waterford in Ireland also became leading lead crystal manufacturers.

Regardless of its quality or nationality, it was common practice for whoever was specializing in a specific type of glass to claim that their products were the best ever produced. As you might guess, competition was fierce amongst the top glass houses because they were all trying to capture the attention of their prospective markets.

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As with any manufactured goods, there were different grades and quality of glass produced in each country. The quality could vary dramatically from producing very poor to very high quality by the same factory. Naturally, the high-quality crystal was produced for the very wealthy who could afford the best money could buy. Alternatively, the lower quality crystal was produced for the masses who couldn’t afford the top notch pieces.

However, not all was well all of the time because during depressions, recessions, and wars, many factories were forced to produce inferior grades of glass just for their survival.

Fortunately for us, regardless of the circumstance or country of origin, we still have a passion for quality cut crystal and glass. These beautiful pieces of art will always be treasured and avidly sought by people worldwide as well as collectors.

 

Palliser Contemporary Black Leather Swivel Recliner and Ottoman

New Listing

A  genuine Palliser Black  Leather Swivel Recliner and Ottoman in pristine condition. This sleek design offers comfort and style all in one. The chair has a slide mechanism for infinite recline position with 360 degree swivel action and incredible lumbar support. Attention to detail has been a hallmark of the Palliser brand for over 60 years and this set is a testament to their craftsmanship. The back has a Velcro pad for securing the cushion in place so it always stays in place. Both the back and ottoman have zippers on them in the event the interior padding ever needs replacing.   Don’t miss out on this great deal for this gorgeous set. This item will not last long. $150

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Under the leadership of the eldest son of the family, Frank, Palliser established a small plant in Fargo, North Dakota in 1981 to maintain presence in the USA market. You will notice the tag underneath is its testament to authenticity as a genuine Palliser.

For the Love of Tiffany

I’ve always been a lover of Tiffany, anything Tiffany, but particularly Tiffany Lamps. I found this wonderful article about the life and times of Charles Lewis Tiffany that I would like to share with you.

Bargains Galore will be acquiring a Tiffany Lamp in the not too distant future, so if you’re a lover of Tiffany too, please return to our site for new listings.

TiffanyBorn in 1848, Tiffany was the eldest son of Charles Lewis Tiffany, founder of the luxury goods and jewelry store Tiffany & Co. While it was expected that he involve himself with the family business, Louis Comfort Tiffany preferred to study painting, the first of many careers. During his lifetime, Tiffany was also an interior decorator, landscape designer, architect, and designer of decorative arts in all media including glass, ceramic, metal, wood, fabric, and paper. Though not a craftsman, Tiffany was a perfectionist who hired the very best men and women artisans to work in his studios.

Tiffany learned marketing and entrepreneurship from his father. “We are going after the money there is in art, but the art is there, all the same,” said Tiffany to Candace Wheeler, one of his partners.  His participation in the international exhibitions of the time — in cities like Philadelphia, Paris, Chicago, and Turin, Italy — made Tiffany and his work widely known in the United States and abroad.

In 1865, Tiffany took the first of many tours to Europe and North Africa; these experiences provided a foundation for the themes exemplified in this exhibition and that ran throughout his work: nature, the Near and Far East, antiques and archaeology, and abstraction. Tiffany’s innovative aesthetic bridged and transcended the avant-garde trends of the late 19th century-the Aesthetic Movement, the Arts and Crafts Movement, and Art Nouveau. With the modern aesthetic of the post-World War I world, however, Tiffany’s designs were considered out-of-date, and by the time of his death in 1933 he was nearly forgotten.

tiffany lampRenewed interest in Tiffany’s work by collectors and scholars, such as Museum of Modern Art design curator Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., furniture designer Edward Wormley, and art historian Robert Koch, surfaced in the post-World War II years. Museums like The Museum of Modern Art added Tiffany to their collections and by the late 1960s; entertainers such as the Beatles, Paul Simon, and Barbra Streisand were acquiring Tiffany’s work. Today Tiffany’s reputation as a great master is beyond dispute.

Louis Comfort Tiffany: Artist for the Ages is divided into three themes:

Nature Is Always Beautiful

 Tiffany was an avid naturalist who relied upon nature as a renewing source of inspiration. This section features objects representing EarthMarine LifeWinged Creatures, and Flowers, including a necklace made of gold and nephrite that denotes grapes on a vine; Pushing Off the Boat, Seabright, New Jersey, 1887, a fishing scene; a stained glass lamp with dragonfly motif made between 1900-1910; and a Morning Glory Vase, c. 1905, made with a complex technique developed by Tiffany Studios where five kinds of glass were blended resulting in a radial pattern of colored whorls.

 Light Comes from the East

“Orientalism,” was a fascination of Westerners in the late 19th and early 20th century, and Tiffany adopted the stylized ornament of Arab and Asian cultures in his work. Objects like a Favrile glass scent bottle, c. 1900, inlaid with gold and precious stones; a gourd-shaped vase, c. 1906; a “Spiderweb” wallpaper design from 1881; and an armchair made from the wood of a holly tree, 1879, all suggest the arts of the Near and Far East.

 Time Is the Measure of All Things

During Tiffany’s lifetime, ancient history and archeology had enormous public appeal. In this period, Heinrich Schliemann set out to unearth Homer’s Troy, New York was installing its gift from Egypt, “Cleopatra’s Needle,” a c. 1500 BCE obelisk, and Howard Carter opened the tomb of Egyptian king Tutankhamun. Tiffany studied the antiquities that were unearthed, then borrowed their design and reproduced their iridescence. His “Cypriote” glass, for instance, imitated the pitted surface of long-buried glass, and his electroplated ceramic vase with scarabs adopted a popular motif from the ancient world.

Wisteria_Tiffany_Studios_LampWhile he delighted in the aesthetic of ancient cultures, Tiffany could also be viewed as a modernist, particularly with his glass objects. He appreciated the accidental and random effects that occurred during the production of a work of art-often departing from traditional glassmaking, and he manufactured interchangeable pieces that could be used in various ways using modern industrial methods. “This love of the controlled accident,” said Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. in 1955, “is one of Tiffany’s strong links to the modern design of our age.”

fig 1. Louis Comfort Tiffany, American, 1848-1933, Window Panel with Swimming Fish, c. 1890, Leaded glass, oak frame, 48 1/2 x 36 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, CT)

fig 2. Peacock lamp, Tiffany Studios, 1900–1910. Leaded and blown glass, bronze. H. 27 1/2″, Diam. 18″. Courtesy of Neustadt Museum of Tiffany Art; photography by Nicholas Cass-Hassol.

fig 3.Wisteria Table Lamp, ca. 1902 from the collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Source:

http://www.antiquesandfineart.com/

http://www.cmoa.org

https://commons.wikimedia.org

Do You Know the Difference Between Wicker and Rattan?

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When you go shopping for that beautiful outdoor patio set, have you ever given a second thought whether you’re buying a Rattan or Wicker set? Probably not, because most people often confuse the two, but rattan and wicker are two distinctly different things.

Specifically, wicker refers to the weaving process for a multitude of products like furniture, baskets and assorted items while rattan is a particular type of material that is bendable, shaped and woven to create these products.

 

Wicker:

The materials used in the wicker process of weaving and interlacing flexible material to create a stiffer, more rigid item can include Reed, Bamboo, Cane and Rattan. Items made out of these natural materials are especially strong and long lasting.

Wicker can also use a number of artificial materials such as resin, plastics and high steel tensile wire that is wrapped in plastic. These man-made materials are non-porous, which makes them ideal for outdoor use since they can hold-up against environmental fluctuations and moisture. Since Rattan and other natural materials are porous and susceptible to weather conditions, they will eventually deteriorate and need to be replaced over time.

Rattan:

Rattan is a type of vine that grows in the rain forest. There are over 600 species of rattan and it’s relatively easy to harvest. Most of the rattan used in product manufacturing originates from Malaysia, Indonesian and Southeast Asia. Although rattan has similarities to wood, but unlike bamboo or cane which is hollow, and reed which is less strong, rattan vines are solid throughout, making it a very tough and durable material.

Some of its main characteristics include strength, pliability, retention of shape and availability. Because of these traits, rattan has a long history in furniture production, particularly because rattan is very resistant to splintering. It is a highly attractive material since it readily accepts paints and stains, so it comes in many attractive colours for the numerous products that are manufactured.

Finally, since wicker furniture is shaped into a stiff form, most buyers will add colourful chair cushions to provide more comfortable seating. So, the next time you go shopping for outdoor patio furniture, rattan furniture will be what you are purchasing and wicker in the method by which it was made. Happy shopping!