Category Archives: DecorativeArts

Flame Leaper is a Surefire Keeper

A bronze and ivory figure of an acrobat entitled Flame Leaper after Johann Philipp Ferdinand (Fritz) Preiss ca 1930 height 35cm Even if ‘Flame Leaper‘ is not necessarily by ‘Fritz Preiss’ it is interesting to know his story. However, ‘Fritz … Continue reading

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An Appreciative Review of Mondrian’s Red, Yellow and Blue

Pieter Cornelis “Piet” Mondrian, was born on 7 March, 1872, in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. Although originally a qualified primary teacher, Mondrian entered the Academy for Fine Art in Amsterdam. His early paintings were of a naturalistic or Dutch Impressionistic style, … Continue reading

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With Dior’s Bar Suit | She’s Got ‘The Look’

French fashion designer Christian Dior was born on 21 January, 1905, in Granville, a seaside town on the coast of Normandy, France. He is best known as the founder of one of the world’s top fashion houses Christian Dior, also … Continue reading

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Come and See the Work of Jean-George Rémond and Cie

Jean-George  Rémond (1752-1830) was a jeweller, goldsmith and founder of the firm Jean-Georges Rémond & Company. Born on 27 July, 1752 in Hanau, Germany, which, in the second part of the 18th Century, was the centre for the production of … Continue reading

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Hell and the Journey of the Magi

The Florence Baptistery, (Baptistery of Saint John or the Battistero di San Giovanni), is considered a minor basilica in Florence, Italy.  The octagonal building stands in both the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza San Giovanni, across from the Florence … Continue reading

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Daum good pitcher | If I say so myself

[Pitcher from Daum Brothers – One of their masterpieces entirely wheel cast with applique and displays the harmony of softly blended colours seen through a curtain of mist]. Daum is a crystal studio based in Nancy, France. Daum was founded … Continue reading

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Art In A Nutshell

Walnuts have a long history in art. Walnut husk pigments were used as a brown dye for fabric and applied in classical Rome and medieval Europe as hair dye. Walnut husks have been used to make a durable ink for … Continue reading

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A Hint in Sinton Art

  Textile pieces featured above: White, Black and Red Containers (Mixed paper, abaca, bamboo skewer, black paint 6.5″ x 7.5″); Square Collage Container (Asian paper, printed paper, gloss medium 5″ x 4.5″) Sheep Collage (Fleece, woven fragments 30″ high x … Continue reading

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The ‘Toussaint Taste’ of ‘La Panthère’

These fabulous jewels are items from the world-famous House of Cartier range of jewellery. This Parisian icon was founded by Louis-François Cartier in 1847 when he acquired the workshop from his master, the great Adolphe Picard. Cartier’s son Alfred inherited … Continue reading

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Mike Kelley Was No Nelly

American artist Mike Kelley (October 27, 1954 – January 31, 2012) was born in Wayne, Michigan, (a suburb of Detroit). Kelley worked in performance, music, sculpture and installation art, mining the American vernacular culture to develop what has been described … Continue reading

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A Great Combi-Nation of VW Art

This post introduces a new art page category –  VW ‘Kombi’ Art. I base this on my love of the Kombi/Combi VW van.  In fact we are a family of devotees of the Kombi and many friends and family members … Continue reading

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Here Comes the Bride

Australian crepe wedding dress (1953) made by Violet Cocking (nee Dowey) who had resided in North Street, Castlemaine, prior to her marriage to Stanley Cocking in 1924. The dress was inspired by the gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II upon … Continue reading

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Heads Will Roll…

Here is a “Heads Up” on three different artists who have headed-up in the name of art. Sarah McConnell ‘Dropped Heads‘ (2008) [Ceramic 140 x 80 x 18 cm overall] from Access Gallery exhibition, Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre in … Continue reading

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I Found it at the Dock

Barbara Rowe artist and Melburnian Docklands resident, uses material found throughout the Docklands area for her art. Rowe has also taken inspiration from the immediate surrounds to produce these woven forms. Harbour Ball (2012-13) palm inflorescence. Found: Harbour Esplanade. Technique: … Continue reading

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All the Camp Dogs Sing This Song

Ku (2012) [Natural ochres with acrylic binder on milkwood] by Garry Namponan; and Ku (2012) [Natural ochres and charcoal with acrylic binder on milkwood] by Roderick Yunkaporta. Garry Namponan (born 1960+) is a Ku (camp dog) sculpture artist, home is … Continue reading

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