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The Singing Bird That Inspired Walt Disney
The Singing Bird That Inspired Walt Disney

Walt Disney’s “audio-animatronics” was inspired by an antique singing bi...

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Davenport Desks
Davenport Desks

Originating in the 1790s, Davenport desks were first made by the renowne...

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The Grand Tour
The Grand Tour

In order to experience the unique qualities of a variety of artistic and...

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Fabergé Silver
Fabergé Silver

Fabergé silver was produced in the Moscow and St. Petersburg workshops, ...

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Paul Revere...Jack of All Trades
Paul Revere...Jack of All Trades

Paul Revere was truly a “jack of all trades.” In his lifetime, Revere wo...

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Lalique, René
Lalique, René

René Lalique remains one of the most popular sculptors of the Art Deco p...

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St. Patrick: Iconic Cleric and Driver of Snakes?
St. Patrick: Iconic Cleric and Driver of Snakes?

It’s a common misconception that St. Patrick drove all snakes from Irela...

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First Female Impressionist?
First Female Impressionist?

Berthe Morisot was the grand-niece of the renowned Rococo painter Jean-H...

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The Art of Lacquering
The Art of Lacquering

The art of lacquering is one of the most labor intensive art forms in th...

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Bats and Peaches in Chinese Symbolism
Bats and Peaches in Chinese Symbolism

In China, both bats and peaches are considered fortunate, and are often ...

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Egyptian Masks
Egyptian Masks

Beginning in the 4th Dynasty, attempts were made to stiffen and mold the...

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Enamel
Enamel

Enamel is not paint. It is actually a thin coat of glass applied to a me...

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