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In Conversation with Jorge Chamizo

Category: In Conversation

For this issue, we sat down over a glass of wine and some tapas to chat to Jorge Chamizo, a Spanish jewellery expert and designer who has lived and worked all over the world. Currently residing in Melbourne and working on a series of Georgian inspired jewels, Jorge has a passion for discovering and sharing one-of-a-kind pieces. […]

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Prints: Important to all Art Collections

Category: Prints & Multiples

Printmaking is a category that has previously ranked second to painting and sculpture, but the past few years have seen the market for editioned prints experience a dramatic uptick. This may be due to the growing number of artists who have made editions part of their practice, such as Brett Whiteley and Tracey Moffatt, together […]

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High Society

Category: Luxury

From Balenciaga’s sky-high Crocs to Versace’s Aevitas 6 inch pumps, the platform shoe is well and truly present in fashion’s universal consciousness. While they may appear as an example of modern fashion design, platforms have a rich cultural significance. Throughout history, they served a practical purpose, protecting wearers from water and dirt.  From ancient Rome’s […]

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Interiors in Film: Postmodernism

Category: Modern Design

Postmodernism was a drastic departure from the utopian visions of Modernism, which had been based on clarity and simplicity. Vivid colour, theatricality and exaggeration; everything was a style statement. With its current resurgence, let’s take a look back to two late ’80s films with a very Postmodern look; Memphis excess in “Ruthless People”, and Postmodern […]

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The Mystery of the Chronograph

Category: Timepieces

Many are drawn to the look of a chronograph dial, and who could blame them? The sharp design of the watch’s specialty subdials, calibrated bezel, independent sweep seconds hand, and pushers provide mechanical complexity and a pleasing and purposeful symmetry, beyond an otherwise basic time only piece. Yet, I would think that there is many a collector wearing […]

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Miniature Worlds

Category: Fine Jewels

I’m not sure whether it started for me with rockpools by the beach, aquariums, and terrariums that my father encouraged me to keep, or little winter puddles with things in them that continue to catch my eye, but however it started, I continue to find Essex crystal beguiling.  Google explains Essex crystal as “formed from […]

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Understanding British Jewellery Hallmarks

Category: Fine Jewels

An understanding of jewellery hallmarks is essential for specialists and collectors alike, as they offer valuable information as to the origin, date, and composition of a piece of jewellery or objet d’art. The British hallmarking system, which has ensured rigorous and high-quality standards over hundreds of years, has meant English pieces continue to be coveted […]

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French Art Glass and the Schneider Brothers

Category: Sydney

Glass has been a beloved medium for artistic expression since ancient times, and France has a rich history of creating exquisite glass objects. Throughout the centuries, French artists have made significant contributions to the field, dating back to the Middle Ages when they adorned grand cathedrals with magnificent stained-glass windows. However, it was in the […]

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Wunderkammer: The Cabinet of Curiosities

Category: Decorative Arts

The term Wunderkammer, translating from German meaning ‘room of wonder’ or ‘cabinet of curiosities’, was born in 16th century Europe, being the collection of various items of interest to represent the physical embodiment of the wider world – natural and man-made. These collections started primarily in private rooms of rulers and monarchs. Later, in the […]

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Three Australian Women Artists You Should Know

Category: Women Artists

Isabel Tweddle (1877-1945) Isabel Tweddle was born and raised in Deniliquin, New South Wales. Her family had a profound impact on the development of the town, establishing the building firm Hunter & Son which erected some of the town’s most notable structures. At 19, Isabel enrolled at the National Gallery of Victoria school where she […]

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