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The Story of Ormolu

December 9, 2016 5:00 pm

Ormolu is mentioned in many of our descriptions, including those of clocks and furniture. What does the term mean? What is the history? Read below to find out more about ormolu and see some of the beautiful examples here at Solvang Antiques. French Shelf Clock With Putti Ormolu by Henry Mare c. 1830 Ormolu is […]

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Artist Spotlight: Joe Mancuso

December 5, 2016 11:33 pm

Joe Mancuso is an accomplished artist in both pastel and oil. Recognized as a top landscape painter, this week he is our Artist Spotlight. Joe Mancuso is an accomplished artist in both pastel and oil. He is well known for dramatic light and color in his work, and he is greatly¬†influenced by the changing of […]

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December Birthstones at Solvang Antiques

November 30, 2016 10:54 pm

December is a special month with four choices for birthstones, including tanzanite, blue zircon, blue topaz, and turquoise. Here, you will learn more about each birthstone and view exclusive selections from our collection. These beautiful pieces are perfect as gifts for a loved one or for yourself. Blue Zircon Zircon is a brilliant gem that […]

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Maker Spotlight: Royal Crown Derby

November 23, 2016 10:54 pm

Porcelain has been part of human artistry for thousands of years The first evidence of porcelain dates back to 7th¬†century China. In the 16th¬†century, porcelain began to be imported into Western Europe from China, Japan and Korea. One of the oldest and most famous porcelain suppliers from Britain is¬†Royal Crown Derby. English Set of Eight […]

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Artist Spotlight: Erté

November 22, 2016 10:11 pm

The 1920s was a time of advancement in the arts, culture and design The artist Ert√© (1892-1990) captured the essence of the Art Deco period in his paintings, drawings, costume and jewelry design. ‚ÄúOndee‚Ä̬†Click for source. Ert√© was born Roman Petrovich Tyrtov in St. Petersburg, Russia on November 23, 1892. His father was a distinguished […]

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