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ROYAL JEWELS

From the Bourbon-Parma Family The history through jewels, Marie Antoinette’s millionaire collection Royal jewelry: the true fashion investment. LOST TREASURES OF ROYALTY THAT ONCE AGAIN SAW THE LIGHT There is no doubt that the idea of possessing a treasure of the great royalty makes the imagination fly to many of us, even more knowing the …

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Barbie turns 60!

We look at Barbie and fashion through different lenses — Barbie’s adoration for fashion, the collaborations between designers and Barbie and finally, how Barbie has inspired designers. Barbie creator, Ruth Handler, and husband, Elliot Handler, founded Mattel Creations in 1945. She was inspired to design the Barbie doll after watching her daughter play with paper …

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Walter Battiss

“I invented myself” is how Walter Battiss described his open-minded approach to life which, in the then staid and conservative South Africa, shocked many people. Much like his contemporaries Pablo Picasso and futurist Gino Severini whom he met whilst exhibiting a collection of South African art with the International Art Club in Italy in 1949 …

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Candida Silver and it’s creator Joe Calafato

Joe Calafato designed and manufactured silver jewellery, flatware and hollowware during the mid to late 20th century in a career spanning 37 years in Pretoria, South Africa. His work made an important contribution to the development of a uniquely South African design domain and has become increasingly sought after at antique and collectible markets. Of …

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Garden Antiques

After spending years finishing the interior of their homes, collectors turn the focus to their gardens. Leisure time was on the rise by the late nineteenth century, resulting in an increased interest in gardening, conservation, and spending time out-of-doors. The economic gains that made this possible were fueled by the industrial revolution, which saw eager …

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Local Is Lekker – Collecting South African Antiques

South Africa, with its English, Dutch, French and German heritage, has a wealth of antiques and collectables that have been handed down from generation to generation and have become highly sought after by collectors. – From the local craftsmen who created local furniture that could be easily transported during the ‘great trek’, – To the …

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