SILVER CUPPER IN PRE-REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIA.
In the history of antiques, a special position is occupied by the XVIII century, the time when the first European samples of dining and tea utensils appeared. And the forerunner…

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CHATELIN FOR POCKET WATCHES. HISTORY OF THE APPEARANCE
The beautiful French word Chatlin at the end of the seventeenth century was called a special, metal chain. One end of which was fixed on the clothes of gentlemen and…

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Antique dolls
The choice of a profession, let alone a hobby, cannot always be explained logically. Why does a respectable man with a mustache devote himself to carving wooden horses, and does…

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Pictures steal: what is valued in the black antiques market

STEALING PICTURES TREYAKOVSKY GALLERY
Experts call the unfortunate misunderstanding what happened in the Tretyakov Gallery. The alleged kidnapper was able to calculate in hot pursuit. The picture was found. Nevertheless, there are many more questions than answers regarding the crime – it is not completely clear what drove the 31-year-old suspect. Izvestia experts talked about how things are today on the black market of art and antiques.

Oil painting: in the Tretyakov Gallery in broad daylight stole the work of Kuindzhi
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CHATELIN FOR POCKET WATCHES. HISTORY OF THE APPEARANCE

The beautiful French word Chatlin at the end of the seventeenth century was called a special, metal chain. One end of which was fixed on the clothes of gentlemen and the other was adapted to connect a variety of stationery items and a bunch of keys.

At first, Chatlin was made from simple alloys and metals. And it was a clip on which the keys to the house were attached. Since at that time most wealthy people didn’t have apartments, but their own houses with many rooms that were locked, the bunch turned out quite weighty and did not fit in your pocket. In order to find a suitable key, I had to remove all or part of the bunch, which was rather inconvenient. Continue reading

POCKET WATCHES WACHERON & CONSTANTIN VACHERON & CONSTANTIN

The Swiss watch Vasheron & Constantine is considered one of the most expensive and prestigious in the world. In the second half of the 18th century, Switzerland, from a country full of coups and military mercenaries, smoothly transferred to a country with rapidly developing industry, where one of the main areas of industry was the production of watches.

Switzerland always paid great attention to watchmaking, so in 1601 a special guild of watchmakers was formed in Geneva, and at the end of the 18th century there could already count about 200 watch shops and more than 800 watchmakers. Jean-Marc Washeron, had to work in conditions of strong competition, which served as a tendency to constantly improve the quality and perfection of the characteristics of his watches, and already in 1770, Jean-Marc Washeron released the first pocket watch “Complication” with a complicated clockwork, which served as a kind of statement on the Swiss watch market about outstanding creative abilities. Continue reading

SILVER CUPPER IN PRE-REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIA.
In the history of antiques, a special position is occupied by the XVIII century, the time when the first European samples of dining and tea utensils appeared. And the forerunner…

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Porcelain collecting
Collecting can be safely attributed to the most common hobby. Collectors are able to see the beautiful in ordinary things. It is worth noting that today this hobby is positioned…

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Collecting antique books - a lesson for wealthy people
Collecting antique books - a lesson for wealthy people Today, antique bookstores and collectibles of antique tomes are experiencing a real boom. This was greatly facilitated by the last decree…

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POCKET WATCHES WACHERON & CONSTANTIN VACHERON & CONSTANTIN
The Swiss watch Vasheron & Constantine is considered one of the most expensive and prestigious in the world. In the second half of the 18th century, Switzerland, from a country…

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