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Arts & Crafts:
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The author focuses on a British craftsmen, such as William Morris and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who turned their backs on the mass production of the Industrial Revolution to form a ‘Round Table’ in order to establish a means of returning to hand-crafted products.

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How Was It Made? Block Printing William Morris Wallpaper

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AN-TIQUE (an-teek) An object having special value because of its age, especially a domestic item, piece of furniture or decorative arts object esteemed for its artistry, beauty, mechanical ingenuity, or period of origin.

The Antiques Almanac, a five-edition-per-year online magazine for beginning and intermediate antiques collectors and those just interested in finding out about old things, is your first stop on the Web in your search for information about antiques and collectibles. Here, you’ll find articles on a variety of American and international antiques, including furniture, china, glass, silver, and other decorative arts from the Colonial, Empire, Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco Periods, plus vintage and modern collectibles, interesting historical facts, antique tips, and recommendations for caring for your collections. Come back often to see what's new. And be sure to tell your friends about us.

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Taking Furniture Design in a New Direction
The Victorians had their revivals—all seven of them. By the last quarter of the 19th century, some British designers felt it was time for a new direction in furniture design, inspired by William Morris. He wanted to see homes of middle-class people filled with everyday furniture and for the rich, art furniture.

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Innovative Art Pottery
Small art potteries led the British Arts & Crafts Movement, with a few influential ones promoting the simple, functional designs of William Morris. The pottery world became invigorated with the innovative work of artists such as William Moorcroft and William De Morgan, both known for the individuality and quality of their work.

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The Story of a Modern Medieval- Style Guild
The Arts& Crafts Movement spawned a variety of businesses, from small cottage industries to mass-production factories, to artist communities. Roycroft, a reformist community of craftspeople and artists, was probably the most ambitious of these endeavors.

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Selling the Art of Furnishings
Liberty & Company has been a staple on London’s Regent Street since 1875 when it opened a small shop in the city’s emerging West End. Over time, it grew into a showcase for artistic furnishings with exotic and avante-garde designs. Arthur Lasenby Liberty, the son of a provincial draper, founded the retail business in 1862 at Farmer and Rogers’ Oriental Warehouse on Regent Street, specializing in fashionable Kashmir shawls and oriental goods.

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The Enduring Beauty of Ceramic Art Tiles
The endearing beauty of ceramic art tiles stretches as far back as 10,000 BCE in ancient Egypt, around the time the Egyptians built the pyramids. From there the use of ceramic tiles spread to ancient Babylon, Assyria, and the Persian Empire. The ancient Greeks and Romans took this art and made it their own. The Romans loved tiles. They placed them in large public spaces, creating some enduring works of art that exist to this day.

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Caring for Copper Ware
The sheen of polished copper is one of its best characteristics. But learning how to clean it is not as intimidating as most people think. Copper requires a little more care than most other metals, and dirt and grime can build up quickly.
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Bendable Beauty 
Glossary of Arts & Crafts Terms 
Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement

Inside Craftsman Farms
Sorting Out Stained Glass Lamps
The First Home Improvement Companion
The Men Behind the Mission Style
The Other Arts & Crafts Designer 
The Pottery of the Overbeck Sisters


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A Museum of
Arts & Crafts

by Bob Brooke

The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement is the only museum dedicated exclusively to the American Arts and Crafts Movement. Founded in St. Petersburg, Florida, by local philanthropist and collector Rudy Ciccarello, it showcases the ideals of the Arts & Crafts Movement.
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The Arts & Crafts Movement--
The Beginnings

by Bob Brooke

Unlike many other style Movements through the centuries, the Arts & Crafts Movement grew out of the dissatisfaction with the effects the Industrial Revolution had on the lives of working class people. More than an art Movement, it was a social one, spear-headed by British artists and social reformers William Morris, John Ruskin, and Edward Burne-Jones. Of the three, William Morris is the one most associated with it.
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From Back to Front

There are two techniques for hammering copper—chasing and repousse. The difference between the two is that chasing pushes the metal in from the front side while repousse pushes the metal out from the backside. Both techniques frequently employ a semi-soft backing to support the work material and confine the movement of the metal to the immediate area around the tool.
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How to Recognize and Refinish Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

Book: How to Recognizing and Refinishing Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

Have you ever bought an antique or collectible that was less than perfect and needed some TLC? Bob's book offers tips and step-by- step instructions for simple maintenance and restoration of common antiques.                 Read an Excerpt


Tin Batmobile Hits the Stratosphere

This red open-top Batmobile is a rare tintoy produced in 1966 by Yonezawa for the Japanese market. It recently sold for $150,000.

Fabergé  Vesta Case
Sells High

This Fabergé #jeweled gold-mounted #agate vesta case recently sold for more than 15 times its estimate at $118,747. Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury purchased it at #Sotheby’s in Switzerland and kept it with the marked-up auction catalogue close by.

Roman Shipwreck Yields Glassware

A team of French and Italian underwater archaeologists have recovered a selection of glassware and raw glass blocks from a Roman shipwreck between the Italian island of Capraia and the French island of Corsica.

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