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Art Nouveau—The World's Greatest Art
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This book offers an overview of the Art Nouveau style in a compact, commercial approach with the breadth and clarity of larger books, covering art which both creates the foundation of modern culture and modern art itself.
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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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The Quest for Artistic Furniture
As the Victorian Era of the 19th century transitioned into the modern era of the 20th, a new style burst on the scene—a total style that encompassed everything from architecture to furniture to accessories. Known as Art Nouveau or Jugendstil, it was an international philosophy and style of art and applied art—especially the decorative arts—that was popular from about 1890 to 1910. Art nouveau literally means "new art" in French.

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The Art of the Streets
Posters are everywhere. They grace the walls of buildings inside and out, advertising events and causes galore. Many of today’s posters wouldn’t be considered art. They’re utilitarian announcements, some commercially produced, others handmade. But they didn’t start out that way.

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Impressionism in a Nutshell
Impressionism was a 19th-century art movement that began as a loose association of Paris-based artists exhibiting their art publicly in the 1860s. Its name derived from the title of a Claude Monet work, Impression, Sunrise, which provoked the critic Louis Leroy to coin the term in a satiric review published in Le Charivari.

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Fabulous Fabergé
A story of Imperial Russia as romantic as Doctor Zhivago and as tragic as War and Peace surrounds a golden egg. No, not the one the goose laid, but one designed and crafted in solid gold by Peter Carl Fabergé, goldsmith to royalty.

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Through the years, colorful pieces of an old, and sometimes garish style of ceramics had appeared on flea market and garage and yard sale tables. In 1989, all that changed, for these pieces of pottery and porcelain began to disappear.

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Storing and Handling Art Posters
Unlike the posters produced for rock concerts and political campaigns, art posters, while promoting an event or cause, are also works of art. Beginning with the first art poster created by Jules Chéret in 1887 up to the ones produced by the WPA (Works Progress Administration) in the 1930s and those produced for circuses around the world up to the 1950s, the span of styles and purposes is amazing. But keeping these art posters safe and secure can be a challenge, as many of the earlier ones are worth a small fortune.

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Ahhhhhhhhh! La Opera. Just the sound of the words rolling off the tongue create images of one of Mexico City’s most exciting periods, La Belle Epoque. Part café, part former haunt of opera lovers, part historical landmark, La Opera Bar represents the quintessential example of what it was like to live in Mexico City during the Belle Epoque period at the turn of the 20th Century.
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Today’s projected movies can be traced back to two brothers from Lyon, France, Louis and Auguste Lumiere. As French inventors, they pioneered an early motion picture camera and projectot called the Cinématographe, from which came the word cinema.
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Authorities Recover 19,000 Artifacts in International Antiquities Trafficking Sting

A joint operation undertaken by Interpol, Europol, the World Customs Organization and local police forces has recovered 19,000 artifacts from 103 countries. Objects recovered range from a pre-Hispanic gold mask to a trove of ancient coins and Roman figurines. Authorities arrested 101 people as part of the crackdown.
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Shipwreck With $17 Billion of Sunken Treasure ID'd in the Caribbean

When salvagers found a 300-year-old ship at the bottom of the Caribbean near the coast of Colombia three years ago, they claimed it was the “holy grail” of shipwrecks—the legendary San Jose galleon, a Spanish ship rumored to contain up to $17 billion in treasure. Now, the Associated Press reports, experts have identified the ship…and confirmed that it’s the real deal.   
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Remington’s Bronco Buster Sets Record at $615,000

Frederic Remington’s The Bronco Buster soared to a final selling price of $615,000 and took top lot at a recent Heritage Auctions’ sale. Multiple bidders drove Remington’s The Bronco Buster to a final selling price of $615,000. The rare 1.5-scale work is one of just 19 casts made from a large-scale plaster model of his iconic sculpture. Others can be found in collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. Learn about Remington’s works by reading “Frederic Remington—Chronicler of the Old West.”   

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