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1910 - 1939
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Art deco—the style of the flapper, the luxury ocean liner, and the skyscraper—came to epitomize the glamour, luxury, and hedonism of the Jazz Age. After bursting onto the world stage, it quickly swept the globe, influencing everything from architecture to interior design, fashion jewelry, and radios. Above all, it became the style of the pleasure palaces of the age—hotels, nightclubs, and movie theaters.
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This issue's theme: "Art Deco Chic"
Volume 10 No. 4


Chic vs. Sleek
Art Deco vs. Art Moderne

Art Deco—those two words bring to mind sleek forms and chic design. Many believe the style began in America. But actually its origins go much further back to France on the other side of the Atlantic. Art Moderne, on the other hand, was decidedly an American invention. Although taking its design concepts from Art Deco, it was a completely different style. Unfortunately, this is the style most Americans confuse with Art Deco.
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The Chic Luxury of
Art Deco Furniture

Geometric designs often provided design counterpoint to the soft rounded lines of classic Art Deco furniture. Designers incorporated fan motifs using layered triangles. Circular designs were common.
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Tune Into Old Radios
Radios have been an essential part of life for nearly a century. When they first appeared, they literally opened up the world for thousands of people. Like many collectibles, radios offer a piece of nostalgia. In their heyday, they were the primary source of home entertainment, delivering music, drama, news and even soap operas to people's living rooms. The radio also gave birth to many famous names including Jack Benny and The Lone Ranger. And it was radio that brought about near panic with Orson Welles’ 1938 broadcast of the H.G. Wells drama, "War of the Worlds."
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The Master of Make Believe
Maxfield Parrish was to the 1930s what Peter Max was to the 1960s. The culture of the time influenced them both. And both dealt in fantasy. While Parrish’s paintings were nearly as colorful as Max’s, they possessed an air of elegance and refinement—the ultimate complement to the Art Deco style.
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Fiesta Fun
The bright colors of Fiesta dinnerware brightened many a table up to the mid-1970s. Most people associate its style and colors with the 1950s. But actually it appeared during the Great Depression in the mid-1930s. Englishman, Frederick Hurten Rhead, designed the simple Art Deco shapes while chief engineer Victor Albert Bleininger fabricated the colorful signature glazes. Both worked for the Homer Laughlin China Company of Newell, West Virginia.

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Shaken, Not Stirred
Cocktail shakers weren’t always elegant. The first shakers were hollowed out gourds. Back in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia they served to mix liquids together and as such were a practical accessory for books back then. But they lacked the style of 20th-century shakers.

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A Museum of  the Sacred
by Bob Brooke

As you enter the Great Hall of the Glencairn Museum, your eyes drift upward to the magnificent vaulted beamed ceiling. From there your gaze drifts to the vibrant stained glass windows and finally rests on the spectacular three-story arch covered in glass mosaics. While Glencairn isn’t, itself, designed in the Art Deco style, it contains many ancient objects and motifs which influenced designs and architects of the 1920s and 1930s.

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A Look Into the Future
by Bob Brooke

In 1935, at the height of the Depression, a group of New York businessmen decided that what the city and the nation needed to lift itself out of the difficulties of the times was an international exposition. They promoted the 1939 New York World's Fair as the greatest international exposition in history—a world's fair that will be easy to see, easy to understand, easy to like, easy to get to. It was to be a testament to the future—a celebration of Art Deco and the age of industrial design. Plus,
Touring the World of Tomorrow.

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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



A men’s Patek Philippe platinum perpetual calendar chronograph watch, a large neoclassical bronze sundial sculpture by Anna Coleman Ladd (Am., 1878-1939), and an Expressionist rendition of the Pieta by modern artist Jurij Solovij (Am./Ukraine, 1921-2007) will all be part of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ Fine Art & Jewelry.                                 Read all about it


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