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Art Deco Collectibles: Fashionable Objets from the Jazz Age
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In the 1920s and 1930s the Art Deco style influenced everything from art and architecture, interiors and furnishings, automobiles and boats to the small, personal objects that were part of everyday life: Featuring high-quality photography and vintage illustrations and ephemera, this book brings these objects to life in exquisite detail for the first time. The objects in this themed book encompass the Deco style at its most alluring, as well as the modernity, excitement, and social revolution of the Jazz Age.

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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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Art Deco a la Francaise
French Art Deco furniture featured elegant lines and often had ornamentation applied to its surface. It could be utilitarian or purely ornamental, conceived only for its decorative value. It was the look that was important to many French designers, not the use or comfort of a piece. Even today, some pieces look as if their designers intended them to remain on display in a store window and not be used at all. At times it seemed as though the designers and their patrons were trying to escape the dismal reality of daily life at that time.

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Deco Baubles
The geometric lines of Art Deco jewelry were a rejection of the grandly romantic bows and garlands of the Belle Epoque style and the wild naturalism of Art Nouveau. This was the jewelry of a world fascinated by the rise of machines that enabled people to travel to exotic locations. Just as women’s fashion of the Roaring ’20s expressed a sense of newfound freedom, so did the jewelry of the time.

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South Beach Deco Chic
It all began with a hurricane. The fierce storm temporarily dashed the dream of a vacation paradise. Nearly 400 people were killed and thousands of buildings destroyed or damaged. Then the Depression hit. The area fell into a lull until the mid-1930s, when a new building boom changed the look of southern Miami Beach: Art Deco architecture began sprouting everywhere. Radiant pastel buildings sporting geometric and Streamlined Moderne designs breathed new life into the area.

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Shining Light on Art Deco
Art Deco style lighting burst on the scene as the transition from gas-powered to electric lighting, resulting in electric light fixtures with exposed bulb designs, came to a close towards the end of the first decade of the 20th century. This allowed people to show off their new electric fixtures and optimize light output, as the early electric bulbs were dim by today's standards.

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Tic Toc Deco
The French and Swiss excelled in producing Art Deco clocks. The French already had a reputation for making fine mantel clocks. They used marble, onyx, brass, glass, and chrome in their Deco clocks. Many of these clocks had columns on their sides and Roman numerals on their faces. French clockmakers designed other clocks for desks. These often sat on marble bases supported on nickel feet, with the clock flanked by a pair of inkwells.

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Caring for Vintage Chrome
The secret to successful chrome restoration lies in removing rust and dirt without scratching the shiny metal surface. The problem is, while chrome is a very durable metal and can last for years, it doesn’t take long for it to get dirty and dull looking. And because you will need to clean chrome frequently, it is important to know how to clean chrome properly.
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The Queen of Queens
by Bob Brooke

The Queens Museum resides in the former New York City Building, originally the New York City Pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair. Being directly adjacent to the great icons of the Fair—the Trylon and Perisphere—it was one of the few buildings created for the Fair intended to be permanent. Now it’s the only surviving building from the 1939/40 Fair.
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The 1939 New York World’s Fair was all about the future. Therefore, its design had to reflect a whole new style, a style that permeated its buildings, its exhibits, even its souvenirs. The 1939 World’s Fair was supposed to look toward the future—“the World of Tomorrow”—and the Art Deco style provided the perfect solution. It was to be a testament to the future—a celebration of Art Deco and the age of industrial design.
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Having a Little Fun with Clarice Cliff

Clarice Cliff was an English ceramic artist who created works from1922 to 1963. She began working in the pottery industry when she was just 13. She first gilded pieces, adding gold lines on traditional wares. Once she mastered this she learned freehand painting at another pottery while studying art and sculpture at the Burslem School of Art in the evenings.
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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
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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.

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