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26 August 2014

The use of ivory in historic works of art: what does the public think?

Rijksmuseum

There is simply no doubt that the public derides the slaughter of endangered species, specifically the African elephant.  What is equally certain is that there is no comparable, deeply felt outcry against works of art made of or using ivory.  Both these positions are reasonable and right.

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8 August 2014

Antique ivory: the cup appears half full

Reading hourly of the human cost of events around the globe, it is sometimes hard to worry too much about ivory.  But in 'our' small world it is a significant issue, and one that we should continue to address.  Although throughout the States many are enjoying vacations, lobbying efforts in Washington and elsewhere continue unabated.

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21 July 2014

Furniture and Works of Art 2014: some new information about J.E. Knox

bracket by J. Knox

Most years, following the publication of Furniture and Works of Art, we receive valuable additional information about one or more of the objects included.  Such responses tend to get tucked away for future use.  But now, with our new website, the opportunity exists to draw attention to these welcome contributions. 

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16 July 2014

The Winter Antiques Show, New York: a new venture (for Blairman's)

Park Avenue Armory jeh

The 61st Winter Antiques Show, 23 January to 1 February 2015.

Sometimes unanticipated circumstances lead to new thinking.  Since 1996 Blairman's has enjoyed being a part of the excellent October International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show in New York, but this year we are unable to be there because of simultaneous commitments in London.  We have now, however, received an i...

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27 June 2014

Glasgow School of Art: an appeal for books

GSA fire


It was, of course, fortunate that no one was hurt on 23 May, when a massive fire destroyed the library of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's iconic School of Art.  Over coming months there will be discussions over how to fund and execute the restoration of this historic interior.

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