Expert Profile: Olivia Miles

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Paul Sormani La Belle Epoque

Paul Sormani, born in Venice in 1817, was trained as a cabinetmaker and moved to Paris opening his first shop in 1847. Under the patronage of Empress Eugenie, wife of Emperor Napoleon III, Sormani created superior works in the Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI styles, copying the originals and surpassing their quality. Known […]

January 11, 2019

Specialty Phonograph Collection for Auction

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” – Victor Hugo Dr Leigh M. Martinet 1924 – 2016 To Leigh Martinet, phonographs were not machines, they were “friends.” This stemmed from a childhood hobby of collecting devices that played recorded music. Their fascinating appearance and the different way […]

April 21, 2017