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Brooke Friedman

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Chinese Seals

When you look at a painting or piece of calligraphy made in China you of course find the red seal markings on them, it may be only one or even a dozen. But little is truly known about the Chinese seals to the common art historian or collector. In an art history course one might […]

July 7, 2015

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