Posted at 7:35 pm , on July 12, 2011
Irving Penn began his career with Vogue in 1943, and over fifty years 150 of his photographs appeared on the cover of Vogue. Lisa Fonssagrives, one of the most sought after fashion models of her time, married Penn in 1950, the same time that some of his iconic fashion images of her were captured. Woman in Palace, Morocco; Woman with Roses on her Arm; Woman with Umbrella; Coca Dress, Balenciaga; and Harlequin Dress were all taken during 1950-51. Penn began reprinting in the 1960s a large majority of his work with the platinum palladium process. The registration bar at the top of the photograph as seen in this example, was common for Penn’s work. It allowed multiple negatives, each containing a particular portion of the photographic scale, to be printed on one sheet of paper. The process of multiple exposures created an image that would not be possible with a single exposure. http://www.artfixdaily.com
Posted at 7:11 pm , on July 12, 2011
Love these so pretty! …………………………………………………….
The most expensive lot of the auction featured a 1955 Lancome presentation for Magie and Tresor. The fragrances are in arrow shaped bottles of frosted glass and were presented in a cardboard quiver with ribbon handle. This is exceptionally rare and was originally a gift souvenir at a French charity ball. This lot brought $37,200
Posted at 2:26 am , on July 12, 2011
Image courtesy of Antoinette Matlins
Rare, enormous and potentially priceless purple quahog pearl … His partner recognized that the brooch was made of gold, Golash said, paid $14 for it …
Golash brooch – named after its discoverer, Rhode Island jeweler Alan Golash
The brooch, dated around 1835, is decorated with black and white enamel in high carat yellow gold and has an additional quahog pearl droplet suspended from it. It was included in the pearls exhibition which toured the world from 2001 to 2008 and will probably be offered at auction . The center pearl was given the allusive name pearl of Venus by the discoverer of the brooch.
Antique Jewelry University