Carl Fabergé (1846-1920) was born into a St Petersburg family that created jewellery. Young Carl, trained in Russia and Germany, was in the right place and the right time. When he took over the family bus­in­ess, he created a firm that became closely linked to the romance, glamour and tragedy of the Romanovs. Romanov Tercentenary Egg,made…

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Pieter Brueghel the YoungerPeasant Wedding Dance, 1623Private collection, WikiStrasbourg’s Dancing Plague of 1518 was not the first. Previous dancing plagues had inv­olved people who were in towns and cit­ies close to the River Rhine, along with the merch­ants, pilgrims and soldiers who plied its waters.A] In the 1020s in Bern­burg in Saxony, a group of peasants started…

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Alex Greenberger discussed History’s 10 Dealers Who Changed the Way Art Is Shown and Sold. I’ve already liked 8 of these deal­ers in my blog, so I thank Alex for his other 2 stars and photos.Edith Halpert and some of her artists,in a photograph for Life magazine, 1952.Paris-born Paul Durand-Ruel (1831-1922) saw himself the first…

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The Story of Icehotel tells that Yngve Bergqvist did not want to spend the rest of his life working for a big mining company in Kiruna Lapland, Sweden's north­ern city. Berg­qvist was an outdoorsman so he took up river-raf­t­ing. One day tourists asked him for a ride on the river and suddenly Berg­qvist was in…

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Frick home in Pittsburghlater the Frick Art & Historical CentreHenry Clay Frick (1849-1919) was born to comfortable Mennonites, in West Overton, a rural community in SW Pennsylvania. He was the second of 6 children of an immigrant farmer who married into a flour merchant and whisky distiller family. Receiving only a brief formal education, Frick…

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