Semans, Mary Duke Biddle Trent – Brunk Provenance Note 8-2013

Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans (1920 to 2012)

An American heiress and philanthropist, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans was the great-granddaughter of tobacco industrialist and Duke University benefactor Washington Duke. She was born Mary Duke Biddle on February 21, 1920 to Mary Lillian Duke and Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Jr. Her father was the former U.S. Ambassador to Poland and Spain.

Semans was raised in Manhattan, where she attended the Hewitt School in New [...] Click here to continue reading.

Lalique Glass & Rene Lalique

Rene Lalique Glass

Lalique glass, characterized by its high quality lead crystal and frosted or enameled surface, has been made in France since the 1890′s. Rene Lalique (French 1860 to 1945) began as a jeweler making glass paste jewelry before being asked to design perfume bottles for the Coty Co. His designs were so successful and well received that he was quickly recognized as one of the country’s leading glass designers. Much of the [...] Click here to continue reading.

Sabino Art Glass

Sabino Glass

Sabino art glass has been made in France since approximately 1920 until the present from the designs of Marius Ernest Sabino (1878 [...] Click here to continue reading.

Stirrup Cups – Definition

Stirrup Cups

The use and design of stirrup cups can be traced back to ancient Greece, in the use of rhytons for the drinking of libations. Rhytons were invariably modeled as the head of an animal or a mythological creature. They featured two openings – a wide opening at the top (or the neck of the animal) and a small hole at the bottom (or mouth of the animal). The drinker would hold them [...] Click here to continue reading.

Ripley, Daniel C. – American Glassmaker

Daniel C. Ripley, glassmaker

The first Ripley & Co. glassworks was organized by Daniel C. Ripley, Sr. and several partners, including George Duncan, in 1866 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The company specialized in flint, cut, and engraved glass. Later, after Daniel Ripley Sr. died, Duncan bought out the partners and renamed the company George Duncan & Sons. In 1874 Daniel Ripley, Jr. established his own company, where he made pressed glassware, bar glass, and lamps, [...] Click here to continue reading.

El Roy and Helene Master Collection -Provenance- Pook & Pook, 6-19-09

The Collection of El Roy and Helene Master

The offering of the antiques and collectables of El Roy P. and Helene Livingood Master comes with some degree of sadness. This collection has remained intact for five generations and it is hoped that others can now appreciate its beauty and fine craftsmanship.

Helen, Harry and Minnie Janssen

This legacy started with the arrival of Henry Janssen and Ferdinand Thun from Germany at the turn [...] Click here to continue reading.

Charles & Ernest Schneider Glass & Lamps – France

Charles & Ernest Schneider Glass & Lamps 1913 to 1937 and 1950 to 1981

Charles Schneider was born near Paris, France in 1881. He was originally a freelance designer for Daum from 1901 to 1911. In 1913, Charles and his brother Ernest officially opened their own glass works called Schneider Freres & Wolf, which closed during part of the war and reopened as “Societe Anonyme des Verreries Schneider in 1917. In 1925, theirs was [...] Click here to continue reading.

Qing Dynasty

Note: Chinese names of cities and individuals appear first in Pinyin. Traditional or Wade-Giles versions, where available, follow in parenthesis.

The Golden Years of the Qing Dynasty: The Ming Dynasty Crumbles

By the middle of the 16th century, the once brilliant Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) was in decline. Beset by external threats in the form of piracy on the coast and the aggressive Mongol nomads to the north, conditions were made worse by inept [...] Click here to continue reading.

Chinese Dynastic Chronology

Chinese Dynastic Chronology

Note: In general, the p4A reference database uses the Pinyin naming convention system for Chinese Terminology. Where the name varies under the Wade-Giles system p4A will present that alternative in brackets. For example: Qing [or Ch'ing] Dynasty.

Neolithic Period, circa 6500 to 1700 BC

Xia Dynasty, circa 2100 to 1600 BC

Shang Dynasty, circa 1600 to 1100 BC

Zhou [or Chou] Dynasty, circa 1100 to 256 BC Western Zhou, circa 1100 [...] Click here to continue reading.

Loetz Glass

Loetz Bohemian Glass

When excavations of Ancient Roman sites in the late 18th and early 19th centuries turned up mosaics that included iridescent glass (formed by a chemical process whereby the elements in the soil reacted with the surface of the glass) glassworks all over the world rushed to create their own versions of this shimmering material. While Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Favrille iridescent glass may be the most well known, many companies perfected their [...] Click here to continue reading.

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