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Japanese Love Prints at the Fitzwilliam, Cambridge

October 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Arts & Culture

  “From some sordid basement in the bowels of the Fitzwilliam museum, the filth of ‘The Night of Longing’ has been coughed up and exhibited for all to see.”   I made that quote up. In truth, “The Night of Longing: Love and Desire in Japanese Prints” is a beautiful and very thoughtful exhibition – [...]

Art of the Twentieth Century

June 10, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Arts & Culture

Art of the twentieth century is something I have recently been exposed to, as the last module of an Art History degree and although I have loved every minute of my study, which has included art from the dawn of time, Modern and Postmodern Art has been the most challenging and in many ways the [...]

The Great Gatsby Review

June 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Arts & Culture

I went into The Great Gatsby not expecting to like it. This was largely due to the fact that pretty much everybody had told me that I wouldn’t. Many reviews had claimed that it was disappointing, my friends told me, over dinner, that I would not like it, my dad told me in the kitchen [...]

Antiques speak

January 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Antiques

At Marquessa we are often saddened to see descriptions on items that are at best unhelpful and at worst aimed at conning the buyer. Having been regularly buying and selling at auctions for over ten years it can still feel overwhelming and fraught with danger. We want our buyers to feel welcome, to feel informed [...]

We love Selfridges, we love Mr Selfridge!

January 17, 2013 at 9:46 am | Arts & Culture

Selfridges is undoubtedly my favourite shop (apart from Marquessa). Its stunning window displays, its amazing food hall, the shoe galleries! It is more of an experience than just a shop. And the whole thing started with the vision of one man, Harry Gordon Selfridge, whose life is now dramatized in ITV’s Mr Selfridge. The series [...]

Hollywood Costume

January 12, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Arts & Culture

The Hollywood Costume exhibition at the V&A closes on the 27th January and if you get the chance it is well worth a visit. The curators have really challenged conventional display, what could have been a lifeless display of hanging frocks has been brought to life using some innovative cinematography. At times you are part [...]

As 2013 gets underway, what’s the news?

January 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm | News from the Auctions

The first sales of 2013 got off to a prodigious start. One of our favourite sale rooms in Cambridgeshire had a couple of stars. There was a 19th century, Dutch school, oil on panel painting, depicting a winter landscape scene. It was signed, indistinctly to the non-expert – but, boy did the experts know, it [...]

2013 Trends

December 31, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Trends

As we go into 2013 we predict that people will continue to find more value in the things around them and become increasingly imaginative in creating their own unique style, both, in what they wear and their living space. There has been a growing interest in vintage and antique, people connecting with past trends and [...]

News from the Auctions this Week

November 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm | News from the Auctions

This week sees an online only auction from a prestigious auction house and a family run auction house in North Yorkshire hits the jackpot. As the world becomes smaller through digital technology, auction houses are looking to capitalise on their worldwide shop window and this week Christies are doing a Vintage Couture Handbags and Shoes [...]