March 17: Silver & Porcelain

Johann Gottlieb Kirchner worked, together with his brother Johann Christian, from 1727-37 at the Meissen porcelain factory. Animal sculptures, such as this example of a Rose-necked Parakeet were his specialities. The Augustus Rex-mark (AR) on the bottom points to Augustus the Strong, who was not only Elector of Saxony, but also King of Poland, the predecessor of the famous swords-mark.

blog.php-186 Meissen Rare model of a parakeet Augustus Rex, attributed to Johann Gottlieb Kirchner

March 19: Books

Mark Catesby (1693-1749) was an English naturalist. From 1731-43 he published his work Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands, which represents the first description of North America’s flora and fauna. It featured 220 lithographs.

blog.php-187 Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands Published in 1750

March 19: Autographs

From the 4th to the 12th century, the parchment was the paper of choice when it came to recording important writings. It was forced out by the Chinese invention of paper which passed through the Arab world to the West to become the stationery of choice.

blog.php-188 Fra Jacobus - Parchment, circa 1390

March 19: Photography

Born in Hamburg, Karl Lagerfeld is now one of the most recognizable faces in the fashion world. As well as his work as a fashion designer, predominately for Chanel and his own label, he is know the world over as a successful photographer.

blog.php-189 Karl Lagerfeld 46 fashion photographs

March 21: Jewelry

Gems have fascinated people for a long time - probably since the Bronze Age. Believed by some to have magical powers, such as the Hope Diamond, which is said be cursed. The diamond was blamed by many for the death of one of its owners Louis XVI of France.

blog.php-190 Platinum ring, diamonds and sapphire, Burmese Ring yellow gold, diamonds and rubies from Mozambique Platinum ring, diamonds and emeralds from Zambia

March 22: Old Master Prints

Caspar David Friedrich is the most important artist of German Romanticism. His lonesome figures, set in mystical landscapes, symbolize the "tortured soul," one of the main themes of this artistic movement.

blog.php-192 Caspar David Friedrich Tree Study, Pencil

March 22: 19th Century Paintings

Camille Corot was the leading French landscape painter of his time. As a member of the "Barbizon School," he left his studio to paint in nature. His works were a great influence on the development of Impressionism.

blog.php-191 Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot Sous bois, tronc d'arbre abattu en travers d'un ruisseau, 1874

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