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Antique Asian Oriental Japanese Carved Bone and Mother of Pearl Inlaid Panel

Japan is well known for its lacquerware.   According to “Millers Antiques Encyclopedia 2008” “The technique of lacquering involves the application of numerous layers of varnish made from the sap of the Rhus vernicifer tree onto wood, leather, or fabric.  When dry, the layers form a hard crust, which can be carved in relief.”  Popular materials more »

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Satsuma Pottery, Not Porcelain Vase

It’s not everyday that you find a Satsuma vase that has traveled back from Asia with a distant relative.  Upon completion of his work on the Trans Siberian Railroad a distant relative of our client stopped to purchase this gorgeous vase. Arguably the most popular of Agatha Christie’s novels, Murder on the Orient Express takes more »

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Antiques with Stories and Provenance- An Engagement Ring that Spanned More than a Century

The best antiques are the ones with stories behind them and are not for sale.  We’ve have had the privilege of getting to know one Philadelphia family that traces their family tree to before the founding of America.  Listening to stories and looking through family journal reveals interesting provenance that make items like Uncle Castors more »

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