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What is the Grand Tour Period? A Guide to the 17th & 18th Century Phenomenon

When looking through an antiquities catalogue, it’s not uncommon to see pieces described as ‘style’ or as being from the ‘Grand Tour Period’. For a collector at the beginning of their antiquities journey these terms can be confusing. In this article, we want to run you through what the Grand Tour was, who went on it and ultimately how that relates to the antiquities … Read More What is the Grand Tour Period? A Guide to the 17th & 18th Century Phenomenon

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How does Ancient Warfare impact Modern Wars and Military Tactics?

They often say that history repeats itself. This isn’t completely true, but you couldn’t be criticised for noticing some of the similarities between ancient and modern warfare. Whether it was the insignia of the Romans or the tactics of Ancient Chinese warriors, there are clear conscious and subconscious influences through a lot of modern history. Greek Although many civilisations had had impressive armies and … Read More How does Ancient Warfare impact Modern Wars and Military Tactics?

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Ancient Depictions of the Buddha – Buddhist art from Ancient India to China

In the west, it’s not uncommon to see representations of the Buddha used in the home as decoration.  However, it’s important to remember that these decorative pieces follow a long tradition of making statues in the Buddha’s likeness for spiritual and religious purposes. In this article we want to guide you through the history of Buddhism. We’ll teach you how these statues would have … Read More Ancient Depictions of the Buddha – Buddhist art from Ancient India to China

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How Does Classical Art Influence Modern Art? From the Renaissance to Now.

It can be easy to think that ancient art is something that exists in a vacuum; its splendour and detail detached from anything that came after. However, this is not true. Classical Art‘s influence on Modern art is vast; from literal usage of the imagery and motifs, to theoretical subtleties that are mainly subconscious. Many in Europe would see it as a foundation of … Read More How Does Classical Art Influence Modern Art? From the Renaissance to Now.

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Ancient Helmets: From Status Symbols to Battle Protection

One of the largest portions of the ancient art market is that for ancient weaponry. Amongst the axe heads, swords and spears, ancient helmets stand out as some of the most spectacular pieces in this field. From Viking warriors to Roman legionaries, many ancient peoples utilised helmets in order to better equip their troops. Their survival to this day tells us significant amounts about … Read More Ancient Helmets: From Status Symbols to Battle Protection

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The History of Collecting Antiquities – From Romans, to Regals to Regulations.

The desire to collect and purchase antiquities might seem like something that is relatively new. However, having an appreciation for the items of the past is not a new phenomenon. Indeed, it is a practice that has roots that are over 2,000 years old! So, we thought today we’d look into the history of collecting antiquities. You might just be surprised… Romans It’s often … Read More The History of Collecting Antiquities – From Romans, to Regals to Regulations.