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Vintage Couture

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Worldy Goods – The Collector: Vintage Couture If the haute couture shows in Paris this month have you longing for that perfect Yves Saint Laurent or Versace creation, but you’d rather spend $100,000 on a new car than on a single dress, fear not. A surge in interest in vintage haute couture has made so much available that you can’t …

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Antique Irish Silver Guide

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Irish Luster: Antique silver from the Emerald Isle is coming into its own. A guide to the market.  By Travis Neighbor Ward Published in Departures magazine. When it comes to antique European silver, the majority of collectors agree: Buy English. “It’s not that they think it’s inherently better,” says Bard Langstaff of New York City-based Shrubsole, one of the top silver dealers in …

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Antique Mandarin Badges

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Peking Order: Collecting Mandarin badges affords a rare glimpse into the obsessively hierarchical world of the Chinese imperial court. Published in Departures magazine   Like other experts in his field, James B. Godfrey, senior vice president and director of the Chinese Works of Art Department at Sotheby’s New York, is surprised. “Considering that the Chinese culture has always fascinated the West, it’s …