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The ivories of Dieppe
Jehan Ango (1480-1551). This wealthy shipowner conquered the New World; with his ships he colonised Brazil and Canada, the coasts of Africa and Sumatra. Jean Fleury, the most famous of his captains, brought back to Dieppe part of the Aztec treasure taken from the Spaniards.
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Louyse Moillon
Very few women have left a name in the history of painting. Whether by their talent or by their originality, they do not suffer from the comparison with male artists. Louyse Moillon (Paris, ca. 1610-1696) is perhaps the most illustrious of them, as she occupies a leading position in her genre of still life with fruit and her works are so sought after.
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The clocks of Pont-Farcy (Calvados)
The reputation of Pont-Farcy was so important in Lower Normandy that many movements were attributed to this clock-making centre. While it is true that this manufacturing site was very important until the 19th century, clock mechanisms manufactured in various places such as Vire, Avranches or Caen for example cannot be considered negligible.
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Get the expertise of your jewels, silverware and coins
First of all, it should be noted that when you wish to have your jewels, goldsmiths' and silversmiths' items appraised, this allows you to know your goods better in detail. But this also gives other advantages.
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History of printing
For centuries, the only way to produce a book was to write it entirely by hand. Even if several scribes copied the same text, they could only produce a small number of copies. As the demand for books continued to grow, it became necessary to find a faster and cheaper way to reproduce them.
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The first books printed by typographic process are called incunabula, from 1450-14511 to 1500 or 1501 according to the sources, name coming from the Latin word "incunabula" which means "cradle" (of movable type printing). The forms of books evolved slowly and it is rather around the 1530s that books finally emancipated themselves from the medieval forms inherited from manuscripts.
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History of the book through its iconography
The binding, as an object, refers to the fascinating history of the book, its role and its diffusion through the centuries. It is both a technique and an art, the result of two successive acts: protection and decoration. The bookbinders who have devoted themselves to this task over the centuries have not ceased to contribute to the evolution of their art. They have thus brought bookbinding into the world of the decorative arts.
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Wardrobes in Normandy (3): the sculptors
At the beginning of the 19th century, sculptors settled in the Vire region. La Graverie, Viessoix, Landelles, Tinchebray and of course Vire claim to have been the centre of the largest production of popular furniture of the time. It is obvious that these craftsmen were not satisfied with satisfying local demand
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Wardrobes in Normandy (2) : the Viroise
If Vire can pride itself on a glorious historical past, it was not until the 19th century that a very typical furniture production came to perfect, in the blue granite houses, nestled in the greenery of the Bocage, the decorations of the Virois and the surrounding region.
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Wardrobes in Normandy (1)
It was at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century that the Norman armoire took on its full importance: it became a popular tradition deeply rooted in the collective unconscious and, above all, a concrete reflection of social position. The wardrobe is directly linked to marriage and is part of the ritual surrounding the ceremony.
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Tribal pieces : art or craftsmanship?
In our Western societies and until the Middle Ages, artists remained, with a few exceptions, completely anonymous behind their works. Indeed, it was guided by God that the hand of the craftsman transcended the material by reproducing an image directly dictated by Heaven. The skill of the craftsman only reinforced the idea that such works could only have a divine origin.
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The Euros of Monaco: Fantasy and reality
This article is not intended to be the expression of an absolute and monolithic truth but rather the fruit of research and reflections linked to an observation of the "modern" numismatic market. At the time of the changeover from the franc to the euro, the Principality of Monaco, which had signed agreements with France to mint its currency, saw its currency transformed like other small states (San Marino, the Vatican).
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