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On ebay you'll find over 100 categories covering the Medieval and Renaissance periods, through Georgian, Regency and Victorian, to Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Antique Dealers in California

Linda Stamberger

Linda Stamberger, author of "Antiquing In Florida", is a Florida expert and freelance writer of many genres. Visit this site to read her articles - some of which are available for purchase - as is her book.

Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records

Brooks Novelty is an all-vinyl record store. We specialize in: jukeboxes, vintage soda machines, antique slot machines, pin balls, arcade games, neon clocks and signs, rare concert posters, old advertising signs and much more!

The Antique Company

Established in the late 1900's, we occupy a huge corner building with a small garden area that leads to another 1000 sq foot store (called TAC) that contains our Mid Century collection.

Vintage Westclox

Westclox photo identification gallery and history and information of clocks, watches and other timepieces. This site primarily displays American clocks made by Westclox that were made from the early 1900's up to about the 1960's.

Antique Appraisals On-Line

We are one of the country's largest, oldest, most qualified and respected appraisal services. The majority of our appraisals are estate and personal property evaluations for valuation documentation purposes. However, we have evaluated goods and personal property for natural disaster losses (hurricanes), theft, fire, freight and shipping damage after the loss has occurred.

Connoisseur Antiques

Featuring fine antique furniture, Connoisseur Antiques is a Los Angeles Antique Furniture Showroom specializing in antique clocks and mirrors, European and French antiques, Antique Lighting, Chandeliers, Sconces, Armoires and much more.

Liz's Antique Hardware

Antique Hardware is the backbone of our business. We offer a complete selection of door, window and furniture hardware, lighting and accessories circa 1890 to 1970.

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall is the largest antique mall in northern California. We opened our doors in October 1997 with 75 dealers and today we have over 200 of San Francisco's most professional antique specialists.

Ambiance Antiques

Importer of 18th and 19th Century French Antiques

C'est La Vie Antiques

European Antique and Accessories in San Diego, CA.

Lang Antiques

We carry a large selection of fine antique jewelry, antique rings & antique engagement rings. We also have vintage estate jewelry, vintage estate rings & vintage estate engagement rings from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian & Art Deco style periods.

Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift Store

We are an online thrift store featuring new, used, and unusual items.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Leonardo Da Vinci art on display at Ulster Museum - Belfast Telegraph

Leonardo Da Vinci art on display at Ulster Museum - Belfast Telegraph

By John Mulgrew
Saturday, 16 June 2012

Ten of the Royal Collections finest drawings by the Renaissance master Leonardo Da Vinci will be shown at the Ulster Museum this summer

The Royal Collection

Ten of the Royal Collections finest drawings by the Renaissance master Leonardo Da Vinci will be shown at the Ulster Museum this summer

It's breathtaking and simplistic beauty belies both its age and its historical significance — and you can see it in Belfast.

It was a study for a painting, Leda And the Swan which was destroyed around 1700.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Head Of Leda is believed to have been bought by King Charles II for the Royal Collection in the 17th century.

It was a study for a painting, Leda And the Swan, which was destroyed around 1700.

If around today it would be one of the most famous paintings in the world, say experts.

It is one of 10 stunning pieces by Renaissance polymath da Vinci which have gone on display at the Ulster Museum.

Best known for priceless works of art such as the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci was also a gifted engineer, having drawn plans for several flying machines, including the first concept for a helicopter.

Anne Stewart, curator of fine art for National Museums Northern Ireland, said da Vinci’s works are “still as fresh and as exciting today as when they were made”.

“Leonardo is the artist that everyone knows, and for a very good reason,” she added.

“People know something about him, but they perhaps don’t know of the drawings. For us to have them is just a wonderful opportunity.”

She said the artist’s Study Of An Equestrian Movement was an early sketch for a never-constructed bronze statue.

The drawings date back to 1485 and include detailed anatomical studies.

Displayed in a dimly lit gallery the free exhibition allows visitors to examine the intricacies and detail of each of the works which have been carefully preserved for hundreds of years.

Martin Clayton of the Royal Collection at Windsor — the home of the artworks — said the drawings were “among the highlights of art in Western Europe”.

The free exhibition runs until August 27 at the Ulster Museum.



Charity making splash thanks to donation of recycled paint - Nottingham Evening Post

A COLWICK charity has received a paint recycling scheme's 10,000th litre for reuse.

Stride, the trading arm of charity SHARP, collected the paint as part of a scheme run by Notts County Council and waste contractor Veolia Environmental Services.

The charity employs youngsters for 12 months and helps them to gain NVQ qualifications in painting, decorating and construction, as well as other areas including hairdressing and catering.

Young people on the charity's painting and decorating course have been using the recycled paint at the Stride base in Daleside Road.

The Community Repaint Nottinghamshire scheme was launched in 2010. The scheme accepts unwanted paint from the public at household waste recycling centres in Worksop and Calverton, and gives it to community groups and charities.

To find out more visit /community repaint.


California's jobs picture brightens - Los Angeles Times

California posted unexpectedly strong job growth in May, fueling hopes that the state's slow recovery will gain momentum as the summer tourism season kicks into gear.

Employers added 33,900 net jobs to payrolls last month, the largest monthly gain since February, according to data released Friday by the state Employment Development Department. In addition, April figures were revised upward to show a net gain of 1,300 positions instead of the 4,200 loss reported last month. That means California has gained jobs for 10 consecutive months.

May's performance helped push down the state unemployment rate to 10.8% from 10.9% in April.

The solid employment growth surprised many economists after a disappointing federal report earlier this month showed that the U.S. overall added only 69,000 jobs in May.

"Given what happened at the national level, this is a really impressive number for California," said Esmael Adibi, director of Chapman University's A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research. "California was underperforming the U.S. since the recession … [and] is now in catch-up mode. When you go down so deep, you come back stronger."

Eight sectors posted employment gains, led by leisure and hospitality, with a net gain of 13,200 jobs. Professional and business services and educational and health services also showed respectable increases, adding 10,500 positions each.

Three categories lost jobs, led by the government sector, which shed 3,300 jobs in May, followed by the trade, transportation and utilities sector and the other services sector.

California added 221,500 jobs since May 2011, a gain of 1.6%.

The best-performing sector in May, leisure and hospitality, suggests that consumers are once again spending on travel, entertainment and other things that aren't considered necessities, Adibi said.

"Consumers were very depressed during the recession. Now they're satisfying their pent-up demand," he said. "Once you gain a little confidence, people will buy a car, eat out, make a trip."

Another bright spot is the state's long-suffering housing market, which appears to have bottomed out. Data released this week by research firm DataQuick showed that statewide, home sales rose 17.6% since May 2011. The state's median home price rose to $270,000, up 2.3% from a month earlier and up 8.4% from a year earlier.

"Any improvement in the housing sector is going to ripple through a lot of sectors," said Dennis Meyers, principal economist for the state's Finance Department.

But economists cautioned that a number of factors could hamper California's recovery, including the state's budget woes, which Adibi said could affect government-sector employment. Legislators passed a $92.1-billion budget Friday, but many issues remain unresolved. For one, the state still needs to fill an $8-billion-plus budget hole.

Weakness abroad also could weigh on the state and nation. Greece's much-anticipated election Sunday could lead to that country's exit from the Eurozone. Meanwhile, economic growth is slowing in China, a major trading partner for California.

Despite the uncertainty, Stephen Levy, a senior economist with the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy, said Friday's jobs report was encouraging.

"You don't want to make a huge deal, but it is a good month," Levy said.

But California still has a long way to go to gain back all of the jobs lost to the economic downturn. Its unemployment rate remains well above the national rate of 8.2%, and almost 2 million residents remain unemployed.

Among them is Carlos Alvarenga, 29, who used to work in merchandising.

He recently relocated from Reno to Long Beach, where he now lives with his parents. So far, his yearlong job search has proved fruitless.

"I'm hoping I can get a job soon. It's not easy," he said. "I haven't given up. It's kind of tough nowadays."

Regionally, Southern California saw widespread job gains.

Los Angeles County's unemployment rate fell to 11.4% from 11.6%, adding 11,800 jobs in May. The leisure and hospitality sector posted the biggest job gains: It added 9,100 positions, mainly in accommodation and food services.

Orange County added 5,900 jobs last month, 3,400 of them in leisure and hospitality, as employers ramped up payrolls in anticipation of the summer tourism season. On Friday, Disney's California Adventure theme park in Anaheim opened its $1.1-billion, 12-acre expansion dubbed Cars Land to much fanfare.

The Inland Empire also saw job gains: Employers added 3,100 net jobs to their payrolls, mainly in wholesale trade.


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