Into Antiques?

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.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Why Big Ben is a timeless work of art - The Guardian

Why Big Ben is a timeless work of art - The Guardian

As London plays host to the world, the international media teams about to flood the capital will be trying to sum up the Olympic city in a few simple images. Will they photograph Tate Modern and the Shard? I suspect not. The defining London landmark is a clock – Big Ben. We'll still call it Big Ben, too, even if the tower supporting Britain's most famous timepiece is to be officially renamed Elizabeth Tower in one of the most fatuous ways of marking the Queen's diamond jubilee.

Big Ben is celebrated this summer with an artwork named after it by Sarah Morris, in Gloucester Road tube station. Morris is a powerful abstract artist (and provocative filmmaker) and her work translates Big Ben into geometries of time and space. But will she have to rename it Big Liz?

Clocks have long inspired art – just think of DalĂ­ – but there is also a long history in which they are works of art in themselves. Why is this? Time is such a moving, troubling, immense concept that a clock can become not just a way of measuring the hours but an image of life, the universe and everything.

Big Ben is famous because since its creation in the Victorian age it has epitomised an unchanging, familiar London: paradoxically it is a timeless clock. It endured the blitz, it marks every New Year. But other clocks are more troubling.

The other day I visited Cambridge, which has a notable modern clock. Walking along King's Parade you come to the strange Corpus Clock, which measures time subjectively and erratically: it is only correct every five minutes. Designed by John C Taylor and unveiled by Stephen Hawking, it revives the eerie clocks found in many European cities that act as emblems of mortality. This is a mortality clock for the Einsteinian age, with a grasshopper-like monster gobbling up bits of time. A second version was created for the Science Museum, but it is especially resonant to come across this surreal chronological artwork while just walking through a town – it's one of Britain's best modern public artworks.

Clocks were once as much symbols as they were practical devices. The astronomical clock at Hampton Court Palace seemed practical to its creators, who believed the stars influenced the world. But the clock in Hans Holbein's portrait of Thomas More and his family is a symbolic statement: these people know their time on Earth is brief.

Famous clocks like Big Ben mark history itself, and locate us in a temporal river that flows backward as well as forwards. The Corpus Clock in Cambridge will surely become one of these legendary clocks – given time.


Jimi Hendrix's Brand Lives via a Landmark Joint Venture Licensing Deal Between The LaRoda Group LTD and Rockin Artwork -

It would seem that the spirit of rock guitar god and icon Jimi Hendrix is not only alive and well, but also hovering gently over the persona of his younger blood brother Leon Hendrix. On the heels of a landmark court victory (Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., et al., Plaintiffs vs., LTD, et al., Defendants, Case No. C09-285Z, The Honorable Thomas S. Zilly, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle), which yields his company with Andrew Pitsicalis, Rockin Artwork, the right to use his sibling's name, likeness, artwork and song titles, he is also celebrating a landmark joint venture licensing deal with Barrett LaRoda and Matin Sed of The LaRoda Group LTD.

Matin Sed, the president and managing director of the LaRoda Group LTD, originally initiated and sourced the Hendrix deal over several months of meetings. Barrett LaRoda, CEO of LaRoda Group LTD successfully negotiated the joint venture opportunity. The partnership includes the creation of branded Jimi Hendrix licensed artwork with rights to be held by Leon Hendrix in conjunction with Rockin Artwork.

The deal is particularly sweet for Leon Hendrix, as his Las Vegas based business partner, Andrew Pitsicalis and their company Rockin Artwork, have been tied up for over two years in a trademark litigation with Hendrix licensing companies in Seattle controlled by Leon Hendrix's sister by adoption Janie Hendrix. Janie Hendrix originally inherited control of the Hendrix estate upon the death of their father, leaving Leon Hendrix shut out of the estate.

"I have always wanted my brother Jimi's true spirit to live and thrive through my company Rockin Artwork," Leon Hendrix, the owner, director and spiritual guide of Rockin Artwork, expresses. "Now with the LaRoda Group, I have found the perfect partners to make that dream a reality, and in the biggest way possible. I can't wait to begin showing the public the true Jimi, as I knew him in my life and in my heart."

This year has been one of several triumphs and victories for the formerly much-maligned Leon Hendrix. In addition to embarking on a successful European tour with his own band, Hendrix recently lead over 7200 guitarists in a world record breaking live performance of "Hey Joe" in tribute to his legendary brother. He also recently released his memoir "Jimi Hendrix: A Brother's Story" on Thomas Dunne Books to rave review and acclaim.

Andrew Pitsicalis, CEO of Rockin Artwork notes, "When Rockin Artwork won our rights to deal in Jimi Hendrix products and projects after many years of struggle, I knew big things were on the horizon. This partnership is even bigger than what I foresaw. With all their vast experience and know-how, the LaRoda Group will take us to that next level and beyond."

Thomas Ted Osinski Jr., general counsel for Rockin Artwork cites, "As lead counsel for Rockin Artwork, I was able to help bring home a portion of Jimi Hendrix's legacy to its rightful place with his actual brother he grew up with. Now through this venture with the LaRoda Group, I will get to see this legacy flourish first hand. I'm in eager anticipation to see everyone's hard work and dedication to this cause finally pay off."

The Hendrix deal is a noted coup for Barrett LaRoda as well. No stranger to iconic licensing deals, LaRoda is recognized for establishing The Sammy Davis Jr. Enterprises Inc., reclaiming the power behind Davis' institutional memory. His accomplishments on behalf of Sammy Davis, Jr. include the production of a live stage show in homage to Mr. Davis and the first ever celebrity branded on-line Internet casino. LaRoda's licensing clients also include the Empress of Soul, Mrs. Gladys Knight and celebrity lifestyle landscaper/contractor Ahmed Hasan.

"I believe what makes this joint venture so powerful in the intellectual property community is that the business model we created may be a first in the licensing industry," expounds Barrett LaRoda. "The experience of the Rockin Artwork executive team, the passion and history of Leon Hendrix, combined with the magic of the world's greatest guitar player of all time, Jimi Hendrix; this continuum sets a solid foundation for the LaRoda Group to build incredible opportunities. The entire venture not only sets an important precedent, but also creates a vehicle for the expression of a true legend that will not be denied. This is truly 'One Rainy Wish' come true."

Jimi Hendrix is internationally recognized as the greatest guitarist of all time, and one of the most influential musicians of his era. He was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was dedicated to him in 1994 and Rolling Stone Magazine attributes him as one of the top guitarist on its list of The 100 Greatest.

To reach The LaRoda Group, contact

Image for Photo left to right: Ted Howard; Randy Morgan; Thomas T. Osinski Jr., Esq.; Andrew Pitsicalis, CEO of Rockin Artwork; Leon M. Hendrix, owner, director and spiritual guide for Rockin Artwork; Barrett LaRoda, chairman of The LaRoda Group LTD; Matin Sed, president The LaRoda Group LTD and Bruce Williams:

Image for Jimi Hendrix, courtesy of Rockin Artwork:

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