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The Return of Philip Marlowe

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 9:08am 2 Comments

Respected Dublin based and former Booker Prize winning Irish author John Banville writing under the pen name of Benjamin Black has just published a new novel entitled The Black-Eyed Blonde.  Having good reviews so far (though I haven't read it yet) it's a sequel to Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye.  So probably a must for Philip Marlowe fans but you might want to re-read 'Goodbye' first. 

As a taster here's the second sentence:

"The telephone on my desk has…


An Introduction to Art Deco Wall Masks (Part 2)

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments

In the first part of this two part article I provided some information in respect of the immediate background to the vogue for Art Deco wall masks. Here I want to focus upon some of the major manufacturers and specific types of mask any buyer might expect to encounter. I’ll…


Close-up on An Art Deco Classic: The Master Incolor Cocktail Shaker

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

This is the first in a series of short illustrated articles on Art Deco items.

The idea is to focus upon a classic piece of design that generally doesn't feature in the usual coffee table books and doesn't cost $1000s. This week, a classic cocktail shaker.

The Master Incolor Cocktail Shaker was manufactured in England circa 1935 and is a classic of Art Deco streamlined design with several unique features. These features are not the sole reason for writing this…


An Introduction to Art Deco Wall Masks (Part 1)

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 5:00am 2 Comments

Introduction and Background

Although having its origins prior to The Great War what is today known as Art Deco has come to symbolize an era of glamour epitomized by The Roaring Twenties and 1930s Hollywood. Partly an antidote to the war and a reaction to all that led up to it as well as to the era of economic slumps, depression, social strife and political unrest which followed, Art Deco remains one of the most easily recognized styles of…


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