Brilliant business family Wertheimers and Coco Chanel
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by Hels
4h ago
Ernest Wertheimer (1852-1927) emigrated from Alsace to Paris in 1870, during the Franco-Prussian War. Ernest purchased an interest in the innovative theatrical make-up company, Bourjois. Later his sons Paul (1883–1948) & Pierre Wert­h­eimer (1888–1965) joined their dad in the family business, Bour­jois. In 1905, Pierre left for Lon­don and Paul moved to New York, making Bour­jois an international enter­pr­ise. Their Rochester NY facility manuf­actured and dist­rib­uted Helena Rubin­s­tein’s line face creams.  Pierre (top) and Paul Wertheimer Both brothers married in 1910, and both ..read more
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The delicious history of ice cream
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by Hels
4d ago
I REALLY wanted to buy a beautifully hand painted pair of Coalport porcelain ice pails, c1802. An orange ph­eas­ant with golden wings perched on branches blooming with red and gold flowers. Then see panels of deep cob­alt blue containing swirl­ing gold leaves and flower med­allions. On the top of each lid was a pagoda style cottage next to streams and trees. Imari col­ours of iron red, blue and green, with rich gold covering the scrolled han­dles and the twisted branches, were exotic. These porcelain coolers were trad­it­ionally placed on the din­ing-room side­board, the bottom was filled with ..read more
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Anne Lister: Georgian businesswoman, diarist, traveller, gay
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by Hels
1w ago
Anne Lister (1791-1840) was born in Halifax Yorks and spent her childhood in her parents’ home. And she was a regular visitor to her aunt’s grand family estate Shibden Hall.  Portrait of Anne Lister in her customary dark clothes, by Joshua Horner c1830, Shibden Hall Lister was not raised to be in busin­ess, but to be a wife. When she was 7 she was sent to school in Ripon. In a society that taught girls to be ladylike, Lister emerged as a fiercely intelligent and strong-willed st­udent. Next she was educ­at­ed at home by the local vicar in 1801, then she was at boarding school. This was ..read more
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Australian art dealer, collector, patron: Joseph Brown
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by Hels
1w ago
Born Josef Braun (1918-2009) in Lodz Poland, he arrived in Aus­tr­alia with his father and siblings in 1933. At 15 he settled in Carlton in Melbourne and attended Princes Hill Central School. Brown showed an early talent for drawing and was first exhibited at his school. Bush track Dromana, 1875 by Louis Buvelot Frederick McCubbin, Autumn Memories, 1899 donated by Brown to the National Gallery of Victoria in 2004 Farm landscape, by Sid Long,  1905 Self-portrait, 1906 by George W lambert Along the way his surname was anglicised to Brown, and after school he began night art classe ..read more
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Coffee and culture in Budapest’s N.Y Cafe
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by Hels
2w ago
In 1894, during Budapest's golden fin-de-siècle era, a grandiose fa­cility was built in the city centre. Al­­­ajos Hauszmann was comm­is­s­ioned to plan the design and along with Flóris Korb and Kálmán Gier­gl, he created a lavish, 4 st­or­ey­ed palace with a ground-floor café. The New York Café soon be­came the centre of Hung­ar­ian cultural his­t­ory, the favourite meeting place of art­ists, writers and poets.            Front of NY Cafe, Pinterest   Tables surrounded by marbled columns, ceiling frescoes and crystal chandeliers. The site’s history, clos ..read more
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Australian Utopia in Paraguay part 2
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by Hels
2w ago
After the crises of the Maritime Dispute in 1890, Shearers’ Dis­pute in 1891 and the Great Depression of early 1890s, many in Austral­ia’s work­­­ing class believed that their nation could never be a work­ingman’s parad­ise. Some were drawn to a utopian settlement in Paraguay.  William Lane, c1892 Wiki British-born William Lane (1861–1917) was the popular editor of Bris­bane Work­er newspaper, inspiring the 1890s Aust­r­al­ian la­bour move­ment. Lane loathed oppr­essive industrial laws, dan­g­erous work pr­actices and Chinese migrat­ion. He loved the Women’s Suf­frage Mov­e­ment, prog ..read more
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Quokkas - Australia's lovable marsupial
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by Hels
3w ago
Scientists believe that marsupials evolved in Nth America, sp­read to Sth America and thence to Australia, formerly con­nected continents. Most marsu­p­ials died out in the Americas, beaten by placental mammals, but they thrived in Aust­ral­ia. By the time Sth America, Australia and Antarctica separated millions of years ago, Australian mammals had evolved. A quokka family on Rottnest Island, Wiki Australian quokkas were first discovered by Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh in 1696. One of the first Eu­r­op­eans to reach these shores, he met the strange animal near the Swan River, and ac ..read more
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Hilda Rix Nicholas: France, WW1, Aus art
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by Hels
3w ago
Hilda Rix  (1884-1961) was born in rural Victoria. Her mother was artistic so Hilda was allowed to study at the National Gallery School Melbourne from 1902-5 under Frederick McCubbin, Australia’s greatest artist then. In 1907 she left Australia for Europe with her mother and sister, studying at the New Art School in London, followed by studies at three of the best known art académies in Paris. Hilda Rix Nicholas La Robe chinoise c1913,  oil, 141 x 83 cm,  Art Gallery of WA Every summer between 1910-1914 Rix established herself at the artist’s colony in Etaples in norther ..read more
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Melbourne’s literary cult­ure may fade: Hill of Content closing
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by Hels
1M ago
Albert Bert Spencer (1886-) was born in Balmain Sydney, younger son of Henrik Henry Spencer, a Danish labourer and his wife Al­ice. The father died when Bert was a toddler, meaning the 3 sib­lings were raised by a struggling mother.  Hill of Content bookshop,  Bourke St Melbourne Spencer’s mot­h­er was the inspiration for all his endeav­ours, intro­d­ucing him to the won­d­ers of reading, and she borrowed books from neighbours since there was no money to buy them. He went to Waverley Public School where he be­gan his life-long love of poetry, with sup­port from a sympathetic teac ..read more
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Fine Hungarian-Australian goldrush silver artist: Ernest Leviny
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by Hels
1M ago
The Leviny house Buda, in Castlemaine bought and renovated in 1863 Ernest Leviny (1818-1905) was a Hungarian and a citizen of the Austro Hungarian Empire. He moved from a small town to Budapest, to train as a silversmith and jeweller. In 1843 he lived in Paris developing his craft before moving to London where he set up a manufacturing jewellers and goldsmiths company with a Rus­s­ian jeweller. Although he lived in England while the Hungarian war for independence from Austria raged in 1848-49, his heart was with his compatriot revolutionaries. After the collapse of the revolut­ion ..read more
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