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The Empire Christmas Pudding

'Making the Empire Christmas pudding', artwork by F C Harrison produced for the Empire Marketing Board

‘Making the Empire Christmas pudding’, artwork by F C Harrison from the National Archives.

Those of you outside of the UK maybe unfamiliar with Christmas Pudding, but in the late 1920s The Empire Marketing Board (EMB) used it to promote buying goods from countries within the British Empire. Read More »

The Modern Girls of Art Deco Japan

Songbook for “Song of the Milky Way” from the Shōchiku film Milky Way, 1931

Songbook for “Song of the Milky Way” from the Shōchiku film Milky Way, 1931. Courtesy of The Levenson Collection.

A new art deco exhibition that examines how the movement shaped Japan opens this month in Seattle. Featuring 200 or so objects taken from The Levenson Collection, the show illustrates how the international language of art deco united sophisticated Japanese traditional craftsmanship with modernist innovations. Read More »

Little Touches, Big Impact: 1930s Bookcase

art deco bookcase

French art deco bookcase circa 1930

The art deco era was known for its use of natural materials such as wood and marble to compliment areas of intense colouring such as tiles or paint, so I’m guessing this bookcase table would have fitted perfectly in a 1930s salon. Read More »

Art Deco Bookends: From Art to Arms

Pelican art deco bookends by Edgar-William Brandt, circa 1925

These pelican art deco bookends by Edgar-William Brandt, circa 1925, are to be sold by auction at Bonhams

As collections go, art deco bookends is pretty niche. Bonhams is auctioning what is thought to be the world’s largest collection with 180 pairs made from bronze, glass, iron and marble, established over the last 40 years. Read More »

Iconic PH-lamp From 1929 Returns

Poul Henningsen PH-lamp

The distinctive shape of Poul Henningsen’s PH-lamp is instantly recognisable

Poul Henningsen, the Danish man that designed the distinctive art deco profile of the PH-lamp would have been 120 this year. To celebrate, long term partner Louis Poulsen is faithfully reproducing a limited edition of the 1929 PH3 1/2-3 light. Read More »

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British Celanese advertisment for fabric in 1928

Cancelled government contracts after WW1 inspired a new fashion fabric.

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