Dress and kokoshnik of a Russian tsarevna (princess) prior to the 17th. c.

Concept artwork done by Paul Lasaine & his fellow illustrators for the 1998 DreamWorks film, The Prince of Egypt.


René-Jules Lalique (French, 1860–1945), necklace, 1897–99. Gold, enamel, opals, amethysts. 

As a young student Lalique showed great artistic promise and his mother guided him toward jewelry making. He avoided using precious stones and the conservatively classical settings favored by other leading jewelers of the time. Rather, he combined semiprecious stones with such materials as enamel, horn, ivory, coral, rock crystal, and irregularly shaped Baroque pearls in settings of organic inspiration.

He designed this powerfully evocative necklace for his second wife, Augustine-Alice Ledru. The repeats of the main motif — an attenuated female nude whose highly stylized curling hair swirls around her head and whose arms sensuously curve down to become a border enclosing enamel-and-gold swans and an oval cabochon amethyst — are separated by pendants set with fire opals mounted in swirling gold tendrils. Source metmuseum


Acrylic Paintings by Ja5on


Julian Callos's new solo show opens up at WWA Gallery on October 12th. 


Takahiro Komuro.

Sculptures by Takahiro Komuro featuring neon colored zombies and other monsters:

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Japanese paper artist Nahoko Kojima (previously featured here) recently unveiled her latest work of paper art at the Jerwood Space in London. Entitled Byaku (Japanese for White), this awesomely delicate and intricate piece is a life-sized depiction of a swimming polar bear. It was made using a single 3m x 3m sheet of white Washi paper.

"Before she started to cut the animal figure, she crumpled the paper by hand to give it an uneven texture, creating a more faceted form than the smooth surface would have allowed.

The artist revealed to Designboom that she, ‘chose this particular Washi because it has less then 100% Kouzo content and this means that it subtly turns warmer in colour over time – this mimics the fur of the polar bear which based on my research goes through a similar change over the span of its life.’”

The ends of the bear’s fur form shapes of carp and waves, enhancing the appearance that the animal is swimming through water. Byaku hangs from the gallery ceiling and spotlights positioned overhead cast shadows onto a white plinth below, creating swirling patterns like reflections on water.

[via Designboom]


A device described as the ‘mother of all Swiss Army knives' has gone on display, which features more than 100 tools - including a gun.

The incredible multi-tool boasts everything from a piano tuner to a .22-caliber revolver.

Owned by the Smithsonian Institution and on display at the Buffalo Bill Centre of the West in Wyoming, USA, the ‘handy pocket knife’ is just the tool for the typical 19th century gentleman.

It includes a serrated blade, two dagger blades, several different types of shears and scissors and  a corkscrew.

Other features necessary for the hardy outdoors types during the turbulent days of the Wild West, include two saws, a lancet, button hook, cigar cutter, tuning fork, pens, a mechanical pencil, mirror, straight razor, a cheese fork and a butter knife.

Made in Germany in 1880 for JS Holler & Co’s cutlery store in New York City, the beautifully crafted knife predates the Swiss Army knife by 11 years.

According the Smithsonian website the knife - which is 3.5ins wide and 9ins long - wasn’t really meant to be carried.

It reads: ‘Knives like this were made exclusively for exhibition to highlight the cutlers’ art.

'They were so difficult to make they were only attempted by the most notable firms with the most talented artisans.

'They could be seen at various fairs and industrial expositions during the 19th century.'

The term ‘Swiss Army Knife’ came into being after US soldiers based in Germany during the Second World War had difficulty pronouncing the German name, Schweizer Offiziersmesser (Swiss Officer’s Knife).