Georg Jensen Hair Combs

Born to the son of a Danish knife grinder in 1866, Georg Jensen had many dreams when he was young. He trained to be a goldsmith at 14, pursued his childhood dream to sculpt at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, worked at a porcelain factory, and co-founded a pottery shop in 1898. None of…Continue Reading

I am a Wolf Shaman in the Tuva Republic

My name is Cenk Sertdemir, or Salchak Kurt Şaman. Here, I am performing the ritual Sacrament of the Black Sea, or Karadenizde Saman Ayini. It is important to me that people know Siberian Shamanism is directly linked to the real Turkish culture, in which we are called Kham Kishi. It means protector of the tribe…Continue Reading

Afghan Gold and the Silk Road

Artisans as well as objects were itinerant along the Silk Road, named for Chinese silk traders in the Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD). No one traveled the entire route from end to end. Land and sea routes formed a series of networks, where philosophies, religions, ideas, goods, and even the bubonic plague spread…Continue Reading

Cartier in the Art Deco Period

Louis Cartier was vice president of the committee that organized jewelers for the 1925 “L’Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes” in Paris. His jewelry was greatly influenced by the costumes Coco Chanel was designing for the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo. In fact, Cartier and Jeanne Lanvin were the only jewelers to display…Continue Reading

Some Lovely Things on Ebay

Three stunning way-too-expensive pieces are selling on E-bay. They come from different worlds. Looking at them, I feel like I’m in a historical conference in an imaginary United Nations. The first piece is a back comb from the French Empire’s Eugenie period, c. 1860. A blue enameled center sets off two sides of gilt-bronze scrolls,…Continue Reading

Introducing our Dealer Program

I am introducing a program for sellers who know what they are doing to offer exclusive discounts on beautiful, rare pieces from anyone who makes an inquiry and mentions they came from BarbaraAnne’s Hair Comb Blog. The discount will apply to the piece featured because I or one of our authors pick it. In so…Continue Reading

The Nuba People of Sudan

In 1974-’76, Leni Riefenstahl published portraits of the Nuba people in two books: Africa, which was about the Mesakin Nuba, and the People of Kau, which featured the South East Nuba 100 miles away. In the mid-70’s, the Nuba’s artistic adornment included tattoos and complex geometric designs. A man or woman could chose one color…Continue Reading

Rene Lalique: Glass in Jewelry

Lalique dazzled the public, carving combs of flowers and butterflies using new materials, such as ivory, bronze, and horn. But in 1901, he was the first to exhibit crystal-glass jewelry at the Exhibition of the Paris Salon. These four pieces show how he developed his idea. In 1897-98, Lalique cast a mermaid in bronze. She…Continue Reading