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Snap’s updated Spectacles are doubling-down on an unfulfilled vision

Snap showed off a new update to it’s fabled Snap Spectacles today. They’re new, but only sort of, and it’s not clear that they’ve learned much since the glasses first debuted in fall of 2016. The changes they did make with V2 (water-pr

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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Obamacare ruling, how to govern in 2019, and fighting a tech cold war

I promised that I was going to start spending some time on Sunday mornings talking about how we move toward a better place. The last time I talked about this, I underlined Martin Luther King’s support for a Basic Income as one plank of a foundation for tha
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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Obamacare ruling, how to govern in 2019, and fighting a tech cold war

I promised that I was going to start spending some time on Sunday mornings talking about how we move toward a better place. The last time I talked about this, I underlined Martin Luther King’s support for a Basic Income as one plank of a foundation for that better place. But this week I’m going further back, to grab enough planks to build a fort. x x YouTube Video A right to a job — Roosevelt puts the guarantee of employment at the top of his list, and notably doesn’t just say that job should provide enough income for food and clothing, but also recreation. I have a conservative relative who loves to point out that Roosevelt thought it was important that people work, under the mistaken belief that modern progressives just want to sit around and cash a check. But that’s a fundamental misread of both progressives and FDR. The right of farmers to make a fair profit — the concern that here was applied to farmers, whose ability to make a living was being constrained by both unfair pricing and destructive financial institutions should today be extended to a broader section of workers, including those trapped between automation and crushing demands for ‘productivity.’ Freedom from unfair competition and monopolies — When Roosevelt talks about free trade, he’s not talking about a free-for-all instantly dominated by those who can push their rivals from the field. He’s talking about the ability to innovate and expand that only comes when monopolies are held in check by government action. A decent home — Not just a bed in a shelter, or an apartment that takes every dime of the family budget.  Adequate medical care — Again, Roosevelt makes it clear this isn’t a token gesture, but everything needed to give people “the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.” Freedom from fear of personal economic disaster — This one is usually shorthanded as “Social Security,” but the demand Roosevelt makes here is a protection even someone who, for any reason, can’t enjoy the job mentioned in the first of his new rights, still need not worry about losing healthcare, housing, or their ability to provide. A Good Education — not some education. Not some minimum education. A good education.  All of these rights spell security, and after this war is won, we must be prepared to move forward in the implementation of these rights to new goals of human happiness and well-being. For unless there is security here at home, there cannot be lasting peace in the world.  When someone on the Sunday morning shows starts saying that Democrats don’t have an agenda, tell them of course we do — it was written seventy-four years ago, and it’s about time we made it a foundation from which to move forward, rather than an aspiration that’s forever out of reach.

Jacking up rents illegally and pocketing the profits: Yet another scam by a sleaze named Trump

Donald Trump should never have been allowed to view the White House lawn from any vantage point except a television set—hooked up for the inmates in the common room of a state penitentiary. According to the The New York Times, before he engaged in defraudin
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Jacking up rents illegally and pocketing the profits: Yet another scam by a sleaze named Trump

Donald Trump should never have been allowed to view the White House lawn from any vantage point except a television set—hooked up for the inmates in the common room of a state penitentiary. According to the The New York Times, before he engaged in defrauding investors through his Trump University scam, before his habitual, pre-declaration of bankruptcy stiffing of his employees and contractors, even before his off-camera antics harassing or sleeping with various women and paying them for their silence, the current occupant of the Oval Office was engaged in ripping off the tenants of properties owned by his father, and pocketing the profits. They were collateral damage as Donald J. Trump and his siblings dodged inheritance taxes and gained control of their father’s fortune: thousands of renters in an empire of unassuming red-brick buildings scattered across Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. The Times investigation of the latest in Trump’s seemingly bottomless history of perpetrating frauds and scams to bilk people out of their money details Trump’s jacking up the rents of thousands of middle-class residents who had the misfortune to live in one of the Trump-family owned apartment residences during the 1990s. Many of these properties had been financed by Fred Trump through low-cost government loans, and were therefore subject to rent regulation. But the residents of these thousands of apartments, many of whom were retirees living on a fixed income, suddenly began to see inexplicable rises in those regulated rents. As it turned out, a hidden scam lurked behind the mysterious increases. In October, a New York Times investigation into the origins of Mr. Trump’s wealth revealed, among its findings, that the future president and his siblings set up a phony business to pad the cost of nearly everything their father, the legendary builder Fred C. Trump, purchased for his buildings. The Trump children split that extra money. The “padded costs” translated into higher rents imposed on these tenants, as the younger Donald and his partners could point to the increased costs of maintaining them. Except the costs were phony—Trump and his family continued to negotiate for “everything from roofs to window cleaner,” according to the Times report. The costs were inflated through a sham organization ostensibly created (on paper alone) as a “purchasing agent” for Fred Trump’s properties, and it was owned by Donald Trump, his siblings and a cousin. The “purchasing agent,” called “All County Building Supply and Maintenance,” (or “All County BS,” for short?), would issue checks to vendors servicing Trump’s buildings, but would receive reimbursement from Fred Trump’s apartments with a 20-50% markup. The “markup,” which actually represented a tax-free “gift” to Trump and his cohorts, was then used to justify gouging apartment dwellers in Trump’s buildings with higher rents. These fraudulently jacked-up rents amounted to an increase of $30-$60 per month on a yearly basis, which many renters could doubtless afford. But as the Times points out, the “padded invoices still affect the rent, as the increase has compounded over the years:” The padded invoices have been baked into the base rent used to calculate the annual percentage increase approved by the city. The sum total of the rent overcharges cannot be calculated from available records. As a way to appreciate the scope of the impact, a onetime $10 increase in 1995 on all the 8,000 apartments involved would put the total overpaid by tenants at more than $33 million to date, an analysis of approved rent increases shows.

This PSA from the Sandy Hook families will stop you in your tracks—and that's the point

The families of Sandy Hook Promise have teamed up to unleash one hell of a short film on the world on the sixth anniversary of the day that changed their lives forever. December 14, 2012 saw 20 children and six teachers murdered in the school shooting that
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This PSA from the Sandy Hook families will stop you in your tracks—and that's the point

The families of Sandy Hook Promise have teamed up to unleash one hell of a short film on the world on the sixth anniversary of the day that changed their lives forever. December 14, 2012 saw 20 children and six teachers murdered in the school shooting that should have ended the gun control debate full stop, but didn’t. Called “Point of View,” the PSA, produced by top-tier ad agency BBDO New York, and directed by Snow White and the Huntsman’s Rupert Sanders, takes a different approach to showing the dark realities of school shootings, since dead children and sobbing families still hasn’t seemed to have much of an impact on those American legislators who have been bought and sold by the ever-declining NRA. 7,000 pairs of empty shoes to memorialize the 7,000 children killed by gun violence since the Sandy Hook school shooting Please, do find the time to watch it through till the end … then watch it again, and look a little closer. x x YouTube Video Next, head over to Sandy Hook Promise and see if you saw the warning signs sprinkled throughout the video. I certainly didn’t catch them all. Please share this video widely, and keeping the following facts in mind. Most mass shootings are planned for 6 months to a year. In almost every documented case, warning signs were given off that were not understood, were not acted upon quickly or was not shared with someone who could help In 4 out of 5 school shootings, at least one other person had knowledge of the attacker's plan but failed to report it 70% of people who commit suicide tell someone their plans or give some other type of warning signs Sandy Hook Promise was founded in 2014 to educate people about these red flags, so that these tragedies, and other deadly acts of gun violence, like suicide, can be stopped before they happen.  SHP co-founder Nicole Hockley, whose son Dylan would be 12 today if he hadn’t been murdered, says she looks forward to a day when we no longer need the work of organizations like Sandy Hook Promise. “Honestly, I want to put my organization out of business,” she said. “I don’t want us to exist because I don’t want to have this need anymore.” Sadly, Hockley’s wish doesn’t seem likely to be coming true any time soon. According to a recent study from the Department of Homeland Defense and Security, 2018 marks the worst year for school shootings in recorded history.

Parkland survivor has a message for the NRA after news of their close relationship with Russian spy

As the news dropped this week that the NRA’s favorite Russian gun lady Maria Butina had pled guilty to being a Russian spy, everyone around the internets responded with a collective feeling of “We told you so.” Butina plead to conspiring with Russian of
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Parkland survivor has a message for the NRA after news of their close relationship with Russian spy

As the news dropped this week that the NRA’s favorite Russian gun lady Maria Butina had pled guilty to being a Russian spy, everyone around the internets responded with a collective feeling of “We told you so.” Butina plead to conspiring with Russian officials to infiltrate Republican political circles by way of Second Amendment patriotic organization, the NRA. The irony, of course, has been lost on no one, but the sweetness of an organization like the NRA receiving this cosmic-level of comeuppance is most exquisitely experienced by reading gun control advocate David Hogg, who survived the Stoneman Douglas mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.  xThoughts and prayers to the NRAs PR team pic.twitter.com/jC7ckgYnRN— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) December 13, 2018 I’ll just leave that right there.

'We are engaging in faithful resistance': D.C.-area church shelters mom of three facing deportation

Rosa Gutiérrez Lopez, a mom of three U.S. citizens including a boy with Down Syndrome, has become the first undocumented immigrant to publicly go into sanctuary in the Washington, D.C. area, following immigration officials ordering her to leave the countr
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'We are engaging in faithful resistance': D.C.-area church shelters mom of three facing deportation

Rosa Gutiérrez Lopez, a mom of three U.S. citizens including a boy with Down Syndrome, has become the first undocumented immigrant to publicly go into sanctuary in the Washington, D.C. area, following immigration officials ordering her to leave the country for her native El Salvador by Dec. 10. “I don’t know how long I will be here,” she said about her new home inside Cedar Lane Unitarian, “but I feel protected here.” Gutiérrez Lopez shouldn’t be a priority for deportation in the first place. Since 2014, she’s had a work permit issued to her by the U.S. that allowed her to work legally, so long as she continued checking in regularly with immigration officials. As someone with familial ties and no criminal record, she’d been considered low-priority for deportation. That changed following Donald Trump’s inauguration.  “Suddenly,” Think Progress reports, “she had to come in twice a month and wear an ankle monitor at all times. Earlier this fall, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began encouraging her to self-deport, and warning her that if she didn’t do it herself they’d come for her themselves soon enough.”  When she got a deportation date, her attorney appealed to a judge, but her case is still pending. With three young kids and one who requires specialized therapies, she went to DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network for help. “We don’t see why she is a priority for deportation,” said Faith In Action’s Richard Morales, who helped coordinate with Cedar Lane Unitarian. “There is no reason to separate this woman from her children.” For now, Gutiérrez Lopez will try to call Cedar Lane Unitarian home—she “plans to work for her keep by working and cleaning in the church”—and her children will be able to visit her on weekends. On weekdays, they’ll continue their education and medical treatments, which is so much of the reason why she’s fighting to stay here in the first place. “This is the way we live into our values and convictions,” said Cedar Lane Unitarian’s Rev. Abhi Janamanchi. The church held a celebration earlier this week to welcome Gutiérrez Lopez, and laid hands on her in prayer. “We are engaging in faithful resistance to unjust laws and inhumane practices.”

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No power plant is facing coal shortage: Union Minister Piyush Goyal

Coal-fired power plants located in Wanakbori, Gandhinagar and Ukai in Gujarat were facing severe coal shortages in September and October
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No power plant is facing coal shortage: Union Minister Piyush Goyal

Coal-fired power plants located in Wanakbori, Gandhinagar and Ukai in Gujarat were facing severe coal shortages in September and October

Womenomics 101: Chinese women are at the forefront of global luxury spending

Modern wealth in Asia appears to be increasingly young, self-created and… female, according to a Julius Baer report. The bank says that women, especially from China, account for the lion’s share of luxury spending worldwide. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Womenomics 101: Chinese women are at the forefront of global luxury spending

Modern wealth in Asia appears to be increasingly young, self-created and… female, according to a Julius Baer report. The bank says that women, especially from China, account for the lion’s share of luxury spending worldwide. Read Full Article at RT.com

Top 10 countries the super-rich call home

Aggregate global wealth grew by $14 trillion, hitting an enormous figure of $317 trillion over the 12 months through the end of October, according to latest Global Wealth Report, revealed by Credit Suisse's Research Institute. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Top 10 countries the super-rich call home

Aggregate global wealth grew by $14 trillion, hitting an enormous figure of $317 trillion over the 12 months through the end of October, according to latest Global Wealth Report, revealed by Credit Suisse's Research Institute. Read Full Article at RT.com

Sophisticated cyber attacks on Cloud to dominate 2019: Trend Micro

Cyber attackers will use more sophisticated tools in 2019 to take advantage of the changing technology landscape and prey upon evolving corporate technology environments especially Cloud, cyber security firm Trend Micro has said.
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Sophisticated cyber attacks on Cloud to dominate 2019: Trend Micro

Cyber attackers will use more sophisticated tools in 2019 to take advantage of the changing technology landscape and prey upon evolving corporate technology environments especially Cloud, cyber security firm Trend Micro has said.

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Epic sheathes Infinity Blade after Fortnite fan backlash

Epic, the maker of the insanely popular, cross-platform first-person shooter online game Fortnite, has ‘fessed up to a gameplay misstep when it dropped a super powerful new weapon into the battle royale arena earlier this month — triggering a majo
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Epic sheathes Infinity Blade after Fortnite fan backlash

Epic, the maker of the insanely popular, cross-platform first-person shooter online game Fortnite, has ‘fessed up to a gameplay misstep when it dropped a super powerful new weapon into the battle royale arena earlier this month — triggering a major fan backlash. Complaints boiled down to it being unfair for the overpowered weapon to exist […]

The business case for serverless

Zack Kanter Contributor Zack Kanter is the co-founder of Stedi. More posts by this contributor Why Amazon is eating the world While serverless is typically championed as a way to reduce costs and scale massively on demand, there is one extraordinarily compell
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The business case for serverless

Zack Kanter Contributor Zack Kanter is the co-founder of Stedi. More posts by this contributor Why Amazon is eating the world While serverless is typically championed as a way to reduce costs and scale massively on demand, there is one extraordinarily compelling reason above all others to adopt a serverless-first approach: it is the best […]

Cydia shuts down purchasing mechanism for its jailbreak app store

Years after becoming one of the go-to destinations for iOS jailbreaks, Cydia’s app store is disabling purchases. Users will be able to access existing downloads through the store and access purchases via third-parties, but beginning this week, they’ll no
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Cydia shuts down purchasing mechanism for its jailbreak app store

Years after becoming one of the go-to destinations for iOS jailbreaks, Cydia’s app store is disabling purchases. Users will be able to access existing downloads through the store and access purchases via third-parties, but beginning this week, they’ll no longer be able to buy apps through the store. Founder Jay “Saurik “ Freeman revealed the […]

Wiring diagram of the brain provides a clearer picture of brain scan data

Neuroscientists have used data from the human brain connectome -- a publicly available 'wiring diagram' of the human brain based on data from thousands of healthy human volunteers -- to reassess the findings from neuroimaging studies of patients with Alzheime
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Wiring diagram of the brain provides a clearer picture of brain scan data

Neuroscientists have used data from the human brain connectome -- a publicly available 'wiring diagram' of the human brain based on data from thousands of healthy human volunteers -- to reassess the findings from neuroimaging studies of patients with Alzheimer's disease.

Jiggly Jell-O to make powerful new hydrogen fuel catalyst

A cheap and effective new catalyst can generate hydrogen fuel from water just as efficiently as platinum, currently the best -- but also most expensive -- water-splitting catalyst out there.The catalyst, which is composed of nanometer-thin sheets of metal car
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Jiggly Jell-O to make powerful new hydrogen fuel catalyst

A cheap and effective new catalyst can generate hydrogen fuel from water just as efficiently as platinum, currently the best -- but also most expensive -- water-splitting catalyst out there.The catalyst, which is composed of nanometer-thin sheets of metal carbide, is manufactured using a self-assembly process that relies on a surprising ingredient: gelatin, the material that gives Jell-O its jiggle.

The limits of coworking

It feels like there’s a WeWork on every street nowadays. Take a walk through midtown Manhattan (please don’t actually) and it might even seem like there are more WeWorks than office buildings. Consider this an ongoing discussion about Urban Tech, its inte
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The limits of coworking

It feels like there’s a WeWork on every street nowadays. Take a walk through midtown Manhattan (please don’t actually) and it might even seem like there are more WeWorks than office buildings. Consider this an ongoing discussion about Urban Tech, its intersection with regulation, issues of public service, and other complexities that people have full […]

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Untouched, 4,400-Year-Old Tomb Discovered in Egypt

Archaeologists have made an exciting discovery in Egypt — the “exceptionally well preserved” tomb of a high priest, untouched for 4,400 years. The discovery of the colorfully decorated grave was described as “one […] The post Untouch
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Untouched, 4,400-Year-Old Tomb Discovered in Egypt

Archaeologists have made an exciting discovery in Egypt — the “exceptionally well preserved” tomb of a high priest, untouched for 4,400 years. The discovery of the colorfully decorated grave was described as “one […] The post Untouched, 4,400-Year-Old Tomb Discovered in Egypt appeared first on Geek.com.

Gathering in Strasbourg remembers victims of market attack

PARIS (AP) - A memorial is being held at a square in the eastern French city of Strasbourg to remember the four people who were shot dead and the dozen who were wounded by a gunman several days ago. The gathering Sunday morning was in Kleber Square by the cit
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Gathering in Strasbourg remembers victims of market attack

PARIS (AP) - A memorial is being held at a square in the eastern French city of Strasbourg to remember the four people who were shot dead and the dozen who were wounded by a gunman several days ago. The gathering Sunday morning was in Kleber Square by the city's ...

Tucson-based nonprofit to run shuttles at Sabino Canyon

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A Tucson-based nonprofit has been awarded a permit to run shuttles at a popular recreation spot in southern Arizona. The Sabino Canyon Recreation Area hasn't had shuttle service since June 30, when the previous permit expired. The Coronad
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Tucson-based nonprofit to run shuttles at Sabino Canyon

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A Tucson-based nonprofit has been awarded a permit to run shuttles at a popular recreation spot in southern Arizona. The Sabino Canyon Recreation Area hasn't had shuttle service since June 30, when the previous permit expired. The Coronado National Forest sought input from the public, which ...

Auction Preview: Art Glass & Collectibles at Kodner Galleries Inc., Dania Beach, Dec 19

What: Art Glass & CollectiblesWhere: Kodner Galleries Inc., 45 South Federal Highway, Dania Beach, FL 33004, United StatesWhen: Dec 19, 11:00 PM GMTTop Lots of the Sale:- «20.5ct TW Diamond and Platinum Bracelet» - Very Fine Approx. 20.5 Cara
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Auction Preview: Art Glass & Collectibles at Kodner Galleries Inc., Dania Beach, Dec 19

What: Art Glass & CollectiblesWhere: Kodner Galleries Inc., 45 South Federal Highway, Dania Beach, FL 33004, United StatesWhen: Dec 19, 11:00 PM GMTTop Lots of the Sale:- «20.5ct TW Diamond and Platinum Bracelet» - Very Fine Approx. 20.5 Carat Emerald Cut Diamond and Platinum Bracelet. Diamonds D-E color, VVS1-VS1 clarity. Stamped PLAT. Measures 6-5/8« L, 1/4» W. Approx. weight: 38.7 grams. Estimated Price: $45,000 - $60,000- «14.0 Carat Diamond and Platinum Bracelet» - Approx. 14.0 Carat Graduated Round Brilliant Cut Diamond and Platinum Bracelet. Diamonds F-G-H color, VS2-SI2 clarity. Unsigned. Measures 7-1/8« L, 1/4» W. Approx. weight: 19.4 grams. Estimated Price: $12,000 - $15,000- «9.27 Carat Diamond and 18K Gold Bracelet» - Vintage 9.27 Carat Graduated Round Brilliant Cut Diamond and 18 Karat Yellow Gold Bracelet. Diamonds F-G color, SI2-I2 clarity. Unsigned. Measures 7-1/4« L. Approx. weight: 15.3 grams. Estimated Price: $6,000 - $8,000- »Pair of Large Buccellati 800 Silver Bird Figurines«, Mid to Late 20th Century - Each signed »Buccellati« and stamped 800 to base. Measured at Tallest 9-1/2» H x 8« L, other measures 7-3/8» H x 11-1/2« L. Total approx. weight: 914.8 grams. Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,000- »Two Women with Hats« - Peter Max German/American (born 1937). Acrylic Painting on Paper, signed Upper Right. Measured at Sheet 30» H x 39-1/2« W, frame measures 33-1/2» H x 43-1/2« W. Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,000- »The Mill« - Jacobus Nicolaus (Baron) Tjarda van Starckenborgh, German (1822-1895). Signed lower right. Measured at 31» x 51«, frame measures 38» x 57-1/2«. Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000- »Large Charles Schneider Art Deco Glass Vase« - Signed »Schneider« lower and marked »France« to base. Measured at 21-1/4» H. Estimated Price: $2,000 - $4,000- «Forty-Eight (48) Piece Royal Crown Derby Old Imari Porcelain Dinnerware Set», circa 1978 - This service for 8 includes: 8 plates 10-5/8«, 8 salad plates, 8 bread & butter plates, 8 soup bowl/plates, 8 cups and 8 saucers. All pieces marked appropriately and dated 1978. Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000- »Antique Bronze Sculpture Mercury« - After: Giovanni Bologna, Italian (active circa 1377-1389). Unsigned, on wood base. Measured at 40-1/4» H. Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000- «Porcelain Basket» - Attributed to: Miklashevsky; Hand Painted Floral Decoration. Blue stamp mark. Measured at 7-1/2« H x 13» L. Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000- «Festive Scene with Figures» - Attributed: David Teniers (the Younger), Flemish (1610 - 1690). Oil on Canvas Laid on Masonite, Unsigned. Measured at Sight 13-5/8« H x 16-1/4» W, frame measures 20« H x 22-5/8» W. Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin 

Auction Preview: Glass and Porcelain at Dorotheum, Vienna, Dec 20

What: Glass and PorcelainWhere: Dorotheum; Dorotheergasse 17, 1010 Wien, AustriaWhen: December 20; 02.00 pmTop lots of the sale:- A set of glasses with hunting motifs by Lobmeyr. Includes: clear glass, 56 pieces: 6 beer glasses height 13 cm, 10 aperitif glass
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Auction Preview: Glass and Porcelain at Dorotheum, Vienna, Dec 20

What: Glass and PorcelainWhere: Dorotheum; Dorotheergasse 17, 1010 Wien, AustriaWhen: December 20; 02.00 pmTop lots of the sale:- A set of glasses with hunting motifs by Lobmeyr. Includes: clear glass, 56 pieces: 6 beer glasses height 13 cm, 10 aperitif glasses height 13.5 cm, 10 bulbous wine glasses height 14 cm, 11 conical wine glasses height 15 cm, 10 champagne glasses height 19.2 cm, 9 schnaps glasses height 9.8 cm, facetted bowls of conical form with delicately cut lace border with pearls, decorated with all-round wooded landscape with bear hunt, stem with 2 nodules, honeycomb and facetted decoration, plain base, J. & L. Lobmeyr, Vienna c. 1900 (Ru). Estimate: EUR 14,000 (USD 16,000)- A large group - “hunter on horseback”, porcelain, white, glazed, hunter in baroque clothes. Holding his gun and the reins in his hands, his hound running on his side, the base marked H. Meisel, height 63 cm, length 60 cm, depth 24 cm, Rosenthal, Germany, green mark 1938, model no. 842, designed by Hugo Meisel, this model is a unique piece (Ru). Estimate: EUR 12,000 (USD 14,000)- A magnificent courtly tiled stove,white, glazed, rectangular form, smooth base, well-proportioned body with defined and tiered elements, decorated with all-round gilt frame with moulded shells, bands and rocailles, sprigs of leaves, bead-and-dart strip, acanthus leaf festoons, rosettes, palmette in acanthus leaves, palmette frieze, lesenes and volutes with matching gold decor, surmounted by an amphora as finial with gilt fluting and egg-and-dart frieze, back-loaded, width 125 cm, total height 328 cm, base and bottom part height 130 cm, upper part height 140 cm, top with vase height 58 cm, professionally restored, re-gilded with 23k gold leaf, the gilt decorations are reminiscent of the state rooms and tiled stoves in the Imperial Palace in Vienna, Austria, c. 1780-1790 (Ru). Estimate: EUR 12,000 (USD 14,000)- A pair of lidded vases with the Polish-Saxon coat of arms and bases. Estimate: EUR 10,000 (USD 11,500)- A Juchtzer group with love motif, “The sacrifice of love”, porcelain, colored and decorated in gold, the mid-section with sacrificial altar, young lady pouring oil on fire from a sacrificial bowl, a garland of roses connecting her and Cupid, both the facing side and reverse side with 2 laurel wreaths with gold beads as well as light purple bands, oval tiered base with wide and narrow gilt edging and gold-heightened frieze, height 36 cm, length 25 cm, small restorations, model height 18, former no. 121, black painter no. 59; figural group after a model by Christian Gottfried Juchtzer 1787 (Ru). Estimate: EUR 8,000 (USD 9,100)- A Juchtzer group with love motif, “Love defeated”, porcelain, colored and decorated in gold, a young couple standing at the altar of love, the woman’s wrists are tied with a rose wreath, on the altar 2 billing doves and rose garlands, the young man with a rose wreath in his hair, holding a flaming torch in his right hand and a fluttering butterfly in his left, tiered altar with gilt edges, gold egg-and-dart border, red and light purple rose garlands, 2 gold ram’s heads and 2 cherubs at the corners, oval base with wide and narrow gilt edging, border decorated in relief with rosettes, gilt strings of pearls and leaves, height 38 cm, length 25 cm, small restorations, model J 50, figural group after a model by Christian Gottfried Juchtzer 1787 (Ru). Estimate: EUR 8,000 (USD 9,100)- A dinner service of porcelain. Includes: 42 pieces: 12 dinner plates diameter 24.5 cm, 12 soup plates diameter 24.5 cm, 12 dessert plates diameter 20 cm, 1 oval soup tureen with cover height 24 cm, length 36.5 cm, 1 sauce tureen with attached saucer height 10 cm, 1 oval platter length 38.5 cm, 1 circular platter diameter 32.5 cm, 1 round bowl diameter 26.5 cm, 1 square-shaped bowl diameter 24.5 cm, the body with wavy gilt edging, colourfully painted scattered flowers and bouquets of flowers. Augarten, Vienna, underglaze blue mark c. 1970, form 62 Mozart, pattern no. 5034 sumptuous polychrome bouquet of flowers, painter no. 126 (Ru). Estimate: EUR 7,000 (USD 8,000)For details, visit: https://www.dorotheum.com/Click on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin 

Auction Preview: Merlin-Diamond Exclusive Jewelry Auction at Jasper52, New York, Dec 20

What: Merlin-Diamond Exclusive Jewelry AuctionWhere: Jasper52, 101 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 900, New York, NY 10013, United StatesWhen: December 20, 01.00 AM GMTTop lots of the sale:- Diamond 5.47 Carat TCW Engagement Ring D/VS2 Clarity. Title: diamond r
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Auction Preview: Merlin-Diamond Exclusive Jewelry Auction at Jasper52, New York, Dec 20

What: Merlin-Diamond Exclusive Jewelry AuctionWhere: Jasper52, 101 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 900, New York, NY 10013, United StatesWhen: December 20, 01.00 AM GMTTop lots of the sale:- Diamond 5.47 Carat TCW Engagement Ring D/VS2 Clarity. Title: diamond ring; Brand: Merlin-Diamond; Setting: White gold 18k3.20 g.; Gemstones Type: Diamonds; Total Carat Weight: 5.47 ct.; Size: 7US / Free Resize. Estimate: $ 39,000 - $ 47,000- Diamond 12.38 Carat TCW Tennis Bracelet D-E/VVS-VS. Title: diamond bracelet. Brand: Merlin-Diamond. Setting: White gold 18k18.00 g. Gemstones Type: Diamonds, Total Carat Weight: 12.38 ct. Size: 7US / Free Resize. Estimate: $27,000 - $32,000- Diamond 5.14 Carat TCW Engagement Ring G/VS2 Clarity. Title: diamond ring, Brand: Merlin-Diamond, Setting: White gold 18k3.00 g., Gemstones Type: Diamonds, Total Carat Weight: 5.14 ct. Size: 7US / Free Resize. Estimate: $27,000 - $32,000- Diamond 5.03 Carat TCW Engagement Ring E/SI3 Clarity. Title: diamond ring, Brand: Merlin-Diamond, Setting: White gold 18k2.70 g., Gemstones Type: Diamonds, Total Carat Weight: 5.03 ct. Size: 7US / Free Resize. Estimate $22,000 - $26,000- Diamond 5.02 Carat TCW Engagement Ring E/SI1 Clarity. Title: diamond ring, Brand: Merlin-Diamond; Setting: White gold 14k3.70 g. Gemstones Type: Diamonds; Total Carat Weight: 5.02 ct. Size: 7US / Free Resize. Estimate: $21,000 - $25,000- Diamond 5.03 Carat TCW Engagement Ring G/SI1 Clarity. Title: diamond ring. Brand: Merlin-Diamond, Setting: White gold 14k2.80 g. Gemstones Type: Diamonds, Total Carat Weight: 5.03 ct. Size: 7US / Free Resize. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 24,000- Diamond 5ct Engagement Ring G/SI2 Clarity Enhanced 18K. Title: Solitaire diamond engagement ring. Brand: Merlin-Diamond, Setting: White gold 18k4.10 g. Gemstones Type: Diamonds, Total Carat Weight: 5.04 ct. Size: 7US / Free Resize. Estimate: $ 18,000 - $ 22,000- 4.41 Carat TCW Round BrilliantF/ SI2 Enhanced Solitaire. Title: diamond engagement ring. Brand: Merlin-Diamond. Setting: White gold 14k4.20 g. Gemstones Type: Diamonds, Total Carat Weight: 4.41 ct. Size: 7US / Free Resize. Estimate: $ 16,000 - $ 19,000- Diamond 2.02 Carat TCW Engagement Ring E/VVS2-VS1. Title: diamond ring. Brand: Merlin-Diamond. Setting: White gold 14k3.80 g. Gemstones Type: Diamonds, Total Carat Weight: 2.02 ct. Size: 7US / Free Resize. Estimate: $ 14,000 - $ 17,000- Diamond 3ct Engagement Ring I/SI1 Clarity Enhanced 14K. Title: Solitaire diamond engagement ring. Brand: Merlin-Diamond. Setting: White gold 14k2.70 g. Gemstones Type: Diamonds. Total Carat Weight: 3.01 ct. Size: 7US / Free Resize. Estimate: $ 14,000 - $ 17,000- Diamond 5.08 Carat TCW Engagement Ring D/SI3 Clarity. Title: diamond ring, Brand: Merlin-Diamond, Setting: White gold 18k7.90 g. Gemstones Type: Diamonds, Total Carat Weight: 5.08 ct. Size: 7US / Free Resize. Estimate: $ 12,000 - $ 14,000For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/Click on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin 

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