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‘Historic Houses’ packed with inspirational Christmas decor

  ‘Christmas at Historic Houses’ by Patricia Hart McMillan and Katharine Kaye McMillan, Hardcover, 224 pages. “Christmas at Historic Houses” is a lively celebration of classic architecture in full Christmas regalia. “Historic Houses” illustrates and shares brief histories and background information on dozens of noteworthy historical American houses, including magnificent estates like the Biltmore,...

Jean Cocteau, “Jeune Fille de Milly,” 1951, $75,276, Sept. 23, 2010.

How Jean Cocteau influenced the bohemian art movement in Paris

During the golden years of Paris, Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) was the man who knew everyone and could do almost anything. Nowadays, he's probably best remembered by cinema buffs for such artful films as "The Blood of a Poet" (1930), "Beauty and the Beast" (1946) and "Orpheus" (1950), but Cocteau began his creative life as...

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Can you expect good things buying antiques on Goodwill.com?

A subscriber shares her concerns with past antiques purchases on ShopGoodwill.com and editors share a response from Goodwill corporate managers. "As an antique dealer, I try exploring all possible revenues, as well as being a long-time active shopper on this website. Like the bright side of a coin, it also has a dark...