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The Perfect Place for Homework: Keys to Your Kids’ Success

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Good study habits are a fundamental part of the learning process, and environment plays a big role in how well children study at home. Just as each child is different, so are their study space needs. The essentials include a quiet location, good lighting, an organization system, comfortable furniture and connectivity.

Here are some tips for creating a great study space.
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Spotlight on Sotheby’s: Ancient Chinese Calligraphy {Video}

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Watch a Sotheby’s expert unfurl a classical Chinese scroll and discover the lines and marks that make each scroll unique. This scroll will be offered, among other works of calligraphy and paintings both classic and contemporary, at the Sept. 18 sale of Fine Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy in New York.

Here’s an overview of the sale, via Sotheby’s:

After the successful sale in March, Classical Chinese Paintings in New York has once more selected a group of paintings and calligraphy from private collections around the world for the upcoming auctions in September.

Offered in the main sale Sept. 18 are calligraphy masterpieces respectively by Wang Shouren, Xie Jin, Wen Zhengming and Ni Yuanlu. These works represent the individual styles of the Ming masters. The cursive-styled calligraphy by Xie Jin is unique in combining calligraphy and painting techniques. Written at the age of 86six, Wen Zhengming’s small-character handscroll presents a poem composed by himself in the early years.

Classical paintings include “Bamboo and Rock” by Zheng Xie, “Wait for a Boat in Autumn” by Tang Yin, “Figures” by Chen Hongshou, “Portrait of Hanshan” by Luo Pin, “Autumn Scene” by Wu Li, “Flowers” by Li Fangying and “Landscape” by Li Shan. Among all paintings, the large work by Zheng Xie is a remarkable piece rare to find in the market. Luo Pin’s work depicts Hanshanzi’s spiritual world, and comes directly from the renowned collector and connoisseur R. H. Ellsworth.  

As importantly, there are modern works by Zhang Daqian, Xu Beihong and Qi Baishi. “The Landscape after Shixi” by Zhang Daqian is formerly in the collection of Zhang Qun, former governor of the Sichuan province in the Republic period. This is one of Zhang’s best works imitating the style of Shixi painted in his middle ages.

Immediately following the main Fine Classical Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy sale, at approximately 5pm on the 18th, there will also be a special auction of eight pieces formerly in the collection of General Zhu Shaoliang and Mrs. Zhu. Perhaps the most important work by Zhang Daqian in this sale is a portrait of Avalokitesvara in the style of murals in the Mogao caves, painted by Zhang during his stay in Dunhuang in the early 1940s. The painting depicts Avalokitesvara holding a crystal plate and a whisk. With rich color and dignified figure, this work absorbs the best quality of the Dunhuang art.

Click here for full details, exhibition times and catalog.

This post appears on the Boots to Beijing blog, a production of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

Fashion World’s NIGO® Plans His ‘Estate Sale’ {Video} 

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Via Sotheby’s:

Japanese designer, music producer and creative entrepreneur NIGO® commemorates the 25th anniversary of his presence in the fashion world by offering 250 pieces from his personal collection.

Gathered in 108 lots, the collectibles, jewelry and watches, luxury goods, design furniture and contemporary art reflect his meticulous taste and hip-hop esthetic.

“I wanted to have an estate sale of my own but obviously I couldn’t get any enjoyment from it myself if I was dead. So I decided to do it now.” – NIGO®

The sale is Oct. 7 in Hong Kong. Click here for more information.

CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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How About a Day Trip for the Final Days of Summer?

Start your summer adventure at the Trinity River Audubon Center and discover hiking, bird watching and more.

What are you going to do with the final couple of weeks of summer? It’s the perfect time for a day trip. Lucky for us, Texas’ natural beauty and pioneer legacy make it the perfect place to roam, play, explore and enjoy.

You might even uncover a dinosaur or two on your travels.
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Top 12 Back to School Apps for Everyone in Oak Cliff

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Back to school can be crazy, right? So, we’ll take anything to make the transition a little easier. That’s why we went looking for some great apps to help us (and the kids) get back into the back-to-school swing. Here’s what we found.

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Sotheby’s Wines: Summer Means Fizz

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Via Sothebys.com:

LONDON – Summer means fizz… and not just any kind of fizz. The great Champagne house of Pol Roger recently summoned a motley crew of enthusiasts, or should I say, experts, to Epernay for the launch of their superb Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2002 – named, of course, in recognition of Pol Roger being his Champagne of choice. 

We broached our magnums with reverence, much as we would have done in the presence of the great man himself. The renowned 2002 vintage was the third year at Pol Roger for winemaker Dominique Petit and it proved perfect timing to try out all his new cellar equipment. It is a glorious Champagne, full but with so much finesse and “sweet” nuttiness. We then had to review the Winston Churchill 1996, a classic of the genre, followed by the gentle maturity of the 1988, totally on song and giving pure, dancing pleasure. – By Serena Sutcliffe for The Vine 

Click here to read the full article on sothebys.com.

CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

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Bishop Arts District: Take a Stroll, See the Sites

Why do we love Bishop Arts District? Aside from the fact that it’s in the heart of Oak Cliff, named one of the hippest neighborhoods in Dallas by Gawker, it has so many great things to do and see.

So we took a little stroll through the neighborhood recently. Here’s where we stopped and played. (We had a great time … don’t you think?)
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Summer Reading Special: Try Go Away, Big Green Monster

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Being a toddler can be rough—teething, learning to walk and all that growing. A little quiet time with a book can be a great relief.

A local librarian recommends a regular story time with toddler-level board or picture books such as Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley.

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The book engages a young audience with a new color and shape on every page, and by the end, the kiddos have built their very own monster.

“Toddlers are not ready to sit and listen to a whole story,” she says. “If they are not familiar with the concept they will lose interest, but if they know every word it fails to grab their attention. They need to have some sort of control.”

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty understands the value of nurturing a love of reading early in life. Each year, we support reading programs for children and adults throughout the area. For more information, click here.

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Summer Reading Special: Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library 

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Just because the local library’s summer reading program is over doesn’t mean you should take a vacation from reading. The local librarians we talked to all summer stressed the importance of reading daily – at least 30 minutes. So, here’s one last book recommendation.

And, don’t forget that you can always go to the library and wander among the stacks for more great picks …

Is your child a fan of games? This book fits the bill. 

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Written by Chris GrabensteinEscape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library takes a dozen sixth graders and sticks them in the middle of a futuristic library for a night of fun and adventure. This book features an eccentric billionaire who welcomes the children into a fantasyland. Is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ringing a bell? Follow Kyle, the protagonist, through this wonderful futuristic world

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library is more than just a novel filled with humor and suspense. It is a game in itself. Readers will have fun solving clues and answering riddles, all while learning the ins and outs of the Dewey Decimal system. 

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty understands the value of nurturing a love of reading early in life. Each year, we support reading programs for children and adults throughout the area. For more information, click here.

Sotheby’s: PAD London Preview—20th Century Art Fair {Video}

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Via Sotheby’s:

As London readies itself for the opening of the Frieze art fair, explore what has become one of the cornerstones of the week’s festivities, PAD London, offering 20th century art, design and decorative arts.

Frieze is one of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs, and takes place Oct. 15-18 in Regent’s Park, London. 

In this video, Sotheby’s art experts talk about their involvement in the fair and the offerings Sotheby’s will have there.

For more luxury homes, see briggsfreeman.com. Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake