Robb Design Portfolio: Cultural High Note

The ancient Dong son culture of Southeast Asia left behind bronzes of unrivaled complexity and beauty. Best known are the drums that its people fashioned in sizes ranging from 3 inches to 3 feet in diameter and employed in sacred water festivals. The early example shown here, which is offered by Jerry Solomon Asian & Tribal Arts (323.876.2183, www.jerrysolomon.com) in Los Angeles, was discovered in Vietnam and dates to the third or fourth century BC. In pristine condition despite having been buried underground for more than 2,300 years, this drum is 20 inches in diameter and notable for its fine decoration and intricate patterning. The bronze’s blue-and-green patina, resulting from the chemical interaction between the metal and soil, is a testament to the drum’s age and authenticity. Thin and relatively lightweight, such cast-bronze pieces were produced by a complex piece-mold process, an advanced technique mastered by a now-vanished civilization.

When the air had cleared after the frenzy of New York’s spring art auctions, players and spectators...
This circa-1900 pink-swirl marble is in what Dan Morphy calls “wet mint condition,” or as pristine...
Photo by Bob Tursack
Maya Angelou’s art collection focused on works by African-American masters...
The display is part of a hotel-wide renovation that will be completed by the end of the year...
Heritage Auctions will also offer Mickey Mantle’s rookie card and Mike Ditka’s Super Bowl playbook…
Photo by Cordero Studios⁄corderostudios.com
Charles and Judy Tate assembled a world-class collection of Latin American art—and then gave it all...
Photo by The Strong, Rochester, N.Y.
The American game culture is almost as old as the country itself...
Photograph by Ron Pierson, courtesy of Guernsey's
The bounty from the sunken ship includes 40 tons of silver and gold valued at $450 million…
Photo by Michael Richter
Visitors trekked to Maastricht, the Netherlands, for the March opening day of the European Fine Art...
The 13 new portraits include images of Douglas Cramer, Judy Garland, and Ernesto Esposito…