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No need to tread lightly on the Edward Barnsley Workshop Mark IV library ladder ( www.barnsley-furniture.co.uk ). It is made from 3,000-year-old bog oak that is strong enough to eliminate the need...
Photography by Chipper Hatter In Jackson, Miss., where plantation-style homes with porch swings are the norm, a 27,000-square-foot Tuscan-inspired estate might seem out of place. "Most of the homes...
You might need a Christmas tree with braces instead of just branches to hang the 13.4-pound, $900 La Maison du Chocolat Mendiant Ornament and Work of Art ( www.lamaisonduchocolat.us ). The tasty...
Photography by Cordero Studios Celebrations and cigars have always gone hand in hand, and never more than during the winter holidays. In Victorian England, it was customary to hand out Havanas on...
This fall—just six months after launching its first boat, a 42-foot weekend cruiser—Wider Yachts introduced plans for the much larger Wider 150. The yacht will draw power from a hybrid propulsion...
At one time, the most impressive feature of nearly every coveted timepiece was the decorative art it showcased. During the 17th and 18th centuries, in the period of Geneva’s “Fabrique” watchmaking...
In Frank Gehry’s world, it is a small landscape: a chunk of real estate approximately 40 square inches topped by 32 structures. But Gehry has always been fascinated by the game of chess, and when the...
Tsavorites arranged in the form of creepers, blue sapphires shaped like leaves, and pink sapphires representing flowers adorn the 18-karat-white-gold case and band of the $215,000 Charles Oudin Paris...
Produced by sustainably farmed Acipenser naccarii sturgeon raised in naturally cold ponds near Granada, Spain, PSN Almas Ara caviar ( www.artisanalfoods.com ) is as close to organic as caviar comes...
The GIFT A 57-acre hillside homesite in the private MariSol residential community in Malibu, Calif. A 10,000-square-foot modern residence designed by Santa Barbara–based architect Barry Berkus. A...
The acceptance of certain gifts sometimes has unexpected consequences. The Scottish monarchy, for instance, received as tribute from the Vatican two treasures—a scepter from Alexander VI and a sword...
Steven Grotell knows the value of keeping a low profile. In the two decades since the architect-turned-watch-designer began working in the business, he has learned the extent to which his clients,...
In the insular world of high jewelry, a handful of international players trade the rarest and most exceptional stones, moving them from one country to another until the gems find the right buyer...
The GIFT One of 21 numbered Royal Salute Tribute to Honour decanters encrusted with gold, silver, and diamonds. A matching pair of goblets in silver, gold, and diamonds, made exclusively for the...
Every neighborhood in New York has its inimitable flavor, as John DeLucie learned growing up in Brooklyn. Places—buildings and their surroundings—have influenced the restaurateur’s cuisine since 2006...
The GIFT A 1927 Bentley 6½ Litre Vanden Plas Sports Tourer. A made-to-order 2012 Bentley Continental GTC convertible. An exclusive visit to the Bentley factory in Crewe, England, followed by a one-...
Most American-furniture dealers would love to be saddled with Carswell Berlin’s dilemma. The president of the Carswell Rush Berlin gallery in New York has a bed, a card table, and other furnishings...
The GIFT A four-day visit for three couples to Oporto, Portugal, hosted by the Fladgate Partnership. A dinner featuring Taylor Fladgate vintage ports from 1924, 1928, 1935, 1963, 1977, and 1994;...
Interior designer David Phoenix calls fireplace accessories the jewelry of the fireplace. Evidently he is not alone in esteeming grates, pokers, tongs, and andirons—the racks that lift firewood off...
An Art Deco–style perfume pendant necklace by Cartier, featuring a hand-carved morganite bottle adorned with spinels, diamonds, and platinum details.
For more than half a century, Bisazza has treated walls and floors as blank canvases, using its colorful mosaic tiles to transform everyday spaces into opulent and avant-garde exhibits. The Italian...
The GIFT “VVIP” seating for four to every event during the London 2012 Olympic Games, including the opening and closing ceremonies. All-expenses-paid travel for four via first-class cabin from New...
The GIFT A set of five one-of-a-kind David Oscarson Harlequin pens, embellished with diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. $1.5 million It took only 11 years for David Oscarson to reach the...
The GIFT A one-of-a-kind circa-1900 gold-and-quartz Fabergé snakehead cane handle. $950,000 From 1885, when Tsar Alexander III appointed Peter Carl Fabergé the jeweler and goldsmith to the Russian...
For most of his career, Simon Spurr has been the name behind some very big names. In 1997 he began designing a clothing line for Yves Saint Laurent, under the close guidance of Hedi Slimane. Four...
The GIFT An all-inclusive five-day, four-night fishing trip for 30 guests to King Pacific Lodge in British Columbia, hosted by chef Michael Mina. Nightly tasting menus created by Mina and his...
Chrysler has brought its Jeep brand into the high-performance SUV ring with the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 ( www.drivesrt.com ). On a par with Germany’s best SUVs and priced from $55,300, the SRT8...
The GIFT A trio of exceptionally rare violet porcelain Sèvres vases. $1.5 million In the early 18th century—after hundreds of years of pleading, industrial espionage, and furious alchemy—Europeans...
"You always remember your first time eating baby eels," chef Fernando Canales tells me as we hurtle down twisting country roads to the Basque coastal village of Gorliz. It is five in the morning and...
Photographs hanging in Presidential Bungalow No. 24 show a T-shaped building abutting acres of Southern California farmland. The images were taken around the time the Beverly Hills Hotel and...

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