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  1. THE ITEM This rock crystal snuff bottle from China dates to the late 18th or early 19th century, when its owner would have used it to hold powdered tobacco. One craftsman roughed out the shape of the...
  2. The Item This trio of baseball jerseys was worn during the 1909 season by Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance, the Chicago Cubs infielders immortalized in verse. Shortstop Tinker, second...
  3. Marco Coppiardi insists that by employing Antonio Stradivari’s antiquated techniques, he produces violins superior to any modern-made ones. Coppiardi, a 40-year-old luthier with dark hair and a small...
  4. Man’s Room , the new accessories collection from 23-year-old Serbian designer Damjan Popovac ( www.damjanpopovac.com ), is as masculine as its name suggests. Take his Hand, a $7,470 back scratcher...
  5. It might look like a pig, but this bronze, 2,500-year-old Chinese wine vessel actually takes the form of a tapir, an animal related to horses and hippos. "Tapirs were extinct in China then, but they...
  6. Sheldon Adelson throws his arms up, waves them with a flourish, and declares, “Not even Bugsy Siegel would have thought of this!” Adelson is presiding over the October opening of the Guggenheim Las...
  7. The literary world, for whom no breeze is so fragrant as a whiff of scandal, has been in full frisson ever since the appearance of the novel The Bulgari Connection (Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 2001) by...
  8. There is a scene in The Magnificent Ambersons , Booth Tarkington’s tale of the Gilded Age, in which George, the young scion of what used to be called an American dynasty, is asked what profession he...
  9. Visit the Smith College art exhibition Corot to Picasso , now on a two-year tour of American museums, and you will see a work by Edgar Degas that the artist never wanted displayed. In fact, some...
  10. Connoisseurs know that selecting a frame from the place and period of an artwork’s origin is rather like pairing the right wine with your favorite species of meat. it will either embellish or detract...

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