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  1. Functional art is hardly a new concept. Consider the antique gun pictured here, a French flintlock fowling-piece (or bird-hunting gun) that dates to 1760. “It’s a piece of male jewelry, but a very...
  2. She lies nude and asleep upon draperies of red and white, one arm coiled around her head. A small cluster of buildings is in the distance, but she has chosen to nap here, in the open, under a cloudy...
  3. Elinor Gordon, a leading dealer in Chinese export porcelain, knows what the first Winter Antiques Show was like; she was there. Gordon has exhibited at every edition of the annual New York event...
  4. Violin makers are still trying to determine what Antonio Stradivari knew that they do not. In more than 250 years, no luthier has been able to build an instrument quite like his. In fact, the master...
  5. With the Beam Sensor ($100) from Colibri (401.943. 2100, www.colibri.com ), lighting a cigar is half the fun. Rather than press a trigger, simply break the vertical plane of a beam of light. Once the...
  6. During a recent birding festival in Cape May, N.J., the most popular sighting could not be identified in a book of ornithology. According to Terry Moore, vice president of Sport Optics at Leica (800...
  7. If the future unfolds as Fred Paroutaud anticipates, we will no longer experience chamber music in our homes only through loudspeakers. Paroutaud, an inventor/musician/composer based in San Francisco...
  8. Early paintings by Picasso and his contemporaries demonstrate just how strong the aesthetic influence of primitivism was on 20th-century European art. Meanwhile, the era’s collectors and...
  9. There is no such thing as a permanent collection. The artworks that you donate to your favorite museum can be deaccessed—sold off to the highest bidder as it prunes its holdings to make room for, and...
  10. Statuesque wineglasses in wheel-cut crystal on a hand-wrought silver tray (left), a towering skyscraper centerpiece in silver and ivory, a cigar humidor in repoussé silvered brass with an ebonized...

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