FrontRunners: Savoir Fair

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From September 11 to 21, dealers in art, antiques, furniture, and jewelry will display their wares in Paris at the XXIV Biennale des Antiquaires (www.bda?france.eu), the oldest of the international art and antiques fairs. This 24th edition of the biannual event will draw nearly 100 galleries from 11 countries. The vendors will display some 8,000 objects from the 4th century B.C. through the 1970s—from the era of Alexander the Great through that of Richard Nixon, from works in stone through works in plastic. French jeweler and watchmaker Cartier used onyx, coral, diamonds, mother-of-pearl, and laque burgauté to construct the Écran clock pictured here. The circa-1926 piece, which measures just 5.5 inches tall, will be one of 60 Cartier items on display at the Biennale des Antiquaires The fair will take place in the Grand Palais, the landmark Beaux Arts exhibition hall that was built in 1900 for the World’s Fair.

Photo by Bob Tursack
Maya Angelou’s art collection focused on works by African-American masters...
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...
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...
Photo by Michael Richter
Visitors trekked to Maastricht, the Netherlands, for the March opening day of the European Fine Art...
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…
The 13 new portraits include images of Douglas Cramer, Judy Garland, and Ernesto Esposito…