Collectibles

Just as clothes can make the man, frames have the power to enhance a painting. The Julius Lowy Frame and Restoring Co., a 97-year-old Manhattan firm, understands this. It stocks antique frames from...
A staple of the nursery receives the traditional treatment at Windmill Antiques in North Yorkshire, England, where proprietors Brian and Jean Tildesley replicate Victorian and Edwardian rocking...
David Tunick A Manhattan dealer who gives prints and drawings the utmost respect. With millions of dollars’ worth of art and furnishings in tow, the most respected art and antiques dealers from...
Kenneth W. Rendell Gallery Bringing history to life, one page at a time. Leaning over a table covered with sheets of paper, Kennneth Rendell explains how he determined that a supposedly rare and...
David Oscarson Harvest Collection Collectors reap what this artisan penmaker has sown. With designs that address function and aesthetics in equal measure, David Oscarson’s eponymous company stands...
All nine of the Fabergé imperial Easter eggs from the Forbes Collection have ended up in one basket—in Russia, from whence they originated. Sotheby’s New York was planning to host an auction in April...
The new offering from Lionel ( www.lionel.com ) evokes the past while incorporating the latest digital technology. Far from a toy, the model Southern Pacific AC-9 ($1,500) is an O gauge (one-quarter...
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...
The fountain pen and the stick shift are two 20th-century inventions that hold their appeal for purists. A beautiful writing instrument, after all, affords a tactile satisfaction not unlike the...
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...
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...
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...
E-mail is convenient, but it cannot offer the satisfaction derived from sending or receiving a handwritten letter. Nor should it; etiquette experts insist that certain highly personal forms of...
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...
Earlier this summer, Thailand’s Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn sent an e-mail to the Accompagnement, Conseils link he found at www.antikaparis.com and inquired about a selection of decorative gilt-...
It has been 20 years since 11 unknown architects (Michael Graves and Aldo Rossi among them) introduced elegant silver tea and coffee sets to the world. This year, Alessi unveiled its Tea and Coffee...
Kari Nieminen’s first name reflects his Viking ancestry, but the 43-year-old Finn rose to prominence through his mastery of an ax very different from the type his forebears wielded. Nieminen has been...
Sitting on a green Georgian sofa that was on display in his firm’s booth at the TEFAF Maastricht fair earlier this year, Lanto Synge, managing director of Mallett, explained what makes the carved...
Some mind games—such as chess or backgammon—are eternally entertaining. Chess sets themselves are often treated as works of art. Meissen has produced sets for the past three centuries that intrigue...
It is natural to view Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso as artistic rivals. They were contemporaries who possessed rare and formidable artistic talent, yet differed in temperament, nationality, age,...
Technology is one of the things that makes the game of golf unique—often maddeningly so. Other sports seem to be firmly wedded to the past when it comes to the implements used to play them: inflated...
You may not be able to golf a lick. Your drives might curve like a Chiquita into the hinterlands, your irons may displace more earth than a steam shovel, and you might putt with the touch of King...
Silver Lining S.J. Shrubsole, which deals mostly in 18th-century English silver, has proven to be as durable as its wares. Eric Shrubsole, now nearing 90, still presides over the New York...
Peter Tillou is depositing his assets in the 1904 landmark bank building in Torrington, Conn., after purchasing, fully restoring, and rescuing it from certain commercial demise. The building will...
“I learned from looking back,” says Robert Kuo. He is speaking of his immediate ancestors, in particular his father, who began teaching him the delicate craft of cloisonné when he was 15. But he is...
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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