Collectibles

Dressed in his finery, the pope sits isolated, screaming in agony over the horrors of a postwar world. Monet’s water lilies it ain’t. But Sotheby’s estimates that Untitled (Pope) , a haunting 1954...
Winslow Homer, one of the most important American artists of the 19th century, painted many of his most recognizable works at his studio on Prouts Neck near Portland, Maine. Now owned by the Portland...
Many wealthy young men of the 18th century finished their educations with a grand tour—a voyage to the great cultural sites of Europe, from which they carried home art and antiques as souvenirs. The...
Julieta Talamante moved to Los Cabos at a time when the region boasted only one paved road and one stop sign. But that was 20 years ago. The area has evolved significantly since then, and so has...
Twenty-two years ago, Sandra Hindman, the president and CEO of Les Enluminures ( www.lesenluminures.com ), opened the company’s Parisian gallery dedicated to medieval manuscripts, rings, and other...
The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show offers treasures from centuries past, such as a pair of George III painted beechwood armchairs made circa 1770 and priced at £135,000 (about $213...
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts announced last weekit will divest its entire collection of the late artist’s work through Christie’s . The collection contains all known Warhol works...
The Biennale des Antiquaires , the grande dame of France’s art and antiques fairs, takes place from September 14 to 23 at the city’s Grand Palais. Biennale organizers have enlisted high-profile...
Hélène Rochas was considered the epitome of Parisian elegance. She lived in her 7th arrondissement apartment for more than 60 years and amassed an extraordinary collection of art and furnishings,...
Jalal Aro opened the Phonogalerie ( www​.phonogalerie.com ) shop in its current location in the ninth arrondissement of Paris in 2004, though the business truly began 13 years earlier when the Syrian...
At the end of the 18th century, George Washington planted 13 chestnut trees—one for each colony—between his mother’s and sister’s houses in Fredericksburg, Va. The trees provided shade for the women...
During World War I, as fighting spread to northern Italy, the 15th-century Villa Cà Erizzo Luca in Bassano del Grappa became a barracks for Red Cross ambulance drivers. Montegrappa, a then-new...
Sword swallowers, fire-eaters, giants, midgets, fat ladies, tattooed ladies, bearded ladies— Johnny Meah has painted them all in his 55 years as a sideshow-banner artist. When he is asked which of...
Montblanc is offering Americans an exquisite means of exercising their freedom of expression. The $33,000 Montblanc Statue of Liberty Artisan Edition ( www.montblanc.com ), available only in the...
Dick Coen hunted ducks before he hunted antique duck decoys. Boyhood memories of shooting excursions with his father led him to collect the carved and painted wood sculptures that are designed—...
Paulo Coelho has received the pen makers’ version of a Pulitzer: a pen honoring one of his books. Montegrappa’s The Alchemist collection ( www.montegrappa.com ) pays tribute to the author’s novel of...
Dealers and collectors of old master paintings will descend on London for its fourth annual Master Paintings Week , taking place from June 29 to July 6. Whitfield Fine Art, which specializes in...
The work of renowned fashion photographer Bruce Weber will be on view in a summer-long exhibition at the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society in Bellport, Long Island—a small seaside village that...
Phillips de Pury & Co. , a 216-year-old international art companywith outposts in London and New York, is hosting an auction June 15 at its Park Avenue location. Focusing on 20th- and 21st-...
It might surprise some art aficionados to learn that the famous painting Boy Building a House of Cards by French artist Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin is part of a series of four works on the same...
Christie’s will host a sale for the ages on June 25 and 26 in London when the Madoura Pottery disperses its peerless collection of Pablo Picasso ceramics. The French workshop collaborated with...
Nicholas Brawer ( www.nicholasbrawer.com ) began his career as an antiques dealer in 1999 and, for a time, he focused on traditional English sporting antiques, as well as mahogany and leather...
Each Beretta Gallery site—from New York to London to Paris—was chosen specifically for its locale, and also for the influx of international visitors that each city attracts. But according to Ian...
If you’re familiar with Joel Oppenheimer’s gallery of natural history art in Chicago, you likely would expect a similar environment and shopping experience at its sister establishment, the Audubon...
Entering Kunstkammer Georg Laue is akin to walking into the 16th-century library of a learned nobleman or eccentric scholar. The gallery features a bewildering assortment of antique treasures, from...
Jack Row—a 26-year-old goldsmith in Birmingham, England—made his debut in the luxury pen market last year with Architect, a collection of fascinating intricacy and modernity. Employing both centuries...
David Oscarson, the irreverent St. Louis pen maker, is known to produce designs based on themes such as the Mayan apocalypse. But his most successful creation was Pierrot and Pierrette, a 2005...
Although Faber-Castell’s history spans more than 250 years, the German maker of pens and pencils continues to innovate. In recent years, it introduced the notable Graf von Faber-Castell line of high-...
The Asian decorative art of maki-e is an ancient one, involving intricate designs created from thin layers of gold dust (or other metallic powder) coated in lacquer from an urushi tree. During the...
After struggling for years as a fiction writer, Jonathan Kellerman struck gold with When the Bough Breaks, the first of his novels starring Los Angeles psychologist-turned-detective Alex Delaware...

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