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Art: Animal Attraction
When Judy Kensley Mckie sees a duck on a pond, she does not think, “Oh, how cute,” or “Look at it swim,” or even “That would taste delicious in an...
The Collector: Pure Country
Its Owner George Gruhn has owned and operated Gruhn Guitars in downtown Nashville, Tenn., since 1970, selling vintage guitars, banjos, mandolins,...
Antiques: Curiouser and Curiouser
Interior decorator and antiques dealer Keith Skeel considers the decorative objects that he owns his “friends.” But, sounding like a New Englander...
FrontRunners: Original Inking
When the subject of Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997) comes up, most of us think of paintings of oversize cartoons—such as Drowning Girl (1963...
Collectibles: Rare Books and Raw Criticisms
The Biblioctopus Catalog can be as entertaining a read as some of the rare and antiquarian books that the Beverly Hills, Calif., shop sells. An entry...
The Collector: A Man and His Dog
Its Owner Edward Horswell is the director of London’s Sladmore Gallery, which specializes in sculptures from the late 19th and 20th centuries and has...
Robb Design Portfolio: Venetian Find
However striking a fazioli piano ( www.fazioli.com ) may appear, the instrument’s truly distinguishing component is the red spruce soundboard that...
The Collector: A Winning Hand
Its Owner Bill Mastro is the chairman and CEO of Mastro Auctions, a Chicagoland consignment auction house that specializes in sports-related items...
Sport: Showing His Handiwork
An unfinished poker table made of mahogany, ebony, maple, and satinwood sits in the center of Mark Lackley’s workshop in the Vermont village of...
FrontRunners: Reel Good
The formidable line of custom fly-fishing reels from Hatch Outdoors ( www.hatchoutdoors.com ) has a new top end. The 9 Plus Pulse ($725), built for...
Collectibles: What the Doctor Ordered
Dr. C. Keith Wilbur’s collection of antique medical instruments indicates that 150 years ago, his was not a profession for the fainthearted. The...
Art: Best in Show
William Secord can tell immediately whether a person likes dogs by how he or she reacts to the notion of dog paintings. “If they don’t like dogs,...
From The Editors: Doggone, Daddy, Gone
‘‘If popularity were a true measure of worth,” a reporter for the New York Daily News wrote just prior to a 2005 auction featuring a pair of...
The Collector: The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of
Its Owner Gary Milan, a retired dentist who lives in the greater Los Angeles area, maintains collections of material from The Maltese Falcon ,...
FrontFunners: Dupont Versailles
In 1682, Louis XIV—wishing to lock his fractious nobles in a golden cage where he could keep an eye on them—established the French center of...
Collectibles: The Shape of an Idea
The item pictured here—a miniature model of a 19th-century brush-making machine that could produce tools as small as paintbrushes and as large as...
Robb Design Portfolio: African Abstraction
Europe’s fascination with so-called primitive art reached its apogee during the first half of the 20th century, when artists such as Picasso,...
The Collector: Letter Perfect
THE ITEM A handwritten letter that Dwight Eisenhower wrote to his wife, Mamie, on February 15, 1943. Eisenhower, who was then commander in chief of...
Art: Making a Splash
Steuben Glass is renowned for the clear, brilliant, and flawless lead crystal that its glassmakers shape into vases, stemware, and decorative objects...
FrontRunners: Historical Moment
If you can pick up the Super Bowl XL Opus , you might be able to secure a spot on one of the teams playing in the February 4 game. The $4,000 leather...
FrontRunners: Art for Heart's Sake
Art for Heart’s Sake Fifty Foot Films ( www.fiftyfootfilms.com ) of Los Angeles promises to give your home movies—of birthday parties, weddings, or...
21 Ultimate Gifts: Super Model
An intricately detailed model of an automobile or superyacht of your choice, crafted by British silversmith Gil Holt. Price starting at $2 million...
Antiques: Beyond Borders
“Frames are really the Cinderellas of the art world,” says Deborah Davis, author of the forthcoming book The Secret Lives of Frames: One Hundred...
21 Ultimate Gifts: Are You Ready to Rock?
A one-of-a-kind electric bass guitar from German luthier Jens Ritter. A day of recording in the Miami studio owned and designed by Lenny Kravitz. A...
Art: About Faces
While it may be true that teenage girls are prone to overdramatizing their lives, England’s Princess Elizabeth had good reason to fret during her...
Antiques: Mixed Metal, Pure Pleasure
“The blacker the better,” Eric Streiner says as he lifts a heavily tarnished Tiffany & Co. jug from a table in the living room of his Manhattan...
Collectibles: A Bid for Greatness
At some point after his retirement from baseball, Joe DiMaggio made it a stipulation that he always be introduced at public appearances as the “...
Sport: Back to the Beach
Tom Wegener’s preference for longboards—a type of surfboard that measures at least 9 feet and can reach 16 feet—ultimately stems from his impatience...
Robb Design Portfolio: All Dressed Up
The craftspeople at Cote France know how to keep a secret. In the 120 years since it invented the technique, the company never has revealed how it...
Art: Gates of Paradise
Most artists start small and move on to bigger things, but few have followed that career path as literally as Albert Paley has. He went from crafting...
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