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In the early 20th century, Japanese fountain pen maker Namiki was faced with a dilemma; merchants...
Photo by Adriano Carafoli
A 6-foot-by-4.5-foot, 330-pound atlas from Australian publisher Millennium House, Earth Platinum (...
You might need a Christmas tree with braces instead of just branches to hang the 13.4-pound, $900...
In Frank Gehry’s world, it is a small landscape: a chunk of real estate approximately 40 square...
Photo by Crown Copyright/Historic Scotland
The acceptance of certain gifts sometimes has unexpected consequences. The Scottish monarchy, for...
Photo by Jim Trotter
The GIFT A set of five one-of-a-kind David Oscarson Harlequin pens, embellished with diamonds,...
Photo by Gilles Lorin
Joseph Kurstin’s first netsuke was inexpensive and unattractive. But after five decades, the piece...
Oliver Cromwell may have famously instructed artists to depict him "warts and all," but he had...
The commander of the angels, the archangel Michael, appears on the barrel of the Tibaldi Sanctus...
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Tales of the search for those raw materials that make possible the objects of beauty included in...
The cross-grained olive wood used in the Graf von Faber-Castell Elemento Collection (www.faber-...
Photo by Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/Contour by Getty images
Los Angeles’ biggest patron of the arts is Eli Broad, the billionaire philanthropist and...
Photo by John Horner
When the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opens in Bentonville, Ark., on November 11, it will...
Photo by Florence McCall
Unusual among book collectors because he did not grow up in a book-laden household, Dr. Gerald...
A parade of Abraham Lincoln–related milestones began two years ago with the bicentennial of his...
Photo by Richard Avedon; courtesy the Richard Avedon Foundation
The beauty of the image is undeniable: A regal model in a black-and-white gown nearly glows against...
Photo by Cordero Studios, www.corderostudios.com
Three generations of Atlanta’s Moulthrop family (www.moulthropstudios.com) have yielded to the...
For his new book about Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI is using Faber-Castell pencils to write his...
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Last November, Peter Bainbridge, of Bainbridges, a small auction house in England, asked his...
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The most conspicuous removal of imperial treasures from China to points west occurred in 1860 when...

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