The acceptance of certain gifts sometimes has unexpected consequences.
Tales of the search for those raw materials that make possible the objects of beauty included in this month’s jewelry features (see "Brilliant Mines," page 162, and "Forever Elizabeth,"
The commander of the angels, the archangel Michael, appears on the barrel of the Tibaldi Sanctus Michael Archangelus (www
Oliver Cromwell may have famously instructed artists to depict him "warts and all," but he had nothing to worry about when Samuel Cooper painted his portrait.
Joseph Kurstin’s first netsuke was inexpensive and unattractive.
The cross-grained olive wood used in the Graf von Faber-Castell Elemento Collection (www.faber-castell.us) refe
When the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opens in Bentonville, Ark., on November 11, it will not just herald the arrival of a major new museum; it will admit the Walton family to
Los Angeles’ biggest patron of the arts is Eli Broad, the billionaire philanthropist and megacollector.
Unusual among book collectors because he did not grow up in a book-laden household, Dr. Gerald Dorros also did not begin collecting until he was in his late 50s.
A parade of Abraham Lincoln–related milestones began two years ago with the bicentennial of his birth and will conclude, temporarily at least, in 2015, with the 150th anniversary of his
The beauty of the image is undeniable: A regal model in a black-and-white gown nearly glows against the improbable backdrop of four prancing elephants.
Three generations of Atlanta’s Moulthrop family (www.moulthropstudios.com) have yielded to the allure of wood turning.
For his new book about Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI is using Faber-Castell pencils to write his original draft.
Last November, Peter Bainbridge, of Bainbridges, a small auction house in England, asked his audience to "welcome" a colorful 18th-century Chinese porcelain vase that had been discovered
The most conspicuous removal of imperial treasures from China to points west occurred in 1860 when, during the Second Opium War, British and French troops sacked the Qing emperor’s Old S
Kewpie dolls, comets, airplanes, dogs, Indians, policemen, birds, butterflies, devils thumbing their noses, and nubile women in varying states of undress were among the nickel-plated bra
Muhammad Ali has always understood the value of words. In an interview before the boxing legend’s 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle," Ali taunted George Foreman by saying, "If you even dream of beating me, you better wake up and apologize."
Each year, the artisans of Graf von Faber-Castell produce a writing instrument using an unusual material, such as horsehair or satinwood.
The inspiration was rather esoteric: The Visconti Golden Man HRH (+39.055.45652.31, www.visconti.it) pays t