Art & Collectibles

The acceptance of certain gifts sometimes has unexpected consequences. The Scottish monarchy, for instance, received as tribute from the Vatican two treasures—a scepter from Alexander VI and a sword...
The GIFT A set of five one-of-a-kind David Oscarson Harlequin pens, embellished with diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. $1.5 million It took only 11 years for David Oscarson to reach the...
An Art Deco–style perfume pendant necklace by Cartier, featuring a hand-carved morganite bottle adorned with spinels, diamonds, and platinum details.
The GIFT A one-of-a-kind circa-1900 gold-and-quartz Fabergé snakehead cane handle. $950,000 From 1885, when Tsar Alexander III appointed Peter Carl Fabergé the jeweler and goldsmith to the Russian...
The GIFT A trio of exceptionally rare violet porcelain Sèvres vases. $1.5 million In the early 18th century—after hundreds of years of pleading, industrial espionage, and furious alchemy—Europeans...
A large number of the 6,000 or so comic-book fans who attended the 2011 Boston Comic Con in April suited up for the event. Superman, Batman, Robin, Catwoman, and Captain America all were well...
A traveling interactive exhibition focusing on haute couture designer Jean Paul Gaultier made its American debut at the Dallas Museum of Art this month. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From...
The commander of the angels, the archangel Michael, appears on the barrel of the Tibaldi Sanctus Michael Archangelus ( www.tibaldi.it ) pen. The resin image depicts Michael bearing a sword, spear,...
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. Cooper ranked among the greatest...
Joseph Kurstin’s first netsuke was inexpensive and unattractive. But after five decades, the piece is still part of his collection, which now numbers some 800 examples of the Japanese art form. The...
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," page 177) are...
The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City is revealing an intimate view of 20th-century artists such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Max Ernst, and Jeff Koons at its new exhibit, Picasso...
Old-master paintings are finally getting their own dedicated international art fair. Ten Parisian dealers of old masters have joined forces to launch Paris Tableau in the French capital. It takes...
Chinese huanghuali furniture, named for the imported, golden-hued hardwood from which it was made, was designed to encourage peaceful contemplation. Scholars and gentlemen of the 16th and 17th...
Sixty-fiveart and antique dealers will convene atNew York City’s Park Avenue Armory for Haughton’s International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show , which is returning to the armory this October 21...
One of the most celebrated landscapes created by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, an oil painting titled Litzlberg am Attersee from 1915, will be up for sale at the Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern...
This month, Britishart dealership Trinity House Paintings ,which has locations in London and Gloucestershire, will make its New York City debut with its new gallery on East 64th St. From October 20...
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 an exclusive...
Interior designer Muriel Brandolini will open her home to the public, in a manner of speaking, on October 8 with an installation of her personal furniture collection at Manhattan gallery Phillips de...
Following the popular Property from the Collections of Lily and Edmond J. Safra auction in 2005, Sotheby’s is holding a second sale under the same title, with an estimated combined value of $40...
One hundred and thirty artists will convene from September 17 to November 13 at the 12th Istanbul Biennial art exhibition, where they’ll explore the complex relationship between art and politics. The...
Winston Churchill was one of the most famous world leaders, but many don’t know that he was also a passionate artist. One of Churchill’s most notable works—a landscape painting called the “Tower of...
Few people were as plugged into the art world of her day as the late Ileana Sonnabend, whose visionary collections are on display at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, through October...
Jeff Bridgman Antiques of York County, Penn., which specializes in antique flags, is showcasing a host of rare Civil War flags to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. From...
The work of renowned artist René Lalique is being celebrated with the opening of the Lalique Museum on July 1 in Wingen-sur-Moder, France, the former site of Lalique’s glass factory in the Alsace...
It’s one thing to see beauty in nontraditional or unlikely settings. It’s another thing to capture that beauty and reveal it to those who might otherwise look right past it. The late American...
London is home to the largest number of Old Master paintings dealers in the world, and the city celebrates its abundance with Master Paintings Week taking place July 1–8. Almost two dozen galleries,...
Grasp the sartorial genius of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen with an exclusive private tour ($350) of the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty on June 27...
Wolf Kahn’s breathtaking, colorful landscapes hang in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), but the German-born painter’s next gallery show,...
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...

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