Art & Collectibles

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...
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 Summer Palace...
On a glorious Sunday in May a group of about 20 visitors landed on Nantucket; bypassed the beaches, shops, and other popular destinations; and gathered in the Nantucket Whaling Museum’s storage...
For his new book about Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI is using Faber-Castell pencils to write his original draft. Vincent van Gogh recommended the brand to painter Anthon van Rappard in a letter, of which...
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 in a modest...
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...
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 brass or bronze...
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...
Since 1992, Montblanc has honored tastemakers from Augustus to Andrew Carnegie in its Patron of Art series of writing instruments. Now the German penmaker’s 2010 release, the Montblanc Patron of Art...
Each year, the artisans of Graf von Faber-Castell produce a writing instrument using an unusual material, such as horsehair or satinwood. This year, for the company’s 250th anniversary, the Graf von...
The inspiration was rather esoteric: The Visconti Golden Man HRH ( +39.055.45652.31, www.visconti.it ) pays tribute to a significant archeological discovery made 42 years ago in Kazakh­stan. In a...
Art collectors who travel from New York to the Art Basel fair in Basel, Switzerland, this month will be greeted by a familiar but delightful sight. The booth of New York gallery David Zwirner will...
Seventy-five exhibitors of antique art and collectibles will convene from June 8 to June 15 for Haughton International Fairs’ Art Antiques London. Among the highlights are a $500,000 pavé-set...
Now through July 29, the Pace Gallery on East 57th Street is presenting the work of abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning in The Figure: Movement and Gesture. The exhibition comprises nearly 40...
Contemporary art reaches full flower in the second week of May at the New York branches of Sotheby’s and Christie’s during their marquee spring evening sales. Koons Coup The cover lot for the catalog...
When the Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair—the leading British show of its kind—abruptly folded in 2009 after 75 years, speculation began almost instantly about what might fill the void. Would...
As combat garb, suits of armor have been obsolete for centuries. But its sculptural qualities can render a suit timeless as a decoration for the home, whether the armor is an antique replica or an...
The ability to predict the weather with godlike accuracy began with a single invention: the barometer. In 1643, a student of Galileo discovered that by measuring air pressure one could forecast sun,...
On May 13 Sotheby’s New York is auctioning the Robert Rubin Collection of African art, which comprises approximately 50 works of art estimated to sell for $4 million total. Collector Robert Rubin...
Early May brings the promise of fresh auction records as the New York branches of Sotheby’s and Christie’s unveil highlights from their marquee spring evening sales. This week, Robbreport.com...
From April 27 through May 2, Spring Show NYC presents more than 60 art exhibitors at the Park Avenue Armory in celebration of Manhattan’s Art & Antiques Week. Works run the gamut from $2,500 to...
Art dealer Richard Nagy is showing some unseen works by Viennese artist Egon Schiele for the opening of his new gallery on Old Bond Street. The exhibition, which runs from May 19 through June 30, is...
If you walk past the windows of Sotheby’s Manhattan salesrooms between now and April 12, stop and look at the scorched metal sphere, seven and a quarter feet in diameter, displayed across from Rodin’...
Of all the categories of collectibles that hobbyists choose to pursue—whether it’s coins or cars, Eames furniture or snuff bottles—probably none offer the infinite possibilities available to the book...

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