Art & Collectibles

Early-20th-century American sculptor Chaim Gross was among the first collectors of African and Oceanic art in the United States, and many of his prized pieces will be on the auction block. On May 15...
Can Los Angeles—a youth-obsessed metropolis where erasing the signs of aging is a full-time job for many—love what is old? Judging from the past success of the Los Angeles Antiques Show, an annual...
More than 50 years ago, the Lladró brothers of Spain—Juan, José, and Vicente—debuted an innovative process for finishing porcelain that required only a single layer of firing. The technique enabled...
To produce its $30,000 Damascene Straight Razor ( www.hommage.com ), Hommage, a Paris-based grooming-products company, adapted a steelmaking method that dates as far back as 300 B.C. The technique...
Bibliophiles take note: The New York Antiquarian Book Fair will take place April 3-5 at the Park Avenue Armory. In its 49th year, the highly anticipated show presents more than 200 dealers of rare...
Artist Ana Tzarev returned home to her studio in the South of France from a trip to Japan in 2001, one of the many trips the 73-year-old painter has taken in her almost 30-year love affair with the...
London-based luxury house Alfred Dunhill has created a line of pens that pays homage to the company’s long-standing signature British bulldog. The bulldog fountain pen features a sterling silver-...
David Copperfield, who has been performing magic tricks since childhood, plans to put on 500 shows this year in Las Vegas and other locations around the world. When he is not on stage, the 52-year-...
Having drifted on and off the Western cultural radar for decades, the Qatari art market is enjoying a seemingly permanent revival that is rapidly influencing the artistic landscape of nearby emirates...
Addled by absinthe and hashish, Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920) destroyed many of his early portraits and sculptures, calling them childish baubles. However, he held his later work in...
Earth’s jewels from Astro Gallery of Gems Occasionally, gem expert Dennis Tanjeloff allows potential buyers to view treasures from his private collection, such as a piece of crystallized gold (...
Pens commemorating American heroes are popular among collectors and history buffs. Curtis of Australia recently unveiled its tribute to Abraham Lincoln in its Bicentennial Pen from the Classic...
Two Italian luxury brands, known for age-old craftsmanship and up-to-the-minute design and technology, have partnered on a new pen. The Tibaldi for Riva limited-edition collection of writing...
Perhaps our most daunting challenge as editors of a magazine about connoisseurship is that our audience is one of the most sophisticated and knowledgeable ever to turn the pages of a periodical...
Yves Saint Laurent turned fashion into art not only through his work as one of the 20th century’s greatest couturiers, but also by spending the earnings from his fashion empire to amass an...
"Every guitar has its own personality," says luthier John Monteleone. "It’s my job to give it its own dynamic voice. Each one I make is an extension of my soul." At 61, Monteleone is a master of his...
When Pelé published his autobiography in 1977, he dedicated it to "all the people who have made [soccer] the Beautiful Game." While GRO Design and TIM Modelmakers, a pair of Dutch companies, cannot...
Marie Antoinette’s custom desk. Neither the many accolades heaped upon nor the charges leveled at Marie Antoinette during and after her lifetime—Queen of Fashion and Style, Queen of Prodigal Spending...
No figure yokes together with less violence (to revise Dr. Johnson’s phrase) the themes of this, our first Reader’s Choice issue, than William Randolph Hearst. The populist publisher had a canny...
World-renowned knife maker William Henry is using his unique crafting techniques and materials in a pen collection. The limited-edition handmade pens are crafted in mokume gane, custom multilayered...
One of the first oligarchs was Boris Berezovsky, who exploited his connections with then Prime Minister Boris Yeltsin to establish a company that sold cars directly from a state-owned factory. Later...
Loiminchay’s newest Jazz pen may at first glance seem a departure from the company’s signature Asian art themes. But a closer look reveals a Zen-like blend of design and materials with an...
“Everything is permissible as long as it is fantastic,” designer Carlo Mollino (1905–1973) once said. His Arabesque table, made of laminated plywood and glass, will be a highlight of Christie’s...
THE GIFT A custom-designed library inspired by the Vanderbilts’ 19th-century Biltmore estate. The services of library consultant Kinsey Marable, and 10,000 books to fill the library. $7.3 million...
THE GIFT Custom 33-carat diamond Tibaldi pen with Baccarat case. First-class travel to, and five-star accommodations in, Italy; helicopter transport between Florence, Bologna, and Naples— three...
THE GIFT A circa-1940 painting, Sans Titre (Tête de Jeune Femme) , by Pablo Picasso. A private tour of the artist’s former seaside studio in Antibes, France, now the Musée Picasso. Five nights’...
THE GIFT An 18th-century blue-sapphire statuette—the Blue Venus—that once belonged to Russia’s Catherine the Great and, later, to Prince Felix Youssoupov. Price available upon request. When Prince...
"When evaluating a piece for prospective purchase, the first question I always ask myself is, ‘Was it modern in its time, or was it prudent, or conservative?’ " says Roberto Polo, the artistic...
"A pattern combining elegance and solidity to a degree hitherto unknown," read the advertisement in the Illustrated London News for the Staunton chess set upon its introduction in 1849. In one of...
British pen maker Conway Stewart recognizes that not everyone employs a laptop when recording thoughts, even when writing for long periods of time. For these traditionalists, the company offers the...

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