Art & Collectibles

“I’ve often been accused of being more of a painter than a photographer,” says Michael Eastman , an American photographer who expresses painterly qualities in his grand photos of architecture and...
As the HMS Beagle headed for the Galapagos Islands, Charles Darwin wrote two words on the first page of his journal: “I think.” In 1859, a version of that journal became The Origin of Species...
The one-of-a-kind David Oscarson Jacques de Molay pen (636.458.4345, www.davidoscarson.com ) is named for the last grand master of the Knights Templar, a Christian military order that fought in the...
The 450-plus gemstones on the barrel of the Curtis Australia Wildlife Warriors Gold Warrior fountain pen (+61.3.5152.1089, www.curtisaustralia.com ) form a landscape for various animals depicted in...
In the 1920s, Cartier created several collections of jewelry and accessories that united influences from the Art Deco and Orientalist design movements. In the decades since, the company has...
The Montegrappa Paulo Coelho pen (866.854.1674, www.montegrappa.com ) is a tribute to the acclaimed Brazilian author of The Pilgrimage , a 1987 novel based on his experience walking the approximately...
A collection of 20 works of contemporary art from the private collection of philanthropist Betty Freeman will be on the auction block at Christie’s New York during the Post-War and Contemporary Art...
After nearly two decades of searching the Valley of the Kings for undiscovered burial sites, British archaeologist Howard Carter stumbled upon King Tutankhamun’s tomb in the fall of 1922. The find...
Just as Bentley obtained seats from Bugatti, the Italian penmaker Tibaldi recently procured barrel-wrapping material from Bentley. The Tibaldi for Bentley Azure ( www.tibaldi.it ) is the fourth...
Moving designs from Mattia Cielo. Movement gives jewelry a soul; it brings it to life," says Mattia Cielo, a jeweler based in Vicenza, Italy, whose kinetic designs enable shapes formed of rigid gold...
The Art Chicago fair, which runs May 1-4, will emphasize emerging modern artists through NEXT, a new invitational section of the exhibition. One example of the edgy, thought-provoking art is a 13-...
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...
"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...
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...

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