Art & Collectibles

The inaugural Metro Show is a new art show being held January 19–22 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. The fair, which evolved from the former American Antiques Show for Americana art,...
In the early 20th century, Japanese fountain pen maker Namiki was faced with a dilemma; merchants proudly displayed the company’s pens in shop windows, but they also complained that the pens’ vibrant...
A 6-foot-by-4.5-foot, 330-pound atlas from Australian publisher Millennium House, Earth Platinum ( www.millenniumhouse.com.au ) stands taller and weighs more than most of its readers. The $100,000,...
In 1768, when the future King Gustav II of Sweden gave this pair of finely detailed globes to the French duchess d’Enville, it was a gesture freighted with meaning. Made by Anders Akerman, Sweden’s...
Most travelers who view the animals in Africa and Antarctica capture the sights in photographs, but Hamish Mackie goes further. The British wildlife artist brings his camera into the field, but he...
Approximately $10 million worth of ancient Greek coins will be auctioned off by the Classical Numismatic Group on January 4 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, as a part of an international...
For the first time, all 11 Gagosian galleries around the world will host the same show at the same time when Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 opens on January 12. The ambitious...
Just in time for its 30th anniversary in business, London’s Halcyon Gallery opened its newest location on December 5 at 144–146 New Bond St. The 12,500-square-foot space, housed in a 100-year-old...
You might need a Christmas tree with braces instead of just branches to hang the 13.4-pound, $900 La Maison du Chocolat Mendiant Ornament and Work of Art ( www.lamaisonduchocolat.us ). The tasty...
In Frank Gehry’s world, it is a small landscape: a chunk of real estate approximately 40 square inches topped by 32 structures. But Gehry has always been fascinated by the game of chess, and when the...
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...
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 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...
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...

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