Art & Collectibles

When Tony Stone encounters a tea caddy—a decorative container that can fit in both hands and was designed to keep tea leaves fresh—he sees much more than a pretty little box. For Stone, a London...
Janice Hyland and husband Alan Granby’s approach to art and antiques fairs is homegrown. The booth displays of Hyland Granby Antiques, the couple’s Hyannis Port, Mass., gallery of nautical artifacts...
The ambitious group portrait demands attention. It depicts two daughters, two sons, and their mother and father in a forested park beneath a twilight sky. Flanked by dogs, the boys stride in from the...
As it celebrates the 100th anni­versary of its founding, Mont­blanc is offering a pen that surpasses 2005’s diamond-studded Bohème Royal, which captured last year’s Best of the Best accolade. The...
The craftspeople at Cote France know how to keep a secret. In the 120 years since it invented the technique, the company never has revealed how it achieves the finishes that characterize its...
Most artists start small and move on to bigger things, but few have followed that career path as literally as Albert Paley has. He went from crafting delicate gold jewelry in the 1960s and early ’70s...
Some people experience epiphanies when they marry or when they become parents. But Mark Levin’s life was changed by a wooden bench. To Levin’s chagrin, he lost track of that bench, but he vividly...
Powdered tobacco, or snuff, became a favorite indulgence when it arrived in China in 1644, but because Chinese men of that era typically kept their fingernails long, they never adopted the snuffbox,...
Challenging the absence of soul, detail, and uniqueness in mass-produced adornments that flooded the market after the industrial revolution, Cartier returned artistic spirit to its métier by...
When you lift a really fine firearm, it seems to float in your hands; the equilibrium is so perfect that the gun mounts to your shoulder almost of its own accord. I have handled literally thousands...
Leaving Their Mark Look closely and you will see a hunter, dressed in skins, working a ramrod down the muzzle of his flintlock. At his feet is a bird dog, and behind him are mountains and trees. This...
Traveling and making art have much in common: Both require faith that you will get from one point to another, although the real pleasure often comes from connecting the dots along the way. A love of...
We have no Circus Maximus today, no chariot races. But we do have the art auction, which—far from being the staid and reverent affair of popular imagination—furnishes us with one of the few winner-...
Frank Pollaro adores Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann’s Art Deco furniture, but there are days when he curses the Frenchman’s name, for the details that make a Ruhlmann piece so appealing also make it such a...
Long before settling into his Norman Revival–style house in Connecticut, the executive of a multinational Fortune 500 company enrolled at a Tokyo university in the early 1960s to study Japanese...
Although to this day not everyone agrees with his conclusions, Englishman Charles Darwin helped answer the question of how we, the human race, got here, when, in 1859, the naturalist wrote On the...
The Battle of Trafalgar was British Admiral Horatio Nelson’s finest hour, and it was one of his final hours. The fight, which occurred near Spain’s Cape Trafalgar on October 21, 1805, pitted the...
After selling the Palm Beach, Fla., art and antiques fair that they cocreated in 1997 (now called Palm Beach! America’s International Fine Art & Antique Fair), David and Lee Ann Lester found...
Pens may not require the intricate technical mechanics of fine Swiss watches, but manufacture Girard-Perregaux (877.846.3447, www.girard-perregaux.com ) believes that both of these everyday objects...
The abstract expressionists were an extravagant bunch who lived intensely and painted on a scale that matched their egos and bravado. One of the most bombastic among them, Clyfford Still, once...
At its booth at the 2005 TEFAF Maastricht fair, London antiques dealer Trevor Philip & Sons displayed an object that no doubt piqued the curiosity of most passersby. The turn-of-the-century brass...
Sometime in the 1980s, Warren Adelson, founder of Adelson Galleries in New York, received a call from a New Jersey woman who claimed to have an oil painting by Mary Cassatt that depicted two women...
Montblanc Bohème Royal The Bohème Royal pen by Montblanc is anything but bohemian. This $150,000 made-to-order writing instrument incorporates a number of modern design elements without overlooking...
Always the gentleman, Rudolf van der Lak personally greets everyone who enters his bar, often with a handshake, an English phrase—“Welcome to this beautiful land” or “Life is wonderful”—punctuated by...
Although connoisseurship usually must be nurtured over the course of years, if not decades, through encounters with the world’s finest items, Greg Jordan, Robb Report’s “Best of the Best” interior...
When Ann Sacks founded her company in 1980, she was intent on displaying her tile in a manner that would stir the emotions of designers and their clients and compel them to have it installed in their...
Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, and virtually every other figure who played a major role in the waging of World War II is represented in a collection of...
Although official records noting his baptism, his marriage, the births of his children, the death of his son, and various sales and business transactions still exist, no writings survive that reveal...
With the goal of creating the world’s most precious pen, artist David Montalto di Fragnito spent two years working with Italian writing instrument manufacturer Montegrappa to produce the Peace Pen...
Carl Fabergé’s workshop is renowned for creating splendid objets d’art, not chess sets. Indeed, the set offered to Robb Report readers was long believed to be the only one produced by Fabergé. (What...

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