Art & Collectibles

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 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...
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...
In a sunlit studio in rural Oxfordshire, England, Joanna Migdal, dental drill in hand, kneels beside a large bronze sundial base as she engraves into its surface the words, “The Lord make his face...
Elmer Crowell knew his talent for making wooden waterfowl decoys was extraordinary. The East Harwich, Mass., man, who died in 1954 at the age of 90, produced more than 2,000 bird sculptures in a...
Alastair Crawford holds a large silver platter in his hands and tilts it to show the subtle detail that marks the piece as a product of the Georg Jensen silversmith workshop. Direct light transforms...
On april 18, 1923, a massive crowd converged upon what had been, less than a year earlier, a nondescript lumberyard in the South Bronx. They ventured to the site, across the Harlem River from the...
In 76 b.c., the captain of a merchant vessel from Rhodes veered too close to the cliff-lined shores of an insignificant island off the farthest southern tip of the Greek peninsula, wrecking his...
The aristocracy of Art Deco, the streamlined design style that swept the world in the 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s, is represented in a show at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (617.267.9300, www.mfa.org )...
As the Olympic torch makes its way home to Athens this month, you can expect the usual deluge of commemorative souvenirs. Montegrappa ( www.montegrappa1912.com , 866.854.1674), however, honors the...
The one drawback to the Biennale des Antiquaires, which takes place September 14 through 28 in Paris, is that it only occurs every other year. However, by staging the event on a biennial basis, the...
For the first time since 1921, a Vermeer painting is going to auction. Sotheby’s ( www.sothebys.com ) will sell Young Woman Seated at the Virginals July 8 in London. Sotheby’s issued a modest presale...
A staple of the nursery receives the traditional treatment at Windmill Antiques in North Yorkshire, England, where proprietors Brian and Jean Tildesley replicate Victorian and Edwardian rocking...
David Tunick A Manhattan dealer who gives prints and drawings the utmost respect. With millions of dollars’ worth of art and furnishings in tow, the most respected art and antiques dealers from...
Kenneth W. Rendell Gallery Bringing history to life, one page at a time. Leaning over a table covered with sheets of paper, Kennneth Rendell explains how he determined that a supposedly rare and...
David Oscarson Harvest Collection Collectors reap what this artisan penmaker has sown. With designs that address function and aesthetics in equal measure, David Oscarson’s eponymous company stands...
When you are ready to invest in an heirloom chess set for you and your family, Elizabeth Gann is the specialty dealer to see. Chess-lover Gann offers antique chess sets from acknowledged master...
Just as clothes can make the man, frames have the power to enhance a painting. The Julius Lowy Frame and Restoring Co., a 97-year-old Manhattan firm, understands this. It stocks antique frames from...
A wobbly legged coffee table is no match for GOAT: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali , a 792-page homage to the champ that weighs in at a hefty 75 pounds. Taschen’s ( www.taschen.com ) recent release of the...
All nine of the Fabergé imperial Easter eggs from the Forbes Collection have ended up in one basket—in Russia, from whence they originated. Sotheby’s New York was planning to host an auction in April...
The new offering from Lionel ( www.lionel.com ) evokes the past while incorporating the latest digital technology. Far from a toy, the model Southern Pacific AC-9 ($1,500) is an O gauge (one-quarter...
Functional art is hardly a new concept. Consider the antique gun pictured here, a French flintlock fowling-piece (or bird-hunting gun) that dates to 1760. “It’s a piece of male jewelry, but a very...
The fountain pen and the stick shift are two 20th-century inventions that hold their appeal for purists. A beautiful writing instrument, after all, affords a tactile satisfaction not unlike the...
She lies nude and asleep upon draperies of red and white, one arm coiled around her head. A small cluster of buildings is in the distance, but she has chosen to nap here, in the open, under a cloudy...
Violin makers are still trying to determine what Antonio Stradivari knew that they do not. In more than 250 years, no luthier has been able to build an instrument quite like his. In fact, the master...

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