Art & Collectibles

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...
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 )...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
E-mail is convenient, but it cannot offer the satisfaction derived from sending or receiving a handwritten letter. Nor should it; etiquette experts insist that certain highly personal forms of...
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...
Early paintings by Picasso and his contemporaries demonstrate just how strong the aesthetic influence of primitivism was on 20th-century European art. Meanwhile, the era’s collectors and...
It has been 20 years since 11 unknown architects (Michael Graves and Aldo Rossi among them) introduced elegant silver tea and coffee sets to the world. This year, Alessi unveiled its Tea and Coffee...
Sitting on a green Georgian sofa that was on display in his firm’s booth at the TEFAF Maastricht fair earlier this year, Lanto Synge, managing director of Mallett, explained what makes the carved...
Some mind games—such as chess or backgammon—are eternally entertaining. Chess sets themselves are often treated as works of art. Meissen has produced sets for the past three centuries that intrigue...
It is natural to view Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso as artistic rivals. They were contemporaries who possessed rare and formidable artistic talent, yet differed in temperament, nationality, age,...
Silver Lining S.J. Shrubsole, which deals mostly in 18th-century English silver, has proven to be as durable as its wares. Eric Shrubsole, now nearing 90, still presides over the New York...
Peter Tillou is depositing his assets in the 1904 landmark bank building in Torrington, Conn., after purchasing, fully restoring, and rescuing it from certain commercial demise. The building will...
Statuesque wineglasses in wheel-cut crystal on a hand-wrought silver tray (left), a towering skyscraper centerpiece in silver and ivory, a cigar humidor in repoussé silvered brass with an ebonized...
When the late Sir Gawaine Baillie began collecting postage stamps in the 1940s, he was not unique in this pursuit; at the time this was a popular pastime among children worldwide. Nor was he unique...
Just as a cowboy has his horse and saddle, an Indian royal had his elephant and howdah. This particular example—with original paint still clinging to the wooden runners—probably was made circa 1820...

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