Art & Collectibles

The Item. This ship chess set is both functional and decorative: The chess pieces, which are about an inch tall and resemble sailors, can be displayed on the deck, and the pieces and the board—all...
To commemorate the summer Olympics in Beijing, Omas is introducing the Flight of the Phoenix collection of fountain and rollerball pens. The Chinese phoenix, or fenghuang, a symbol of unity, is...
A symbol of Great Britain’s invincible spirit, the bulldog is an iconic element within Dunhill’s repertoire of luxury accessories. It dates back to the turn of the 20th century when the British-based...
The Item. This battle flag belonged to John Rodgers, a Maryland man who captained ships for the Union’s North Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the Civil War. Rodgers’ squadron flew the flag in an...
Ultimately, the ceramics simply became too big. For more than 30 years, Joan Mirviss’ nine-room, pre–World War II apartment in Midtown Manhattan had served both as her home and as the Joan B Mirviss...
Salon-goers in 18th-century France frequently played loto , which most Americans know as bingo. But instead of cardboard sheets checked with alphanumeric grids, loto enthusiasts used decorated wooden...
The limited-edition Omas Marte fountain pen references man’s fascination with Mars. Made from rose gold and precious gems, the pen’s surface is a miniature map of the red planet, replete with craters...
Italian pen maker Tibaldi has teamed with Bentley Motors for a special-edition collection that pays homage to the venerable automaker. The Continental Collection features distinct details reflective...
Furniture usually plays only a supporting role at Senger Bamberg Kunsthandel (+49.951.54030, www.senger-bamberg.de ) ; it is the gallery to call if you want a medieval wooden sculpture with...
Peter Finer is a different sort of gun nut. Finer’s late father, an experienced skeet shooter, taught him to handle firearms when he was a teenager, and many years later Finer fired off six British...
Every detail of the Caran d’Ache 1010 (718.482.7500, www.carandache?.com ) —from the tiny screw at the top of the clip to the multidimensional gold overlay of gear wheels and bridges—is intended to...
Pen maker Montblanc was founded in Hamburg, Germany, in 1906, the same year that jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels opened in Paris’ Place Vendôme. In December 2006, the two brands celebrated their...
William Jamieson’s wares are not for the faint of heart. His 6,500-square-foot triplex apartment in Toronto that doubles as his showroom displays 12 genuine shrunken heads, an unwrapped Egyptian...
It is January, and David Calvo’s studio is quiet, just as he prefers at this time of year. The two craftsmen he employs are not working on any wood-carving, bronze-sculpting, or furniture-making...
Call it sculpture for your wrists. Armrevolution ( www.armrevolution.com ), a design firm with offices in London and New York, has debuted a line of futuristic, mechanical-looking cuff links and is...
The Item. This is the passport that Wilt Chamberlain carried during his travels to Europe and the Soviet Union with the Harlem Globetrotters, whom he joined in 1958, after his junior season at the...
The art of Japanese porcelain making is at the core of Sailor’s Arita writing instruments. Named for the city that gave birth to this art form in Japan more than 400 years ago, the Arita features...
Wine aficionados will have an opportunity to acquire rare vintages and first growths from the cellar of the famed Mirabelle restaurant in London at Bonhams auction on April 30. The auction house will...
Empress Eugénie’s 1855 diamond bow brooch, estimated at $4 million to $6 million, will be among the famous historical pieces on the auction block at Christie’s Rare Jewels and Gemstones: The Eye of a...
The featured items in Henry Taron’s next auction of antique walking sticks (the British term for "canes") might make you wonder why the accessory ever went out of style. The handle of a Tiffany...
Evan Penny’s portrait sculptures can be painstakingly realistic and at the same time completely absurd. The Toronto artist pockmarks their silicone skins with pores, fashions faces and necks with...
The cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, Bayard Sharp Hall at the University of Delaware, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia all found their voices in Lake...
THE ITEM This rock crystal snuff bottle from China dates to the late 18th or early 19th century, when its owner would have used it to hold powdered tobacco. One craftsman roughed out the shape of the...
Omas and Maserati, both founded in Bologna, Italy, set out to create a sleek expression of their respective craftsmanship. The result is the Omas for Maserati fountain pen, which is a masterful...
Trevi Fountain, one of Rome’s most famous sculptural masterpieces, is immortalized in the Trevi collection of pens from Stipula . This Florentine pen maker, known for its exquisite metalwork, has...
The private salon of Countess Ottilie von Faber (1877-1944) was the inspiration for this year’s Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year . The countess was the wife of Count Alexander zu Castell-...
The Item This trio of baseball jerseys was worn during the 1909 season by Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance, the Chicago Cubs infielders immortalized in verse. Shortstop Tinker, second...
Man’s Room , the new accessories collection from 23-year-old Serbian designer Damjan Popovac ( www.damjanpopovac.com ), is as masculine as its name suggests. Take his Hand, a $7,470 back scratcher...
It might look like a pig, but this bronze, 2,500-year-old Chinese wine vessel actually takes the form of a tapir, an animal related to horses and hippos. "Tapirs were extinct in China then, but they...
The Item. This original, 40-by-60-inch promotional poster for Forbidden Planet shows the 1956 film’s real star, Robby the Robot, carrying a supine Anne Francis. Considered one of the best science-...

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