Art & Collectibles

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...
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...
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...
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...
Lawrence Yerkes heals ailing books. The master bookbinder treats important and valuable volumes that have been traumatized by fires, floods, and the accumulated insults of advanced age. On a morning...
The $74,000 Sveid corkscrew ( www.sveid.com ) might be more expensive than any bottle of wine it will open—but it can be used more than once. The complex titanium device, which removes a cork by...
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-...
In Japan, as in the United States, companies have been printing baseball cards for about as long as teams have been playing the sport. Japan has had professional baseball since the Great Japan Tokyo...
The Item The Green Brenham was part of a 35-pound meteorite that landed on earth at least 5,000 years ago. After Geoffrey Notkin and his treasure-hunting partner, Steve Arnold, discovered the stone...
Kelly Wearstler describes the items in her new home accessories line—the interior designer’s first—as "special"; unusual might be an equally apt descriptor. Her most eclectic decorative objects from...
The words of God have dominated Donald Jackson’s life for the last seven years. The British calligrapher is in the latter stages of rendering the first entirely hand-lettered and hand-illustrated...
One of the latest creations from German clock maker Matthias Naeschke is a $70,000, 10-pound table clock called L’amour ( www.matthias-naeschke.de ). The gold- and silver-plated, opulently engraved...
Gloria Books’ New York ( www.glorialuxury.com ), a 26-pound, 700-page, Italian-silk-bound volume enclosed in a crystal Lucite case, may not cover every feature of the city it honors, but it surely...
The Gift A Napoléon Bonaparte collection that includes handwritten letters, a manuscript of his address to his troops just prior to Waterloo, and the utensils he dined with when waging war . $6...
The Gift Guided visits to the top contemporary art galleries, dealers, collectors, and museums in Beijing and Shanghai. — Meetings with leading Chinese contemporary artists in their studios, and...
Elizabeth Gann, a dealer in chess sets and boards, has no storefront and rarely allows clients into her home, near Boston, where she displays about 20 sets. Her policy reflects canny thinking, the...

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