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Robb Design Portfolio: Time Traveler
Form meets function in a vintage Cartier clock. At the turn of the last century, journeys were...
Journeys: Ancestral Routes
On a spring evening in 1951, my maternal grandmother, Margot Zündorf, a blonde, blue-eyed 21-year-...
21 Ultimate Gifts: Gift Wrapped
THE GIFT A circa 190 BC–10 AD Egyptian mummy. A circa 600 BC–500 BC Egyptian sarcophagus. $165,000...
Collectibles: The Sweet Buy and Buy
Instead of beaming over the game jersey that Mickey Mantle wore during his final three seasons with...
21 Ultimate Gifts: Rock Star
THE GIFT A nearly 30-pound piece of the famed Willamette meteorite. $900,000 The Willamette...
21 Ultimate Gifts: The Lost Vessel
THE GIFT A solid-gold chalice from the 17th-century Santa Margarita shipwreck. $1.3 million The...
21 Ultimate Gifts: Writ Large
THE GIFT A one-of-a-kind Montblanc writing instrument designed exclusively for the recipient. First...
FrontRunners: Prize Writer
Notwithstanding his fight-hyping poetry, Muhammad Ali gained more fame as a pugilist than as a...
René Lalique crafted some of the finest examples of glass sculpture ever made. But for the artist,...
Pop Duo: Warhol and Lichtenstein at Sotheby’s
On November 9, Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction showcases two iconic works of pop art...
The Pace Gallery Celebrates 50 years of Modern and Contemporary Art
New York’s Pace Gallery, once again independent after its April split from longtime partner the...
Robb Design Portfolio: Sharp Shooter
Had James Bond been vanquishing villains in the 19th century, surely he would have found a use for...
Collectibles: Ballpark Figure
If the Major League Baseball Opus Marquee Edition had a trading card, the back would read something...
FrontRunners: Fine Stationary
The Ciclotte ( www.ciclotte.com ), a design-driven stationary bike that arrived in the United...
Picasso Revisits Switzerland
One of the highlights of the Kunsthaus Zürich museum’s centenary year is “Picasso” (October 15,...
Collectibles: Pipe Dreams
Trevor Barton loved to talk about his pipes. The British appliance salesman, who died in 2008 at...
FrontRunners: Pen Pals
To commemorate its centennial on June 24, 2010, Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo commissioned...
FrontRunners: Mystery Writing
Graf von Faber-Castell fashioned its Pen of the Year 2010 ( www.graf-von-faber-castell.com ) using...
FrontRunners: Royal Subjects
Montblanc is perpetuating its 19-year-old Patron of Art series with handcrafted writing instruments...
From the Editors: Obscured Destinies
On December 31, 1914, the social pages of The New York Times cheerfully informed readers that...
From the Editors: Badges of Honor
It is a telling commentary on the state of our culture that the only words by George Santayana,...
Robb Design Portfolio: Great Panes
The 16th-century French artist Valentin Bousch completed some of his most daring work for Prior...
Istanbul-born, Paris-based painter Mubin Orhon, whose untitled work from 1960 set a record price...
From the Editor: Public Roads, Private Pleasures
In the early 1880s, while his personal railway car was parked on a siding in Michigan City, Ind.,...
An Ancient Art, in the Palm of Your Hand
Loiminchay , the pen company known for its modern interpretation of ancient Asian culture, has...
From the Editors: Portraits of Two Ladies
On October 26, 1886, a note arrived at London’s Albemarle Hotel addressed to Mrs. John L. Gardner...
FrontRunners: Instrument of Gods
Hercules’ stepmother Hera drove him mad—mad enough to commit several atrocious murders. To atone...
Robb Design Portfolio: Sphere of Influence
In 1827, while exhibiting his products in Washington, D.C., globe maker James Wilson declared...
21 Ultimate Gifts: Dragon Quest
THE GIFT The last available Loiminchay Nine Dragons pen. A set of two Loiminchay Tibetan Goddesses...
Antiques: Brave New Art World
Among the treasures currently available at M.S. Rau Antiques, a fine- and decorative-arts emporium...
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