Art & Collectibles

In the decades following the Civil War, budding and polished American artists alike embraced the Grand Tour tradition with gusto, and Florence, the city that nurtured the Renaissance, returned their...
Nearly 200 dealers from more than 30 countries will showcase modern and contemporary artwork by Ai Weiwei, Peter Doig, Maurizio Cattelan, and more at the 14th annual Armory Show art fair from March 8...
A vast collection of musical instruments and antique cars will be up for auction at RM Auctions and Sotheby’s sale of the Milhous Collection—a compilation of more than five decades’ worth of...
The vast contemporary art collection at the Pompidou Center in Paris has been known to overwhelm visitors, yet Domoina de Brantes wends expertly through the galleries, guiding her charges to works of...
Christie’s Richard Lloyd got a stark demonstration of David Hockney’s popularity when he tried to convince collectors of the artist’s work to part with choice pieces for a Hockney-only auction that...
African-American fine art, a long underemphasized niche, receives its due twice a year at New York’s Swann Auction Galleries . Swann’s next African-American fine art auction, set for February 16,...
A $3.8 million sculpture will be the standout piece among more than 80 important medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque objects at the exhibition Collecting Treasures of the Past VII, on view at the...
The inaugural Metro Show is a new art show being held January 19–22 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. The fair, which evolved from the former American Antiques Show for Americana art,...
In the early 20th century, Japanese fountain pen maker Namiki was faced with a dilemma; merchants proudly displayed the company’s pens in shop windows, but they also complained that the pens’ vibrant...
A 6-foot-by-4.5-foot, 330-pound atlas from Australian publisher Millennium House, Earth Platinum ( www.millenniumhouse.com.au ) stands taller and weighs more than most of its readers. The $100,000,...
In 1768, when the future King Gustav II of Sweden gave this pair of finely detailed globes to the French duchess d’Enville, it was a gesture freighted with meaning. Made by Anders Akerman, Sweden’s...
Most travelers who view the animals in Africa and Antarctica capture the sights in photographs, but Hamish Mackie goes further. The British wildlife artist brings his camera into the field, but he...
Approximately $10 million worth of ancient Greek coins will be auctioned off by the Classical Numismatic Group on January 4 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, as a part of an international...
For the first time, all 11 Gagosian galleries around the world will host the same show at the same time when Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 opens on January 12. The ambitious...
Just in time for its 30th anniversary in business, London’s Halcyon Gallery opened its newest location on December 5 at 144–146 New Bond St. The 12,500-square-foot space, housed in a 100-year-old...
You might need a Christmas tree with braces instead of just branches to hang the 13.4-pound, $900 La Maison du Chocolat Mendiant Ornament and Work of Art ( www.lamaisonduchocolat.us ). The tasty...
In Frank Gehry’s world, it is a small landscape: a chunk of real estate approximately 40 square inches topped by 32 structures. But Gehry has always been fascinated by the game of chess, and when the...
The acceptance of certain gifts sometimes has unexpected consequences. The Scottish monarchy, for instance, received as tribute from the Vatican two treasures—a scepter from Alexander VI and a sword...
The GIFT A set of five one-of-a-kind David Oscarson Harlequin pens, embellished with diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. $1.5 million It took only 11 years for David Oscarson to reach the...
An Art Deco–style perfume pendant necklace by Cartier, featuring a hand-carved morganite bottle adorned with spinels, diamonds, and platinum details.
The GIFT A one-of-a-kind circa-1900 gold-and-quartz Fabergé snakehead cane handle. $950,000 From 1885, when Tsar Alexander III appointed Peter Carl Fabergé the jeweler and goldsmith to the Russian...
The GIFT A trio of exceptionally rare violet porcelain Sèvres vases. $1.5 million In the early 18th century—after hundreds of years of pleading, industrial espionage, and furious alchemy—Europeans...
A large number of the 6,000 or so comic-book fans who attended the 2011 Boston Comic Con in April suited up for the event. Superman, Batman, Robin, Catwoman, and Captain America all were well...
A traveling interactive exhibition focusing on haute couture designer Jean Paul Gaultier made its American debut at the Dallas Museum of Art this month. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From...
Tales of the search for those raw materials that make possible the objects of beauty included in this month’s jewelry features (see "Brilliant Mines," page 162, and "Forever Elizabeth," page 177) are...
The commander of the angels, the archangel Michael, appears on the barrel of the Tibaldi Sanctus Michael Archangelus ( www.tibaldi.it ) pen. The resin image depicts Michael bearing a sword, spear,...
Oliver Cromwell may have famously instructed artists to depict him "warts and all," but he had nothing to worry about when Samuel Cooper painted his portrait. Cooper ranked among the greatest...
Joseph Kurstin’s first netsuke was inexpensive and unattractive. But after five decades, the piece is still part of his collection, which now numbers some 800 examples of the Japanese art form. The...
The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City is revealing an intimate view of 20th-century artists such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Max Ernst, and Jeff Koons at its new exhibit, Picasso...
Old-master paintings are finally getting their own dedicated international art fair. Ten Parisian dealers of old masters have joined forces to launch Paris Tableau in the French capital. It takes...

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