Powdered tobacco, or snuff, became a favorite indulgence when it arrived in China in 1644, but because Chinese men of that era typically kept their fingernails long, they never adopted the snuffbo
The quest for fire takes a sophisticated turn with this month’s debut of Luminesse Sculptures, a new collection of oil lamps from Los Angeles model/designer Dayna Decker (866.586.3847,
When you lift a really fine firearm, it seems to float in your hands; the equilibrium is so perfect that the gun mounts to your shoulder almost of its own accord.
Traveling and making art have much in common: Both require faith that you will get from one point to another, although the real pleasure often comes from connecting the dots along the way.
Challenging the absence of soul, detail, and uniqueness in mass-produced adornments that flooded the market after the industrial revolution, Cartier returned artistic spirit to its métier by encou
Leaving Their Mark
We have no Circus Maximus today, no chariot races.
Although to this day not eve
Frank Pollaro adores Emile-J
Long before settling into his Norman Revival–style house in Connecticut, the executive of a multinational Fortune 500 company enrolled at a Tokyo university in the early 1960s to study Japanese.
After selling the Palm Beach, Fla., art and antiques fair that they cocreated in 1997 (now called Palm Beach!
The Battle of Trafalgar was British Admiral Horatio Nelson’s finest hour, and it was one of his final hours.
Pens may not require the intricate technical mechanics of fine Swiss watches, but manufacture Girard-Perregaux (877.846.3447, ww
The abstract expressionists were an extravagant bunch who lived intensely and painted on a scale that matched their egos and bravado.
Montblanc Bohème Royal
At its booth at the 2005 TEFAF Maastricht fair, London antiques
Sometime in the 1980s, Warren Adelson, founder of Adelson Gall
Always the gentleman, Rudolf van der Lak personally greets everyone who enters his bar, often with a handshake, an English phrase—“Welcome to this beautiful land” or “Life is wonderful”—punctuated
Carl Fabergé’s workshop is renowned for creating splendid objets d’
When Ann Sacks founded her company in 1980, she was intent on displaying her tile in a manner that would stir the emotions of designers and their clients and compel them to have it installed in th
Although connoisseurship usually must be nurtured over the course of y
Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Douglas M
With the goal of creating the world’s most precious pen, artist Dav
Although official records noting his baptism, his marriage, the bir
In a sunlit studio in rural Oxfordshire, England, Joanna Migdal, dental drill in hand, kneels beside a large bronze sundial base as she engraves into its surface the words, “The Lord make his face
Alastair Crawford holds a large silver platter in his hands and tilts it to show the subtle detail that marks the piece as a product of the Georg Jensen silversmith workshop.
Elmer Crowell knew his talent for making wooden waterfowl decoys was extraordinary.
Serious collectors once had only two options when they wanted to shop for art and antiques: attend auctions or visit galleries.
On april 18, 1923, a massive crowd converged upon what had been, less than a year earlier, a nondescript lumberyard in the South Bronx.
Inheriting an estimated $80 million and a Gilded Age cottage overlooking the Atlantic in Newport, R.I., is daunting at any age. Doris Duke did so when she was just 12 years old.