Functional art is hardly a new concept. Consider the antique gun pictured here, a French flintlock fowling-piece (or bird-hunting gun) that dates to 1760.
Gallery is a term usually used in association with the fine arts of painting, photography, and sculpture.
Although he became a legend for his amorous proclivities, Casanova was also a renowned adventurer and writer who authored epic memoirs depicting his exploits in 18th-century Venice.
The fountain pen and the stick shift are two 20th-century inventions that hold their appeal for purists.
With the Beam Sensor ($100) from Colibri (401.943. 2100, www.colibri.com), lighting a cigar is half the fun.
During a recent birding festival in Cape May, N.J., the most popular sighting could not be identified in a book of ornithology.
Violin makers are still trying to determine what Antonio Stradivari
Montblanc (800.995.4810, www.montblanc.com) has introduced a new collection of platinum-plated and sterling silver accessories based on the Ge
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Early paintings by Picasso and his contemporaries demonstrate just how strong the aesthetic influence of primitivism was on 20th-century European art.
When every display space in the house is occupied by artworks, Brigitte Micmacker, co-owner of A New Leaf Gallery in Berkeley, Calif., offers this advice to collectors: Take it outside.
Andy Warhol may have had a taste for Campbell’s soup, but his legacy lends itself to a heightened culinary experience at De la Tierra restaurant in Delray Beach, Fla.
It has been 20 years since 11 unknown architects (Michael Graves and Aldo Rossi among them) introduced elegant silver tea and coffee sets to the world.
Sometimes the marks of quality are obvious: the radiance of a diamond or the sheen of a mink coat.
Collectors of Montblanc (800.995.4810) limited edition Patron of the Arts 4810 fountain pens have a chance to acquire the ones that got away.
Baths usually are not newsworthy events, but the announcement last fall that Michelangelo’s David would have its first in 130 years made headlines worldwide.
Contrary to popular opinion that has undoubtedly been perpetuated by Britain’s climate, the English did not invent the umbrella. The word, and presumably the origin, derives from Italy.
The latest limited edition fountain pen from Marlen, a 21-year-old Italian company renowned for the smooth operation of its writing instruments, has been designed with a novel and clever feature:
Although antiques are often functional, few were originally designed as professional-quality tools.
When the London office of Sotheby’s hired Robert Bowman in 1978, it did more than rescue him from accounting school; it introduced him to the world of art.
A few years ago, Peter Galassi, head of the photography department at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, decided to deaccession a number of photographs by French photographer Eugène Atget.
James Roundell gained more than expertise in Impressionist and modern paintings during his 22 years at the London office of Christie’s.
The company reputed to have made the first croquet set continues to make the best sets.
Sitting on a green Georgian sofa that was on display in his firm’s booth at the TEFAF Maastricht fair earlier this year, Lanto Synge, managing director of Mallett, explained what makes the carved
During the Renaissance, in an age before the advent of the museum, Europe’s learned noblemen competed to amass the rarest and most provocative items the world had to offer.
Since 1974, Gerard Widdershoven has guided New Yorkers in their pursuit of Art Deco delights. He helped form the Walter Chrysler Jr.
It is hard to imagine a time when collecting Fabergé eggs was considered foolish, but that was apparently so when Alexander Schaffer sought the objects during the 1930s.
One of Italy’s oldest and most respected pen companies pays homage to Venice with the $850 limited edition Omas Emozioni di Carnevale (the emotions of carnival).
The moderately sized, Art Deco–inspired Loiminchay Opus represents a departure from the pen maker’s previous collections of extra-large pens featuring Eastern design influences.
Jim Rogers believes Angola is one of the world’s greatest investment opportunities and that Paraguay, buoyed only by its black market, should not even exist as a country.