In 1989, the discovery of $1.22 billion in sunken gold treasure off the Carolina coast put an 1857 maritime disaster in the pages of history and its booty into numerous private collections.
Visit the office of an art museum director, and you will probably see works of art hanging on the walls, maybe even a sculpture on a shelf.
It would seem a rare privilege: You enter one of the world’s most prestigious art museums, and a staff member ushers you to a private room, away from the crowds.
As your social calendar heats up at this time of year and you dash from event to event, the challenge is to find gifts that are both unique and complementary to your host’s style.
Richard Avedon first gained fame for the revolutionary, compelling fashion photos that he shot for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue during the 1940s, but he always knew that fashion was not his only call
Omas fountain pens are more than luxurious, functional objets d’art. They celebrate a life, mark an event, or tell a story.
Since 1998, artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid have been teaching laid-off loggers in Thailand and Bali to paint abstract art, and in that short time, these neophytes have established thri
A business card can say more about you than just your name, title, and contact information. “People are not thinking of them just as their cards.
Lotus Arts de Vivre (www.lotusartsdevivre.com) blends ancient Far Eastern and Asian art with modern function and sensibility to creat
Recent patriotic fervor has the American flag appearing on everything from automobile bumpers to watches.
Designer John Hardy lives and works in a luxurious retreat in Bali, where he frequently draws upon the island’s vast natural resources for his creations.
Once a year for the eight years following his father’s 1963 death, art dealer Daniel Wil-denstein sent Georgiana Blois, who was friendly with many British noble families, to ask the Earl of Radnor
With little interest in the mass market, Martin Dingman left the presidency and creative helm of Cole Haan accessories just before the Maine leather goods company was purchased by Nike.
Peter Tillou is depositing his assets in the 1904 landmark bank building in Torrington, Conn., after purchasing, fully restoring, and rescuing it from certain commercial demise.
Cornelius Vanderbilt II’s Manhattan townhouse was the epitome of grandeur and grace during the 1880s.
Carrera Y Carrera’s Mediterranean roots run deep.
There is no such thing as a permanent collection.
Statuesque wineglasses in wheel-cut crystal on a hand-wrought silver tray (left), a towering skyscraper centerpiece in silver and ivory, a cigar humidor in repoussé silvered brass with an ebonized
C.R. Martin & Co. (610.759.2837) wanted something special to mark the creation of the 750,000th Martin guitar, so it commissioned inlay artist Larry Robinson to enhance the instrument.
A rapidly growing coterie of fountain pen collectors has emerged within the past decade, and august manufacturers like Montblanc and Montegrappa have responded by issuing limited edition writing i
The insurance tycoon wanted for nothing, and he planned to keep it that way. At a nursery in West Los Angeles, he set his sights on a new cross of cymbidium orchid.
When the late Sir Gawaine Baillie began collecting postage stamps in the 1940s, he was not unique in this pursuit; at the time this was a popular pastime among children worldwide.
Just as a cowboy has his horse and saddle, an Indian royal had his elephant and howdah.
Connoisseurs know that selecting a frame from the place and period of an artwork’s origin is rather like pairing the right wine with your favorite species of meat.
Visit the Smith College art exhibition Corot to Picasso, now on a two-year tour of American museums, and you will see a work by Edgar Degas that the artist never wanted displayed.
There is a scene in The Magnificent Ambersons, Booth Tarkington’s tale of the Gilded Age, in which George, the young scion of what used to be called an American dynasty, is asked what pro
The literary world, for whom no breeze is so fragrant as a whiff of scandal, has been in full frisson ever since the appearance of the novel The Bulgari Connection (Grove/Atlantic, Inc.,