The acceptance of certain gifts sometimes has unexpected consequences.
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 (
In Frank Gehry’s world, it is a small landscape: a chunk of real estate approximately 40 square inches topped by 32 structures.
Joseph Kurstin’s first netsuke was inexpensive and unattractive.
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.
The commander of the angels, the archangel Michael, appears on the barrel of the Tibaldi Sanctus Michael Archangelus (www
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,"
Los Angeles’ biggest patron of the arts is Eli Broad, the billionaire philanthropist and megacollector.
The cross-grained olive wood used in the Graf von Faber-Castell Elemento Collection (www.faber-castell.us) refe
When the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opens in Bentonville, Ark., on November 11, it will not just herald the arrival of a major new museum; it will admit the Walton family to
Unusual among book collectors because he did not grow up in a book-laden household, Dr. Gerald Dorros also did not begin collecting until he was in his late 50s.
A parade of Abraham Lincoln–related milestones began two years ago with the bicentennial of his birth and will conclude, temporarily at least, in 2015, with the 150th anniversary of his
Three generations of Atlanta’s Moulthrop family (www.moulthropstudios.com) have yielded to the allure of wood turning.
The beauty of the image is undeniable: A regal model in a black-and-white gown nearly glows against the improbable backdrop of four prancing elephants.
The most conspicuous removal of imperial treasures from China to points west occurred in 1860 when, during the Second Opium War, British and French troops sacked the Qing emperor’s Old S
Last November, Peter Bainbridge, of Bainbridges, a small auction house in England, asked his audience to "welcome" a colorful 18th-century Chinese porcelain vase that had been discovered
For his new book about Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI is using Faber-Castell pencils to write his original draft.
Kewpie dolls, comets, airplanes, dogs, Indians, policemen, birds, butterflies, devils thumbing their noses, and nubile women in varying states of undress were among the nickel-plated bra
Since 1992, Montblanc has honored tastemakers from Augustus to Andrew Carnegie in its Patron of Art series of writing instruments.
The inspiration was rather esoteric: The Visconti Golden Man HRH (+39.055.45652.31, www.visconti.it) pays t
Muhammad Ali has always understood the value of words. In an interview before the boxing legend’s 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle," Ali taunted George Foreman by saying, "If you even dream of beating me, you better wake up and apologize."
Each year, the artisans of Graf von Faber-Castell produce a writing instrument using an unusual material, such as horsehair or satinwood.
Contemporary art reaches full flower in the second week of May at the New York branches of Sotheby’s and Christie’s during their marquee spring evening sales.
As combat garb, suits of armor have been obsolete for centuries.
When the Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair—the leading British show of its kind—abruptly folded in 2009 after 75 years, speculation began almost instantly about what might fill the
The ability to predict the weather with godlike accuracy began with a single invention: the barometer.
If you walk past the windows of Sotheby’s Manhattan salesrooms between now and April 12, stop and look at the scorched metal sphere, seven and a quarter feet in diameter, displaye
Of all the categories of collectibles that hobbyists choose to pursue—whether it’s coins or cars, Eames furniture or snuff bottles—probably none offer the infinite possibilities available to the b
Adorn your table with the works of silversmith Kevin O’Dwyer, and dinner conversation may turn to the likes of Daniel Libeskind.