Holiday Wishes 2013: Six Strings Attached

Even before he began collecting vintage guitars, George Gruhn demonstrated a knack for spotting exceptional antique instruments. The first instance occurred in early 1962 when Gruhn, then a teenager with a driver’s license, was saddled with the chore of driving his younger brother to a guitar shop. Gruhn didn’t play the guitar at the time, […]

Collectibles: Art of Glass

Tiffany table lamps—the stained-glass furnishings made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries at the New York design studio of Louis Comfort Tiffany—were never a bargain, says Ben Macklowe, president of the Macklowe Gallery in Manhattan. The gallery specializes in lamps and other art objects produced by Tiffany Studios, which operated, under various names, […]

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa Opens Antique Shop to Guests

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa is pleased to announce the debut of Cal-a-Vie Antiques, a new specialty boutique shop providing guests with exclusive access to a spectacular array of 18th and 19th century pieces direct from France. A renowned French Provencal spa retreat in Southern California, Cal-a-Vie is embellished with historical accents and classic antiques of the […]

13th Century Samurai Swords Available at Auction

A pair of 13th-century Samurai swords by master maker Bizen Nagamitsu (or, “Nagamitsu from Bizen province,” active 1264-1287) is estimated to sell for between $150,000 and $200,000 at Bonhams October 8 auction, Arts of the Samurai. The two swords, of different lengths, are a matched pair called a daishō, which means “large-small” in Japanese. Made […]

Medieval in Manhattan

Twenty-two years ago, Sandra Hindman, the president and CEO of Les Enluminures (, opened the company’s Parisian gallery dedicated to medieval manuscripts, rings, and other works of art. She established an American presence only a few years later when she opened a business operations center in Chicago, but for more than two decades, a Les […]