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Eero Saarinen Womb chair with ottoman by Knoll $900 sold at Antique Helper in 2008

New Year's Revolution

Posted: January 05, 2011 09:52 Last Updated: | Antique Helper

There’s something about wintry days that make a person see their home with new eyes. Maybe it’s all that indoor time between the holidays and the Super Bowl that spurs that itch for change. Whether you while away your weekends rearranging the furniture, or reclining on your George Nelson sofa, I’m pretty sure you’ve spent a little time envisioning how swell your living room would look with that orange chair parked in front of the picture window. Before you know it, you might find yourself brandishing a paintbrush and picking out new throw pillows.  Being the voice of...


Ceramics at the Norton Museum

Fine Art Daily - January 4, 2011

Posted: January 04, 2011 06:06 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Happy 2011! We had a quiet New Year's Eve. Best Beloved and I shared a chilled bottle of Prosecco with Cary Grant, Grace Kelly and all those marvelous jewels along the Riviera. On Sunday we took the Tall One down to Palm Beach for a little culture. Lunch at Howley's was a bit of an eye-opener for him. He had expected an atmosphere like the Colony, I fear. Instead we tucked into our club sandwiches and tuna melt side-by-side with some well-inked characters. There was one group, just out of church, with the requisite tufted pink Chanel and a very nice Hermés, but they were the odd d...


Banquito by William P.  Henderson.

GALLERY GAZING IN SANTA FE by Laura Beach

Posted: December 31, 2010 06:05 Last Updated: | Laura Beach

SANTA FE, N.M. – December is the best month to be in Santa Fe. Snow sugars the old town and farolitos – occasionally still the paper bag and candle variety of childhood memory – climb stepped adobe walls. Pinon scents the night air. At the nearby pueblos, feast day dances bind the generations in spiritual traditions as old as time. A first stop is Coulter Brooks Art & Antiques at 924 Paseo de Peralta.  Jan Brooks and Lane Coulter  –  who is known for such well-thumbed references such as New Mexican Tinwork, 1840-1940; Navajo Saddle Blankets: Textiles to Ride in the Am...


These Earth Spirits ensured safety in the afterlife.  With fearsome features, no one would dare disturb their owner

Spirited Ceramics: Tang Dynasty Sancai Pottery

Posted: December 22, 2010 09:13 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

We've all heard the saying "You can't take it with you." But what if you could? Death in pre-modern Chinese culture was of tremendous importance, and it was crucial that when one left this life for the next, the departed were given everything needed to enjoy the next chapter of their eternal life. This included everything from representations of houses, horses, guardians, camels and even young hand maidens, that stood as reminders of events that shaped the existence they left behind. The ceramic wares produced during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 C.E.) for this purpose are considered the mos...


Deep blue, violet and emerald hues shimmer in this magnificent ginger jar in the "Jewelled Tree" pattern with "Cat and Mouse and Copper Trees" panels

Elves, Nymphs and Fairies–Oh My!: Illustrious Fairyland Lustre by Wedgwood

Posted: September 28, 2010 07:50 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

An over-200-year-old company finds itself on the verge of financial ruin as war rages on. It's only savior an unknown artist who rises through the ranks by determination, persuasion and sheer talent, only to be fired when she has outlasted her usefulness.  Sounds more like soap-opera fodder than real life, but in 1915, porcelain artist Daisy Makeig-Jones' extraordinary line of Fairyland Lustre porcelain saved Wedgwood from bankruptcy during World War I. The design of each piece was rooted in fairytales that Makeig-Jones adored. Each literally burst with brilliant colors depicting s...


"Portrait of Lydia Kuznetsova" by Ilya Efimovitch Repin, 1901.  Oil on canvas.

ALVR'S PARIS YEARS: INSIDE A DEALER'S LITTLE GOLD BOOK

Posted: September 13, 2010 15:03 Last Updated: | Laura Beach

PARIS, FRANCE  –  A La Vieille Russie is lifting the cover on a dealer’s most closely-guarded secret: its guest book, or livre d’or, containing the names of dozens of its best clients, colleagues and sources in the 1920s and 1930s.   The revelations are part of a selling exhibition that the Manhattan dealers in Russian art and antiques are mounting at Didier Aaron & Cie in Paris. Loosely timed to coincide with the Biennale des Antiquaires, the display opens September 16 at Aaron’s galleries at 118 Faubourg Saint-Honoré, minutes away from A La Vieille Russie’s forme...


Hong Punch Bowl.  Norton Museum of Art.

Chinese Export Porcelain

Posted: August 19, 2010 15:07 Last Updated: | Norton Museum of Art

Upon entering the Hodroff Gallery at the Norton Museum, visitors are greeted by a deluge of colors sparkling from the surfaces of a multitude of porcelain objects. There are wares decorated solely in blue and white, with colors ranging from a deep violet-blue to paler hues. Elegant scrolling motifs, often depicting leaves and other floral designs, adorn these objects, as do narrative scenes, dragons and phoenixes. Deeper into the gallery, rich greens, pinks, golds, and reds accent flowers, animals, figures, and armorial designs. The shapes and sizes of these porcelains range from s...


Edmund Tarbell's "An Opal" sizzled up to six-figures at Copley auction

Tarbell's "An Opal" Shimmers at Auction

Posted: August 05, 2009 12:36 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

Within the wide selection of Frank Benson bird etchings and Ogden Pleissner sporting scenes in Copley Fine Art Auctions' two-day Annual Sporting Sale, July 15-16, was a softly-rendered, warmly-lit portrait by Boston School artist Edmund Tarbell (1862-1938). Tarbell's "An Opal: Study of Yellow and White Light" pictured a confident Victorian lady. At the Plymouth, Massachusetts, sale Copley hammered down this alluring image for a strong $120,750 (estimate: $100,000-$200,000), part of the auction house's $4.15 million total take, a 30% increase over last year's sales results. The sitter's...


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