Find a selection of holiday gift ideas here, for your favorite people or to enhance your own collection, from upcoming auction sales, museum stores and gallery selections.
Color As The "Strongest Joy"
New York-based Berry Campbell Gallery is participating in the 31st edition of Art Miami (Dec. 1-20) - presented online this year, hosted by Artsy. Browse their "booth". For artist Yvonne Thomas, shown with Untitled (March 1957), color was the “strongest joy and enigma,” and she used an expressive range of pigments in works that progressed logically in series, often conveying her emotional responses to the spirit of nature.
Reminder of Renewal
The lotus flower is a beautiful symbol of revival. This 20th century Chinese enamel decorated lotus bowl from Clarke Auction Gallery's December 6th sale (estimate: $400-$600) could serve as an inspiring tabletop centerpiece or gift. Browse the sale.
A Piece of Cake
California artist Wayne Thiebaud celebrated his 100th birthday this fall, prompting a major traveling exhibition and an accompanying book with scholarly essays, 100 full-page reproductions of his admired cake and pie paintings, and much more. Along with the exhibition catalogue ($50), the Crocker Art Museum store in Sacramento has created several products inspired by the exhibition Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and Drawings (through Jan. 3, 2021; museum is temporarily closed).
Finds That Shine
Schwenke Auctioneers/Woodbury Auction's December 6th sale features 430 lots of diverse and eclectic decorations and antiques sourced from estates and collections, including over 180 lots from Shagbark Farm in Washington, Connecticut. Discover giftable treasures such as this 14K Gold Diamond & Sapphire Ring, paintings, folk art and more.
Bring on The Light
Toomey & Co. Auctioneers has the ideal lamp for collectors (especially during stay-at-home orders) who would enjoy a dual-functioning design piece that can display artworks on a revolving basis, perfectly illuminated on an easel. The Angelo Lelii (1911-1979) for Arredoluce Cavalletto easel lamp was made in Italy, circa 1958. The brass and enameled aluminum lamp has an estimate of $4,000-$6,000 in Toomey's December 6th Art & Design sale (see lot 342).
Turn Over a New Leaf
Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, has one of the largest museum stores in the country. See selections online, including exhibition catalogues, home wares and jewelry, such as this necklace featuring pairs of glass leaves with gold branches ($250) by Connecticut jewelry artist Michael Vincent Michaud.