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A taste of SOFA WEST: Santa Fe 2010

ArtfixDaily / July 8th, 2010

Twenty-eight premier galleries and dealers converge this weekend in Santa Fe for the second annual SOFA WEST, a hotbed of cutting edge design and decorative arts. On offer are fresh works drawn from traditional artisan materials and methods just as much as they reach for new heights in artistic ...

$42.5 million Montecito estate on the market

ArtfixDaily / June 30th, 2010

A sumptuous reinterpretation of Southern vernacular architecture has been built on spec in the foothills of Montecito, California. Overlooking a wide swath of the Pacific on about 5 acres, stands the 10,797+/- sq.ft main residence, with a 56-foot pool, 2-bedroom guest house, and pool cabana with ...

Race car styling informed Keno furniture line

Chicago Tribune / June 29th, 2010

Antiques specialists Leigh and Leslie Keno are well known for their special brand of enthusiastic interplay with early American furniture. The twin brothers' expertise has been broadcast to 10 million viewers per week in their appearances as appraisers on PBS' popular 'Antiques Roadshow.' A new ...

$55 million Massachusetts mansion compound for sale

Huffington Post / May 20th, 2010

For more than 150 years, only three families have called "The Oaks" home. The recently-listed 9.4-acre property, about 20 miles south of Boston, literally commands the entire waterfront of Cohasset Harbor. The Barrons and the Bancrofts, heirs to the Dow Jones and Wall Street Journal fortunes, ...

SFMOMA names four finalists for expansion

San Francisco Chronicle / May 11th, 2010

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has narrowed the list of architects for its $250 million expansion to four firms that vary wildly in size and style - but which almost certainly guarantee the new wing will be a distinct contrast with the institution's iconic home. Foster + Partners, David ...

Keeper of the bygone cityscape

The Atlantic / May 11th, 2010

A roaring zinc lion from the El Dorado carousel in Coney Island and a languorous allegorical figure of Night, carved of granite, from the iconic Pennsylvania Station complex designed by McKim, Mead & White, are a couple examples of important New York architectural fragments saved by a ...

Clars' browse-worthy May auction

Auction Central News / April 29th, 2010

Bolstered by four big estates, Clars' May 15-16 auction includes some important 17th and 18th century furnishings and a fine selection of art from Old Masters to contemporary artists. Asian art and jewelry round out the Oakland, Calif. firm's sale. Top-notch Western artists represented ...

Functional art on fire at SOFA

The Art Newspaper / April 22nd, 2010

A strong gate and brisk sales to museums and private collectors energized the 13th annual Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair (aka Sofa) at the Park Avenue Armory, 16-19 April. Japanese ceramicist Koike Shoko proved popular on opening night. Dealer Joan Mirviss sold out her offerings ...

Keno Bros. new furniture line deemed 'sexy'

Hartford Courant blog / April 19th, 2010

"The designs have so many curves, flared feet and serpentine styling details that they seem downright sexy," writes Hartford Courant blogger Nancy Schoeffer of the Theodore Alexander furniture line designed by twin brothers and antiques experts Leigh and Leslie Keno. The Keno Bros. ...

Six museum (re)openings keep art fresh this Spring

MSNBC / April 6th, 2010

New or newly expanded museums around the country this spring will showcase everything from Tiffany lamps to Wyeth paintings, as well as some cutting-edge new architecture to house it all. “Wyeth: An American Legacy, Treasures from the Farnsworth Art Museum” and Japanese woodblock prints are on ...

Tiffany, Nakashima featured in Skinner's 20th-century design sale

Auction Central News / March 25th, 2010

Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, Mid-century Modern and Studio Movement furniture and decorative arts, including Scandinavian modern, will be auctioned March 27 at Skinner's in Boston. Highlights include a Tiffany student lamp, bronze with green damascene shades, estimated at ...

High hopes for blue-chip art sales at TEFAF

Luxist / March 10th, 2010

The Dutch city of Maastricht is now hosting 263 top dealers, bringing about $2.7 billion worth of art and antiques to the world's biggest art fair, TEFAF. Opening night, this Thursday, may be a litmus test for how buyers will react to such offerings as a $15 million ...

TEFAF aggregates the world's best art for sale

Hello Magazine / February 25th, 2010

Over 30,000 works of art, from antiquities to modern paintings, much of it desirable for pedigree, rarity, and beauty, will descend upon the Dutch town of Maastricht from March 12 to 21. With 263 top-tier exhibitors bringing the best of their blue-chip art, plus special sections for design, works ...

U.S. picks "blastproof" glass cube design for new embassy

Bloomberg / February 23rd, 2010

Kieran Timberlake, the Philadelphia architecture firm noted for such projects as Yale's Sculpture Building & Gallery, has been chosen to design a new (and very expensive) U.S. embassy in the U.K. With a billion-dollar budget, the 12-story, cube-shaped building is not without critics who ...

Financial fortunes rise for Boston's Gardner Museum

Boston Business Journal / February 22nd, 2010

Rich in works by Old Masters and American impressionists, the palazzo-like Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum says its investment portfolio closed out the year valued at $161.6 million — some 53 percent higher than at the end of June, the close of its last fiscal year. A rise in the stock market and ...

Lingering thoughts of Tiffany, other tantalizing treasures at Winter Antiques Show

Canadian Press / February 16th, 2010

January's Winter Antiques Show is still generating buzz. Among the unveilings at the presitigious New York fair was one of the most significant Tiffany lamps to come on the market in decades. The exquisite example, with cascading pastel lilies and a lily pad bronze base, ...

Re-visiting Margi Hofer's 2007 book "A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls"

Tallmedge Express / February 10th, 2010

In 1906, the highest paid female in the U.S. was a woman born and raised in Tallmadge, Ohio, who was making it big in the big city. Clara (Wolcott) Driscoll moved to New York City and became Louis Comfort Tiffany's go-to designer. Driscoll is noted for her jewelry ...

A Distant Bauhaus Star: Margarete Heymann was ahead of her time

New York Times Art / November 1st, 2009

Margarete Heymann was a gifted ceramicist who had a falling out with the director of the Bauhaus school and now is largely ignored in the influential 20th century design school’s “official’' history. Her work was original, functional, very beautiful and remarkably advanced for its time. The ...

Style-Mixing Guru: Designer Suzanne Tucker will speak at SF Fall Antiques Show

San Francisco Chronicle / October 25th, 2009

At this year's San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, which will be held Thursday through Nov. 1, interior designer Suzanne Tucker will reveal her creative insights in a lecture based on her new book "Rooms to Remember: The Classic Interiors of Suzanne Tucker." Tucker is known as especially adept at ...

Great Houses of New York: River House, the Best Address

Huffington Post / October 22nd, 2009

Author Michael Henry Adams takes readers on a trip to Manhattan's fabulous River House overlooking the East River. Surmounted by a ballroom in the tower's graceful cupola was once a most palatial apartment occupied by the family of sportsman and publisher, Marshall Field, III. Field's English ...