Posted 04/11/12

Upscale Downsized

Downsizing-a midlife rite of passage common to those whose offspring have grown up and moved out-is not a contingency that his friends would have ever dreamed possible of the abundance-loving Paul F. Walter, the New York connoisseur renowned for the scale and quality of his pathbreaking collections, which have run the gamut from Indian miniature paintings and early photography to nineteenth-century British decorative arts and African tribal pottery. Walter is one of those exceptional aesthetic bellwethers who has had far-reaching effects not only on the formation of contemporary taste, but also on the direction of art markets.    

Posted 03/12/12

Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851-1939

In 1851 Albert, prince consort of Queen Victoria, and the architect Henry Cole realized their grand vision of an international exhibition where the traditions, aspirations, and accomplishments of many nations were showcased.1

Posted 03/12/12

Tradition and innovation at Longwood Gardens

Thirty miles from Philadelphia, Pierre S. du Pont's gardens are among the world's most visited due to their nimble mix of history and modernity...and some spectacular showmanship

Posted 03/12/12

Early Color

Although he was inspired by his contemporaries Alfred Steiglitz and Edward Steichen to move photoraphy into the realm of art, Heinrich Kuhn did so in images that joyously exploit the use of color

Posted 03/12/12

Teamwork in Piedmont, North Carolina

Dr. Thomas H. Sears Jr. and his wife, Sara, are well known in Piedmont, North Carolina, as a couple who are serious about historic preservation and collecting. Over the past forty-five years, their commitment to one another and their shared goals have enabled them to assemble one of North Carolina's finest collections of southern antiques, preserve one of the area's most significant paint-decorated interiors, and construct a warm, inviting home that showcases both.

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