Posted 01/01/11

American Porcelain Teabowl

Unveiled for the first time at the Winter Antiques Show, a small teabowl is revealed to be the earliest intact piece of American  porcelain known to date—and it was made near Charleston.

Posted 01/01/11

George Ault and 1940s America

What does it mean for an artist to make a world?  Consider the case of George Ault, and more especially of Black Night: Russell’s Corners (Fig. 1), a painting he made in 1943 in Woodstock, New York, where he moved in 1937 and lived until his death eleven years later.

Posted 01/01/11


The story of the rise of modern American design has long been told in the same way: first came the arts and crafts movement from Britain and art nouveau from the Continent in the 1890s. Then, in the mid-1920s, spurred by the Paris exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes, Americans embraced the distinctive forms of art moderne.

Posted 01/01/11

Mississippi Rococo

A passion for gadrooning and elaborately carved dolphins, lions, paws, and claws has led Betty Jo and Jerold Krouse to form a spirited collection of eighteenth-century masterworks and masterpieces in Natchez, Mississippi

Posted 11/16/10

Uncompromising Truth

The pairing of Victorian photographs with Pre-Raphaelite paintings at the National Gallery of Art puts their natural affinities on view.