Posted 05/06/13

Freedom and the abstract truth

The story of Marica and Jan Vilcek is the story of one couple's long pilgrimage into the cultural heart of this country. It begins during the mid-1960s in the wake of the Kennedy assassina­tion and just when the most volatile decade of the American century was coming to a boil. In some ways it is the story of the survival of the American dream in those years, but it is significantly more than that.

Posted 04/03/13

Georges Hoentschel and his world

Although his name may be forgotten, the French collector, decorator, and ceramist has had a lasting influence on American taste

Posted 03/27/13

Rediscovering an art star

Although Anders Zorn has been largely forgotten by the general public, at the turn of the last century he was one of the most famous artists in the world.

Posted 03/27/13

Many paths to modernity

The euphoria of independence coupled with the horrors of Partition added a new layer of complexity to a society already wrestling with the effects of colonialism and modernization

Posted 03/27/13

Fluent French

House full, collection done, this Philadelphia area couple did what others have perhaps imagined. They began again- passionately, completely, and without reservation. From American folk art they turned to early modern art and design, much of it French. They changed their accent but in truth continued to speak the language of collecting, their shared voice deepened by their experience. 

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