Current & Coming | By James Gardner

The Hudson River School at Questroyal Fine Art

April 18, 2014  |  One of the noblest buildings on Manhattan's Upper East Side is 903 ParkAvenue, which commands the northeast corner of the avenue at 79th Street. As it happens, this building makes two compelling claims upon your attention. First of all, it was completed exactly one century ago by Warren and Wetmore, who gave the world Grand Central Terminal a year earlier. It is thus about fifteen years older than most of the other, more typical buildings on Park Avenue, and this fact is expressed in a certain assertiveness in the cornice and the other details, a certain vigor in the volumes, that remind one more of the residential palaces of Central Park West than of those on Park, which tend, when all is said, to be simple boxes with a few ornaments slapped on.

The building's second point of interest is that much of its third floor--though unsuspected by most pedestrians at street level--is occupied by Questroyal Fine Art, which was founded nearly forty years ago, and is still being run, b…» More

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Current & Coming | By ANTIQUES Staff

Rx for a late spring

April 17, 2014  |  Despite cold temperatures and snow on the ground this mid-April morning, it is spring, one of loveliest harbingers of which is the annual Antique Garden Furniture Fair held at the New York Botanical Garden. Scheduled this year for Friday April 25 through Sunday April 27, with its always delightful preview party and private plant sale on Thursday, April 24 from 6 to 8 pm, the show is a must for collectors and a joy for the uninitiated.  As Paulette Peden of Dawn Hill Antiques says, "It is the premier show in the country for garden enthusiasts and a wonderful venue to show prized garden furnishings."

Fountains, sundials, statuary, bird baths, gates, garden benches, antique wicker, urns and planters, botanical prints, and architectural ornament are just some of the items that will be found in the booths of the more than thirty exhibitors-all  set up in a large tent outside the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, amid the garden's flowering trees, plants, and shrubs. In additio…» More

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Current & Coming | By Cynthia Drayton

Museum and Garden openings around the country

April 17, 2014  |  

CONNECTICUT

New Canaan:  Philip Johnson Glass House (May 1 - Nov. 30);Vukjiko Nakaya: Veil: The artist will use fog to create atmospheric effects in the Glass House's first site-specific artist project.

Night by Vincent Fecteau: Contemporary artists create a series of sculptures inspired by Giacometti's sculpture Night, which are displayed on the Mies van der Rohe coffee table where Giacometti's sculpture was displayed prior to being sent for repair to his studio in the mid-1960s. Giacometti died during the restoration and the sculpture was never returned to the Glass House.

Old Lyme:  Chadwick Studio and Rafal Landscape Center at the Florence Griswold Museum  (April 6 - Oct 31); the American impressionist painter William Chadwick used this structure as his studio from around 1920 until his death in 1962.

DELAWARE

WilmingtonNemours Mansion and Gardens (May 1 - Dec 31); designed by Carrère and Hastings in the late eighteenth-century French style, Nemours was built by Alfr…» More

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Current & Coming | By ANTIQUES Staff

Current and coming: A Philadelphia sampler

April 16, 2014  |  THE PHILADELPHIA ANTIQUES SHOW's hardworking committee, on the job since 1962, this year welcomes the show's new director Catherine Sweeney Singer. From this pairing expect a fresh take on tradition, the best of the past proffered with invigorated ideas for the present. The ga­la preview is April 25, and the show runs through April 29.

Limning a portrait of a place and its people, Historic Deerfield, orga­nizers of this year's loan show, is exhibiting more than thirty eighteenth- and nineteenth-century objects from its collections of Connecticut River Valley fine and decorative art. Many of the items selected by curator Amanda E. Lange have unbroken histories in Deerfield and nearby com­munities in western Massachusetts. Highlights include Ralph Earl's 1799 portrait of Dr. Ebenezer Hunt of Northampton and a pole stand with a screen embroidered about 1810 by Sarah Leavitt of Greenfield.

Associate chairman Leslie Anne Miller will debut her book Start with a House, Finish with a…» More

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Preservation | By ANTIQUES Staff

The Salon Doré reopens at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco

April 1, 2014  |  The Salon Doré, a period room at the Legion of Honor, has a long and busy history, most of which has now been un­covered by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco's team of curators, architectural historians, and restorers.

When it reopens on April 5 all will be revealed, from the sa­lon's origins at the Hôtel de La Trémoille in Paris during the reign of Louis XVI to its installation as a ballroom in a California home, to its eventual arrival at the Legion of Honor in 1959, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rheem. The elaborate renovation, including the preservation of the boiserie originally installed in 1781, is amply docu­mented on the Legion of Honor's website. What is equally impressive is the ultimate goal of the project--to allow visitors of the twenty-first century to get both a vis­ceral and intellectual sense of how social life was conducted in an aristocratic en­vironment during the eighteenth centu­ry. A salon de compagnie was designed to receive guests and invite …» More

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[Compiled by Bill Stern, Executive Director at the Museum of California Design, Los Angeles. Originally published in "Curator's Eye" in Modern Magazi

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