From the editor's desk | By Elizabeth Pochoda

Editor's letter, July/August 2014

July 15, 2014  |  Here is a curious turn of events: British folk art, although obviously many centuries old, is just this summer receiv­ing its first ever museum exhibition. Robert Young, who with his wife Josyane has carried aloft the standard of European folk art in their handsome London gallery for several years now, discusses Tate Britain's exhibition in this issue with his customary intelligence and brio. It is gratifying to see the Youngs' passion for beautifully idiosyncratic work finally recognized in a museum setting.

By contrast, in our made-up nation where we have no ruling artistic tradition to inhibit us, museums have been busily celebrating, exhibiting, and validating the art of the folk without cease for most of the past century. At Antiques we continue do our part...thus this our annual (mostly) folk art issue. And still, after all this time of mining the field, there are surprises, from the little known-the Autry's show of traditional and contemporary North American floral bead…» More

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Current & Coming | By Katy Kiick

Events: Exhibitions, symposiums, and lectures

July 3, 2014  |  Fore more, visit our calendar.

Left: Eagle by Bernard Langlais, ,ca. 1964, raw and painted wood, 96 x 48 x 3 inches, Colby College Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Bernard Langlais. Photo: Pixel Acuity.  On view at Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine. July 19 to January 4, 2015.


Montgomery Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts: "Origins: The First Twenty-Five Years of the MMFA Collection"; July 12 to August 31.


Phoenix Phoenix ArtMuseum: "Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona"; to September 21.* # "William H. Johnson: An American Mod­ern"; to July 13.*


Bentonville Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: "American Encounters: Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of revolution"; to September 15.* # "Born of Fire: Ceramic Art in Regional Collections"; to March 2, 2015.


Los Angeles Autry National Center: "Flo­ral Journey: Native North American Bead­work"; to April 26, 2015.* # "Route 66: The Road and the Romance"; to January 4, 2015.

J. Paul…» More

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From the Archives | By Katy Kiick

Independence Day covers by the numbers

July 2, 2014  |  We have published 92 July covers since 1922, and at least twenty-three of them contain allusions to Independence Day.

Some figures:

22:  Number of eagles

9:  Flags

7:  Military men

6:  Indenpendence Day-themed covers in the 1960s, the most of any decade. The 1940s had 5.

3:  Drums

1:  Invitation to buy war bonds

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Current & Coming | By Cynthia Drayton

The PRB at the MMA

July 1, 2014  |  Five Metropolitan Museum of Art curatorial departments comprising European paintings, drawings and prints, photographs, European decorative arts, and the Watson Library along with several private lenders have collaborated to produce a small,well-focused exhibition, The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy: British Art and Design.

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB) was founded in 1848 by seven young artists and writers who rejected contemporary academic painting, and instead looked for inspiration in late medieval and early Renaissance art before Raphael; hence the name. By 1853 the group had disbanded. A brief time later artists William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, both former Oxford theology students, asked former PRB member Dante Gabrielle Rossetti to lead a revival of the movement and to create art that also embraced romanticism, medievalism, and literature.

The Love Song by Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898),  1868-77. Oil on canvas, 45 by 61 3/8 inches. The Metropolitan Museum …» More

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The Market | By Carolin C. Young

Masterpiece London 2014

June 24, 2014  |  In the five short years since its creation, Masterpiece has established itself as London's most prominent and antici­pated fair. Its intent is to present the highest caliber art and antiques alongside a wide range of similarly distinguished luxury goods from cars to wine. However, because it was cre­ated by leading dealers from the former Grosvenor House fair, Masterpiece retains decorative arts firmly at its core.

Engraved map of London by Richard Bennett, London, 1760, mounted as a fan on bone sticks with carved ivory end-pieces. Daniel Crouch Rare Books, London.

This year's highlights veer toward unapologetic opulence. Ronald Philips features an astounding Charles II cream-japanned cabinet on a silvered stand; Chiale Antiquariato, a massive carved and inlaid table of 1905, which was made in Turin based on a design by Edoardo Smeriglio; and Anthony Outred, an entire suite of fan­ciful grotto furniture carved in shell forms made in Venice in the second half of the nineteen…» More

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by Émile Jacques Ruhlmann (1879-1933), 1926. Macassar ebony, amaranth, and ivory. Metropolitan Museum of Art. By Cynthia Drayton

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