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September 25, 2015  |  Recent noteworthy publications that are a pleasure to read and a delight to behold

Mangle Boards of Northern Europe: A Denitive Guide to the Geographic Origins of Mangle Boards by Jay Raymond (Streamline Press). 288 pp., color illus.

By Barrymore Laurence Scherer

The term mangle board may not be familiar to most people, but a leading folk art dealer such as Robert Young of Robert Young Antiques in London knows their allure. When you encounter examples in his gallery, on his website, or at his booth at New York’s Winter Antiques Show, you are immediately struck by their beauty. Learning that they were for pressing laundry only adds to the surprise.

The fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries witnessed the heyday of the mangle board—a plank of wood, with a handle either applied or carved directly from the plank itself. Jay Raymond, author of this lavish treatise describes how they were employed: “After being washed and almost dried, the cloth would be folded into a lo…» More

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End notes: John Singer Sargent's portraits at the MET

September 8, 2015  |  “Scintillating…addictive” applauded The Guardian; “outstanding…one of the best I’ve ever seen,” acclaimed The Telegraph; “mesmerising” said The Spectator. All were describing the exhibition Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends at London’s National Portrait Gallery earlier this year. But for anyone in New York this summer, it gets even better. An expanded version of the show of John Singer Sargent’s portraits of the influential and colorful characters from the worlds of art, literature, music, and theater who were his friends—Claude Monet, Auguste Rodin, Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry James, and Ellen Terry, to name a few—is on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until October 4. We asked Elizabeth Kornhauser, Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, and Stephanie Herdrich, assistant research curator, who organized the installation here, to tell us about some of their favorite works that will be seen only in New York.

“The exhibition is arranged c…» More

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New light: More squares from Mrs. Miner's carpet

September 8, 2015  |  Discoveries come in such unexpected ways. You can search for years for a missing piece of your puzzle without success. And then, sometimes, it falls in your lap! That is what happened last year when my friend Tom Jewett, of Jewett-Berdan Antiques, posted pictures of his Christmas decorations on Facebook.

Deer panel from carpet worked by Eliza Campbell Miner, 1836–1844. Wool on linen, 25 ½ by 26 ½ inches. Jewett-Berdan Antiques, Newcastle, Maine.

Tom and Butch Berdan go all out for Christmas at their home in rural Maine, displaying antique decorations collected over the years. Last year they posted a picture of an embroidered panel depicting a deer that they had placed above a garland-bedecked mantel.

Although I had not seen it before it looked familiar. I asked them about its size and when they measured it as 25 ½ by 26 ½ inches, I knew I had stumbled on one of the missing panels of Mrs. Miner’s carpet. Even better, they had, they told me, a second panel, a floral bouquet.…» More

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Current and coming: The Scene

September 3, 2015  |  When it opened last fall on Newport’s swank Bellevue Avenue, the Audrain Automobile Museum was immediately up to speed (metaphors drawn from car culture are inexcusable but somehow inevitable with the Audrain), exhibiting a small but head-turning group of rare pre-World War II luxury cars, such as a fire-engine red 1930 Pierce-Arrow Convertible with a custom fitted compartment for your golf bag, and a 1931 Lincoln Model K convertible in a beautiful, and shall we say enviable, pea green.

 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z11

Everything has been thought of at the Audrain, from the retrofitting of the handsome 1902-1903 Audrain building to set off the car collection with dark wood floors, white walls, and exposed steel beams to the precisely tuned labels detailing, for instance, the Lincoln’s Single Stromberg Downdraft Carburetor in case you want to know…and some of you will.

 

Left: Prewar Automobiles, the museum’s fall 2014 exhibition, included a 1930 Packard Custom Eight Sport Pha…» More

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A message from the editor

July 29, 2015  |  We look forward to the merger of The Magazine ANTIQUES and MODERN Magazine with ARTNEWS S.A. as we expand our digital presence, reach new readers, and bring the best in scholarship and criticism on the fine and decorative arts to a global audience.» More

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Where to Go in Summer 2015: A Must-Read Guide for Artistic Summer Destinations i

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

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