March 4, 2014 | Comings and Goings
Joshua W. Lane has been named the Lois F. and Henry S. McNeil Curator of Furniture at Winterthur Museum. Lane, curator of furniture at Historic Deerfield since 2000, assumes the post on April 14. He directed Historic Deerfield's Summer Fellowship Program between 2005 and 2012. Lane replaces Wendy Cooper, who retired last year.
Malcolm Rogers, director of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts since 1994, will retire. The activist director oversaw an era of explosive growth at the MFA culminating with the opening of the new Art of the Americas Wing in 2010 but was at times criticized at times for his aggressive management style. Rogers, who is staying until a successor is found, also announced two new curatorial chairs. Frederick Ilchman will head Art of Europe while Benjamin Weiss leads Prints, Drawings, and Photographs.
February 24, 2014 | What began as a well-intentioned effort to halt the wanton slaughter of elephants has resulted in sweeping restrictions on the U.S. trade in elephant ivory. As part of the Obama administration's broader strategy to combat wildlife trafficking, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on February 11 announced new regulations prohibiting all imports, even antiques made partly or entirely of the material. The rules, say dealers in historic works of art, denigrate cultural heritage while failing to stop poachers, who will likely find ready markets for ivory elsewhere in the world.
The regulations also limit exports to objects that are demonstrably one hundred years or older, apparently preventing an American dealer or institution from selling an inlaid Ruhlmann cabinet of 1926 to a European client. Selling documented antique ivory across state lines remains lawful, as does intrastate trade in objects imported lawfully prior to 1990 or 1975, depending on whether the ivory is…» More
May 30, 2013 | Buncheong bottle
Bottle, Korean, Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), fifteenth to sixteenth century. Stoneware with iron oxide underglaze decoration; height 11 inches.
Kang Collection, Manhattan specialists in Korean art, sold this pear-shaped wine bottle during New York's Asia Week in March. Priced at $25,000, it is an example of buncheong, a brushed white-slip stoneware mainly made by monks at Mount Kaeryong in southern Chungchong province, says Kang Collection president Keum Ja Kang. The bottle's vigorous freehand decoration in iron oxide underglaze depicts a stylized ginseng plant.
Art Across America, the first-ever survey display of more than two hundred years of American fine and decorative art to travel to South Korea, remains on view at the Daejeon Museum of Art through September 1. It draws from the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Terra Foundatio…» More
May 9, 2012 | From its redesigned catalogue to its sleek new stands, the Philadelphia Antiques Show looked younger than its 51 years when it opened on Friday, April 27, for a five-day run.
Organized as a benefit for Penn Medicine, the show is one of the oldest and most traditional in the country with a reputation for top-flight American, English, and Chinese works of art, both fine and decorative.
Not everyone welcomed this year's move from Navy Pier to the Convention Center. But one look at this handsome new installation with its low lighting, sophisticated palette and large, airy stands had even the most jaded show goers convinced.
There was plenty to look at but, really, you had to be there. Not to be missed?
Arader Galleries' stunning, 1754 engraving of the Philadelphia harbor and skyline from the Jersey Shore by George Heap and Nicholas Scull, $585,000. It is one of a handful of known examples of this print;
A spectacular sheet iron and copper Angel Gabriel weathervane, …» More
May 9, 2012 |
Barn Star Productions' 23rd Street Armory Antiques Show got off to a brisk start in its original Center City location on Friday, April 27, as dozens of collectors stormed the gates in search of eighteenth through early twentieth century fare.
Organized by Rhinebeck, N.Y. promoter Frank Gaglio, the show is a magnet for Americana buyers, including exhibitors from the nearby Philadelphia Antiques Show, a shuttle stop away at the Convention Center.
"Attendance was on par with last year, which was great considering that we had new dates," said Gaglio. Next year both shows will open on Friday, April 12.
Early Friday morning, Pennsylvania dealers Pat and Rich Garthoeffner sold to a colleague from Texas, Connecticut dealers Kocian DePasqua handed over an early trade sign to prominent collectors from New Jersey, and Main Line dealer Diana Bittel swooped in to claim a weathered wooden sea serpent, probably a ship's relic, from Maine dealers Thomas Jewett and Charles Berdan…» More
[Compiled by Darrin Alfred, Associate Curator, Department of Architecture, Design and Graphics at the Denver Art Museum. Originally published in "Cur» View All