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
March 31, 2014 | Please go to the web site for the Antique Dealers of America's first online antiques show (adadealers.com), a three day round the clock event that lets you shop in your pajamas, guarantees authenticity, offers stuff exclusive to its venue, provides for buyer's remorse, and eliminates the pre-show wheeling dealing that allows dealers to pick off each other's stuff before you get to see it. To these and all the other inducements on the site we add four of our own:
1. The online show might just be the step into the 21st century that the venerable organization has needed.
2. The show's web page is well designed, lively, and convincing, another auspicious sign.
3. You can buy but not with one click. Once you decide on an item you still have to contact the dealer and schmooze, an irreplaceable part of the charm of buying, selling, and collecting antiques and fine art.
4. It might just work, and if it does we are betting that by creating an energetic force field around antique…» More
March 10, 2014 | Gallery events
Chinese Porcelain Company: "Contemporary Chinese Ink"; March 14 to 22
"Early Chinese Ceramics"; March 14 to 22
Erik Thomsen Gallery: "Japanese Paintings and Works of Art"; March 15 to April 25
Joan B. Mirviss: Japan in Black & White: Ink and Clay"; March 14 to April 25
Peter Pap at Kentshire Galleries: "Art in Bloom - Antique Rugs from Private Collections"; March 20 to 30
Throckmorton Fine Art: "Celestial Deities: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture, c. 500 - 1100 CE"; to April 26
To celebrate and promote Asia Week New York, the city's premier on-line and bricks- and-mortar auction houses offer for sale their best paintings and decorative arts from China, Japan, India, Korea, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas from March 14 to 22. Here is a sampling of the top lots being offered for sale:
Bonham's Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian art sale on March 17 has a copper alloy figure of Padmapani from Western Tibet dating from the twelfth or thirt…» More
March 10, 2014 | The cross-disciplinary exhibition opened on March 11 at the Metropolitan Museum explores the way carpets moved and were used around the globe by pairing three seventeenth-century Islamic rugs with Dutch paintings of the same period. The Magazine ANTIQUES spoke to exhibition curator Deniz Beyazit, the assistant curator in the Department of Islamic Art, to understand the origins of the project, and asked Peter Pap, the renowned San Francisco-based dealer in Oriental rugs, to take us through each pairing to understand more about the trade, the carpets themselves, and what they meant to makers in the east and consumers in the west.
The Magazine ANTIQUES (TMA): Deniz, how did this exhibition come about? As a curator in the Islamic Art department, did you choose favorite carpets to feature, and identify paintings featuring something similar; or work backwards from the paintings, then find partner carpets?
Deniz Beyazit (DB): One day I had the idea for the show-I am origina…» More
"Glackens combines greatness as an artist with a big man's mind,"
Alfred C. Barnes
By the time it arrives at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia next fall the big William Glackens (1870-1938) exhibition that has just opened at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale will have altered the reputation of this surprisingly versatile artist. In the view of the show's curator Avis Berman, a regular contributor to Antiques, the eighty-five works on display establish the artist as far more experimental, subtle, and yes, modern, than he has heretofore been credited with being. Of course readers of this magazine we were already aware that there is a great deal more to Glackens than conventionally thought thanks to Berman's excellent articles on his work here (March/April 2011 and January/February 2014).
The traveling show and its catalogue, edited by Berman, will also put on view the things that make her a valued contributor to Antiques: the depth of her scholarshi…» More
[Compiled by Bill Stern, Executive Director at the Museum of California Design, Los Angeles. Originally published in "Curator's Eye" in Modern Magazi» View All