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Gilded Age Cartoonists at the Flagler

November 13, 2015  |  Often cited as an early influence on the humor of the New Yorker magazine, Puck ran in this country from 1877 to 1918 (it began with a German-language edition). The choice of Shakespeare’s mischievous fairy as the magazine’s namesake and mascot pretty much set the tone for its lighthearted mockery, and judging by the drawings and published cartoons on exhibit at the Flagler Museum, the humor remained gentler than you would have expected from satirists in the Gilded Age. The artists’ subjects are familiar ones: country bumpkins, uppity women, fads, fancies, and, of course, plutocrats and politicians.

The Haunted Auto by Alfred Zantziger Baker (1870–1933) for the cover of Puck, 1910. Collection of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf, courtesy of the Flagler Museum,Palm Beach, Florida.

One particular drawing will certainly strike a chord with contemporary viewers: The Theatre Conversationalist (1890) suggests an ornate remedy for those who would rather listen to each other than let …» More

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End notes: The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection at Drexel University

October 30, 2015  |  Little known except to connoisseurs—Amy Finkel calls it “one of Philadelphia’s hidden treasures”—the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection at Drexel University is about to come into the limelight. We spoke to Clare Sauro, its curator and the organizer of its first major exhibition, Immortal Beauty: Highlights from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, which will be on view from October 2 to December 12 at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery of Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. Ranging from a fragment of sixteenth-century Italian velvet to a 2012 evening dress by Alexander Wang, the more than seventy-five pieces in the show are a fraction of the fourteen thousand in the collection, which was begun in the late 1890s as an educational resource for Drexel students and renamed for the Foxes last year in honor of their ongoing support.     By Eleanor H. Gustafson

What do you think will be most surprising to viewers of the exhibiti…» More

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About books

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.

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

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