April 16, 2014 | THE PHILADELPHIA ANTIQUES SHOW's hardworking committee, on the job since 1962, this year welcomes the show's new director Catherine Sweeney Singer. From this pairing expect a fresh take on tradition, the best of the past proffered with invigorated ideas for the present. The gala preview is April 25, and the show runs through April 29.
Limning a portrait of a place and its people, Historic Deerfield, organizers of this year's loan show, is exhibiting more than thirty eighteenth- and nineteenth-century objects from its collections of Connecticut River Valley fine and decorative art. Many of the items selected by curator Amanda E. Lange have unbroken histories in Deerfield and nearby communities in western Massachusetts. Highlights include Ralph Earl's 1799 portrait of Dr. Ebenezer Hunt of Northampton and a pole stand with a screen embroidered about 1810 by Sarah Leavitt of Greenfield.
Associate chairman Leslie Anne Miller will debut her book Start with a House, Finish with a…» More
March 19, 2014 | In a story that is the stuff of fairy tales, one of the missing imperial Fabergé Easter Eggs made for the Russian royal family has been found and will be on public view at Court Jewellers Wartski in Mayfair, London, in the run up to Easter. The magnificent Third Imperial Easter Egg had turned up in the hands of an unsuspecting American Midwesterner who bought it for its gold value.
Carl Fabergé, goldsmith to the czars, created the lavish imperial Easter eggs for Emperors Alexander III and Nicholas II from 1885 to 1916. Only fifty were ever made, each one unique. After the revolution the imperial eggs were seized by the Bolsheviks. Some they kept, but most were sold to the West. Two were bought by Queen Mary and are part of the British Royal Collection. Many belong to museums, oligarchs, sheikhs, and heiresses. Eight, however, are missing-of which only three are believed to have survived the revolution.
The rediscovered egg was the one given by Alexander III to his wife, Emp…» More
March 19, 2014 | The pan roast is back. The herring is coming. The famous Oyster Bar restaurant in New York's Grand Central Terminal reopened last Thursday after a four-month renovation of its 101-year-old interior, particularly a thorough cleaning of its ceiling of interlocking vaults covered with terracotta tiles by the Guastavino firm. Seeing the tiles fully cleaned and all the edging light bulbs aglow hints at the wonders in store for visitors to the exhibition Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile, opening at the Museum of the City of New York on March 26.
The Oyster Bar is one of more than two hundred surviving examples of the marvels of engineering and architectural beauty created throughout the five boroughs by Spanish immigrants Rafael Guastavino Sr. and Jr. in the early twentieth century . Their system of structural tile vaults-lightweight, fireproof, low-maintenance, and capable of supporting significant loads-was used by leading architects of the day, …» 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
by Émile Jacques Ruhlmann (1879-1933), 1926. Macassar ebony, amaranth, and ivory. Metropolitan Museum of Art. By Cynthia Drayton» View All