August 30, 2013 |
Clock by Asa Munger (1777–1851), 1817, Herkimer, NY.
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Courtesy of Nathan Liverant and Son Antiques.
Video by Gary R. Sullivan and Kate Van Winkle Keller.
For more information on musical clocks, see our September/October 2013 issue for an article by Gary R. Sullivan and Kate Van Winkle Keller.
August 20, 2013 | On a recent afternoon at the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene, Jake Spetalieri, the proprietor of Catskill Coydog Vintage furniture, was offering a few rainy day specials, including a blue nubby vinyl-covered late 1960s settee for $345 (normally $450) and a sleek, surfboard-shaped white-topped coffee table for $250 ($100 off). The sky was threatening to open any minute, but a crowd was still browsing the aisles of some eighty-five vendors selling everything from neon beer signage, fondue pots, jewelry made from vintage typewriter keys to vintage clothing, Ball jars repurposed as soap dispensers, and of course, furniture. Spetalieri is one of the regulars at the Flea, launched in 2008 by Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby. The market has become the primary venue and breeding ground for the handmade, vintage, artisanal, and small-batch culture that the world now understands as signifying Brooklyn. The Flea is now testing how well this sensibility plays outside the borough with the…» 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
February 1, 2013 | The Winter Antiques Show in New York City comes to a close this weekend. Here is an inside look at one booth: Peter Pap of New York, San Francisco, and NewHampshire.
Winter Antiques Show * Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue * To February 3 * winterantiquesshow.com
January 30, 2013 |
© Lucy Dickens / National Portrait Gallery, London
The noted authority on eighteenth-century French furniture and Sèvres porcelain, Sir Geoffrey de Bellaigue, Surveyor Emeritus of the Queen's Works of Art died on January 4, 2013.
The pinnacle of Sir Geoffrey's research and study was the three-volume catalogue, French Porcelain in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen, published in 2009. In reviewing it for the Art Newspaper, Aileen Dawson described it as a "sumptuous catalogue which is a pleasure to read and a mine of all sorts of information."
Shortly after Sir Geoffrey's birth in France in 1931, his family moved to England. There he attended Wellington and Trinity College, but after a brief stint as a banker he went to Paris to study at the École du Louvre under Pierre Verlet, the leading authority on royal French furniture and decorative arts.
In 1960 Sir Geoffrey was hired to work at Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild château in Buckinghamshire, and was ap…» 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