The Magazine Antiques - Most Recent Articles The most recent articles from The Magazine Antiques. Fri, 03 Jul 2015 19:43:12 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Ahead of the curve: The Newark Museum now and then <p>In a better world we would all be thronging the doors of the Newark Museum; in the best of worlds Ulysses Grant Dietz would be there to meet us, taking us through the galleries with fellow curators Christa Clarke and Katherine Anne Paul</p> By Ulysses Grant Dietz Mon, 20 Jan 5012 00:00:00 +0100 A charmed life <p>English inspiration, American creativity, and a bit of historical luck are joined in the author&rsquo;s house and gardens</p> By William Nathaniel Banks; Photography by Paul Rocheleau Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Gray matters <p>Recent films, exhibitions, and books re-establish Eileen Gray's reputation and start to set the record straight</p> By Jennifer Goff Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 The gold dust twins: Thomas Hart Benton, Walt Disney, and the mining of frontier mythology <p>In March 1946 Thomas Hart Benton and Walt Disney took a meeting, as Hollywood would have it, just as Disney Studios was beginning to consider a project giving new life to an old hero, Davy Crockett. On the drawing board, to which Benton was invited to lend his hand, was a movie conceived as an animated folk operetta. You can picture Benton and Disney in an executive conference room bursting with creative talent&mdash;not unlike the smoke-fi‰lled atmospherics at 20th Century-Fox that Benton had sketched during his ‰first trip to Hollywood</p> By Jake Milgram Wien Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Wonder and menace, dreams and nightmares: Visions of Coney Island <p>An extraordinary array of artists have perceived Coney Island as a prism through which to view the American experience. Their visions have imagined the future and recalled the past; they have conveyed shifting ideas about leisure, and explored issues of race, ethnicity, and class. What artists saw at Coney Island, known as America&rsquo;s Playground, from 1861 to 2008, and how they chose to depict it has varied widely in style and mood, mirroring the aspirations and disappointments of their times</p> By Robin Jaffee Frank Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Figures in a landscape: sculpture in the British garden <p>No English country-house garden would be complete without the well-placed statue erminating a vista--Thomas Gray's "storied urn and animated bust"1 --giving a classical and literary reference to the landscape and subtly humanizing the wildness of nature. The origin of this, as of so many other aspects of British garden design, can be traced to sixteenth-century Italy</p> By This article was originally published in the 1987 October issue of The Magazine ANTIQUES., GERVASE JACKSON-STOPS Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 George E. Ohr <p>In 1893, in the small town of Biloxi, Mississippi, George E. Ohr's Biloxi Art Pottery burned down. In common with all calamities of this kind it must have caused considerable disruption and financial distress to the victim, but a propitious effect was to ignite a smoldering radicalism in Ohr, who thereafter began to produce some of the most inventive pottery of modern times</p> By This article was originally published in the September 1985 issue of ANTIQUES, Garth Clark Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Catesby—Man of Many Talents <p><em>This article was originally published in the April 1952 issue of ANTIQUES.</em></p> <p>A full century before John James Audubon published his <em>Birds of America</em>, an Englishman, Mark Catesby, brought out two folio volumes of what he grandly named <em>Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands...</em>.This is probably the first history of any importance ever done of American flora and fauna</p> By Nettie Wolcott Park. This article was originally published in the April 1952 issue of ANTIQUES. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Making friends with fraktur: Some thoughts on the exhibition Drawn with Spirit at the ... <p>If you are fraktur ignorant, fraktur agnostic, or fraktur allergic, this is an exhibition that should win you over. From its opening moment where a huge curving wall enlarges a small 1834-1835 gem of Adam and Eve attributed to Samuel Gottschall, the visitor is primed for seduction</p> By Elizabeth Pochoda Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 The allure of Leeds House: An unparalleled private collection finds its ideal home in Philadelphia <p>Last winter, one of America's great private collections slipped quietly from its urban home of nearly two decades in upper Manhattan to the splendor of a historic estate in Philadelphia</p> By Rachel Elizabeth Delphia | Principal photography by Alexander Vertikoff Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Current and coming: Horace Pippin in Chadds Ford <p>Although his reputation as an artist of consequence has never faltered, Horace Pippin, who was widely exhibited in the 1940s when he was championed by Albert Barnes among other luminaries, has not had a major exhibition in more than two decades</p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Current and coming: Coney Island in Hartford <p>There will be four venues in the coming year for the exhibition <em>Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008</em>. Would that there were forty more so that everyone within earshot of a carnival barker's cry could gaze at this mirror of our nation at moral, aesthetic, and economic leisure over a century and a half</p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Current and coming: Rivera and Kahlo in Detroit <p>To celebrate its rebirth as an independent museum after the city's brush with bankruptcy, the Detroit Institute of Arts is mounting Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit</p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 The jeweled watches of Henry Blank and Company of Newark <p>Like most nineteenth- and early twentieth-century jewelry manufacturers in Newark, New Jersey, Henry Blank and Company until recently had been long forgotten. However, it was one of the largest and most successful Newark firms from the 1890s until well after World War II</p> By Leslie Sykes-O'Neill Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Inside New York: The City's landmarked interiors <p>More than just a display of handsome pictures, <em>Rescued, Restored, Reimagined: New York's Landmark Interiors</em>, an exhibition at the New York School of Interior Design (to April 24), tells the stories behind a variety of landmark interiors that have been preserved throughout the city</p> By Judith Gura Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 War, politics, and the diaspora of Irish art and design <p>When The Magazine ANTIQUES started publication in January 1922, it coincided with the end of the War of Independence between Ireland and Great Britain and the beginning of a self-inflicted and even more brutal Civil War among opposing factions of the Irish Republican Army. Although Antiques's mandate was to whet its readership's appetite for the past, its authors frequently found they could not avoid alluding to the "Troubles" in Ireland</p> By Christopher Monkhouse Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Seventeenth-century French enameled watches in the Walters Art Gallery <p>In his book Old Clocks and Watches and their Makers, F. J. Britten notes that "watches with enamel painting before 1640 are exceedingly rare, and there is a marked difference in the character of such decorative work executed at the beginning, compared with that done during the later years of the seventeenth century."</p> <p><em>This article was originally published in the December 1963 issue of </em>ANTIQUES.&nbsp;</p> By Philippe Verdier Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 A spirited conversation: The European and American Galleries at the Harvard Art Museums <p>When visitors enter the renovated and reinstalled Harvard Art Museums on the north side of Harvard Yard, they will find a series of galleries that invite a new way to approach the history of American art</p> By Ethan W. Lasser Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 On high seas: Jack London's photography on the cruise of the Snark <p>Jack London died young, at the age of forty, yet in some ways it is amazing that he lived as long as he did. To anyone who happened to see the thirty-one-year-old London and five other inexperienced sailors cruising through San Francisco's Golden Gate on April 23, 1907, his survival would have seemed nothing short of miraculous</p> By Phillip Prodger Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Prince Demah Barnes: Portraitist and slave in colonial Boston <p>At first glance, the small oil portrait of a handsome man in a flowered dressing gown looked somewhat unprepossessing. Hanging on the wall of a dealer&rsquo;s booth at an antiques show in 2010, it had a &ldquo;folksy&rdquo; appeal, but wasn&rsquo;t an obvious candidate for acquisition by the Metropolitan Museum of Art</p> By Amelia Peck and Paula M. Bagger Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100