The Magazine Antiques - Most Recent News and Opinion The most recent items from The Magazine Antiques from the news and opinion category. http://www.themagazineantiques.com Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:21:29 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Ahead of the curve: The Newark Museum now and then http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/ahead-of-the-curve-newark-museum/ <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 The jeweled watches of Henry Blank and Company of Newark http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/jeweled-watches-henry-blank/ <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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/nyc-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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/monkhouse-irish-art/ <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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/17c-french-enameled-watches/ <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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/jack-london-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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/prince-demah-barnes-1/ <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 Habsburg flash and filigree http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/habsburg-flash-and-filigree/ <p>The splendor of the house of Habsburg was always inversely proportionate to its prowess on the field of battle. Under Maximilian I of Austria and his grandson Charles V of Spain, the dynasty waged continuous battles from Cuzco to Constantinople and from Scandinavia to the shores of Africa</p> By James Gardner Mon, 09 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Looking both ways: A Pennsylvania collection keeps present and past in constant touch http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/looking-both-ways-pennsylvania/ <p>"My husband said the house screamed for antique furniture--but I have a hard time with sameness." This candid recollection by a lively collector provides a partial explanation of how and why she and her late husband joined their appetite for antique furniture and folk art with abstract expressionist art and contemporary sculpture. The rest of the explanation lies in the couple's openness to visual experience and their sense of adventure</p> By Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Invisible Artistry: The restoration of a late seventeenth-century London town house http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/invisible-artistry-london/ <p>When a client asked the London antiques dealer Robert Young to visit his newly acquired house he could not have known that this visit would be the start of an odyssey of some four years of architectural and design transformation</p> By Carolin C. Young Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Living with Thomas Jayne http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/living-with-thomas-jayne/ <p>Objects, textures, and curios both ancient and modern are on speaking terms in the loft that the master&nbsp;decorator and design historian shares with Richmond Ellis</p> By Jane Lear Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 More than a treasure box http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/more-than-a-treasure-box/ <p>The newly opened Cooper Hewitt points the way for the immersive, participatory, digitally enhanced museum of the twenty-first century</p> By Frank Rose Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Thomas Cole's Hat http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/thomas-coles-hat/ <p>or What is it to be an artist?</p> By Alexander Nemerov Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 In praise of ornament http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/in-praise-of-ornament/ <p>Although her work will be familiar to many, the once famous mosaicist, muralist, and sculptor Hildreth&nbsp;Mei&egrave;re has been unjustly forgotten along with the glories of architectural adornment</p> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 The Natural: Bill Rauhauser http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/bill-rauhauser/ <p>From his earliest scenes of Detroit in the 1950s Bill Rauhauser was a poet of the streets</p> By Jason Edward Kaufman Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 George Caleb Bingham: A landscape discovery http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/bingham-discovery/ <p><em>Rocky Mountains</em>&nbsp;dates to about 1872, when Bingham returned to landscape painting after abandoning the genre for most of the previous decade</p> By Paul A. Kossey Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 How southern is it? http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/how-southern-is-it/ <p>With one thousand works inspired by the American South, the Johnson Collection of Spartanburg, South Carolina, has staged a quiet art historical revolution. Through exhibitions, loans, publications, and institutional partnerships the collec&shy;tion has redefined, elevated, and greatly expanded the meaning of regional&nbsp;</p> By Lauren Brunk Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 William H. Johnson in the Johnson Collection http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/william-h-johnson-in-the-johnson-collection/ <p>Finding a modern African-American voice</p> By Martha R. Severens Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 A tale of two sofas http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/a-tale-of-two-sofas/ <p>The rare duo by John Henry Belter, now restored and on display at the VMFA, were well suited to their long and glamorous role in Washington's social scene&nbsp;</p> By Elizabeth L. O Leary and Kathy Z. Gillis Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100