Vintage finds for your valentine

Editorial Staff Art

A Fisher-WifeThe soonest mended, nothing said;And help may rise from east or west;But my two hands are lumps of lead,My heart sits leaden in my breast. O north wind swoop not from the north,O south wind linger in the south,Oh come not raving raging forth,To bring my heart into my mouth; For I’ve a husband out at sea,Afloat on feeble …

Curator’s Choice: A tour of TAAS with Stacy C. Hollander

Editorial Staff Opinion

A visit to the American Antiques Show (also known as TAAS) at the Metropolitan Pavilion is always filled with discovery, so I was delighted to have the opportunity to join a special tour of the show with Stacy C. Hollander, the American Folk Art Museum‘s senior curator and director of exhibitions. This year’s new layout designed by Ned Jalbert, which …

Antiques season in New York

Editorial Staff Exhibitions

Winter Antiques Show This year’s fifty-sixth annual Winter Antiques Show will feature six new exhibitors—including two who specialize in early twentieth-century decorative arts, New York’s Liz O’Brien and Lost City Arts—to complement the always stunning array that is the show’s signature. Its loan exhibitions are also always remarkable in the way they transform a very small space into a lively …

Celebrating the exotic and the ordinary

Editorial Staff Opinion

I first encountered the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities in the 1970s, when I was a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire. Wanting to learn more about the material world of seventeenth-century New England, I signed up for an architectural tour led by Abbott Lowell Cummings. It must have been in the fall. I remember …

Pennsylvania style

Editorial Staff Furniture & Decorative Arts

Photography by Gavin Ashworth | It took knowledge—knowledge and taste together,” according to Harry Hartman of Harry B. Hartman Antiques and Interiors who helped to form this exceptional private collection of American furniture and folk art and American and Chinese export paintings. For nearly fifty years, the Hartman name has been synonymous with purveying fine antiques from southeastern Pennsylvania. This …

In conversation with….Clifford Wallach, tramp art expert

Editorial Staff Art, Books

Clifford Wallach is a widely recognized expert in the field of tramp art—a branch of folk art in which objects are constructed from chip carved wood. As an antiques dealer, scholar, and author of two books on the subject, Tramp Art: One Notch at a Time (1998) and most recently Tramp Art: Another Notch, Folk Art From the Heart (2009), …

Endnotes: Duck call

Editorial Staff Art

This Canada goose clearly lost its bearings, migrating all the way to South America in the twentieth century before returning to the United States this past August. A routine e-mail inquiry to Christie’s in New York resulted in the exciting realization that it was only the fourth decoy of its type to come to light. What makes it so special …

Recommended this week

Editorial Staff Art

On August 15 & 16 Northeast Auctions will host its annual Marine, China Trade & Sporting Art auction, including English pottery from the collection of Bob Treitelman. See all 1,152 lots here. Peggy Cooper Cafritz spoke to the New York Times about the loss of her African-American and African art collection after her Washington, DC home was destroyed by fire …

The Persistence of Memory

Editorial Staff

In her new book, Scrapbooks: An American History (Yale, 2008), Jessica Helfand suggests that in times of uncertainty people turn to the hobby. Scrapbooking and memory keeping is now a major industry in the United States and represents the largest segment of the nearly $30 billion craft industry. Memory keeping is certainly nothing new, particular in the world of antiques …