Questions for the Curators: Ellen Paul Denker and Brian Gallagher

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Long before Lenox was known for its tableware, the New Jersey-based firm was responsible for some of the most exquisite handpainted porcelain produced in this country, which is the subject of an exhibition Faces & Flowers: Painting on Lenox China, on view at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte through January 2010. This rare showing, drawn mostly from private …

Last shades of summer: first tones of fall

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The month offers a last chance to catch some of summer’s notable exhibitions: Islamic ornament in Frankfurt; baroque splendor in Florence; and Dufy ceramics in Ghent. Europe’s big event in September is the Twenty-sixth Biennale in Florence. Ornament The Museum für Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt gets philo­sophical about the meaning of ornament. In a small but insightful temporary exhibition of approximately …

This Week’s Top Lots: September 14 – 18

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*  The first of several Asian art auctions kicked off this week with the Arthur M. Sackler collection sale at Christie’s New York on September 14, which totaled $3.2 million with 111 of 115 lots sold. The top lot was a 12th-11th century BC bronze ritual vessel that sold for $362,500 (estimate $20,000-30,000). Other top lots were a Qing Dynasty …

Ceramics by Royal Tichelaar Makkum

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A few weeks ago the New York Times featured the latest designs produced by Royal Tichelaar Makkum, the 400-year-old Dutch ceramics manufacturer. The new line called Fundamentals of Makkum is comprised of a basic pottery service designed by Lonny van Ryswyck and Nadine Sterk of Atelier NL that derives color variations from its use of clays from across the Netherlands’ …

Fairyland luster at the New Orleans Museum of Art

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The current exhibition With a Little Help From Our Friends pays homage to the donors of  several recent gifts to the New Orleans Museum of Art. On view through October 18, the show includes more than fifty objects. Highlights include: glass from the collections of Jack M. Sawyer, and John W. Lolley; a collection of American pressed-glass presented by Florence …

Tradition, Innovation, and Good Design: The Ceramics of David Gil

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“‘Bennington’” as the Warner Collector’s Guide to North American Pottery and Porcelain notes, “refers not to a specific company but a town in Vermont that is well-known for the pottery made by a number of firms.” While the authors of the guide had nineteenth-century makers of Rockingham-glazed yellowware and parian in mind, that entry may now be updated to include …

Asia Week in New York City, a to-do list

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With the cancellation of the Haughtons’ International Asian Art Fair this year, the Magazine ANTIQUES has assembled a list of alternative events and opportunities for enjoying Asian art and culture in New York this week. On Saturday, March 14, the Asian Art Dealers of the Upper Eastside New York have arranged an open house (12-8 pm) featuring sixteen of the …

Tulip Vases and Trivets: Contemporary ceramics by Sanam Emami

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Sanam Emami is a studio potter with a distinctive appreciation for the past. Her signature form is the tulip vase, the multi spouted, tin-glazed concoction that dates from the tulip craze that swept much of Western Europe in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. In Emami’s hands however, the vase becomes contemporary and personal. Her current exhibition, Organic Precisionism, …

Collecting Zsolnay art pottery, a conversation with Dr. László Gyugyi

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Dr. László Gyugyi, a Hungarian-born retired research engineer now living in Pittsburgh, has assembled the finest private collection of Zsolnay art pottery, numbering nearly six hundred pieces. A portion of his collection is now on view at the Forbes Galleries in New York City, before it will be donated to a new cultural center being built in Pécs, Hungary, in …

Wedgwood in the nineteenth century

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March 2009 | The Wedgwood ceramics manufactory, which celebrates its 250th anniversary this year and is one of the oldest potteries functioning today, has been the subject of numerous monographs, exhibition catalogues, journal articles, and even a novel.1 Yet most of these publications have dealt with the life of, or period of production dating to the lifetime of, company founder …