Magazine May/June 2023


Editor’s Letter

Gregory Cerio

Field Notes

On Native Grounds
Elizabeth Pochoda

Current and Coming

Curator's Pick

Field Trip

Object Lesson

One Simple Trick: On the enduring appeal of puzzle jugs
Benjamin Davidson and Pippa Biddle

Museum Visit

Farther Afield

Alimentary Athenaeums: A sampler of culinary museums around the world, where food is explored as cultural tradition, as industry, and even as art
Sierra Holt

Art Artifacts

Ars Gratia Libris: The artist-decorated mugs of the Salmagundi Club library
Alexander Katlan and William Eric Indursky

Shop Talk

Second Time Around: Why some antiques and art dealers love it when works they sold once before return to their galleries
Gregory Cerio

Facets and Settings

Library Gems: A roundup of some noteworthy recent books on jewelers and their jewelry
Ruth Peltason


Sierra Holt


Sweet History in Spain
Eleanor H. Gustafson

On the cover: In the breakfast room of Bruce Shostak and Craig Fitt’s 1822 Federal-style house in the Hudson River valley, American figured maple chairs of about 1820 surround a table set with Wedgwood creamware dishes and compotes, Parisian porcelain cups and saucers, and vintage American glass and rococo revival silver. Photograph by Pieter Estersohn.

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Dining with Antiques

A hospitality-adept interior designer sets the stage for entertainment occasions at home using antique tableware, silver, and glass from his well-built collection
Bruce Shostak with photographs by Pieter Estersohn

Food for Thought

A current exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum examines the many meanings of the edible in art
Thomas Connors

The Joy of Cookbooks

A cookbook collector catalogues a few of the many volumes that have helped him explore and enjoy the byways of American cuisine
Richmond Ellis

History on the Half Shell

All about the renaissance of the landmark nineteenth-century Brooklyn restaurant Gage & Tollner
Elizabeth Pochoda

Feast for the Eyes

The food paintings of the seventeenth-century Dutch artist Clara Peeters helped bring the still life into maturity as a genre
James Gardner

Hot Stove League

A gallery of six kitchens in historic American homes across the nation

“Beautiful, Useful, and Enduring”

The story of the estimable arts and crafts silver of the Kalo Shop and the principled, indomitable woman at the firm’s helm: Clara Barck Welles
Steven Pakiz with photographs by Richard Nguyen