Last but not least.

Editorial Staff Living with Antiques

One might be forgiven for thinking that the opening in 2014 of the stunning Tadao Ando–designed Clark Center at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute capped the long-term expansion and renovation of the institution’s bucolic campus in Williamstown, Massachusetts. But the plan actually culminates this spring with the installation of the Clark’s American decorative arts collections on the top floor of the renovated Manton Research Center.

Mount Vernon Comes to Freeman’s

Editorial Staff Furniture & Decorative Arts

Despite its dainty name the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association is not an outfit to be trifled with. Nor is it one to do anything by half measures. Founded in 1858, it is comprised of twenty-seven members, each representing a state in the union at that time, who approached and still approach the project of preserving George Washington’s estate with an almost …

Philadelphia Empire furniture by Antoine Gabriel Quervelle

Editorial Staff Furniture & Decorative Arts

By ROBERT C. SMITH; from The Magazine ANTIQUES, September 1964. French architects, painters, and craftsmen in the decorative arts played an important role in the development of the classical style in America during the second and third decodes of the nineteenth century. This is particularly true of a group of cabinetmakers who settled in New York and Philadelphia and included, among others, …

Bay State riches: The Magazine ANTIQUES and Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture

Editorial Staff Furniture & Decorative Arts

from The Magazine ANTIQUES, January/February 2013 | Anxious and awestruck, I waited outside Wendell Garrett’s office in the spring of 1971. He was the managing editor of The Magazine Antiques and I was a nervous twenty-three-year-old graduate student in the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. He had agreed to meet me because of my interest in early Boston woodworkers. …

Upscale Downsized

Editorial Staff Furniture & Decorative Arts

from The Magazine ANTIQUES, March/April 2012 | Downsizing-a midlife rite of passage common to those whose offspring have grown up and moved out-is not a contingency that his friends would have ever dreamed possible of the abundance-loving Paul F. Walter, the New York connoisseur renowned for the scale and quality of his pathbreaking collections, which have run the gamut from …

Winter Antiques Show 2012

Editorial Staff Art, Calendar, Exhibitions

We asked exhibitors at the Winter Antiques Show to highlight one exceptional object in their booths and describe it as they might to an interested collector. Here are the things they chose, along with some of their comments. Barbara Israel Garden Antiques We are thrilled to be bringing a cache of extraordinary objects to the 2012 Winter Antiques Show, including …

This Week’s Top Lots: August 3 – 7

Editorial Staff

*  The top lot of the August 3 sale of Californian and American paintings at Bonhams in San Francisco was Roses by Franz A. Bischoff that sold for $798,000 (estimate $600,000-800,000). Other top lots were and Spring by Granville Redmond that sold for $170,000 (estimate $150,000-200,000), and Lowtide Honfleur by Guy Rose that sold for $398,000 (estimate $400,000-600,000).*  The top …

This Week’s Top Lots: April 11 – 17

Editorial Staff Art

*  The European furniture and decorative arts sale at Skinner in Boston on Saturday included nearly 1000 lots—the top lot was a 16th-century Flemish tapestry that brought $237,000, well above its estimate of $30,000-50,0000.  Another remarkable lot was a Russian gold-washed silver and enamel kovsh from the early 20th century that was sold for $78,210 (estimate $7,000-9,000), while a large …

This Week’s Top Lots: April 6 – 10

Editorial Staff Art

*  This week Sotheby’s hosted several important auctions in Hong Kong from Saturday to Wednesday.  Overall the sales were disappointing, totaling $89 million (reportedly less than half of last year’s figure), but with several bright spots. The auction house’s first single-owner wine sale in Asia, and its sale of “Eight Treasures from a European Collection” (which alone brought $12.2 million) …

Spring is in the air for Charleston Antiques Week

Editorial Staff Art

Charleston’s architecture, gardens, and history always draw visitors, but for lovers of antiques, there’s no better week of the year to be here. Wednesday, the twelfth annual Charleston Art and Antiques Forum opened—four and a half days of lectures, tours, discussions, and visits to private collections—and Thursday evening brought the festive preview party for the Charleston International Antiques Show, a …