Painting With Fire (From our Archives)

Bernard N. Jazzar and Harold B. Nelson Art

The story of modern enameling in this country begins in the industrial heartland of the Midwest, amid blazing steel mills, smoky oil refineries, and congested railroad yards.

Eda Lord Dixon rediscovered

Medill Higgins Harvey and Lori Zabar Magazine

In 2014 the American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art received a gift from devoted patron Jacqueline Loewe Fowler of a stunning Arts and Crafts silver and enamel hand mirror by Eda Lord Dixon. At the time, Eda was virtually unknown, even among Arts and Crafts silver scholars, principally because she rarely signed her work.

The jeweled watches of Henry Blank and Company of Newark

Editorial Staff Furniture & Decorative Arts

This article was originally published in the January 2006 issue of ANTIQUES. 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. The finest jewelry retailers sold …

Parisian jewelry and American patrons, real and fictional

Editorial Staff Art

By SHIRLEY BURY; from The Magazine ANTIQUES, April 1992. The formidable skill of Parisian jewelers in interpreting the work of innovative designers was the prime cause of their international popularity. Although craftsmen elsewhere practiced the late eighteenth-century technique of open-backed, or à jour, setting, which allowed light to refract and reflect through the stones, greatly enhancing their brilliance, the contrast …

The jewelry of René Lalique

Editorial Staff Art

By GEOFFREY C. MUNN; from The Magazine ANTIQUES, June 1987. Even if the word genius was used as sparingly as it should be, the late nineteenth- and early twentieth century jeweler René Lalique would always be so described. Rather than a craftsman with a leaning toward the artistic, he was an accomplished artist who chose to express himself primarily in …