Old Masters Rule in Maastricht

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When the 22nd version of TEFAF, long known as the European Fine Art Fair, opened last Friday in this small Dutch border town, not a glimmer of the prevailing global financial crisis was apparent to the casual observer.  By the second hour of the vernissage, the aisles, lined with a record 239 dealers exhibiting old master paintings, antiquities, antiques, as …

Late Gothic coffers

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February 2009 | Late Gothic imagination was wed to sacred purpose in every particular of daily life. At the close of the Middle Ages, devotion itself was an art, one that lent gravity to all the other arts and shaped the tenor of living. We moderns day-trip to the Gothic world as strangers, carting with us the dry bones of …

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 …

Queries: American musical clocks

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The first musical clocks were invented in the Netherlands in the fourteenth century. Two hundred years later European royalty and aristocracy were commissioning them. At the palace of Versailles Marie Antoinette possessed a musical clock that played ten of her favorite tunes. (It was discovered at the palace in June 1914, two weeks before the start of World War I.) …

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 …

Maastricht and beyond

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The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht has become the show of all antiques shows, attracting art and antiques world luminaries from around the globe. For those wishing to counterbalance the excitement and the throngs with more tranquil pleasures, a host of venues of superlative historical and aesthetic interest lies just a short distance away. The Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht is showing …

Art at all costs

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A series of recently announced budget cutting measures by a number of museums raises tricky questions about the value of the arts, the responsibilities of museums to the public and expectations for their profitability, and even the prospects of a degree in the humanities. Just last week, the board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced its decision to close …

Dealer Profile: James Elkind

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In 1979 a Barnard College student named Grace Gold was walking down Broadway on Manhattan’s Upper West Side when she was struck and killed by a falling piece of a terracotta window lintel that had broken loose from the Regnor, a sixty-seven-year-old apartment house. The next year, in reaction to Gold’s death, New York City passed Local Law 10 requiring …

Yeshiva University Museum Appoints Wisse as New Director

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Following the retirement of Sylvia A. Herskowitz, who served in the post for 33 years, Dr. Jacob Wisse has been appointed director of the Yeshiva University Museum in New York City, whose permanent collection includes more than 9,000 objects spanning over 3,000 years of Jewish history. A Montreal native, Wisse earned his B.A. from McGill University before going on to …