Design makes a splash at TEFAF

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A new addition to TEFAF, which is, of course, best known for old master paintings and fine decorative arts, is an entire section devoted solely to design-from the 20th century to the present. Although sequestered from the main shopping thoroughfare and up a flight of stairs, the Design Pavilion attracted collectors.   Among the exhibitors: Sebastian + Barquet of New …

The YSL effect at TEFAF

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Some of the good news from TEFAF is all about the YSL effect. Like Christie’s acclaimed sale of the collection of the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé, TEFAF is a virtual cabinet of curiosities where superlative antiques, rare objects of vertu, and antiquities have been selling well. Over one hundred dealers specializing in this …

Tiffany window in Pittsfield church illuminates White House commission

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In response to our March article about Louis Comfort Tiffany’s White House renovations, Red, white, and Tiffany blue by Martin Filler, we received a tip from a reader, Martin C. Langeveld, a historian at the First Church of Christ in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Langeveld writes: Louis Comfort Tiffany’s legendary and unfortunately lost White House Entry Hall screen has an immediate predecessor …

The Little Mermaid, cultural ambassador

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Last Thursday, Copenhagen’s city council voted to allow the city’s landmark statue of the Little Mermaid to travel to Shanghai for display at the World Expo in 2010. Based on the figure in Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tale, the Little Mermaid was sculpted by Edvard Eriksen after a commission from Carl Jacobsen in 1909, and has been perched at …

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 …