Grant Wood

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from The Magazine ANTIQUES, September/October 2010 | In the following passage from Grant Wood: A Life (Knopf, 2010), R. Tripp Evans’s new biography of the man behind American Gothic (1930), the author examines a critical work from the artist’s mid-career: 1934’s Dinner for Threshers. Fig. 1. Dinner for Threshers by Grant Wood (1891–1942), 1934. Signed and dated “Grant Wood, 1934” …

Guest Blog: Lucy Spriggs from Ivanhoe Books

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Art historian and writer Lucy Spriggs is the owner of Ivanhoe Books—a Los Angeles-based bookshop specializing in new, rare, and out-of-print books about art and design. She also maintains Ivanhoe’s blog, where she presents selections from her amazing inventory of vintage titles and new arrivals. We asked Spriggs to share her unique eye for art and interiors books in a …

Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz and the timeless allure of wallpaper

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The new book by art historian and vintage wallpaper expert Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz, Wallpaper: A History of Style and Trends (Flammarion, 2009), offers a visually stunning and comprehensive survey of decorative wall coverings. Chronicling wallpaper’s evolution—from guild organization in the 16th century through its refinement in 18th-century France; the technical advancement of the panoramique; trade and interpretation in the United States; …

In conversation with….Clifford Wallach, tramp art expert

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Clifford Wallach is a widely recognized expert in the field of tramp art—a branch of folk art in which objects are constructed from chip carved wood. As an antiques dealer, scholar, and author of two books on the subject, Tramp Art: One Notch at a Time (1998) and most recently Tramp Art: Another Notch, Folk Art From the Heart (2009), …

Vintage finds for the cocktail hour

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In her manners manual Etiquette (1955), Emily Post suggests throwing a cocktail party in an effort to maximize socialization using minimal space. She advises that serving cocktails at home—unlike throwing a dinner party—frees one up for time better spent mingling with guests. Still today, with space at a premium, this gesture remains a popular  alternative that undoubtedly can be done …

Great Estates: Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, Connecticut

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Beginning in the second quarter of the 19th century, the Gothic revival style took hold in the United States, impressing upon domestic and public structures a romanticized rendering of medieval life.  Inspired by the movement abroad—primarily in England—the revival was first championed in the United States by Alexander Jackson Davis, a designer whose influential books included Rural Residences, which was, …

ANTIQUES bookshelf

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Published to coincide with an exhibition of the same title, Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science, and the Visual Arts, is the first publication to examine Darwin’s influence on the world of visual art—from taxonomical drawing and landscape painting, to 19th-century aesthetic theories and impressionism. Diana Donald, former professor of art history and department head at Manchester Metropolitan University, and …

Rumors of the books’ death have been greatly exaggerated

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Last week’s (April 2-5) New York Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan was its forty-ninth year. There were more than 190 international book dealers, and despite the recent economic downturn, attendance, which totaled around 4800, and sales were strong according to many of the exhibitors. Price points ranged from the affordable (maritime guidebooks were being sold …

The Frick Announces New Book Prize

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The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library in New York has just announced the launch of a biennial prize honoring the publication of a scholarly book that contributes to the understanding of the history of collecting in the United States. The initial award of $25,000 will be made in November; the first three awards will be known as the …

A Reason to Love Antiques

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While the Cartier “Love” bracelet may be the most recognizable symbol of affection for some this Valentine’s Day, the world of antiques collecting is filled with much richer offerings. For those seeking a more unusual gift, the small booklet The Heart of the Matter: Sentimental Works on Paper by Nineteenth-Century Americans, recently published by dealers David A. Schorsch and Eileen …