Some 250 of the choicest items from the firm’s inventory are being offered at Christie’s this October, and Dalva Brother’s principal David Dalva III, along with Christie’s specialist Jody Wilkie, talk with Ben about the crème de la crème: a secretary-cabinet resplendent with Florentine pietra dura figurative panels and gleaming ormolu mounts, possibly handled by noted marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre.
Dealer Adam Ambros and curator Ed Town join Ben to talk about a collection of mostly small objects made in Britain between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Scholar Torren Gatson, guest editor for the current edition of the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts, comes on the pod to talk about an iron fireback produced at the Vesuvius Furnace in North Carolina.
Drexel University’s Robert McCracken Peck comes on the podcast to talk about the “hollow earth” theory and a globe in this episode of Curious Objects.
This month, Ben speaks with Tiffany Momon, visiting assistant professor at Sewanee in Tennessee, where she assists with the Roberson Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation, and founder of the Black Craftspeople Digital Archive
In this episode of the podcast, Ethan Lasser tells the story of Dave Drake, an enslaved potter at work in Edgefield County.
This month, Ben speaks with Chassica Kirchhoff, assistant curator of European sculpture and decorative arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts, about a suite of metal suits from the 1500s
This month, Ben and Michael speak with Jennifer Tonkovich, curator of drawings and prints at the Morgan Library and Museum.
This month on Curious Objects… a 2,500-year-old Imseti-headed canopic jar.
Special guests James Boening, Ria Murray, and Taylor Thistlethwaite, joined podcast hosts Ben and Michael at the Park Avenue Armory for a live discussion of six fascinating objects