Rare tables are ‘tops’ at Carlton Hobbs

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A new exhibition at the Carlton Hobbs gallery, On Tops: Table Tops from the 2nd Century to the 19th Century, offers a wonderful assortment of tables with some of the most precious and artistic tops ever assembled. Emphasizing extraordinary techniques and materials—from pietra dura (inlay of fine or hardstone) to micromosaic to scagliola (plasterwork in imitation of ornamental stone)—the inventiveness …

Summer in the Adirondacks

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A “Wild, Unsettled Country”: Early Reflections of the Adirondacks, which opened last week, includes a selection of paintings, maps, prints, and photographs that illustrate the untamed Adirondack wilderness discovered by artists, photographers, and cartographers who visited the area in the nineteenth century. While tourists were flocking to Saratoga Springs, near what is today the southern boundary of the Adirondack Park, …

American Indian painting

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Between 1879 and 1900 the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs established twenty-four off-reservation boarding schools for American Indian children, among them the Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico. The schools were intended as a means of absorbing American Indians into the larger society by transforming the children of what were considered savage warriors into fully “civilized citizens.” But …

On Chintz: A Conversation with Rosemary Crill

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To coincide with its current exhibition, Chintz Appliqué: From Imitation to Icon, the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Nebraska (IQSC) recently invited Rosemary Crill, senior curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum and author of the new book, Chintz: Indian Textiles for the West (V&A Publishing, 2008), to speak on the history of this fascinating fabric. Crill surprised …

Arts and crafts silver

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Old silver is a classic collecting field, one that combines the aesthetic pleasures of imaginative design, fine workmanship, and history. In the often hotly competitive field of American silver, the latest area to fire the acquisitive imagination seems to be the arts and crafts style.   Origins and style The idealized image of medieval craftsmen lovingly, indeed religiously, producing works …

Make a date with Henry VIII

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Yesterday marked the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne. To mark the occasion, several museums and institutions have organized events and exhibitions to celebrate England’s most notorious monarch. Here The Magazine ANTIQUES selects eight great ways to revel in the infamous Tudor king’s legacy: 1.    Vivat Rex! An exhibition on view at the Grolier Club until May …

Fakes and Forgeries at the Brooklyn Museum

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Most visitors don’t expect to see fakes in an art museum, but an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, Unearthing the Truth: Egypt’s Pagan and Coptic Sculpture, does just that. For the exhibition, which is on view through May 10, curator Edna R. Russman has gathered authentic works, complete forgeries, and recut or repurposed examples, all from the museum’s collection of …

Unabashed Opulence

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Medieval splendor at Belgium’s Groeningemuseum in Bruges and baroque magnificence at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum ebulliently controvert the recession raging outside their doors. Each exhibition exudes the sumptuous confidence of the era that it explores. Nevertheless, beneath their luxurious veneers both offer significant insights into their respective subjects, making them must-see destinations for aficionados of European decorative arts. Burgundian …

Tradition, Innovation, and Good Design: The Ceramics of David Gil

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“‘Bennington’” as the Warner Collector’s Guide to North American Pottery and Porcelain notes, “refers not to a specific company but a town in Vermont that is well-known for the pottery made by a number of firms.” While the authors of the guide had nineteenth-century makers of Rockingham-glazed yellowware and parian in mind, that entry may now be updated to include …

Amish Quilts and Recent Acquisitions at the Textile Museum

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When the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was founded in 1997, an important aspect of its mission was to promote scholarship by exhibiting its vast collection at institutions throughout the world. Tomorrow a group of the center’s Amish quilts goes on view at the Textile Museum in Washington in the exhibition Constructed Color: Amish …