Eileen Gray Designs Poised to Set Auction Records

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While the most iconic designs by Eileen Gray (1878-1976) are those that have been reproduced for decades—the black lacquer brick screen in MoMA’s collection or the circular chrome side table presently offered by Design Within Reach—the idiosyncratic architect and designer was also responsible for other unique and visionary examples of modernist design. Today, as part of the sale of the …

Edward F. Caldwell and Company’s Legacy of Lighting

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Although the name of Edward F. Caldwell may be unfamiliar to some, the lighting fixtures made by his eponymous firm grace some of the best known public and private architectural commissions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States. Caldwell and his partner, Victor F. von Lossberg, a Russian artist he met while working at Archer …

Dealer Profile: Peter Pap

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At Peter Pap’s booth at the Greenwich Antiques Show in Connecticut, a woman is examining an enormous Mahal carpet with an unusual green ground that has been attracting passersby all morning. Looking down, the woman asks, “How much is it?” Pap replies, with a courtly nod, “fifty-four thousand dollars.”   Peter Pap is recognizable to followers of Antiques Roadshow as …

Stickley in Dallas

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Gustav Stickley is well-known for his American arts and crafts furniture, characterized by its sturdy and utilitarian appearance. While he promoted the idea of handcrafted furniture, as a businessman, mindful of cost, he took full advantage of the available technology of the time. His emphasis on structure with simple, or better yet, no applied decoration, however, put him in the …

Endnotes: A Dorflinger Masterpiece

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Objects of high quality continue to bring strong prices,” says Jason Woody of Woody Auction, headquartered in Douglass, Kansas, following the firm’s sale late last year of the cut-glass and silver pitcher shown here. Made in the first decade of the twentieth century by the Dorflinger glass company of White Mills, Pennsylvania, the piece is an extremely fine example of …

Fashion and Furniture at the Williamsburg Forum

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The Antiques Forum at Colonial Williamsburg, now in its sixty-first year and always eagerly anticipated by collectors, curators, and scholars alike, was held at the Williamsburg Lodge from January 31 to February 6. Some 395 people gathered to hear lectures, attend tours, and network with friends and colleagues over various receptions and dinners. Among the most well received of the …

A rare Kem Weber chair shows the European side of American modernism

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May 2008 | Nothing is more exciting to a passionate connoisseur—even a seasoned expert who has helped redefine his chosen specialty—than discovering an elusive object he’d despaired of ever finding, let alone being able to own. But when that rare opportunity presented itself last fall to the New York–based modern design aficionado John C. Waddell, he—true to form—acted fast and …

Bold, bright, and underappreciated: British furniture at mid-century

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June 2008 | In the dozen or so years since a new wave of collectors and design aficionados rediscovered furnishings of the mid-twentieth century, works from many countries—France, the United States, Italy, the Scandinavian nations, Brazil—have become prized (and pricey) artifacts. But one state that fostered a large and thriving furniture design and manufacturing community in the years prior to …

Showmanship and fantasy: the designs of James Mont

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July 2008 | The world of fine decorative arts has been populated by many colorful characters, but only one who could have stepped out of the pages of Damon Runyon or—if your tastes run to less sentimental portrayers of the criminal underworld—Mario Puzo. His name was James Mont, a.k.a. James Pess, a.k.a. Demetrios Pecintoglu—the name he was given at his …