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Robb Design Portfolio: The Right Snuff
Powdered tobacco, or snuff, became a favorite indulgence when it arrived in China in 1644, but because Chinese men of that era typically kept their...
Art: The Natural
Some people experience epiphanies when they marry or when they become parents. But Mark Levin’s life was changed by a wooden bench. To Levin’s...
FrontRunner: New Flame
The quest for fire takes a sophisticated turn with this month’s debut of Luminesse Sculptures, a new collection of oil lamps from Los Angeles model/...
Collectibles: Keeping It Reel
With a boast from one of the soon-to-be partners, Joe Janciuras and Fred Balling began their foray into the replica reel business. After seeing one...
Antiques: A Century of Silver
Alastair Crawford holds a large silver platter in his hands and tilts it to show the subtle detail that marks the piece as a product of the Georg...
Collectibles: Duck, Duck, Goose
Elmer Crowell knew his talent for making wooden waterfowl decoys was extraordinary. The East Harwich, Mass., man, who died in 1954 at the age of 90,...
FrontRunners: Beyond Standard Fair
Serious collectors once had only two options when they wanted to shop for art and antiques: attend auctions or visit galleries. However, a third...
When Kate Edelman Johnson was growing up, she did not need 3-D glasses to make movie stars spring to life. Gary Cooper, Kirk Douglas, and Merle...
Front Runners: Duke as Docent
Inheriting an estimated $80 million and a Gilded Age cottage overlooking the Atlantic in Newport, R.I., is daunting at any age. Doris Duke did so...
Leisure: Sultan's Lot
On april 18, 1923, a massive crowd converged upon what had been, less than a year earlier, a nondescript lumberyard in the South Bronx. They ventured...
Antiques: Bring Plenty to the Table
When Blatt Billiards opened in New York in 1923, the city was in the throes of pool fever. Eight-ball had been played since the turn of the century,...
FrontRunners: Picturing The Last Wilderness
Subhankar Banerjee has no fear of the wilderness. In 2001, he set out on a two-year, 4,000-mile quest to photograph the fragile, remote region of...
Front Runners: September in Chicago with Georges
Sunday in the Park with George, the 1985 Pulitzer Prize–winning Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim, told the story of Parisian artist Georges-...
FrontRunners: Art Deco on Display
The aristocracy of Art Deco, the streamlined design style that swept the world in the 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s, is represented in a show at Boston’s...
FrontRunners: Mythic Proportions
As the Olympic torch makes its way home to Athens this month, you can expect the usual deluge of commemorative souvenirs. Montegrappa ( www...
Best Things First: Chess Sets
When you are ready to invest in an heirloom chess set for you and your family, Elizabeth Gann is the specialty dealer to see. Chess-lover Gann offers...
Best Things First: Antique Frames
Just as clothes can make the man, frames have the power to enhance a painting. The Julius Lowy Frame and Restoring Co., a 97-year-old Manhattan firm...
Best Things First: Rocking Horses
A staple of the nursery receives the traditional treatment at Windmill Antiques in North Yorkshire, England, where proprietors Brian and Jean...
Best of the Best: Art Galleries
David Tunick A Manhattan dealer who gives prints and drawings the utmost respect. With millions of dollars’ worth of art and furnishings in tow, the...
Best of the Best: Antiques Dealers
Kenneth W. Rendell Gallery Bringing history to life, one page at a time. Leaning over a table covered with sheets of paper, Kennneth Rendell explains...
Best of the Best: Pens
David Oscarson Harvest Collection Collectors reap what this artisan penmaker has sown. With designs that address function and aesthetics in equal...
FrontRunners: On the Maps
While NASA’s rover twins investigate Mars, an exhibit at the Sonoma County Museum (707.579.1500, www.sonomacountymuseum.com ) in Santa Rosa, Calif.,...
FrontRunners: Rail Realism
The new offering from Lionel ( www.lionel.com ) evokes the past while incorporating the latest digital technology. Far from a toy, the model Southern...
Front Runners: Home to Roost
All nine of the Fabergé imperial Easter eggs from the Forbes Collection have ended up in one basket—in Russia, from whence they originated. Sotheby’s...
Jewelry: Artistic Differences
Gallery is a term usually used in association with the fine arts of painting, photography, and sculpture. But at the Aaron Faber Gallery in New York...
Robb Design Portfolio: Presentation Arms
Functional art is hardly a new concept. Consider the antique gun pictured here, a French flintlock fowling-piece (or bird-hunting gun) that dates to...
FrontRunners: Spa-ing Partner
“In America, spas are goal-oriented—you go to lose weight or detoxify,” explains Umberto Angeloni, worldwide chairman of the Brioni clothing brand. “...
FrontRunners: High-Tech Antiquing
Roger Schrenk, an antiques dealer in Alexandria, Va., has created the Interactive Database of Decorative Arts, which offers buyers and dealers of new...
A Flourish for Ferrari
The fountain pen and the stick shift are two 20th-century inventions that hold their appeal for purists. A beautiful writing instrument, after all,...
FrontRunners: Love Letters
Although he became a legend for his amorous proclivities, Casanova was also a renowned adventurer and writer who authored epic memoirs depicting his...
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