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FrontRunners: Full of Grace
Caps shaped liked a feminine neckline and engraved with the double-G royal monogram reference the inspiration for the Montblanc Princesse Grace de...
In the early 20th century, Japanese fountain pen maker Namiki was faced with a dilemma; merchants proudly displayed the company’s pens in shop...
FrontRunners: Weight of the World
A 6-foot-by-4.5-foot, 330-pound atlas from Australian publisher Millennium House, Earth Platinum ( www.millenniumhouse.com.au ) stands taller and...
Robb Design Portfolio: Gehry's Game
In Frank Gehry’s world, it is a small landscape: a chunk of real estate approximately 40 square inches topped by 32 structures. But Gehry has always...
From the Editors: Dishonors in Scotland
The acceptance of certain gifts sometimes has unexpected consequences. The Scottish monarchy, for instance, received as tribute from the Vatican two...
21 Ultimate Gifts: Harlequin Romance
The GIFT A set of five one-of-a-kind David Oscarson Harlequin pens, embellished with diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. $1.5 million It took...
FrontRunners: Holy Writes
The commander of the angels, the archangel Michael, appears on the barrel of the Tibaldi Sanctus Michael Archangelus ( www.tibaldi.it ) pen. The...
Smart Collectors: Books: Gerald Dorros
Unusual among book collectors because he did not grow up in a book-laden household, Dr. Gerald Dorros also did not begin collecting until he was in...
FrontRunners: In Its Element
The cross-grained olive wood used in the Graf von Faber-Castell Elemento Collection ( www.faber-castell.us ) references Faber-Castell’s origins as a...
Robb Design Portfolio: Family Trees
Three generations of Atlanta’s Moulthrop family ( www.moulthropstudios.com ) have yielded to the allure of wood turning. In the 1970s, after decades...
A Tiger Market
Last November, Peter Bainbridge, of Bainbridges, a small auction house in England, asked his audience to "welcome" a colorful 18th-century Chinese...
The Robb Reader: Count Anton Wolfgang von Faber-Castell
For his new book about Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI is using Faber-Castell pencils to write his original draft. Vincent van Gogh recommended the brand to...
Collectibles: Tales from the Hood
Kewpie dolls, comets, airplanes, dogs, Indians, policemen, birds, butterflies, devils thumbing their noses, and nubile women in varying states of...
Best of the Best 2011: Pens: Montegrappa Icons Tribute to Muhammad Ali Knockout Edition
Muhammad Ali has always understood the value of words. In an interview before the boxing legend’s 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle," Ali taunted George...
Best of the Best 2011: Pens: Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2011
Each year, the artisans of Graf von Faber-Castell produce a writing instrument using an unusual material, such as horsehair or satinwood. This year,...
Best of the Best 2011: Pens: Montblanc Patron of Art Elizabeth I Limited Edition 888
Since 1992, Montblanc has honored tastemakers from Augustus to Andrew Carnegie in its Patron of Art series of writing instruments. Now the German...
Best of the Best 2011: Pens: Visconti Golden Man HRH
The inspiration was rather esoteric: The Visconti Golden Man HRH ( +39.055.45652.31, www.visconti.it ) pays tribute to a significant archeological...
Highlights from May’s Contemporary Art Auctions
Contemporary art reaches full flower in the second week of May at the New York branches of Sotheby’s and Christie’s during their marquee spring...
Collectibles: Well Suited
As combat garb, suits of armor have been obsolete for centuries. But its sculptural qualities can render a suit timeless as a decoration for the home...
Robb Design Portfolio: Rare Forecast
The ability to predict the weather with godlike accuracy began with a single invention: the barometer. In 1643, a student of Galileo discovered that...
Art: Masterpiece Theatre
When the Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair—the leading British show of its kind—abruptly folded in 2009 after 75 years, speculation began...
Space Ball for Sale
If you walk past the windows of Sotheby’s Manhattan salesrooms between now and April 12, stop and look at the scorched metal sphere, seven and a...
Cover To Cover
Of all the categories of collectibles that hobbyists choose to pursue—whether it’s coins or cars, Eames furniture or snuff bottles—probably none...
Leisure: Emotion Pictures
With the sweet scents from the adjacent sake brewery wafting through the air, Elizabeth Norris is busy selling, framing, and restoring intoxicating...
Robb Design Portfolio: Showing His Metal
Adorn your table with the works of silversmith Kevin O’Dwyer, and dinner conversation may turn to the likes of Daniel Libeskind. "Maybe I’m a ‘...
Concierges' Guide to London: Shopping: Art, Antiques & Collectibles
< Back to Concierges' Guide to London ALFIES ANTIQUE MARKET "Famous throughout the years" for being "really good fun," this converted warehouse on...
Concierges' Guide to London: Shopping: Books
< Back to Concierges' Guide to London DAUNT BOOKS Of this bookshop’s six locations, the Marylebone High Street store is recommended for its "...
A Miraculous Ming China Find
When a blue and white vase showed up at Duke’s auction house in Dorchester, England, in a cardboard box, no one would have guessed it would be a...
A New Salvador Dalí Museum Opens
The largest collection of Salvador Dalí’s artwork outside of his native Spain was unveiled in January at the new Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla...
FrontRunners: Art Supplies
Edgar Degas’ 1897 pastel-and-charcoal work, Danseuses Jupes Jaunes ,will be a highlight of the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Auction ( www...
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