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Fine Art as an Investment: Colin Campbell Cooper (1856-1937)
Spring 2007
A painter of appealing impressionist works who is best known for his vibrant early twentieth century cityscapes, Colin Campbell Cooper (1856-1937) is currently the subject of a bicoastal museum exhibition examining his similarly multifaceted career....
Great American Folk Art at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum: Part 1
Spring 2007
When John D. Rockefeller Jr. established Colonial Williamsburg's Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in 1957, he recognized that the collection needed to grow beyond its namesake's initial gift of 424 objects. New discoveries, evolving scholarship...
Hands-On: A Taunton Chest Revisited
Spring 2007
When the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, rediscovered their Taunton chest (see Ward), Russell Morash, executive producer and director of The New Yankee Workshop on PBS, recognized it as an ideal piece to reproduce for their television show. Morash, host...
Investing in Antiques: All things being equal... Traditional and Modern Furniture
Spring 2007
While masterpieces remain strong in all categories, recent media coverage has cited a weakness in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English, European, and American furniture markets. In her article "Bargain Time for Antiques" (2/08/07)...
Made for Love: Selections from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana
Spring 2007
The bonds of love and friendship infuse a diverse array of American folk objects, revealing the material ways Americans in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries expressed emotion. Portraits large and small depict loving family groups; children's...
Painterly Controversy: William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri
Spring 2007
In late November of 1907, New York newspapers trumpeted a controversy that had the art world in an uproar. Headlines exclaimed:
Winterthur Primer: A Timely Discovery -- The Story of Winterthur's Jacob Graff Clock
Spring 2007
A chance discovery has enabled curators at Winterthur to reconstruct the history of one of the most treasured clocks in the museum's collection (Fig. 1). The clock, made by Jacob Graff between 1745-1755, was acquired in 1946 by Henry Francis du Pont....
A Southern Backcountry Perspective: The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at the Winter Antiques Show
7th Anniversary
Nestled in the historic town of Salem, North Carolina, and one of four museums collectively known as Old Salem Museums and Gardens, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) has entered its fifth decade as a center for the study of the....
Antiques Council Focus: Good, Better, Best in Antique Oriental Rugs
7th Anniversary
The concept of good, better, and best is difficult to apply in the world of antique Oriental rugs because personal taste is so much a part of what makes one rug more interesting than the next. For the purposes of this article I will use the following...
Eric Gill at the Victoria and Albert Museum: New Sculpture Display
7th Anniversary
The V and A's unique collection of work by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), given to the museum by the artist in 1914, dominates its new sculpture display in the same way his revolutionary approach dominated the development of European sculpture from the late..
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