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Investing in Antiques: For the Record
Summer 2006
Boston dealer Stephen Score set a world record in January at Christie’s, New York, when he purchased a goddess of liberty weathervane by William Henis for $1,050,000. With Stonington, Connecticut, dealer Marguerite Riordan as the underbidder, these two...
Investing in Wine: Burgundy’s Golden Age
Summer 2006
Wine is a lot like art. There are periods in the history of specific regions when a synthesis of great winemaking and outstanding vintages results in a priceless collection. For Bordeaux, the glory days were from 1945 to 1961, and from 1982 to 1990....
The Pleasures of Collecting the Jewelry of Southeast Asia
Summer 2006
In 1989, after donating to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco 200 Thai ceramics dating from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries, James and Elaine Connell began exploring a new area of collecting. In forming their ceramics collection, James,...
Winterthur Primer: Alight with Style, Candlesticks of the 17th & 18th Centuries
Summer 2006
Candlesticks provide evocative evidence of lives once illuminated only by flame. Their delightful forms add color and texture to a room, contributing to stylish decoration of interior spaces. Candlesticks were most popular during the seventeenth and...
Scudder Smith: 2006 ADA Merit Award Recipient
Spring 2006
“It was an easy decision,” ADA president Skip Chalfant said of the Association’s choice of
Art Sleuths: IFAR and its Director Dr. Sharon Flescher
6th Anniversary
As the executive director of the International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR)—the respected neutral voice for the art world—Dr. Sharon Flescher (Fig. 1) keeps tabs on the complicated and sometimes murky international art scene. About IFAR’s mission...
Fancy Figures: Boston Waxworks from the early 18th Century
6th Anniversary
Wax materials have been used by sculptors, goldsmiths, and artists since ancient times. In the eighteenth century they became especially popular again with both professionals and amateurs. In England and her American colonies life-sized historical...
Fine Art as an Investment: Walter Launt Palmer (1854–1932)
6th Anniversary
Since one of this artist’s atmospheric winter scenes sold for a record auction price of $131,200 in December 2004, interest has escalated in the works of Walter Launt Palmer, “the painter of American winter.” A recipient of prestigious prizes and...
Fine Art as an Investment: William Merritt Chase (1849–1916)
6th Anniversary
With their recognizable boldly-brushed style, works by William Merritt Chase continue to be strongly pursued by collectors and museums alike. A leading light among American impressionist painters, Chase’s work is highly regarded for its technical...
George Washington's Mt. Vernon
6th Anniversary
When people think of Mount Vernon, the image that usually comes to mind is of our first president’s magnificent white home with its columnar east façade, distinctive red roof, and sweeping views of the Potomac River...
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