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9.26–9.30.11
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Yoeme deer dance headdress Sonora, Mexico ca. 1910 Deer hide, glass eyes, antlers This headdress is part of the collection of The National Museum of the American Indian in lower Manhattan. The museum is part of the Smithsonian Institution. Apart from the beautiful collection of objects shown there, the museum itself is an extraordinary example of a Cass Gilbert Beaux Arts building. It was originally the U.S. Custom House.

Double Scoop Caddy Spoon, Silver. English ca. 1887–1888 The word 'caddy' is derived from a Malay word for a measure of weight (kati) equivalent to about half a kilogram. The earliest caddy spoon, specifically designed to measure tea appeared in the 1760s; over the next 100 years large numbers were produced, particularly in Birmingham, England.

H: 1 cm, W: 6.8 cm, L: 8 cm NOTE: Caddy spoons were generally small as they had to fit through the neck of the tea caddy




Chopines,Venetian, ca. 1600. Leather, Silk, Wood. A chopine is a type of women's platform shoe that was popular in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. Chopines were popularly worn in Venice by both courtesans and patrician women from 1400–1700. Besides their practical uses, the height of the chopine became a symbolic reference to the cultural and social standing of the wearer; the higher the chopine, the higher the status of the wearer.

Gustaf Lundberg, Swedish (1695-1786), Portrait of Francois Boucher Boucher was a French painter, a proponent of Rococo taste, known for his idyllic and voluptuous paintings on classical themes, decorative allegories representing the arts or pastoral occupations, intended as a sort of two-dimensional furniture. He also painted several portraits of his illustrious patroness, Madame de Pompadour. September 29th is the birthdate of Boucher (1703–1770)

Cecil Beaton, English (1904–1980) Designer, Photographer named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1970. Armchair, ca. 1935 In the 1930s Beaton lived in Ashcombe, a village in the district of Devon, he lived there for 7 years. This chair was made by Beaton for his own bedroom in that house. The room was decorated with circus murals painted his friends—each friend "responsible" for different panels featuring circus performers, baroque emblems, barley-sugar poles and flowered mirrors.

9.19–9.23.11
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Sandaled Foot, Ivory

Roman, early 1st century a.d.

Norwegian Architecture firm SNOHETTA

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Gold, Platinum and Diamond Charm Bangle Bracelet Ca. 1945

Hinged cuff of polished gold applied with 18 gold and platinum charms in various designs set with diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires. The motifs include animals, figures and geometric motifs.

Cizhou Baluster Vase Northern China, Song Dynasty, 11th-12th Century Vase covered with a clear glaze over a white slip to expose the pale grey body. H. 8 3/8"

Carlo Bugatti, Italian (1856–1940) Walnut cabinet with ebonized wood, hammered copper inlaided pewter and calligraphy. H. 7', W. 3'. Bugatti was a notable decorator, architect, designer and manufacturer of Art Nouveau furniture, models of jewelry and musical instruments. He was also the older brother of Ettore, designer of the Bugatti automobile.




9.12–9.9.16
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Les Incas, Scenic Wallpaper produced by Dufour (France) ca. 1818. Hand-colored panel; part of a series that featured a variety of landscapes as well as scenes from “well ordered” social universes in which everyone seems to have a happy place.

Snuff Box in the shape of a shoe, British, ca. 1860. Walnut, carved and stained, inlaid with brass and glass (eyes). Shoe- shaped snuff boxes were made throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, probably as gifts. This boot, with its squared toe, is in the fashion of the 1860s. Shoes were traditionally associated with good luck wishes for travellers and wedding couples setting off on the “journey” of marriage.



Pierre-Louis Pierson (French, 1822–1913). Countess Castiglione, 1860s. Albumen silver print from glass negative. Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione was better known as La Castiglione, an Italian courtesan who achieved notoriety as a mistress of Emperor Napoleon III of France. She was also a significant figure in the early history of photography.

Brooch, David Webb (American) 1925–1975, 18 Karat gold Poseidon figure applied with black enamel, the belly set with a baroque cultured pearl measuring approximately 18.2 by 17.5 mm., and set with round diamonds (approximately 3.00 carats), and pear-shaped yellow sapphires.

Glass Beaker,15th Century, Germany Green glass with applied foot and decoration (often referred to as “Krautstrunk” [Cabbage stalk]. H: 8.5 cm, D: 7.3 cm

9.5–9.9.11
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Statuette, Sleeping Child, Netherlands, 17th Century by François du Quesnoy, 1597–1643. Flemish Sculptor known for his work in ivory.

Printed cottons and silks. Ca. 1920. Jacques-Emil Ruhlmann, (French, 1879–1933)

Interior and Furniture Designer. “To create something that lasts, the first thing is to want to create something that lasts forever” —EJR

Filip Dujardin, Photograph 2010. born 1971, Belgium, From the series “Imaginary Architecture” " 44" X 44"

Serpent, English made 1831–1832 Serpents were mostly played in military bands. They served as bass instruments fitted with bowl-shaped mouthpieces like a brass-instrument and fingerholes like a flute. The musician extended the range of notes available by altering his fingering and repositioning of his lips. This one is wood covered in black leather with ivory fingerholes and brass fittings. The inside—painted red.

The World Trade Center. April 4, 1973–September 11, 2001. Designed by Minoru Yamasaki, lead architect of Emery Roth & Sonsa. The World Trade Center complex consisted of seven buildings featuring the landmark Twin Towers. In their time, these structures were a remarkable technological achievement. A representation of an ideal, and, ultimately, a staggering reminder of our own vulnerability. In remembering these proud structures, we honor the spirit in which they were built, and commemorate all the victims who perished 9.11.01.




8.29–9.2.11
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Coat rack, Austrian (Vienna), 1825

Automaton in the form of a chariot pushed by a Chinese attendant and set with a clock. 1766, James Cox (English, ca. 1723–1800) Case: gold, with diamonds and paste jewels in silver; pearls; dial: white enamel

Diana and the Stag, a marble relief. French, School of Fontainebleau ca. mid 16th Century.
H. 17 3/8” X L. 19 7/8”.

Hoe-shaped Bracelet Japan (Kofun period, late 3rd–4th Century C.E.) Green steatite L16cm.

Callot Soeurs (French, active 1895–1937) Evening Dress, ca. 1913 Silk and Sequins. The Paris couture house Callot Sisters was founded in 1895 by four sisters, The sisters came from an artistic family; both parents came from a tradition of lacemakers and engravers. By 1900 Callot Sisters was employing six hundred workers and had clientele in Europe and America. The house’s inclusion in the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle, where it displayed dresses alongside such venerable couture firms as Doucet,Paquin, Redfern, Rouff, and Worth, demonstrates the sisters’ respected place within the industry.





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8.22–8.26.11
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Drum-Shaped Bottle with Peony Decoration. Korean, Joseon dynasty; late 15th–early 16th century. Buncheong Ware (traditional Korean stoneware), with a bluish-green tone. Pots were coated with a white slip, and decorative designs are painted on using an iron pigment; H. 8 5/8 ", L. 12 3/8 "

Color Field Notes ca. 2008. Polly Apfelbaum, American born 1955. Comprised of 8 woodblock prints and 1 screenprint (color compass). Each print 20.25" X 20.25". The portfolio printed on handmade Japanese paper.

Secretaire a Abattant, Franco/German, Louis XV (mid 18th century). Tulipwood, and kingwood, stained sycamore parquetry and marquetry. H.5'.75", W. 3' 4.5", D. 1' 2". Bombe form with moulded marble top above a frieze drawer inlaid with scrolling foliage and flowers (and concealing a secret drawer). The top half drops down to reveal a leather lined writing desk. The entire surface is inlaid with floral sprays and intersecting roundels enclosing carnations, peonies and various other flowers.




Evening Dress, ca. 1953, Norman Hartnell (English 1901–1979) Royal Warrant as Dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth II. Beaded, silk “crinoline” evening gowns became Norman Hartnell’s hallmark. He was at the peak of his career in the mid 1950s when he designed this dress. Featuring a “flamboyant”, beaded pink flower over each breast, it would have been considered rather daring at the time.

Hair Ornament, ca. 1904. Louis Comfort Tiffany, American 1848-1933. Silver, enamel black and pink opals, demantoid garnets.

8.15–8.19.11
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Talisman of Power Cuff, ca. 1990s. Chrysocola and vermeil. Tony Duquette, American 1914–1999. Native of Los Angeles, California and an internationally acclaimed artist and designer.

The inspiration wall of Jean Cocteau

Limewood Carving, ca. 1690. Grinling Gibbons (artist/carver), English. This wooden cravat is carved in imitation of Venetian needlepoint lace and is life size. It was made to demonstrate the carver's skill. Similar cravats appear in architectural decorative schemes associated with Gibbons. This piece was probably made to show and impress potential patrons.

Swan Neck Bottle, Iran ca. 1800–1875. Blue glass, free-blown, applied foot, spiral ribbed writhing at the neck. H. 31.4 cm. W. 10.8 cm.

Hand Reliquary, Belgium, 13th Century. Silver parcel gilt. Container for displaying precious relics, consisting of the bones and possessions associated with Christ and the saints. In the Middle Ages these relics were thought to have miraculous powers and were greatly venerated. The faithful believed that by praying, and by touching a reliquary, they would receive protection against sickness and ill fortune.





8.8–8.12.11
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Head of a monkey, life sized. Cast Bronze. Florence, Italy second half of the sixteenth century. Attributed to Giambologna.

Salvador Dali, Spanish artist, 1904–1989. Tiles ca. 1954. Glazed earthenware 20 cm x 20 cm each.
Produced by MPG; Onda Spain.

Lonely Metropolitan, Self Portrait, ca. 1932. Herbert Bayer (1900–1985), Austrian graphic designer, painter, photographer, sculptor, art director, environmental & interior designer and architect, and was widely recognized as the last living member of the Bauhaus.





Hat, Hattie Carnegie (American, 1889–1956). ca. 1940. Wool, Feathers, Silk.

Copper Figure of Vasudhara, Nepal ca. 13th Century. Vasudhara is the Buddist goddess of weath, good fortune and fertility. She is one of the most popular deities of Nepal, invoked for riches, offspring and abundant crops.

8.1–8.5.11
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On August 1st in 1936 Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent was born in Oran, then known as French Algeria.

Leaf of calligraphy, early 19th century Iran, Signed: Muhammad Shafic known as Vesal. Ink, colors, and gold on paper.

Clappers, a percussion instrument from prehistoric times, ancestor of the castanet. These carved from a single hippopotamus tusk sawn in two down the middle, fashioned in the form of a pair of human hands and forearms. Five incised lines around each wrist undoubtedly represent bracelets. A hole in each of the upper forearms allows for a cord to hold the two clappers together.





Shoe made of leather and plastic. Designed by Katharina Denzinger (dates unknown) for Herbert Levine, Inc. American.

Pair of Sake Bottles, Japan (Momoyama period, late 16th Century) Gold on black lacquer.

7.25.11–7.29.11
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Sundial with Compass. French, ca. 1680–1700. On the back of this object are engraved the geographical latitudes of 30 towns, mostly French. They helped the traveller calibrate the sundial. This type of sundial was invented by the English instrument maker Michael Butterfield working in Paris around 1700. A contemporary German travellers' guide recommended the use of sundials, as the chiming of other clocks might attract thieves.

Diptych Compass and Sundial Gilt-brass, etched and engraved, ca. 1581, Augsburg Germany. (Closed) L.9.6 cm H. 1.8 cm. Portable sundials enabled travellers to predict the time while on the road. The ‘diptych’ dial, with two leaves hinged together, was one of the most common forms. This dial has the hours of the day engraved on both leaves and a compass inserted on the lower leaf. Diptych dials were produced in Nuremberg, southern Germany, rom the early 16th century by specialist compass makers.






Tell-Tale Compass, Danish, ca. 1800. 6" in diameter. Brass mounted and engraved glass hanging compass. A Tell-Tale compass is an upturned compass, suspended from the ceiling of a ship’s cabin allowing a captain or other officer to check the course of a ship without going to the deck.

The Istanbul Observatory, painting from Shahinshah-nama (History of the King of Kings), an epic poem by 'Ala ad-Din Mansur-Shirazi written in honor of Saltan Murad III who reigned 1574-95.

Star Chart, American. Created by the United States Air Force. Plastic disc with clear plastic sleeve. Star charts like this one were used by the astronauts in the Mercury or Gemini program to assitst in the navigation. Although primary navigation was handled by ground equipment,and by the on-board comouter for Gemini, this chart served as an additional reference. Itr showed the track of a spacecraft, and the stars in each hemisphere that an astonaut would see during an orbit.

7.18–7.22.11
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Dagobert Peche (Austrian, 1887–1923). Jewel Box, ca. 1920 made of gilded silver. Manufactured by Wiener Werkstatte

Earthenware Vessel, Mexico ca. 1600–1700. 28cm x 28cm. Highly-polished earthenware vessels from Tonalá, in the Mexican state of Jalisco, were not only admired by the colonial settlers but exported to Europe in quantities from the early 17th century. The fashion for bùcaros de Indias (aromatic earthenware from Latin America) is well recorded in accounts and Spanish still-life paintings of the period. The vessels were celebrated for their fine and fragrant clay body, which infused a delicate flavour to the water contained within them. Fashionable Spanish ladies were known to eat small f ragments of the bùcaros to benefit from certain gastronomic qualities.




Dress Ornament, ca. 1923. Georges Fouquet, French 1862–1957 Jade, onyx, diamonds, enamel, platinum. H. 87/8" w. 33/4"

Louis Sullivan, Architect, American 1856–1924. Frieze Panel Banquet Room Schiller Theater Building, Chicago, Illinois. c. 1891–93. Gold, silver, and bronze paint on reconstructed plaster. 99 cm x 78.2 cm x 4 cm.

Painting, A Woman, possibly a Nun of San Secondo. Jacometto Veneziano, Italian active in Venice 1472–1497.

7.11–7.15.11

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Porcelain plate, Russia ca. 1920. Designed by Zinaida Viktorovna Kobyletskaya painter and decorative artist (1880-1957). Inscription reads: “We will turn the whole world into a blossoming garden”

JAR, Paris. Zebra brooch 1997. Banded agate, diamonds; silver and gold. JAR, born Joel Arthur Rosenthal in 1948, he graduated from Harvard in 1966, then moved to Paris, where he met his partner and business associate, Pierre Jeannet, a Swiss psychiatrist. Craftsmen in Switzerland and France turn out his creations, producing only 70 to 80 pieces a year. Each piece is a one of a kind and many designed with a particular buyer in mind.

Desk Vienna, c. 1903. Designed by Kolo Moser, Austrian. Veneered in thuya wood, inlaid with satinwood and brass, engraved and inked, on a deal carcase, with mahogany interior, oak drawer linings, other woods, including lime, spruce, alder, plane and elm, and gilt metal feet.

Ring, French ca. 1793, stamped and applied silver. During the French Revolution, Jean-Paul Marat (1743–93) and Louis-Michel Lepelletier de St Fargeau (1760–93) were both assassinated. This ring was a mass produced souvenir made for Revolutionary supporters to commemorate them both. Happy Bastille Day!

Paper Coat, ca. 1967 (probably American made). Paper dresses and in this case, coats) were a brief but spectacular 1960s sensation. They were cheap, and the simple 2-D shape was ideal for the bold graphic prints that were so fashionable. Paper manufacturers in the USA predicted that disposable clothing would transform the clothing industry, but in practice, most paper garments creased and tore too easily. Fashion in conventional fabrics were changing every week, and were at affordable prices too. Soon the novelty of paper dresses wore off.....and look what we have in their place.......




7.4–7.8.11

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A diamond, ruby and sapphire mask. Harry Winston maker. Made for the Dallas Museum’s “Masque des Beaux Arts” which took place in Palm Springs in 1991.

Babe Paley, age 43, in her suite at the St. Regis, decorated by Billy Baldwin and photographed by Lord Snowdon in 1958. Mrs. Paley is wearing a pair of “black and white” pearl bracelets and a pearl and diamond necklace, both designed for her by Fulco Verdura. July 15th is the birth date (1915) of Babe Paley.

Doll’s House, English 1930s produced by Lines Bros. as part of their “Ultra Modern Dolls Houses” series.

Celestial Globe with Clockwork, Austrian, 16th c. This globe houses a movement made by the imperial clockmaker. The movement rotated in the celestial sphere and drove a small image of the sun along the path of the ecliptic. The hour was indicated on a dial mounted at the top of the globe's axis and the day of the year appeared on a calendar rotating in the instrument's horizon ring.




Pierre Legrain, French, 1889–1929. Stool, ca. 1925. Rosewood, H 12" D. 9 3/4"

6.27–7.1.11

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Photograph, 1995. Niels Strumm, Dutch born 1969.

The charm bracelet of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Gerhard Behrend patent drawings and finished Coffee Maker, 1914. Produced by Silex. Borosilicate glass and metal, Overall: 14 3/8 x 4 1/4 x 6"

Sugar Nippers, English ca. 1750. Made of Chased silver. W. 4.4 cm, L. 13.02 cm. Sugar nippers or nips were made from the early 18th century. The sharp-edged bowl helps to cut or ‘nip’ sugar from the large, irregularly shaped loaves sugar was sold in. Sugar nippers generally have a scissor-like shape rather than the later U-shaped sugar tongs. They were often supplied with a set of tea spoons or as part of a boxed set containing caddies, spoons and nippers.




Avalon Vase c. 1927. René Lalique, French 1860–1945. In the 1920s Lalique became famous for his work in the Art Deco. July 2nd, 2011 marks the opening of the Musee Lalique in the small town of Wingen Sur Moder in the historic glass-making region of Alsace.

6.20–6.24.11

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A late Louis XIV marquetry bureau-plat By Renaud Gaudron, circa 1710. exemplifies this type with its overall floral marquetry, What is unusual about this desk is the use of cabriole legs, square or turned legs being more common. His use of fleur-de-lys is well known, but only for his best, though not longest-standing client, Louis XIV.

Rowel Spur Made of steel chiseled and pricked. English. c. 1600-1700. At a time when people traveled long distances on horseback, spurs were an important and necessary accessory. They were designed to fit round the heel of a boot and were held by a strap and buckle which passed over the foot. The revolving spiked wheel that pressed into the flanks of a horse was known as a rowel. It was first developed in the late Middle Ages.



Queen Mother Pendant Mask. Nigeria court of Benin, 16th Century. A prestige object worn by the king on ceremonial occasions and the portrait of an important historical figure at the court of Benin. The preciousness of the material and the refinement of the carving indicate that it was created by the exclusive guild of royal ivory carvers for the king.

Charles James, British born, American 1906-1978. Considered America's first couturier—a master of cutting and structure, as shown here in this anatomy of a dress. Four Leaf Clover gown, c. 1953

Microscope, Simon Plossl Vienna ca. 1835, Brass and Optical glass.

6.13–6.17.11

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German Board Game, c.1825. “Le Grand Terme ou Le Jeu des Temps” The Game of Human Life, (Continental version) showing the ages of man. The starting point is a clock face numbered 1 and entitled Temporellite (temporary) and the finishing point is number 33, Eternity. Some of the squares require the receiving or paying of a token and some send the player forwards or backwards. The game would be played with dice and use a kitty. The player going out on the number 33 would win the kitty.



Designed by Peter Murdoch, English. Dot chair for a child. Made from one piece of folded polyurethane-coated paper in 1965.

Hand of Justice from the King of France 12th-13th C. Bracelet made in 1804. Gold, Silver, Gold Leaf, Pearl, Rubies, Turquoise. Hand, Ivory. H 39.2 cm

Mondrian Hat c. 1962. Wool and silk. Sally Victor, American 1905-1977.

Leda and the swan, Pompeii. Pompeii was rediscovered in 1748. When scholars made the journey to Naples and reported on the findings, the imagination of Europe was ignited. Suddenly, the classical world was in vogue. Philosophy, art, architecture, literature, and even fashion drew upon the discoveries of Pompeii and Herculaneum for inspiration; the Neoclassical movement was underway.




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6.6–6.10.11

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French, c. 1862. Coffee pot and cover in the form of the head of an elephant. Porcelain with pâte-sur-pâte decoration and gilt. Sèvres porcelain factory (maker) Louis Marc Emmanuel (designer). H. 19.7 cm W. 16.6 cm.

Jordan Askill, Australian b. 1980. Horse Wave, a hand carved scupture made from resin, nylon and copper to mimic black jade and white ceramic. Imagined as a jewelry “box” this piece opens through its center (note the hinges in back) to reveal tiny shelves on which to display jewelry. Aproximately 15" H. I have seen this in person, it is an extraordinary object.

Snake Necklace, English c. 1835. Silver and gold, pavé—set with turquoises, with rubies, pearls and brilliant-cut diamonds. H. 14 cm, W. 13 cm, D. 1.4 cm. Turquoise was used in profusion in jewelry of the 19th century. The motif of the snake swallowing its tail is often found in turquoise jewelry. This ancient symbol symbolized eternity was often used as a token of love. It was also traditionally believed to protect its wearer from danger.



Pelagio Palagi, Italian (1775–1860) Neoclassical Mahogany Console Table C. 1830. 40 ¼ ” x 61” x 23 5/8” Known as a highly successful and versatile Draughtsman, Interior Designer and Furniture Designer, Pagali is also known as the last great ornamentalist. He was a passionate collector of objects from all periods which he bequeathed to the city of Bologna, and can now be viewed at the Museo Civico Archeologico.

Sallet (a light medieval helmet, usually with a vision slit or a movable visor) in the shape of a lion’s head. Italian, c. 1470–80. Steel, copper-gilt, glass, polychromy.

5.30–6.3.11

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An assortment of carved chair backs, 19th Century German

Printed Hide Shirt, Great Lakes Region (first half of the 18th Century) Soft, tanned hide of extreme thinness with finely cut fringe along arms, wrists, sides, bottom and V neck. The V neck accentuated by red lines coming down from shoulders.

Photograph, 1956. Marilyn Monroe Blowing Out Candle on 30th Birthday Cake. Today, June 1 is the birthdate of Marilyn Monroe.

Antelope Bracelet, Van Cleef & Arpels 1974. Gold and buffalo horn.

“Parabaik” (folding manuscript) Burma (1752–1885) Sumptuary laws were strictly observed at the Court of the Konbaung Kings—the last dynasty to rule in Burma. Court manuals documented and prescribed the appropriate dress and ornament for different ranks of officials to wear for particular ceremonies. This one illustrates and describes the costumes and paraphernalia allowed to court by provincial officials and their wives for a royal celebration at the King's Palace at Mandalay in 1880.



5.23.–5.27.11

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Snuff Parfum for men, created by Elsa Schiaparelli in 1940. The pipe bottle design was inspired by the French surrealist artist Rene Magritte. The glass pipe bottle measures 5.5", the box designed as a cigar box is 7" x 4" x 2".

Louis XVI Marquetry Commode, Eastern France C. 1790. 40” x 34” x 22”. Veneered in fruitwood ebony and satinwood. Then, inlaid with Masonic and Architectural symbols executed in mother of pearl. The drawer pulls are cast bronze right angles and drawing dividers.

Edith Head, Costume Designer. American 1897–1981. Necklace made of Victorian theater tickets encassed in gold rims and hung on a gold link chain like charms. This necklace (designed by her) was from her personal collection, and bequeathed to Elizabeth Taylor when she passed away in 1981.

Gold Cup, Greek—Early Hellandic II, circa 2700–2500 B.C. The function of cups like this is not certain, but experts believe they were most likely used as drinking cups, likened to fine table wares of their age.

“Wee Lassie” Canoe. American, built in 1883 by J. Henry Rushton boat builder Canton, New York. Length: 10' 6", Beam: 27", Weight: 20 lbs Christened with the name “Wee Lassie” by its owner, 19th century writer George Washington Sears. The name stuck and has become almost a generic term for small canoes up to this day. This model has been copied in all sorts of modern and traditional materials. This entry heralds the start of summer.




5.16–5.20.11

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After annexing Portugal in 1580, Spain gained a monopoly of trade in Indian ivory and ebony, the most luxurious furniture-making materials then available. By the 1590s cabinets with ebony veneers and engraved ivory plaques were the height of fashion in Spain. The best examples were made in Italy at Naples This cabinet has a large number of drawers and compartments (77 altogether), some ingeniously hidden and used for concealing small valuables and documents.

Standard Oil building, 26 Broadway, NYC. Originally built in 1885 by architect F.H. Kimball. Renaissance-inspired limestone skyscraper, corporate headquarters for Standard Oil Trust, founded by John D. Rockefeller. Following the breakup of the Standard Oil in 1911 due to anti-trust laws the building was extensively overhauled (1921–1928) by Thomas Hastings. A 480-foot high pyramidal tower capped by a bronze brazier, squared to the grid of the uptown streets.

"Why don't you take your old childhood coral beads and have them done up into big pins of flower designs or bracelets, studding the hole.........with gold or a tiny diamond?"—Diana Vreeland.

Shown here, a star shaped coral brooch Vreeland had made from a necklace that had been her mother’s.

Illustration for an Extraordinaire, named and created by Marie Antoine Carême, French 1784–1833. Known as the “King of Chefs, and the Chef of Kings.” Carême gained fame in Paris for his elaborate constructions used as centerpieces, he made these confections, (which were sometimes several feet high), entirely out of foodstuffs such as sugar, marzipan, and pastry. He modeled them on temples, pyramids, and ancient ruins, taking ideas from architectural history books.




Michael Eden, British born 1955. The Mnemosyne 2011 —a box for memories, W:18.6 cm H:14.6 cm D:18.6 cm. Made by Additive Layer Manufacturing from a high quality nylon material with unique mineral soft coating. When scanned with a Smartphone barcode reader App, the viewer is connected to a website where stories can be told, memories stored, sounds locked away.

5.9–5.13.11

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Patinated Bronze Armchair, ca. 1919–1920. Armand Albert Rateau, French (1882-1938). This chair was part of a commission for a private client’s indoor pool in their Manhattan Mansion. Rateau also collaborated with Jeanne Lanvin (1920–25) producing a body of work of rare creativity.

“Let me not forget the use of my own hands, that of a craftsman with eyes…that reflect the technology around me.” –Alexander McQueen, Prosthetic Leg No. 13, Spring/Summer 1999, carved elm wood.

Navigational Chart (AKA Rebbilib), Marshallese, Republic of the Marshall Islands. Late 19th–early 20th C. Made from Coconut Midrib and fiber these charts were constructed to determine a system of piloting and navigation. They marked not only the locations of the islands, but swell and wave patterns as well.

Pietro Longhi, Italian (1702–1785) Longhi was known for painting subjects and events of everyday life in Venice. The gallant interior scenes reflect the 18th century’s turn towards the private and the bourgeois. He is sometimes referred to as the Venitian Hogarth. Shown here: Exhibition of a Rhinoceros at Venice. Canvas 23 3/4” x 18 1/2”




Photograph, Paul Outerbridge Jr. American, 1896–1958. Butterfly Abstraction, ca. 1929.

5.2–5.6.11

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Ai Weiwei, Chinese artist and activist born 1957. Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads. A public sculpture inspired by a fountain-clock designed by two European Jesuits at the behest of emperor Qianlong in the 18th century. The 12 heads on Ai Weiwei’s piece are
cast bronze and positioned on bronze bases. Each head weighs approximately 800 pounds and measures approximately four feet high and three feet wide. The head and base together measure ten feet high.



Herter Brothers (1864–1906), Library Table c. 1882. Rosewood, brass, mother of pearl. 31 ¼” x 60” x 35 ¾ " During the late nineteenth century Herter Brothers, the New York firm of the German-born brothers Gustave and Christian Herter, was the leading cabinet- making and decorating firm in the United States. Their work was in great demand by the most affluent clients of this opulent era.

Photograph—Angus McBean, Welsh 1904–1990. Audrey Hepburn, 1950. Today May 4th is the birthdate of Audrey Hepburn.

Christian Berard, (also known as Bébé) French 1902–1949. Artist, fashion illustrator and designer. Shown here rendering for set of Cyrano De Bergerac the opera which was performed at Opéra Comique in Paris in 1938.

Writing Set. Mughal c. 1700. White nephrite jade and embellished with diamonds, rubies and emeralds set in gold.

4.25–4.29.11 (Royal Jubilee Week)flag

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Printed linen furnishing fabric, England 1925

Fan, English 1800-1825. Wood decorated with penwork—A technique that involves the decoration of a wooden surface, with decorations to imitate oriental lacquer. Details were added in black India ink or white paint with a fine quill pen before a protective varnish was applied. These fans were used to shield the face from the heat of a fire.

Wig/Headpiece for the 1950 production of The Nutcracker, Stoll Theater, London. Stanley Hall of Wig Creations Ltd. wig maker. Artificial pearls, artificial jewels, diamanté and wire cellophane, net and wire. This headdress was a perfect evocation of a snow fairy—the diamanté crown set on a wig of opalescent cellophane under stage lights suggested cold and frost.



(Lady) Elizabeth Templeton (designer) 1747-1843, Wedgewood (maker), made 1790-1800. Vase, 14.5" tall. Templeton was considered an "amateur" artist. Although Wedgewood acknowledged her 'exquisite taste' and 'charming groups' It is thought that he probably really asked her for designs in the hope that they would appeal to female taste....................

Illustration for hanging signage for The Crown Inn, c.1750, Artist Unknown.

Pencil and Oil color on Whatman paper. 35.5 cm x 25.5 cm

4.18–4.22.11

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Head of Man, Egypt, circa 1st Century B.C. made of Black Marble.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe—Although Goethe was one of the key figures of German literature in late 18th Cent. And early 19th cent. He also explored color theory for more then 40 years. Featured here is a Screen/Table for the theory of colors used in demonstrations and lectures given by Goethe.

Madeleine Vionnet, French (1876-1975). Muslin pattern for sky-blue crepe dress with no sleeve and draped neck, January 1935.

"When a woman smiles, then her dress should smile too."—MV

Toothpick, English, c.1620— An enameled gold arm set with a ruby holds a curved sickle for picking teeth. At the other end it has a "death's-head" finial (someone had a good sense of humor) Length: 3.8 cm, Depth: 0.6 cm, Width (across sickle): 1.2 cm.

Burle Marx, Brazilian Landscape Architect, 1909-1994. Copacabana Beach, his most significant design for Rio de Janeiro, done in 1971. Shown here is a photograph of the beach as well as one of his amazing plan drawings. The pavement is a modern abstract interpretation of a traditional Portuguese paving pattern using waves of black and white stone sets.



4.11–4.15.11

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Skirt Panel French, ca. 1840. This front panel of a wide crinoline skirt, typify the high quality which was often achieved.

Wine Glass, 1910–11 Blown Glass, enamel and acid etched, H. 71/4”. A collaboration between Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel (German, 1881–1965), who designed the frieze of monkeys and fruit-laden vines, and Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, 1870–1956), who designed the form. This piece was produced by Lobmeyr (Austrian, est. 1823).

Kahn Shatyr, developed by Foster + Partners Architects to be a centerpiece for the new capital city of Astana, Kazakhstan. The name means “King of Tents”, which in some sense it is as it is the largest tent like structure in the world. The transparency and scale of the tent stands out in the skyline like a beacon, changing colors at night and streaming in natural light during the day.



Paul Flato, American 1900–1998. Aquamarine and Ruby Belt Necklace, the buckle of which was designed by Fulco Vedura for Paul Flato, ca. 1935. Originally purchased by Cole Porter for his wife Linda.

Piero Fornasetti, Designer of Dreams, Self portrait—India ink on wet paper. 1940s

4.4–4.8.11

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Small closet for linens, Pierre Chareau, 1883–1950. French architect and designer, credited for building the first house in France made of steel and glass, the Maison de Verre. This linen cabinet is Mahogany (outside) and sycamore (inside) with hand forged metal fittings. The entire piece made by hand. Ca. 1927

Slender flask with handle, Egyptian 1400–1295 B.C. (yes, that is B.C.). Glass. H. 67/8”. Tomb scenes suggest that vessels such as this were used for dispensing perfumed ointments to guests at banquets.

The coat of arms of Hendrik, Prince of the Netherlands Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, ca 1901–1907. Polychrome painted cast-iron plaque with a lion and a griffin rampant holding the armorial shield. H. 152 cm. W. 150 cm.

Carlo Mollino, Italian 1907–1973 A leading figure in Italian design in the middle decades of the 20th century. Pictured here prototype lamp with double spiral shade in celluloid. 1946, 2 pieces produced.

Pair of gloves, English 17th Century. White leather, with gauntlet tapestry woven in silk and gold. Gloves in the 16th and early 17th centuries were much more than just an accessory to the fashionables. The wearing or carrying of gloves by either sex was a conspicuous mark of rank and ostentation. They were worn in the hat or belt, as well as carried in the hand.




3.28–4.1.11

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Line Vautrin, Poet of Metals—French 1913–1997. Bronze and Gold compact representing the phrase, “Too tender man has bitter remorse.”

David Seidner Photographer, American 1957–1999. Portrait of Louise Neri 1999.

Armchair, English, ca.1754. Designed by John Linnell for the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort. The form of this chair with its rectilinear back and arms filled with Chinese fretwork remained popular until the 1770s.

Thomas Chippendale included designs for Chinese chairs in his Director, first published in 1754.

Steven Harris Architects— Staircase in a historic Renwick townhouse on West 10th Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village.

Originally designed in 1856 by James Renwick, the architect of the Smithsonian, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Grace Church, the house was renovated in 2008 by the Tribeca-based firm Steven Harris Architects.



Plate commemorating the Battle of Leipzig (1813) produced by KPM (Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin) was founded in 1763 by Frederick II of Prussia (Frederick the Great) who jokingly referred to himself as his own “best customer.” Frederick fell under the spell of the Rococo style during his life; a culmination of this artistic style can be seen in his castles.

3.21–3.25.11

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The History of Navigation Mural Designed by Jean Dupas,1934 for the S.S. Normandie first class salon. Made up of 56 panels, reverse-painted gilded glass painted in black and varying pastel colors and applied to the back of plate-glass panels. Gold, silver and palladium leaf were then laid atop the paint and sealed into place with a canvas backing.

Citroën DS produced by the French manufacturer Citroën between 1955 and 1975. Styled by Italian sculptor and industrial designer Flaminio Bertoni and the French aeronautical engineer André Lefèbvre, the DS was known for its aerodynamic futuristic body design and innovative technology, including a hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension.

Gio Ponti (1891–1979) Italian architect and designer. In 1923 Gio Ponti became art director for the ceramics manufacturer Richard Ginori, the relationship lasted up until 1930. This pair of hands was designed and produced in 1925. White porcelain with gold glaze. H. 34cm.

Johann Evangelist Scheffer von Leonhardshoff, Austrian, 1795–1822 Self Portrait ca. 1809 . 37.1 cm x 28.8 cm Pencil and Charcoal

Charles Heathcole Tatham, 1772–1842 English Architect. Tatham spent time in Italy where he made a study of antique remains and ornament. He later published his studies as Etchings of Ancient Ornamental Architecture and Etchings Representing Fragments of Grecian and Roman Ornaments Pictured here a stool he designed ca.1800. Beech wood painted to imitate marble.




3.14–3.18.11

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Denham Maclaren, English ca1930. Maclaren designed only a relatively small quantity of furniture from the late 1920s to the end of the 1930s, he of all British designers best captured the spirit of contemporary European modernism. This chair makes innovative use of industrial glass and metal fittings as well as the choice of zebra skin upholstery. The use of zebra added an exotic, even Surrealist, touch.

Bernardino Butinone (active 1484-1507) The Christ Child Disputing with the Doctors. Oil on wood 25.1 x 22.3 cm

Pair of Eyes, Probably Greek, 5th Century B.C. Greek and Roman statues were designed to give a colorful life-like impression. Marble and wood sculptures were brightly painted, and bronze statues were originally a pale flesh-like brown. Lips and nipples were often inlaid with copper, and teeth with silver. Eyes were usually made separately and set into prepared sockets. This pair is made of bronze, marble, quartz and volcanic glass




Mirror, Irish 1780-1790. The form of this mirror-chandelier consists of a candelabrum without base, mounted onto a mirror backing to increase the brilliance of the illumination offering excellent lighting characteristics, as well as the elegance of the ‘Adam’ style. This object represents the successful combination of Irish glass-making, British design and probably German glass-cutting, the contribution of John D. Ayckbowm.

Photograph, Loretta Lux (born 1969) Dresden, East Germany. The Drummer 2004

3.7–3.11.11

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Florence Broadhurst Wallpaper, hand printed strike-off for French Fountains. Broadhurst was born in rural Queensland, Australia in 1899, died (murdered) in 1977. Broadhurst lived and worked in Australia, Asia, and England.

Seaman Schepps, Stork Brooch Baroque pearl, emeralds, sapphires, rubies and diamonds delivering a diamond baby. 1960

Mummy Portrait/Roman Egypt. Portrait of elderly woman. Tempera on wood. 140-60 AD.
31 cm x 18.5 cm

Venetian Baroque Gilt Wood Corner Display Cabinet, 18th Century. Carved in high relief with vines and engraved with scrolls in polished gold against matted gold ground. Gilded vines entering inside of cabinet through ottom, and “supporting” small circular pedestals used for display.



Chinese Robe, 1600 Silk Tapestry, Kesi (“cut silk,” deriving from the visual illusion of cut threads that is created by distinct, unblended areas of color)

2.28–3.4.11

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Mystery Clock, Cartier 1931. Invented in 1850 by Robert Houdin, mystery clocks have hands that look like they magically move in the center of a translucent dial, making the mystery of time truly impalpable.


Cameo Ring, Italy ca. 1760. Maker: Giovanni Pichler. Based on the Greek gem engraver (1st Century) Philemon.

Mughal painting, 1698. Rana Amar Singh ll at important worship. (ruled 1698–1710) 51.3 cm x 39 cm.

Rain Spout, Germany 1600–1700 Copper and iron, gilded 800x500x1070 mm

Greek kantharos (Greek κάνθαρος) is a type of Greek pottery used for drinking, ca. 480-470 b.c. Terracotta 14.9 cm

2.21–2.25.11

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Folded Napkin Centerpiece. The history of the art of folding goes back to Antiquity. Popular in Europe during the 18th Century. The main materials used were parchment, paper and fabric. The example above was a centerpiece used as part of a royal table setting. 18th Century Austria

Small chest with design of Plovers in Marsh. Make—
I and Raden. L. 31cm
H 29.7cm W 40.2 cm Fujiwara period (898 -1185.)

Gio Ponti (1891-1979) Velvet fabric for the manufacturer Jsa of Busto Arsizio, 1970.

Eye portraits are considered to have their genesis in the late 18th Century when the Prince of Wales (to become George IV ) had one made for his secret lover, (Mrs. Fitzherbert). Ao they would have “anonymous” love tokens. They caught on and remained popular from the1790’s through to about 1825 or a bit later. Brooch 2.5 x 2.2 cm

Florine Stettheimer, American 1871-1944 Cathedrals of Wall Street, Oil on canvas 60” x 50”, 1939




2.14–2.18.11

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Bronzino (1503-1572) An Allegory with Venus and Cupid. Wood 146.1 x 116.2cm

Fish shaped flask, glass 1st Century A.D. Afghanistan.

Bizarre Silk-Popular in Europe in the early 18th Century. Panels contained eccentric elements mixed with more conventional ones creating wacky but elegant results.

Gene Moore, window display for Tiffany , 1963.

Municipal Building (at Chambers and Center Sts. Manhattan. McKim, Mead & White 1907-14. This building was the firm’s first skyscraper. Designed by William Mitchell Kendall






2.7–2.11.11

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Ranftbecher (beaker/glass) Vienna 1820/30 designed by Anton Kothgasser. H. 11cm

 

The swimming Pool of Baron Robert de Rothchild at 23 Avenue de Marigny. 1929, Architecture by Jean-Charles Moreux.

 

Calligraphy, Ghani Alani. Born in Baghdad, living in France— “calligraphy is an art, one which is part of the soul of Arab civilization”

19th Century Necklace, India. Emeralds 291.59 carats.

 

 

Photograph, Peter Bialobrzeski (born 1961, Germany) Shanghai, 2001

 

1.31–2.4.11

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Detail of sword designed by Jean Cocteau for Cartier in 1955. Cocteau built his design around Orpheus, whose profile make up the hand guard and whose lyre crowns the pommel.

 

 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe—Although Goethe was one of the key figures of German literature in the late 18th century and early 19th century he also explored color theory for more then 40 years. Featured here a diagram from his book “Theory of Colors”.

 

Shari Mendelson—Vessel with Pink Foot, plastic from discarded bottles, hot glue, "magic-sculpt", paint, 12"x16"x14", 2010

Mary Delany, “Pancratium Maritinum”, 1778 collage of colored papers, with bodycolor and watercolor 13¾”x 8¼—British Museum

Porter's Chair. Used in medieval England and later France. Placed by the front door of an estate or home for use by a gatekeeper servant who was in charge of screening guests and visitors. Since there were often cold breezes near a front door, the chair was designed to envelop and keep the servant relatively warm in his task of remaining at the door for long periods.

 

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Fiance Boar Tureen and Cover, Circa 1751-1758. Modeled life size, the neck and lower mouth forming the tureen, the head forming the cover. Height 10”, Length 17”

Maria Jujol, Staircase at Can Negre. Sant Joan Despi near Barcelona. Rebuilt 1915-1930

Boot buckles, 1st Cent. A.D.
gold, turquoise,carnelian,
Diam. 5.5cm, H 1.1 cm,
thought to be from Far East

Photograph, 24. Pierre Dubreuil, L’Instrument des Parques, c 1932

Wall of plaster cast take-out coffee cup lids from Ini Ani (East Village coffee shop). Image; Re-Crafted by MarcKristal