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June 6, 2006 | By Peter Dobrin INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has hired an associate curator of American crafts and decorative arts - a new position funded by a previously announced $5 million endowment gift from Robert L. McNeil Jr. Elisabeth R. Agro, 39, currently associate curator in the decorative-arts department of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Art, will begin Oct. 1 in the new job, the Nancy M. McNeil associate curator of American modern and contemporary crafts and...
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May 20, 2011 | By David Iams, For The Inquirer
  Two area auction houses that regularly offer appraisals on Antiques Roadshow - Noel Barrett, known for toys, and Freeman's, known for fine furniture and decorative arts - will have major sales in the next few days. Barrett's sale, "Something for Everyone," beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Eagle Fire Hall in New Hope, will offer more than 700 lots of holiday items, antique games, clockwork toys, and salesmen's samples. The sale is also being carried online at www.liveauctioneers.com . One of the earliest lots - and a top piece in the auction - is an early-20th-century clockwork Halloween Vegetable Man improbably made of papier-mache.
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April 16, 1988 | By David Iams, Inquirer Staff Writer
Judging from yesterday's opening session of the two-day sale at the Fine Arts Co. of Philadelphia, prices at today's session, featuring decorative arts, furniture, and carpets, should do better than the catalogue price estimates. Silver in particular "took off" yesterday, according to James Buckley, Fine Arts' vice president. To be sure, some of the price estimates in the $10 catalogue seemed low. But Buckley, noting that the silver commodity market is not particularly strong, suggested that buyers were particularly interested in the repousse patterns offered yesterday.
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August 30, 1992 | By Edward J. Sozanski, INQUIRER ART CRITIC
Fourteen hundred and ninety-two was a big year in Spain. Christopher Columbus bumped into the West Indies, and after nearly eight centuries of uneasy coexistence, the Christians expelled the Muslims from their last foothold on the Iberian peninsula. Most of this year's quincentennial observances have focused on Columbus' voyage, since it resulted in the colonization of the Americas by Europeans and ultimately in the creation of our republic. Instead of adopting a Eurocentric viewpoint, the Metropolitan Museum of Art decided to mark the anniversary by examining the impact of Islamic culture on Spain, the only nation in Western Europe where Islam became rooted.
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October 20, 2012 | By David Iams, For The Inquirer
Rago Arts & Auction Center's three-day sale next weekend in Lambertville of 20th- and 21st-century furnishings and decorative arts will feature a previously announced consignment of items from the Colorado ranch of Christopher Forbes, son of the late Malcolm Forbes. It is one of three auctions this weekend and next offering items of unusual interest. The Forbes collection will be offered Oct. 27 at the second session of the 1,650-lot sale, which David Rago calls "the greatest collection of property we've offered in the last four years.
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April 6, 1989 | By Lita Solis-Cohen, Special to The Inquirer
For the third time in as many decades, the American Wing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art has a new design, one that celebrates the craftsmen of colonial and Federal Philadelphia and replaces a rabbit warren of congested dark galleries with open, flowing, well-lighted spaces. The reinstalled galleries, which will open tomorrow after being closed for two months, is Beatrice Garvan's last major project for the museum she has served for 23 years as curator of decorative arts. Garvan, who will retire in June, said she had felt for the last eight or 10 years that the museum had not done justice to American decorative arts.
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July 25, 2016
Beth Kephart is the author, most recently, of "This Is the Story of You," a Jersey Shore storm novel Elisabeth Agro, the Nancy M. McNeil associate curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is talking about joy. Or that's what I hear, as I sit with her in her book-crammed office at the Perelman building. That's what I experience as she winds me through locked doors, past orderly offices, toward the doll-size replica of her gallery, where upcoming exhibitions are designed.
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March 18, 2012 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
The CIA couldn't do a better stealth job than the Barnes Foundation. With the new Barnes museum set to open in mere weeks, the foundation appears to have carried out much of the complex job - almost industrial in its scale, but oh so delicate in its handling - of packing up and moving billions of dollars in art objects from the suburban Main Line to a new home on the Parkway. Like any proper covert operation, this one is being undertaken on a need-to-know basis, and those in the know aren't talking.
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November 29, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
WENDELL D. GARRETT, a historian and authority on American decorative arts who was widely known for his appearances as an appraiser on the long-running PBS series "Antiques Roadshow," has died. He was 83. Garrett died Nov. 14 of natural causes at a hospice facility in Williston, Vt., where he had moved recently from Manhattan. His former wife, Elisabeth Garrett Widmer, confirmed his death Monday. Known for his broad expertise, courtly manner and delight in sharing knowledge, Garrett appeared on every season of the American version of "Antiques Roadshow" since its launch in 1997.
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May 20, 1986 | By NELS NELSON, Daily News Staff Writer
The celebrated art collection of Henry P. McIlhenny, who died May 11 at age 75, will repose in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, museum officials have announced. The bequest includes noted works by Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Delacroix, Ingres, Corot, Vuillard, Rouault and other 19th- and 20th-century painters. It also includes important works by mid-Victorian English painters and a broad range of decorative arts of great distinction. In accord with McIlhenny's plans, part of the collection will be shown at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts in July and August before returning to Philadelphia.
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July 25, 2016
Beth Kephart is the author, most recently, of "This Is the Story of You," a Jersey Shore storm novel Elisabeth Agro, the Nancy M. McNeil associate curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is talking about joy. Or that's what I hear, as I sit with her in her book-crammed office at the Perelman building. That's what I experience as she winds me through locked doors, past orderly offices, toward the doll-size replica of her gallery, where upcoming exhibitions are designed.
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September 22, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
James E. Buckley, 71, of Chestnut Hill, a fine-arts appraiser and auctioneer, died Thursday, Sept. 3, of pancreatic cancer at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Born in Chicago, Mr. Buckley graduated from South Shore High School there in 1963. He went on to study at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1964 and at the Cleveland Institute of Technology in 1968. While serving in the Air Force from 1964 to 1968, he was an illustrator for the military police at the Oscoda, Mich., Air Force base.
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November 29, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
WENDELL D. GARRETT, a historian and authority on American decorative arts who was widely known for his appearances as an appraiser on the long-running PBS series "Antiques Roadshow," has died. He was 83. Garrett died Nov. 14 of natural causes at a hospice facility in Williston, Vt., where he had moved recently from Manhattan. His former wife, Elisabeth Garrett Widmer, confirmed his death Monday. Known for his broad expertise, courtly manner and delight in sharing knowledge, Garrett appeared on every season of the American version of "Antiques Roadshow" since its launch in 1997.
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October 30, 2012
Gudmund Vigtel, 87, pivotal director of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, died Oct. 20 of cancer at his Atlanta home. He oversaw the museum's transformation from a modest regional institution housed in a simple brick building into one of the nation's most successful art museums, and shepherded its move to an architectural statement of a building designed by Richard Meier. Mr. Vigtel remained at the High for 28 years. Mr. Vigtel was named to the top post in 1963, a year after more than 100 Atlanta art patrons and their family members died in a plane crash.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 2012 | By David Iams, For The Inquirer
Rago Arts & Auction Center's three-day sale next weekend in Lambertville of 20th- and 21st-century furnishings and decorative arts will feature a previously announced consignment of items from the Colorado ranch of Christopher Forbes, son of the late Malcolm Forbes. It is one of three auctions this weekend and next offering items of unusual interest. The Forbes collection will be offered Oct. 27 at the second session of the 1,650-lot sale, which David Rago calls "the greatest collection of property we've offered in the last four years.
NEWS
March 18, 2012 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
The CIA couldn't do a better stealth job than the Barnes Foundation. With the new Barnes museum set to open in mere weeks, the foundation appears to have carried out much of the complex job - almost industrial in its scale, but oh so delicate in its handling - of packing up and moving billions of dollars in art objects from the suburban Main Line to a new home on the Parkway. Like any proper covert operation, this one is being undertaken on a need-to-know basis, and those in the know aren't talking.
NEWS
March 16, 2012
Antiques/Art/Crafts Annual Quilt Competition A show of competition quilts in the Gazebo. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska; 215-794-4000. 3/16. Chester County Antiques Show 18th- & 19th-century American, English & Continental furniture, rugs, paintings, porcelain, glass, silver, jewelry, needlework & other decorative arts. Westtown School, 975 Westtown Rd., Westtown. www.chestercohistorical.org/antiquesshow.php . $15. 3/17. Preview party 6-9 pm 3/16; $130 or $200 early admission.
NEWS
February 17, 2012 | By David Iams, For The Inquirer
Designer furniture from throughout the 20th century and related decorative arts will be featured at sales this weekend and next. Another sale next week will offer lesser known treasures of the 1900s. The first designer furniture event will take place on Saturday when Kamelot Auctions will offer more than 700 lots of furniture, lighting, statuary, Asian art, and glassware, notably two rare pieces of Lalique, at a sale beginning at 10 a.m. at its gallery in the office complex at 4700 Wissahickon Ave. Online bidding and an auction catalog with presale price estimates are available at www.kamelotauctions.com . The Lalique pieces are both opalescent glass vases just over 9 inches high, depicting frenzied Bacchantes.
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January 29, 2012 | By Edward J. Sozanski, Contributing Art Critic
The most exciting art season in years is upon us, with the opening this weekend at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts of a major survey of Henry Ossawa Tanner's landmark career and an exhibition of Vincent van Gogh's nature paintings just around the corner at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Art Museum will follow van Gogh with another monumental subject: how three artistic giants - Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, and Paul Gauguin -...
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November 11, 2011 | By Karla Klein Albertson, For The Inquirer
The Main Line Antiques Show has impressive assets: an outstanding exhibitor list, good timing for the holidays, and a historic setting with easy access. In only its sixth year, the event Saturday and Sunday has found an ideal home at the Radnor Valley Country Club in Villanova. The club's main building was originally part of a vast old Main Line estate. In about 1907, J. Franklin McFadden (1862-1936), a cotton broker and one of Philadelphia's wealthiest men, hired the local architectural firm of Cope & Stewardson to create a grand Colonial-style house on his 307-acre Radnor Valley Farm.
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