June 6, 2006 |
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...
May 20, 2011 |
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.
April 16, 1988 |
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.
August 30, 1992 |
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.
October 20, 2012 |
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.
April 6, 1989 |
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.
March 18, 2012 |
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.
November 29, 2012 |
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.
May 20, 1986 |
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.
April 25, 2008 |
Though it is better known for its sales of American arts and antiques, Freeman's also has a respectable reputation for goods from overseas - as its two-day spring sale next week of English and Continental furniture, silver and decorative arts demonstrates. The more than 800 lots to be offered Wednesday and Thursday come from all over Europe, and also include a selection of decorative arts from China and Japan. In addition, the auction will feature a collection of English and Continental clocks being sold by the Philadelphia Museum of Art to benefit its acquisitions fund.