COVER: Detail of an intarsia quilt with soldiers and musicians, Prussian, c. 1760s–1780s. Annette Gero Collection; photograph by Tim Connolly, Shoot Studios.

Editor’s letter

Critical thinking / Difficult issues

A fighting chance
Glenn Adamson

Current and coming

Market news

Unsettled times at TEFAF
Timothy Adams

Museum visit

Metal of honor
Barrymore Laurence Scherer

The scene
Hudson, New York

The Editorial Staff

On books

James Gardner

New light

The bouillabaisse of influences on a silver tureen
David Zimmermann


Josefa Bitenc


Eleanor H. Gustafson



Setting the stage

The refurbishment of an 1855 theater and arts center is the latest milestone in the renaissance of Hudson, New York
Eve M. Kahn,
with photography by Pieter Estersohn

Lulu and the Shadow Catcher

An adventurous photographer and a Midwestern librarian—trailblazers both
Catherine Mott and Judith A. Hayner

A classroom in the age of enlightenment

Revisiting Harvard’s Philosophy Chamber
Ethan W. Lasser

Of an artist dying young

Frédéric Bazille at the National Gallery of Art
James Gardner

Majestic makeover

A royal residence gets a dazzling touch-up
Barrymore Laurence Scherer

Of troughs and trophies

A collection of silver prizes sheds light on America’s proud agrarian past
Gary Albert

Flowers of death

A powerful exhibition looks at World War I through the lens of American art
Elizabeth Pochoda

Old guard, avant-garde

In the Berkshires, two blue-blooded artists made a home for modernism in America
Gregory Cerio