Make Americana great again: The Wunsch family has a plan

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Among aficionados of early American decorative arts, the name Wunsch is legendary. The family’s art and antiques collection—started by the canny and ever-curious engineer E. Martin Wunsch (1924–2013), and administered under the aegis of the Wunsch Americana Foundation—is one of the most important in the field.

The Schwarz Gallery

Gregory Cerio Art

by Gregory Cerio The Private Office of George William Childs at the Philadelphia Public Ledger, Philadelphia by George Bacon Wood Jr. (1832–1910), 1877. Oil on canvas, 27 by 38 inches. Private collection; all photographs courtesy of the Schwarz Gallery, Philadelphia.     Specializing in American and European paintings of the eighteenth through twentieth centuries and best known for its expertise in …

Vose Galleries at 170

Editorial Staff Art

By Tom Christopher   left to right: Elizabeth Vose Frey, Carey L. Vose, Abbot W. “Bill” Vose, Marcia L. Vose. Vose Galleries of Boston is that rarest of survivors: now completing its 170th year in business and still under the direction of the founding family, the firm itself predates many of the paintings that it buys and sells. Yet it …

Dealer Profile: David Lavender

Editorial Staff

One of the surprises of the huge Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé sale this past February was the splendid selection of objets de vertu the two men had gathered for their twentieth-century Kunstkammer. The way in which this assemblage contravened recent trends in collecting was on my mind as I waited to see the London dealer David Lavender, whose …

Dealer Profile: Sumpter Priddy III

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One morning in 1983 Sumpter Priddy III woke to Peggy Lee singing “Is That All There Is?” on the radio and knew she was singing to him. Although he had achieved his goal of becoming a curator at an important American museum, there had to be more. He resigned from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia, and “took a flying …

Asia Week Highlight: A conversation with Joan B. Mirviss

Editorial Staff

As a highlight of Asia Week in New York, we spoke with Joan B. Mirviss, a veteran dealer who specializes in Japanese painting, woodblock prints, and contemporary ceramics. Mirviss discusses the market, the Haughtons, and Kawase Shinobu, the ceramics artist whose work is currently on view at her gallery. Can you explain some of the differences between selling Japanese antiques …

A new setting for Iliad Antik

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Trumeau commode with drop-front desk and vitrine, Austria, c. 1820-25. Walnut veneer with gilded capitals, glass, and gilt bronze mounts; height 65 7/8, width 37 13/16, depth 20 11/16 inches. Secretaire by Eugene Praz, France, 1929. Palisander veneer with ebony and burled amboyna, fruitwood and brass inlay, brass; height 64 3/8, width 38 5/8, depth 17 11/16 inches. Credenza by …