A tastemaker and her rediscovered treasures

jbitenc Living with Antiques

For the insatiable salonniere Mabel Dodge Luhan, life’s must-haves were animate. The doyenne of modernism and social rival to Gertrude Stein called herself “a collector of people who made a difference.” Photographer Ansel Adams—one of dozens of painters, photographers, writers, scholars, and assorted intellectuals drawn into her orbit in Florence, New York, and Taos in the first half of the …

Wonder and menace, dreams and nightmares: Visions of Coney Island

Editorial Staff Exhibitions

Fig. 1. Steeplechase Funny Face, n.d. Painted metal; diameter 23 inches. Collection of Ken Harck. An extraordinary array of artists have perceived Coney Island as a prism through which to view the American experience. Their visions have imagined the future and recalled the past; they have conveyed shifting ideas about leisure, and explored issues of race, ethnicity, and class. What …

This Weekend’s Events & Happenings

Editorial Staff Calendar

April 12-15. New York, NY. NYC20: NEW YORK 20TH CENTURY ART AND DESIGN FAIR. The Tent at Lincoln Center in Damrosch Park. Inaugural event produced by Dolphin Promotions in association with 1stdibs will feature 40 prominent 20th century 1stdibs dealers presenting furniture, decorative and fine arts reflecting all major design movements of the 20th century.  Early-buying preview party on April 12 benefits the Bard …

The Japanesque silver of the Whiting Manufacturing Company

Editorial Staff Art

from The Magazine ANTIQUES, September/October 2011 | The 1870s and 1880s were some of the most innovative and exciting decades in the history of the American silver industry. Postwar prosperity, the discovery of silver in the American West, and innovations in manufacturing created an ideal environment for the design and fashioning of original objects. Among the most prolific and successful …

Furniture at Boscobel

Editorial Staff Furniture & Decorative Arts

Fig. 1. Boscobel, built in Montrose, New York, 1804–1808, and moved and reerected in Garrison, New York, 1957–1961. All photographs are by courtesy of Boscobel, Garrison, New York. Fig. 2. Sofa probably by Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854), New York, c. 1815–1820. Mahogany and cherry; height 32 ½, length 85 ¼, depth 24 ½ inches. The brass feet are replacements; the modern …