Monticello: Original colors and a broader historical context

Carolina Wood Magazine

  We picture Monticello when we think of Thomas Jefferson. What does it mean to us today, and how has its meaning shifted over time? As Jefferson-statesman, farmer, scientist, bibliophile, politician, and architect-helped to forge a new country based on new ideals, his plantation in Virginia’s gentle piedmont became his architectural crucible. The Palladio-inspired Monticello has long occupied a monumental …

Michael K. Brown (1953-2013)

Editorial Staff Magazine, Opinion

We at ANTIQUES mourn the death of Michael K. Brown, a great friend of the magazine and a cherished member of the American decorative arts family. Our November-December issue will include a tribute to him as a man of enormous kindness, scholarship, humor, and loyalty.       Michael K. Brown (1953-2013), longtime curator of the Bayou Bend Collection and …

Looking forward: Young people, old things

jbitenc Magazine, Opinion

On a recent afternoon at the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene, Jake Spetalieri, the proprietor of Catskill Coydog Vintage furniture, was offering a few rainy day spe­cials, including a blue nubby vinyl-cov­ered late 1960s settee for $345 (normal­ly $450) and a sleek, surfboard-shaped white-topped coffee table for $250 ($100 off). The sky was threatening to open any minute, but a …

Preservation: The Stanton-Davis homestead

Editorial Staff Magazine, Opinion

By Katrine Ames Here in this shell of a house, This house that is struggling to be, Hope must have been The first to move in, And waited to welcome me. But hope isn’t easy to see. This lovely tribute to the White House in Leonard Bernstein and Allan Jay Lerner’s 1976 musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue would make a perfect anthem for …

Wendell D. Garrett, 1929-2012

Editorial Staff Magazine, Opinion

from The Magazine ANTIQUES,  January/February, 2013 | The editorials that Wendell Garrett wrote for this magazine over forty years radiate a quiet confidence in American democracy. But if you read a great many of them alongside the notebooks of quotations he kept throughout his life you begin to see a man who was actually turning over the topsoil of our …

Defining glamour: Syrie Maugham and Cecil Beaton

Editorial Staff Magazine

from The Magazine ANTIQUES, September/October 2012 | The complementary relationship between Syrie Maugham and Cecil Beaton provides a remarkable record of the interplay between fashion, photography, and design in the years between the first and second World Wars. In The Glass of Fashion (1954), Beaton’s kaleidoscopic book of musings about the interconnected arts, he wrote: “When we talk about fashion …

ANTIQUES Speaks for Itself

Editorial Staff Magazine

Originally published in the first issue of ANTIQUES, January 1922. Yes, this is ANTIQUES: Volume one, Number one; venturing into a super-modern world, a world self-consciously intent upon newness; purposefully disdainful of tradition, sublimely certain of its own special ability to invent, devise, design in and for the future, in terms of developing future requirement, without recourse to an obviously, …

TEFAF, The App

Editorial Staff Magazine

  The future of the art fair catalogue has arrived… and it is a TEFAF app for a smart phone.  At yesterday’s by invitation only preview for the European Fine Art Fair in Maasstricht, the most coveted accessory was a smart phone loaded with the new device. Interactive maps help visitors navigate their ways through the vast 265 exhibitor display. …

Holiday cheer from our archive

Editorial Staff Magazine

We think our current magazine cover, which features a selection of red-painted toleware from the Octagon Room at Beauport, is delightfully festive, but to celebrate the holiday season we’ve selected some of our favorite covers from The Magazine Antiques archive—designed by Milton H. Glover, who from 1948 to 1973 was the magazine’s designer and then art director. More vintage covers can be …

Guest Blog: Art Inconnu

Editorial Staff Art, Magazine

TheMagazineAntiques.com is very pleased to inaugurate a new bi-monthly series that features guest bloggers on topics related to art, antiques, archives, collecting, design, and more. Today we’ve invited Thomas of Art Inconnu—a blog devoted to forgotten and underappreciated artists—to share a selection of modern female painters  included on his website.  Here are his picks: Suzanne Lalique (French, 1898-1989) Best remembered …