High Museum Welcomes Heydt as New American Art Curator

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The High Museum of Art in Atlanta recently announced the appointment of Stephanie Heydt as the new Margaret and Terry Stent Curator of American Art.  Heydt will be responsible for the High’s American art collection, comprising nearly nine hundred objects, which includes significant works by renowned 19th- and 20th-century American artists such as William Merritt Chase, Henry Ossawa Tanner, John …

Rare Lincoln Speech to be Auctioned

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On November 10, 1864, two days after northern citizens reelected him, President Abraham Lincoln addressed some 1,500 late—night supporters gathered outside the White House. Standing at the window over the north portico, Lincoln spoke from carefully prepared notes about the wartime turmoil that had “brought our republic to a severe test” and nearly jeopardized the national election itself. Although the …

In conversation with…Ralph Harvard

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While booth design may be a secondary consideration for some exhibitors at the Winter Antiques Show, every year a handful make a splash.  Among these, the designs of the New York-based interior designer and architectural historian Ralph Harvard have come to be the most anticipated of the show. We recently caught up with Harvard and asked him to talk about …

New Orleans

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Natives and longtime residents of New Orleans have an endearing habit of describing their city as if it were a woman, one who is by turns refined and blowsy. Her sybaritic side is notorious, and her exquisite taste in food is famous. But what is slightly less well known is that Lady Orleans is passionate about antiques. For the dedicated …

Endnotes: An Icon for Yale

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Not all the news about the economy in general-and as related to the decorative arts and painting in particular-is bad. Late last year Skinner in Boston auctioned a miniature of George Washington by Robert Field that fetched more than $300,000-some ten times its presale estimate. According to the portrait miniature specialist Elle Shushan of Philadelphia, who was the successful bidder …

New Views at the 55th Annual Winter Antiques Show

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Both exhibitors and visitors to this year’s Winter Antiques Show, held at the Park Avenue Armory from January 23 – February 1, remarked that the event seemed to have a lot of energy and sparkle despite the drastic economic downturn.  The range, quality, and price points of the seventy-five exhibitors also seem to have struck the right note. Strong early …

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Windows on the past: Watercolors of long-vanished houses and gardens

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August 2008 | Earlier this year the New York Times ran a report on the “new” trend of homeowners hiring celebrated photographers to document their houses. Once at the mercy of shelter magazines to showcase their interiors, these people have bypassed those arbiters and commissioned photographs to be hung on their walls and assembled into sumptuously designed albums for their …

Asa Ames: New Discoveries

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August 2009 | Sometime between 1849 and his death in 1851 a young carver named Asa Ames in Evans, Erie County, New York, decided to have his picture taken (Fig. 2). He opted for the daguerreotype process rather than a painted portrait, and he purchased a quarter-plate size though the composition he envisioned was complex for the small format. The …

The Hudson River School at Lake Placid Lodge

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Visitors to the newly reopened Lake Placid Lodge in Lake Placid, New York, may be surprised to encounter a large collection of paintings, comprised mostly of works by members of the Hudson River school depicting Adirondack scenes. While many of the works are by artists whose names are probably not familiar to most-William Richardson Tyler, John Olson Hammerstad, Nelson Augustus …