A tastemaker and her rediscovered treasures

Editorial Staff 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 …

Last but not least.

Editorial Staff Living with Antiques

One might be forgiven for thinking that the opening in 2014 of the stunning Tadao Ando–designed Clark Center at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute capped the long-term expansion and renovation of the institution’s bucolic campus in Williamstown, Massachusetts. But the plan actually culminates this spring with the installation of the Clark’s American decorative arts collections on the top floor of the renovated Manton Research Center.

The substance of remembering: A collector’s quest

Art, Furniture & Decorative Arts, Living with Antiques

Can there be more than one Robert Hicks operating out of a cabin called “Labor in Vain” somewhere near Nashville, Tennessee? You might be forgiven for thinking so. The Robert Hicks whose essay appears below is also a best-selling novelist (The Widow of the South, A Separate Country, and the forthcoming The Orphan Mother); a former music publisher and artist manager for a …

Cajun and Creole, the rough and the fine

Furniture & Decorative Arts, Living with Antiques

Over the past ten years Wade Lege has rescued some of the disappearing landmarks of his native Louisiana, beginning with a group of Acadian cottages and culminating in the ongoing restoration of a Greek revival house originally from Kismet plantation. Wade Lege sold an early nineteenth-century armoire to pay for his architectural Moby Dick. With the proceeds, he got forty-five …

A charmed life

Editorial Staff Furniture & Decorative Arts, Living with Antiques

English inspiration, American creativity, and a bit of historical luck are joined in the author’s house and gardens   Fig. 1. The neoclassical façade of the Gordon-Banks house in Newnan, Georgia. Several years ago English friends came for lunch at my house, now called the Gordon-Banks house, in Newnan, Georgia, some forty miles southwest of Atlanta. They walked down a …

The allure of Leeds House: An unparalleled private collection finds its ideal home in Philadelphia

Editorial Staff Exhibitions, Living with Antiques

Last winter, one of America’s great private collections slipped quietly from its urban home of nearly two decades in upper Manhattan to the splendor of a historic estate in Philadelphia. Preparing to move the peerless arts and crafts furniture, metalwork, glass, and ceramics, not to mention the sculptures, paintings, and works on paper, consumed the prior autumn months. Art handlers …

Living with antiques: A California family gathers its history in a coast-to-coast collection of Americana

Editorial Staff Living with Antiques

from The Magazine ANTIQUES, January/February 2013 | You might say that this story begins with a canary-yellow jug. As sunny as a Southern California day, the stout Staffordshire pottery vessel printed with black verse occupies the bottom shelf of an eighteenth-century Massachusetts desk-and-bookcase. A small part of a sprawling collection, the jug is a vivid reminder of a man whose presence lingers …

South America’s epic past unfolds in a New York City town house

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from The Magazine ANTIQUES, November/December 2012 |  “Everything is timing,” says Richard Huber, recalling opportunities spotted and seized over a long career that took him and his wife, Roberta, around the world. On a gamble, they invested in vineyards in Chile, an icebreaker in Antarctica, even an emerald mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil. A twenty-five-thousand-acre cattle ranch in the Brazilian outback served …