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 …

Emily Evans Eerdmans at the Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair

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At the Merchandise Mart International Antiques Show on Friday, design and decorative arts historian Emily Evans Eerdmans gave a special lecture, presented by CINOA and The Magazine ANTIQUES, on 20th century neoclassicism—from high style Art Deco to Hollywood stage sets. Eerdmans, who received her master’s degree from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, is the director of Hyde Park Antiques …

Colonial-era chocolate still tastes good

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Last month the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and Mars, Incorporated hosted a symposium dedicated to the history of chocolate and it caught our attention. We’re almost all familiar with products like M&M’s, but we were surprised to learn that Mars has been researching and making “historic” chocolate since 2006 through its historic division. The resulting line of American …

Asia Week Highlight: A conversation with Joan B. Mirviss

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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 …

The Way We See Things Now: The Times, the National Gallery, and the new orthodoxy

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On Friday March 6 Roberta Smith of the New York Times delivered a spirited and largely negative review of the recent reopening of the American painting galleries at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Held fast in the grip of what she describes as the “strictly orthodox” arrangement of periods and schools, the rooms bored her and, she …

Horton Foote, a collector remembered

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Horton Foote, a Pulitzer Prize winning American playwright (“The Trip to Boutiful,” “The Young Man from Atlanta”) and a screenwriter (Tender Mercies,” “To Kill a Mockingbird”) with more than one Academy Award, died yesterday at the age of 92. In his work and in his life Foote spoke eloquently for the traditional American values of the small Texas town where …

Instant Symposium: Eileen Gray’s Dragons chair, a new design icon?

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With the extraordinary sale of the Eileen Gray Dragons chair for $28.3 million at the YSL-Bergé auctions last week, we asked a group of dealers, curators, and other 20th century design experts for their reactions. Here are some of their comments: Liz O’Brien/ Liz O’Brien, New York City I was thrilled with the result. Everyone expected the Gray pieces to …

The Rabbit and the Rat: Who owns Chinese Antiquities? An interview with Kate Fitz Gibbon

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Among the notable objects at the Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé sale were a pair of bronze heads, a rabbit and a rat, that were two of twelve zodiacal forms that originally decorated an elaborate clepsydra, or water clock, in the Yuanming Yuan garden of the Old Summer Palace under Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795). In 1860, during the Second Opium …