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 Butterfly Illustration, Vladimir Nabokov, C. 1971  Aside from being a great writer, The man liked butterflies, as any of the widely seen photographs of him wielding his comically oversized net can attest. But when his eyes turned toward these striking, delicate insects, he didn’t necessarily put down his pen. His beloved wife Vera “treasured nature, art, and life’s other intangibles more highly than material possessions", so for holidays he always made her something special. Fame Riding Pegasus, 1701-02  Antoine Coysevox (Sculptor to the King), 1640-1720  Made from Carrara marble, Commissioned in 1699 for the decoration of the park of Marly, transfered in 1719 to the entrance to the Tuileries Gardens. Sculpture, Winged Figure 2, 1961 Barbara Hepworth, British 1903-1975  Commissioned by the John Lewis Partnership for their flagship store in London's Oxford Street. Hepworth created an enlargement of a sculpture from1957, (Winged Figure I). Inset photo is of Hepworth and an assistant creating the armiture for the project.  Sculptue made from sheet aluminum with stainless steel rods, (19 feet 3 inches in height). Dress Clip, c. 1940s. Marcel Rochas (French 1902-1955)  Enameled Metal 31/4" tall A jeweled rooster pendant, one of the Medici treasures, Italy  16th century  Oh yes, I checked.....Roosters do fly.

  Celestial Planetarium, ca. 1820-1830, France  Celestial planetariiums were used as Astronomical and navigational instruments. In other words; the antique GPS.  Driving Hood, c.1925. Madeleine Panizon (French)  Panizon set up shop on Rue Ponthieu in Paris in the 1920s. Although little spoken of in the press, she was highly reputed for her daring and originality, supplying clients like the Marquise de Lubersac with a range including helmets trimmed with tassels, embroidery and silver buttons or topped with porcupine-like spikes…..  When she showed at the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in 1925 she took out the prix d'honneur with this aviation/driving hood 'in ruby Duvetyn, with silver studs, covering the neck and ears', as it was described in L’Art et la Mode of 4 July of that year.  Her reputation was such that Paul Poiret commissioned her to provide the accompaniment for his dresses when he closed his own millinery workshop in the early 1920s. In return she gave the great couturier all her boldness and talent.    Cabbage Chair Transformation, c. 2008 Japan.  Nendo Design Group  "Issey Miyake asked us to make furniture out of the pleated paper that is produced in mass amounts during the process of making pleated fabric, and usually abandoned as an unwanted by-product. Our solution to his challenge transformed a roll of pleated paper into a small chair that appears naturally as you peel away its outside layers, one layer at a time." -Nendo Design Whip Handle in the Shape of a Horse,  Egypt ca. 1390–1353 B.C. (yes, that is B.C.)  This small ivory handle of a light whip or fly whisk is carved in the form of a prancing or running horse stained reddish brown with a black mane. The eyes were inlaid with garnet. The lively carving of this piece, especially the gracefully arched back, typifies the ability of Egyptian artists to evoke the essential qualities of animals. L: 5 3/4" H: 2 Bryophyllum Delagoense, native to Madagascar  Bloom Day Scan, Craig Cramer (American)  Mr. Cramer was a communications specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University. Now he tends his garden in Ithaca, NY. Every month, he creates scans of his plants and flowers.

Monkey Teapot, Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, Germany, c. 1740 Fotogram Van Een Zeestreepvaren (Asplenium marinum), c. 1854  Anna Atkins, British (1799-1871)  Born Anna Children, Atkins (she married John Pelly Atkins in 1825) was from an early age in the scientific activities that occupied her father, John George Children. A respected scientist, he was secretary of the Royal Society and was associated with the British Museum. While in her early 20s, Atkins made drawings for her father of sea life, but her prime interest lay in the study of botany. Atkins learned of the photographic process that was then being invented. In particular, she was interested in the cyanotype (now known as blueprinting.  She is often considered the first person to publish a book illustrated with   Brass Wall Lights, Anonymous  Produced by Falkenbergs Belysning, Sweden c. 1970s. Painting (untitled), 2007. Khadim Ali, born 1978 Afghanistan  Khadim Ali is a graduate of the National college of Arts, Lahore, where he was trained in the traditional art of miniature painting. Of Afghani heritage, much of his work is a response to the acts of violence committed by the Taliban regime during their governance of Afghanistan between 1996 -2001. Gouache and gold leaf on wasli. H. 49 cm, W.: 32 cm. Illustration from The Hortus Eystettensis, Sunflower c. 1613,  Basilius Besler (Germany)  In the early 1600s, the Prince Bishop of Eichstätt, Germany created what was probably the first comprehensive botanical garden devoted to flowering plants. Many of the exotic flowers were imported from the Americas and the Ottoman Empire. Basilius Besler documented this vast garden, depicting each plant as it bloomed throughout the four seasons. His seminal work The Hortus Eystettensis (made up of 367 (plates) is was the first botanical in history to portray flowering plants as objects of beauty.

 Champagne Tap, France early 19th C.  Champagne taps were invented in France during the 19th century and allowed a small quantity of champagne to be drawn from the bottle without the remainder losing its freshness.  Poster for the Moscow Chamber Theatre, c. 1923  Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg, Russia  Growing up in Moscow during a time of huge upheaval, the Stenberg brothers kept busy working in graphic design, sculpture and theater… quickly establishing them as members of the avant-garde during the 1920s and early 1930s. They utiliized innovative visual aspects, elements of Dada photomontage, implied motion, an exaggerated scale, distorted perspectives and a dynamic use of color and typography.  The brothers worked together for a nine-year period (1924 – 1933), creating a huge catalogue of work, before Georgii was killed riding his motorcycle. Vladimir continued work on film posters, ultimately organizing the decorations for the 1947 May Day celebration in Moscow’s Red Square. Painting, Portrait of Elizabeth II, 1950  Sir William Dargie, British Vedura, Mouse pin made for Babe Paley  Opal with diamonds, rubies and emeralds set in platinum and gold. Tapestry of Daily Life (Poppy), 2013  Jane Hammond, American born 1950  Sumi ink and gold leaf on assorted archival papers, 36" x 30.75" x 1.5"

bracelet  Toot-A-Loop Transistor (A M of course) Radio Bracelet, c 1970s Panosonic  (Shown closed and opened) Crown, The Akan people of Ghana, c. early 1900s  Velvet, Wood and Gold Leaf  Traditional Akan society is composed of matriarchal clans built on marrying outside the group. The members of which trace their descent from a common female ancestor; these clans are hierarchically organized and are subdivided into localized clusters, and although built on matriarchal principles the political positions in the communities are held by the men, forming the basic units of Akan society.  A large number of Akans were taken as captives to the Americas, and many people of African descent in the Americas have partial Akan ancestry. During the 18th and 19th centuries, Akan slaves were all referred to as "Coromantees". Due to their organization, common language, and fierce nature, Coromantees were responsible for the majority of slave revolts in the Caribbean and North America. A piece (edition of 12) from Engineering Temporality  Tuomas Markunpoika Tolvanen, Finnish, born 1992  constructed from a series of metal circles.....then burned.  "(The project was) spawned out from my grandmothers declining health – I felt that Alzheimer’s disease was turning her into a mere shell of a human being. This evoked lots of thoughts about death, temporality and memories in me. I wanted to translate this human fragility into a design object." -TMT "Slit Tapestry Red/Green" C. 1927/28  Gunta Stölzl, German  (1897 –1983)  Stölzl was a German textile artist who played a fundamental role in the development of the Bauhaus school’s weaving workshop. As the Bauhaus’s only female master she created enormous change within the weaving department as it transitioned from individual pictorial works to modern industrial designs. She joined the Bauhaus as a student in 1920, became a junior master in 1927 and a full master the next year. She was dismissed for political reasons in 1931, a year before the Bauhaus closed under pressure from the Nazis.  Silver-Gilt, Turquoise, Seed Pearl And Garnet Snake Necklace And Earrings, c. 1830 British  Designed as a graduated series of coiled snake links set with cabochon turquoises and pearls suspending floral motifs, and eyes set with round garnets. Length 16"  Earrings of similar design.

  Honeycomb Faceted inkwell, Persia, c. 10th century  Wheel-cut transparent colorless glass covered in iridescence, with hexagonal faceted neck, the body worked with three honeycomb bands around the body. Just shy of 4.5" tall. Earth-Moon Connexions (paint on wood), c. 1995.  El Anatsui, b.1944, Ghana  El Anatsui plots space and time. Shimmering dots, lines, and concentrated areas of color suggest the movement and phases of the moon over the landscape and its connection to the seasonal calendars that regulate agricultural labor and the timing of rituals and other activities. The work evokes astronomy's grid-like plotting that fixes stars, moons, and planets within particular galaxies in deep space.  Yellow Gold Money Clip, Suzanne Beperron (French, 1900-1983)  Reproducing Jean Cocteau's hand writing with the words 'ne pleurez pas', 'don't cry', to one side and 'je reviendrai', 'I will return', to the reverse.illa Califfa, located outside of Rome. 1954. Luigi Moretti , Architect (Italian) 1907-1973    Moretti lived and worked in Rome. His early work combined rationalism with the monumental architecture of Imperial Rome. He designed a gymnasium for Mussolini, and also the Watergate Complex in Washinton D.C. (completed in 1971). Bettina Graziani (French b.1925)  Photographed by Georges Dambier (French, b. 1925—2011)

 André Courrèges (French 1923 -January 2016) white leather boots, 1964  Courrèges along with Mary Quant are credited for creating the fashion revolution of the 60s. Both take credit for inventing the mini-skirt, however it is Courrèges who solely (OMG, no pun intended) owns the “go-go boot”.Mixed Hardwood Ming Dynasty (1368 -1644) Style Folding Chairs  In Chinese culture, where you sit signifies who you are. Emperors and Empresses sat on thrones and carried on palanquins. Abbots and high officials sat on armchairs with yoke backs and resting their feet on footstools. Chairs were designed for ladies with low backs and folding chairs were reserved for special guests. Folding chairs were very special chairs. In a wealthy home, the chair was reserved for an important visitor. Generals watched on-going battles sitting on their folding chairs. These folding chairs are embellished with good metalwork.Monumental Pair of Wall Lights (61.5" x 17.75 "x 23 .60")  ca. 1948  Entrance Hall of the Dalmine S.p.A. headquarters, Via Brera, Milan, Italy  Designed by Gio Ponti, Manufactured by Fontana ArteHemmerle Earrings, assorted cameos Painting, Girls, Hugo Scheiber (Hungarian, 1873-1950)  Scheiber was born in Budapest, but at the age of eight he moved with his family to Vienna. There, he worked with his father, a sign painter for the Pratertheatre, Vienna's largest entertainment fair.  In 1898, to help support his family after they had returned to Budapest, he started working during the day, attending painting classes at the Commercial Art School in the evening. In 1900, he completed his studies. Scheiber showed an early interest in German Expressionism and Futurism. In 1915 he joined the Futurist movement.

 Silver Cocktail Shaker, c. 1934. Wiwen Nilsson (Swedish 1897-1974)  As a young man he learned the profession by studying and practicing with his father, gold and silversmith Anders Nilsson of Lund.  He first showed his work In 1923 at the Jubilee exhibition and was condemned by critics for "meaningless cone shapes." He got his revenge seven years later at the Stockholm Exhibition in 1930 when his bold and innovative modernism and bold aesthetics were heraldeded. He became one of the most noted silversmiths of the 1900s in Sweden and abroad.  Radio Telescope, Effelsberg IX: September 5, 2013 Unique, Silver Gelatin Print, 95 x 84 inches  Vera Lutter, German (lives in NYC) born 1960  New York is a returning subject in Vera Lutter’s work, and through working internationally, she employed the technique of the camera obscura, or pinhole camera, in projects around the world where she photographically rendered architecture, shipyards, airports, and abandoned factories, focusing on industrial sites that pertain to transportation and fabrication. Health Department Building, Bilbau Spain, 2008  Coll-Barreu Architects The Palette of Eugène Delacroix (French 1798-1863)  Known as the Leader of the Romatic School Kyoto-Ware Incense Box  Stoneware with enamels over clear glaze.  Nonomura Ninsei, artist active ca. 1646-77

  Eight Butterfly Napkin Clips, c. 1878 Tiffany & Co.  Sterling Silver, Gilt, Enamel  KJ Streamline Motorcycle, c. 1930 Henderson Motorcycle Co., American  Designer, O. Ray Courtney,  Ibis, Wood and Bronze, Egyptian, c. 664-332 BC      Overall Dimensions: 13 3/8 inches  There are only a few birds who's names have changed little since the dawn of the written alphabet itself, but ibis, named by the Greeks a few thousand years before, is one of them. The Eygyptian god Thoth has the head of an Ibis. ibises were raised specifically to be included in burial ceremonies, and according to Mediterranean legend, the Southern Bald Ibis was the first bird released by Noah after the biblical flood. Photograph from series, "Suriname Dreams"  Viviane Sassen (Dutch b. 1972)  Viviane Sassen spent much of her childhood in Kenya. Her family returned to Amsterdam when she was a girl. When she grew she became a fashion photographer. In 2012 she visited Pikin Slee located on the Upper Suriname River, deep within the South American rainforest. Its 4,000 inhabitants are mostly members of the Saramacca tribe, ancestors of the Maroons who escaped slavery on the Dutch plantations in the 18th century.  Gold Necklace with pendants in the form of acorns and lotus flowers . Egypt,  The era of the Ptolemies, 323 BC -30 BC  The Ptolemies were the final dynasty of Egyptian pharaohs, and their progenitor was a Greek by birth. The Ptolemies based the capital of their Egypt in Alexandria, a newly constructed port on the Mediterranean Sea. Ptolemy I achieved the rule of Egypt as one of Alexander the Great's generals. When Alexander (323-282 BC) died without heirs, his generals divided all of Alexander's territory among themselves. The first Ptolemy was one of those generals, who became satrap of Egypt in 305 BC.

  Bronze Belt Clasp, Transcaucasia (read on) c. 1st-2nd C. A.D.  In the late second millennium B.C., stylized animals with small waists, arched necks and backs are seen on numerous bronze tools including axes and pins, found in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and the Northern Caucasus.  Cape, Pucci c. 1964 Emilio Pucci (Italy 1914-1992)  This vivid silk-screen print shows motifs of African masks and is a typical example of Pucci prints. The cape was intended to be worn over a swimsuit or jumpsuit at resort resorts.  Emilio Pucci, a Florentine aristocrat, began his fashion career in 1947. He started his business at his family home parazzo, and opened his boutique in Capri in 1950. With brilliant prints making use of the advanced Italian techniques, he swept the world, starting from the U.S. market. His dresses or "Parazzo pajamas" made of light and thin silk georgette, silk tricot, "crêpe de Chine" were favored by jet setters all over the world.  Headdress, Gold and Gold foil.  Minangkabau, ca late 19th to early 20th c. Indonesia/Sumatra  The Minangkabau, (about 3% of pop.) are well known within Indonesia but obscure to most westerners. And while Minangkabau women’s roles may seem conventional, their sense of equality with men and their shared power is not. When couples marry, husbands move into their wives’ homes, nearly all decisions require consensus between men and women, and, significantly, girls are treasured............... David Bowie, promotional photograph for 'Diamond Dogs' Album. Terry O'Neill, 1974  O'Neill was born in the East End of London in 1938 and enjoyed early success as a jazz musician before undertaking National Service then joining the Daily Sketch as a news photographer (1960-63). From 1963 he worked for titles including Vogue, Paris Match and Rolling Stone as a fashion and portrait photographer and is often considered a peer of other 'Swinging London' working-class photographers including David Bailey, Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy. This compelling image was produced as a potential cover for Bowie's 'Diamond Dogs' album in 1974. Though it wasn't used for its intended purpose, the photograph shows the range of Bowie's creative networks and the decision-making process that contributed to the making of album covers.  The Minuet Dancing Steps, c. 1755,  George Bickham the Elder, master engraver (British 1684-1758)

 Actress Christine Norden and an excitable dog, c.1948  Photo, Nat Farbman Collage on Paper,  50x70 cm.,  Los Ecuánimes Puntos de mis Vértices, 2013  Hernán Paganini, Argentina, 1982  Diamond Wheat Sheaf Tiara, second half 19th Century  The tiara is designed as two wheat sheaf's each tied together with a ribbon bow, it is set throughout with cushion, pear-shaped, circular, single-cut and rose diamonds.  Each wheat sheaf is detachable from frame and can be worn as brooches. Lattice Cabinet made of Cherry Wood, c. 1940s  Paulo Buffa (italian, 1903-1970) Makedonium in Kruševo, Macedonia c. 1974   Designed by Jordan Grabuloski and Iskra Grabuloska

 A Plate from Theosophie & Philosophie & Judentum & Kabbala ca. 1631  Robert Fludd, (1574-1637)  Fludd was an English physician, astrologer, mathematician, and mystic. His opus magnum, Utriusque cosmi maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica, physica atqve technica historia, was published in two volumes between 1617 and 1624. The encyclopedic book covers different subjects such as optics, music, perspective drawing, engineering, as well as Rosicrucianist themes, theosophy and the Qabalah.  Pendant made of Reddish-Pink Tourmaline, Gold and Enamel  18th century.  This beautiful reddish-pink gem the size of a chicken egg and weighing 260,86 carats was brought from Holland to France and then to Bohemia. Then it found its way from Prague to Stockholm where it became a real treasure in the collection of King Gustav III. While on his visit to St. Petersburg in 1777 the Swedish monarch presented it to Catherine the Great.2  Bouquet Chair, Tokujin Yoshioka (Japan)  Produced by Moroso  (Italy) 2008 Head of Man  Egypt, circa 1st Century B.C.  made of Black Marble  Strobe Light Photograph, The "Doc"  Photograohy has illuminated so many areas of the 20th century, but none more so than the remarkable work by one of photography's true pioneers, Dr Harold Edgerton. As the inventor of the 'strobe' flash in the early 1930's, the 'Doc.' as he was affectionately known, stopped time in its tracks. For the first time we were able to see the wonderful arc of the fencing (as pictured here) or the innate beauty of the 'crown' as a droplet hits a pool of milk. Born in Freemon, Nebraska 1903 the Doc was raised in Aurora and then entered the Massachusetts Institute of technology in 1926. He died in 1990. It was during his time as a professor at MIT that he invented the electronic flash and devoted his career to recording what the unaided eye cannot see.

 George Washington, Advertising Arts Magazine Cover, July 1932.  Illustration by Bobri  Bobritsky emigrated to the United States in 1921. Bobritsky began operating his own textile printing establishment soon after arriving in New York. In 1925 he was called in by the art director of Wanamaker's to  experiment with modern advertising. His radically different newspaper layouts were more than the establishment could stomach and both artist and art director were dismissed. But Saks Fifth Avenue saw, admired and beckoned.  During his career Bobritsky (Bobri as he signed his name) counted amongst his clients; Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, The New Yorker, Hanes, Koret and Avon.tag Chair (natural), 2007 Rick Owens, American Plywood and Moose Antler  Although Owens is primarily known as a clothing designer, he has created some fabulous pieces of furniture as well.  Chaussures Salomé, Delman, c. 1935.  Herman Delman (American 1895 -1955)  Delman is remembered as the great showman of the New York footwear industry. Targeting wealthy socialites and celebrities as his customers, Delman opened a small custom shoe shop on Madison Avenue in 1919. Gradually shifting his attentions to manufacturing, Delman hired top designers, most notably Roger Vivier, to create finely-crafted, chic and luxurious footwear in stand-out designs. Delman was a savvy promoter who realized that product image was paramount. He pioneered the practice of featuring film stars in his advertisements and partnered with exclusive clothing stores, including Saks and Bergdorf Goodman, to distribute his shoes.  The extraordinary heels here feature the coat of arms of the City of Paris with the motto "fluctuat nec mergitur": "it is tossed by the waves but does not sink." 2 Faced (my name) Greek kantharos (Greek κάνθαρος) ca. 480-470 b.c.  A type of terracotta pottery used for drinking  Diana Wooden Model for Marble Relief, Palais Stoclet, 1911  Carl Otto Czeschka  The Palais Stoclet in Brussels was completed a century ago. It was designed by Josef Hoffmann and embellished by a cavalcade of Viennese artists for Belgian banker Adolphe Stoclet and his wife, Suzanne, who wanted a home that was a shrine to art........a sumptuously appointed abode where nothing would be left to chance. From the looks of it they got their wish!

  Portrait of Anna Rosina Marquart, née Tanck,  Wife of the Mayor of Lübeck.  Michael Conrad Hirt (Germany, 1613–1671)  Hirt was primarily a portrait painter. His portraits served mainly to self-representation of an upper middle class in Lübeck, who felt assimilated the nobility.  The Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto Main Branch, 1970s  The exteriors of the two structures are largely covered with gold-bronze glass (using 2,500 oz of gold) with tan granite accents. Together, both towers contain more than 14,000 windows that project from the facade to form angular bays set into brushed aluminum frames. Six bays are grouped between piers that are covered in the same glass. The upper stories are recessed and contain three larger angled-bays between the piers. The double-height entry is also recessed from the facade and covered in dark-tinted glass set into dark aluminum frames.   Bentwood Spiral, c.1885. Gebrüder Thonet (Austria, 1853–1921)  During the 1850s, the firm’s founder, Michael Thonet, perfected a process of bending lengths of steamed beechwood rods in iron molds. Before then, the construction of most furniture relied on connecting separate pieces of wood by the use of interlocking joints. Thonet’s technological innovations led to the first mass-production of standardized furniture.  This extraordinary Spiral is made from a single board 28 feet long. The Spiral is a tour de force of Thonet’s wood bending capabilities, and the purity of its lines exemplifies the aesthetic appeal of bentwood furniture. Collage, Joseph Cornell (American 1903-1972)  Best known for his evocative box-constructions, in which he assembled small objects and ephemera, the American Surrealist Joseph Cornell was also a devoted fan of the cinema.  Cornell  made movies that were small dreamscapes, lyrical views of New York, and longings for unattainable women. This collage is the product of one of those. Olivetti Red Valentine Typewriter and Case, c. 1969  Ettore Sosstass, Italian  When legendary Italian designer Ettore Sottsass introduced the Valentine typewriter in 1969 he described it as the “biro ballpoint pen among typewriters” – a “normal” object without the allure of a status symbol, an anti-machine.

 The Light of Christ, Salvador Dali, 1953  18 karat yellow gold; Platinum forming rays;  3 natural rubies cabochon cut (in the shape of teardrops),  Diamonds, both round and baguette cut forming the rays.  H. 5.70" W. 4.1" D. .75" Comme Des Garcons Black Mesh Cross Ensemble, c. 1990s    Gloves from the house of Mark Cross (get it?) (American, 1845-1997)  Designed by Gerald Murphy  Gerald and Sara Murphy were well known "X"-pats from America living in Europe during the 1920s. Gerald's dad had started the Mark Cross company, and Sara came from a family of great wealth as well. Egyptian Folding Chair Prototype, 1928 Mogens Lassen (Danish 1901 – 1987)  Height: 63cm Width: 70cm Depth: 74cm  Lasson was a Modernist Danish architect and designer, working within the idiom of the International Style. I love this chair, so elegant. Detail of offerings at The Hill of Crosses, Lithuania  The Hill of Crosses made up of about 100,000 crosses. It is said that first ones were erected here by the next-of-kin of the rebels that fell in the rebellion of 1831 (of which I know nothing). The Hill has evolved not only as a historical architectural monument, but as a unique composition of folk art.

 Sepia-tone Gelatin Silver print  Anemone "Mona Lisa", c. 2007  Ron van Dongen (Venezuelan-born Dutch, b. 1961)  Using a view camera, van Dongen is able to produce close-up, intensely detailed images of flowers in the grand tradition of master photographers, yet they are also imbued with a contemporary sensibility and display a command of modern photographic techniques.   Berlin Gold Hat, Late Bronze Age, Aprox. 1000 B.C.  29.5" Tall  1+ lb. Gold  Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies,  Photograph Camille Silvy, c. 1862  Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies was a child born into a royal West African dynasty. She was orphaned in 1848, when her parents were killed in a slave-hunting war. She was around five years old. In 1850, Sarah was taken to England and presented to Queen Victoria as a “gift” from the King of Dahomey (a precolonial West African kingdom, located in what is now southern Benin).. She became the queen’s goddaughter and a celebrity known for her extraordinary intelligence. Celestial Globe with Clockwork, Austrian, 16th c.  This globe houses a movement made by Gerhard Emmoser, imperial clockmaker from 1566 until his death in 1584. The movement rotated in the celestial sphere and drove a small image of the sun along the path of the ecliptic. The hour was indicated on a dial mounted at the top of the globe's axis and the day of the year appeared on a calendar rotating in the instrument's horizon ring. The silver globe, with its exquisitely engraved constellations and Pegasus support, is the work of an anonymous goldsmith who was probably employed in the imperial workshops in Vienna or Prague.  "Good Vibrations" Storage Unit, c. 2014  Ferruccio Laviani for Fratelli Boffi  Carved from oak by a CNC machine (end-to-end component design, highly automated using computer-aided programs)

  Illustration/Magazine cover, Jim Flora. American, 1919-1948  Illustrator Jim Flora was known for a playful yet deeply idiosyncratic sensibility. During his first career he became well known for his record album covers, magazine illustrations and children’s books. Towards the end of his life he retired from commercial work and focused on developing a fine art portfolio.Photo, David Degner of__________________ (to be revealed)  Let me begin by saying although most of you know, I live in NYC so I have some pre-conceived notions about my surroundings. Then, imagine my surprise when in doing research for this week's O.L. I came across this gorgeous picture of a bird (I do love birds), and upon more looking deeper found that it is.............. wait for it......a pigeon. A fancy pigeon raised in Egypt, but a pigeon none the less.  Jeeeezzz, one would think the NYC "wing" of the family would have the presence of mind to dress better-especially the ones that hang out near Bergdorf’s. Gilt Wood Armchair with Square Bronze Feet., C. 1950  André Arbus, French 1903-1969  Arbus was a architect, designer and sculptor. He jbegan his career at his father’s cabinetmaking business in Toulouse after graduating from the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Arts, but soon felt he had outgrown the hinterlands so moved to Paris. There he became known as “one of the most inventive interior designers of the period”.  A time defined by a renewed interest in the Neo- classical style seen through the eyes of modern masters, of whom Arbus was the leader. The Christ Child Disputing with the Doctors. Oil on wood 25.1 x 22.3 cm.  Bernardino Butinone, Italy 1435-1507  From Anonymous', a Series of Photos  New York photo duo Floto+Warner  These photos were created to raise public awareness about the kidnappings of students of "normal schools" in Mexico, a network of free education institutes for the rural poor. The "normalista" students are protesting against attempts to privatize education. In these photos, Floto+Warner have deliberately exaggerated the appearance of Normalistas, using  colorful and eye-catching prints and patterns, plus every day household items that they use regularly.

Coconut-Shell Cup (Coco chocolatero), Mexico, 17th-18th century Polished Coconut Shell, Silver 5 1/4" X 4 3/4" X 2 1/2"  Coconut-shell cups were luxury items used for drinking hot chocolate. Cacao beans and chocolate beverages played an important role in Aztec and Maya rituals, and were mostly consumed by members of the nobility. By the seventeenth century, chocolate became a highly coveted commodity across Europe, creating an export market for cups such as these. Though few survive given the fragility of the material, many feature in colonial Mexican household inventories. Craftsmen typically decorated coconut shells with incised animal figures as well as geometric and floral motifs. Evening Dress, c. 1988  Christian LaCroix (France, Arles, born 1951)  Silk chiné taffeta with silk grosgrain ribbon trim  Portrait, Man Ray by Man Ray, 1940  "Legendary Photography, painter, and maker of objects and films, Man Ray was on the most versatile and inventive artists of this century. Born in Philadelphia in 1890, he knew the worlds of Greenwich Village in the avant garde era following the 1913 Armory show; Paris in the 1920's and 1930's, where he played a key role in the Dada and Surrealist movements; The Hollywood of the 1940s, where he joined others chased by war from their homes in Europe; and finally, Paris again until his death in 1976. " - From the Man Ray Trust Letter from Ray Eames (wife) to  Charles Eames (husband), 1955  "The details are not the details, they make the design"  -Charles Eames  The Letter 'Kaf', 1991 Screen Print  Ali Omar Ermes (Libya, active London, born 1945)  Writing in Arabic is not only a consistent and powerful theme in classical Islamic art but it also resonates with contemporary artists as both an art form and an expression of their cultural or religious identity. In his work, Ermes focuses on a single letter, here a kaf (K). The bold, black letter dramatically offset against the light paper recalls the black inscriptions on a white ground that characterize tenth-century Islamic ceramic wares.

Detail of draping on a Madame Grès Evening Dress,  French, c.1939  Trolley, Aldo Tura, Italian  Tura started designing and manufacturing his furniture in the 1930s. Following the Art Deco movement which focused on straight lines and angles, Tura designed pieces with flowing lines and much freer shapes. He created work of the highest craftsmanship produced in limited numbers, favoring traditional techniques. Due to his outstanding skill as a craftsman and artist, he experimented with a wide range of unusual materials including egg shell, parchment, leather and wood veneering. Tura’s ambition was to create aesthetic pieces of furniture which had natural and unrestrained shapes.A Hawaiian cape of feathers and fiber, c. 1860s The Standard Oil building 26 Broadway, NYC, NY  Designed largely by Thomas Hastings of Hastings & Carrere  1884-85  A Renaissance-inspired limestone skyscraper that served as the corporate headquarters for Standard Oil Trust, founded by John D. Rockefeller. The nine-story base follows the curve of Broadway The facades are ornamented with symbolic lamps, flaming torches and "SO" ciphers.  Following the breakup of the Standard Oil in 1911 due to anti-trust laws, Shreeve, Lamb & Blake added a 480-foot high pyramidal tower capped by a broze brazier, squared to the grid of the uptown streets from 1920-1928. Up close this building is fab but does look like it was “pieced” together.TIM WALKER Photograph, Tim Walker (British, born 1970), 2015  Although Walker is known as a Fashion Photographer who often shoots for Vogue, W, etc. I think of him as a superb story teller with an enormus imagaination. Once you know a bit about him and his work you can spot it anywhere.....even if his name is not attached to it.  "There’s been an incredible explosion of money and power in the industry. Today there are countless forces polluting the innocence of play and experimentation, and the impact on true creativity has been damning. From my point of view that’s a failure and a betrayal of sorts."-Tim Walker (from a recent interview on the Fashion Industry.

 Shaft-hole Axe Head, Bronze Age (probably) Western Iran  The axe head represents a bird-headed hero grappling with a wild boar and a winged dragon. The idea of the heroic bird-headed creature probably came from western Iran, where it is first documented on a cylinder seal impression. The hero's muscular body is human except for the bird talons that replace the hands and feet. He is represented twice, once on each side of the axe, and consequently appears to have two heads. On one side, he grasps the boar by the belly and on the other, by the tusks. The posture of the boar is contorted so that its bristly back forms the shape of the blade. With his other talon, the bird-headed hero grasps the winged dragon by the neck. This creature is distinguished by folded and staggered wings, a feline body, and the talons of a bird of prey in the place of his front paws.Platter Gio Ponti for Richard GinoriEwer in the Shape of a Sitting Dog, Italy, late 16th C.  Rock crystal, cut on a wheel,  enameled gold, rubies, and reverse-painted and gilded glass  aprox. 9.5" Tall Lithograph, The Lindy Hop, c. 1936  Miguel Covarrubias, Mexico 1904-1957 HAPPY NEW YEAR -CAROL FERTIG

 Chess Set, c. 1933  Designer; Max Esser  Maker; Richard Barth  Silver, Silver-Gilt, Ivory, Ebony, Marble, LeatherAlexey Brodovitch, artwork for nails editorial, Harpers Bazaar, n.d. Festivus Sweater  Festivus is celebrated on December 23rd. It has been described as "the perfect secular theme for an all-inclusive December gathering".  Originally a family tradition of scriptwriter Dan O'Keefe, who worked on the American sitcom Seinfeld, Festivus entered popular culture after it was made the focus of the 1997 episode "The Strike". The holiday's celebration, included a Festivus dinner, an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, practices such as the "Airing of Grievances" and "Feats of Strength", and the labeling of easily explainable events as "Festivus miracles".  The episode refers to it as "a Festivus for the rest of us", referencing its non-commercial aspect. It has also been described both as a "parody holiday festival" and as a form of playful consumer resistance. Balenciaga Gown  Photographed by Cecil Beaton for Vogue 1951Drawing by Andy Warhol

 Hurdy-Gurdy, France c. 1775  The hurdy-gurdy is a stringed instrument, shaped like the body of a guitar or lute, with a winding handle that turns a disc to sound the strings. The left hand presses the buttons to produce the melody, while the right hand rotates the disc to produce a background drone. It was a widespread instrument in Europe during the Middle Ages in both religious and secular contexts. Although used at every level of society it became particularly associated with itinerant minstrels, peasants, beggars and blind musicians.Owl, probably Fabergé, c.1910  Green Agate. Cabochon Rubies and Gold H: 2 1/8" The New Face of Barbie  Beyond being a toy, Barbie is also a reflection of the morals of an era, their evolution, their revolution - first it embodies the American way of life before taking a more universal dimension, embracing the social, political, cultural changes. It evolves in modern comfort while espousing new causes, questioning stereotypes, hated for what it would represent an idealized woman, yet autonomous, independent, adopting all the proposals and ambitions of the contemporary era. YOU GO GIRL! Head Piece Theatre Costume, c. 1950 British  Worn by the Plum Fairy in a production of The Nutcracker Suite.  Silver lamé, net, sequins, artificial jewels, artificial pearls,  diamanté and tarlatan (a glazed stiffened muslin).    Sapphire and Diamond Necklace, France c. 1870  Mellerio Dits Meller (French Jewelry house)  Necklace designed as a chain of 11 clusters, each set with an oval sapphire within a diamond border supporting diamond swags & decorated to the front with 3 detachable drops, each set with a sapphire within a border of diamonds surmounted by a diamond ribbon bow motif & supporting 3 sapphire & diamond drops. Oh, there was also a pair of matching earrings........

 Saint Eustace (watercolor, gouache and color pencil on paper)  Aslem Kiefer (German, born 1945)  According to legend, prior to his conversion to Christianity, Eustace was a Roman general named Placidus, who served the emperor Trajan. While hunting a stag in Tivoli near Rome, Placidus saw a vision of a crucifix lodged between the stag's antlers. He was immediately converted, had himself and his family baptized, and changed his name to Eustace. Leopard-skin-covered wooden cased Radio, ca. 1964  manufactured by Roberts Radio, British FLask, German ca. 1550  Pewter drinking cup in the form of a shoe.A Gold and Diamond Pinecone Brooch, c. 1950 Vedura Silver Sardine Tongs, c 1879-1898, British  Dining etiquette formed an important part of the Victorian code of polite society. With a few exceptions (such as for eating bread and some fruit) touching food with the fingers was frowned upon. During the Victorian era diners were presented with an alarming and growing range of specialist utensils for eating particular foods. It was important to be able to recognise items such as lobster picks, sardine tongs and grape scissors, and to know how to use them correctly.

 Giant Faces at Bayon Temple Cambodia. 12th-13th C.  The Bayon Temple was built in the late 12th or early 13th century A.D. by Jayavarman VII, one of the Khmer Empire’s greatest kings. The Temple served as the state temple of Angkor Thom. Unlike the other temples built by the Khmer, Bayon Temple is unique in that it was the only state temple built primarily as a Mahayana Buddhist shrine dedicated to the Buddha.  Cabinet, Marc du Plantier  (French, 1901–1975)  Plantier is regarded as one of the great designers of his time. His elegant sensibility and exceedingly high standards, combined with his commitment to using luxurious materials, contribute to why he remains so popular today. Mixing neo-classicism with avant-garde modernist proportion and materials marked his style. Over the years he created furniture for the Elysée Palace, and in addition to furniture and art objects, lighting and rugs as well.  Clock, André Dubreuil French, born 1951  Renowned for his inventive, innovative furniture and decorative arts, André Dubreuil is a leading contemporary designer, whose background as an antiques dealer and painter informs his smart, whimsical works, made in deliberate contrast to what he describes as the “minimal and boring character” of Modernist design. Through his extensive world travels, Dubreuil expands his idiom, absorbing the arts and crafts of the places he visits into his various tables, ceramics, lighting fixtures, and decorative objects. Classical East Asian and French antiques are enduring influences, evident in the shape, structure, and materials of his pieces—each one an enticingly playful challenge to standard design practices. Bone China Hot water jug c. 1936, Artist: Dali  Maker: Royal Crown Derby PotteryHead of Medusa Cameo, Italian 1880   In history, cameo only referred to works where the relief image was of a contrasting color to the background; this was achieved by carefully carving a piece of material with a flat plane where two contrasting colors met, removing all the first color except for the image to leave a contrasting background.

 Black Ribbon Hat, c. 1960. Frederick Fox (Austrailan born)  Sir Frederick Fox was in the business of hat making for 40 years. Australian born, Fox moved to London in 1958 to work for a succession of established milliners. In 1964 he opened his own salon, in 1969 he became milliner to the Queen and remained so until his retirement in 2002.  This hat is made from black silk ribbons, stiffened and shaped into paper-chain like rows of circles. These hang down from the hatband, which is worn on top of the head.  A Bird Palace. John Buford, English. 19th century.  Glass, metal.100 inches high x 25 inches wide x 25 inches deep  Sex Pistols Screen Print, designed 1975. Jamie Reid (British)  This screen print was a design for a t-shirt sold in Malcolm McLaren's boutique Sex, and was his first attempt at making a Sex Pistols t-shirt. McLaren took the image of the boy from a gay magazine describing, "The way this boy stood with his cigarette could look like a smoking gun", relating it to the name of the band. As usual, McLaren was ahead of his time....... Mechanical Toy Turkey, Germany, c. 1948-52  This colorful guy was made by the German firm Blomer and Schüler which made clockwork mechanisms for other companies. It began making its own toys about 1930 and was particularly well known for its animals. This turkey can be dated to soon after the Second World War because it has "US Zone Germany" printed on it. When it is wound up, the legs move and the tail fans out.Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's Promotional Photo, Bud Fraker

  Polygraph Made of Brass, British c. 1890  The polygraph was an American invention patented in 1885. A licence was granted the following year  for the manufacturing of the polygraph in Europe.  The polygraph was advertised by the manufacturers as 'A Revolution in Drawing' and was aimed at designers, decorators, draughtsmen, architects, engineers and artisans. It was also described as an invention by which schoolchildren and even 'a child of few years' could 'produce drawings, which formerly required long months of study and preparation'. The polygraph offers an element of surprise in the unpredictable patterns it creates. It also helps to produce an evenness and regularity when producing the pattern that would be difficult to achieve freehand. The circular metal template was accompanied by a set of instructions and a sheet of examples showing the type of designs that could be produced with the instrument.  Coral & Diamond Necklace, c. 1932   Susan Belperron, French 1900-83  As an unrivalled colorist, the essence of Belperron's work was her ability to play with aesthetic influences from many sources and motifs inspired by nature. She was fascinated by the splendor of its shapes, colors and infinite variety.  Vase Decorated with Ribbons Braided , ca. 1935  Giovanni Gariboldi, Italian    La Maison D'Hortense, Van Cleef & Arpels, c. 1935  VC&A was commisioned to create this piece for a Maharahag as an aquarium for his pet tree frog. It was outfitted with a tiny ladder which the frog would ascend and descend according to the weather. Later the aquarium was transformed into it's present state as a birdcage housing two carved emerald lovebirds. 12" x 8.5" x 8.5"  Beaded Head, 18th/19th C. Cameroon  Wood covered in fabric and decorated with  glass beads and cowrie shells 

 Contact Sheet Sample  Mark Shaw Photographer (American, 1921-1969) Tiger Morse Modelilla Monzeglio AKA Fifth Olary, 1953 Caracas  Architect, Antonio Montini (Italian)  The Villa is one of the best examples of formalist modern architecture in Caracas. It is located on a plot of steep slopes thereby forcing a construction that has two isolated volumes. The first is anchored in the mountains and contains the service areas, circulation and bedrooms. The second, (views) houses blown wide social areas.  Centerpiece, Vienna c. 1906-07  Designed by Carl Otto Czeschka (Austrian 1878-1960)  Fabricated/Silversmith, Adolf Erbrich (Austrian 1874-?)  Gilded Silver, Mother-of-Pearl, and Glass Ring made of Gold and Turquoise  Iran, 11th-12th C.  Teapot, c. 1758. France (Sèvres Porcelain)  Jean Pierre Le Doux (French)  Le Doux worked at the Sèvres factory from 1758-6. In that time Sèvres became the leading porcelain factory in Europe, after the ascendance of the Meissen factory (Germany). The pot is slightly domed in shape and surmounted by a knop in the form of flower and foliage. From each scroll, at the top and at the bottom project peacock feathers in vert pre-edged in gold. The eye of each feather painted in blue and black enamel, similar to the spout and cover. A matching cup and saucer are recorded in 19th century literature.

 The Kunzite Gem, 45 K  Named for the mineralogist and jeweler George Frederick Kunz (1856 - 1932), the  American mineralogist and former vice president and buyer for Tiffany & Company. Kunz was a legendary New York colored stone specialist, and the first to comprehensively describe the stone in 1902.  Although Kunzite was first discovered in the USA, most of the current supply is found in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Kunzite is highly pleochroic (an optical illusion whereby a stone appears to be a different color from a different angle), shifting from pale pink to light violet and even colorless, depending on the angle of observation.  Lounge chairs, Arne Vodder, Danish (1926 - 2009)  Although Vodder is not as well known as some of his counterparts, his contributions to the Danish modern movement cannot be ignored. His designs were modest, elegant and very well proportioned.  Vodder worked with Finn Juhl and designed for companies such as Fritz Hansen. But it was his partnership with P. Olsen Sibast that really cemented his career. Vodder designed a range of desks, tables, chairs and cabinets for mainly office use, which were very successful both in Europe and North America and are still very sought after today. His desks were coveted by such famous people as United States President Jimmy Carter, Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi and one infamous Chicago gangster used his desk designs.  Mobilia magazine, a legendary Danish design journal, called one of Vodder's chairs "handsome" for its "simple but noble" features. This may sum up most of Vodder's work. Bear Jar/Tobacco Jar, c. 1730-50  Staffordshire, England  Salt-Glazed Stoneware  8 1/2 x 5 1/8 x 7 3/8 inches Autumn Tiara, ca. 1900 Rene Lalique, French (1860–1945)   Gold, diamonds, tortoise and horn Photograph, Portia Munson, Skull Flower c. 2008  pigmented ink on rag paper, 61 x 43 inches

 Portrait, Princess of Éboli (1540-1592)  She is Ana de Mendoza y de la Cerda a fabulously wealthy Spanish aristocrat, married at the age of twelve to Ruy Gómez de Silva, Prince of Eboli. She was a great favorite of King Philip II and considered to be one of the greatest beauties of the day, despite an accident during a sword fight with one of her father’s pageboys, which resulted in the loss of an eye. Ana fell from favor after her husband’s death, ending up embroiled in a court scandal involving state secrets and dying in prison in 1592 aged fifty-one.A Pair of Bronze Andirons, Roycroft, American c 1901  Roycroft was the name given to a design  community producing some of the finest hand-crafted  furniture, books, lamps and metal work of the Arts and Crafts Movement. The high quality and unique artistry of the Roycroft creations made them very popular. But it was the business acumen and charismatic personality of its founder, Elbert Hubbard (no relation to the founder of Scientology as far as I can find), that made Roycroft one of the most successful artistic enterprises of the Arts and Crafts era.  Photograph, c. 2015  Aaron Tilley, British  Tilley is a contemporary style and food photographer with an original eye and a sense of humor. The Dice image is part of a series he created for Kinfolk Magazine using the theme of ‘Winter’.Pair of Eyes, Probably Greek, 5th Century B.C.  Greek and Roman statues were designed to give a colorful life-like impression. Marble and wood sculptures were brightly painted, and bronze statues were originally a pale flesh-like brown. Lips and nipples were often inlaid with copper, and teeth with silver. Eyes were usually made separately and set into prepared sockets. This pair is made of bronze, marble, quartz and volcanic glassina Chow Photographed by Steven Meisel, 1984  Tina Chow (1950-1992)   Model, Muse, Jewelry Designer, Style Icon and Congenial Hostess.  Chow was born Bettina Louise Lutz in Lakeview, Ohio. Her father,   was an American of German descent, while her mother, Mona Lutz (née Furuki), was Japanese.  During her modeling career she was photographed by Helmut Newton, Cecil Beaton and Arthur Elgort, among others. She was drawn by illustrator Antonio Lopez. and painted by Andy Warhol. She was also the muse of designers Yves St. Laurent and Issey Miyake.  Chow was cited by fashion magazines for her unique style. She routinely paired inexpensive items with designer pieces and mixed feminine and masculine styles simultaneously. Chow was also noted for her androgynous hairstyle which she got cut at a New York barbershop and styled with Dippity Do.

Chair Thing, c. 1968.  Peter Murdoch, British  The chair is designed for a child and is made from a single piece of folded cardboard. In 1968 it won the Council of Industrial Design Award, an award which sought to promote the improvement of British product design.Poster for the 1940 Grand International Exposition of Japan c. 1938 (canceled due to the war.......) Paper Wig, c. 2012  Amy Flurry and Nikki Nye, American  Flurry and Nye were commissioned to create a 16-piece collection of paper wigs for the Victoria & Albert museum's "Hollywood Costume" show in 2012. This is one of them.Gown (made of paper and silk), c. 2005. Yumi Katsura, Japan Engraving, (True Eloquence) Printed in 1760  Ottavio Scarlattini (1623-1699), Italian  From a series described as "17th C. Dadaist"

 A Plate from the Astronomicum Caesareum  Petrus Apianus, German, 1495-1552  This most sumptuous of all Renaissance instructive manuals explained the use of the astrolabe (for calculating the altitude of stars) and other instruments used for computing planetary positions. The author, court astronomer to Emperor Charles V, also provided new observations on the comet of 1531 (Halley's Comet). The Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp France.  Le Corbusier, completed in 1954  The site of Ronchamp has long been a religious site of pilgrimage that was deeply rooted in Catholic tradition, but after World War II the church wanted a pure space void of extravagant detail and ornate religious figures unlike its predecessors. They embraced modern art and architecture by commissioning Corbusier. His main focus was to not over complicate the program. but to also remove the typical modern aesthetic from the design. Ronchamp is now considered one of the most important religious buildings of the 20th Century, as well as making Corbusier’s career.Skirt of Cotton and Silk, c. 1955. Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895-1972Library of the Dutch Parliament, The Hague, Manno Manheim  Noren with Design of Flowering Cherry Tree, Japan  19th C. Meiji period 1868–1912  A noren (shop curtain) hangs across the upper part of a doorway as a sort of partition made up of several vertical panels.  The flowering cherry tree design that covers this noren was drawn with the tsutsugaki technique. which is a paste-resist dyeing process. the design is drawn with an applicator consisting of a paper cone with a metal tip that trails rice paste onto the cloth (like cake icing). Then the cloth is dyed, usually with indigo. The areas covered with paste resist the dye and remain white while the background, through repeated dipping and oxidation, attains a dark blue color.

 Rock-Crystal Vase, 1500-1450 BC. Found in Zakros, Crete  A Pair of Wall Sconces in Gilded Paster,  c. 1937  Vadim Androusov, Russian 1895-1975  Androusov was born in St. Petersburg, but left for Paris in 1920. There he took art classes and became drawn to sculpture. His work, usually done in terracotta, plaster, wood, or stone, typically depicted female figures and characters from Classical antiquity. Androusov exhibited at both the Salon des Tuileries and the Salon des Independants. In addition to his sculptures, he is well known as a collaborator of the leading interior decorators of his day, designing pieces throughout the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. The Magpie's Treasure Nest Clock, c.1992  Patek Philippe, Swiss  Gold, Silver, Multi-Colored Agate, Diamonds Rubies, Sapphires, Taznanite, Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Mother-of-Pearl and Rock Crystal. LOVE, Printed Silk Twill Scarf (43" X 43") c.1993, Gene Meyer American   "This scarf  was photographed on Kurt Cobain of Nirvana in Mademoiselle Magazine, 1993. The editor was Elizabeth Saltzman. she tied the scarf on Kurt as a sarong. It's a favorite scarf because of this - I loved Nirvana!" -Gene Meyer Wedding Dress, c. 1960s.  Yves Saint Laurent, 1936-2008 (born in Oran Algeria)

  La Joueuse de Tympanon  18th C. French Android   This dulcimer playing android was presented at Versailles in 1784 and purchased by Marie Antoinette. It is believed that the android’s hair is that of the Queen...........T  Gown for the film Limehouse Blues, Travis Banton (American 1894-1958)  Banton was chief costume designer for Paramount (suceeded by Edith Head) He initially made his name by designing the wedding gown that actress Mary Pickford wore to marry Douglas Fairbanks Jr.  During his time at Paramount he designed for more than 160 movies, including the costumes for the difficult Claudette Colbert in the 1934 version of Cleopatra. It seems Banton devisied ways to hide her perceived figure flaws of a thick waist and a short neck.  Later Roman Key Ring (literally), 3rd/4th C.  Gold set with fragmentary onyx cameo of hand pinching an earlobe, inscribed "MNHMNEYE" (remember). Printed Hide Shirt, Great Lakes Region (first half of 18th C.)  Soft, tanned hide of extreme thinness with finely cut fringe along arms, wrists, sides, bottom and V neck. The V neck accentuated by red lines coming down from shoulders. SunnyHills Cake Shop, Tokyo  Kengo Kuma and Associates, Architects  Kuma was asked by cake brand SunnyHills to come up with a shop design that mirrors the careful preparation of the company's trademark pineapple cakes, so the architects developed a volume modeled on a well-crafted bamboo basket.  "Our aim was to create a forest in the busy city centre," said Kengo Kuma. "We studied how lighting states would change in a day in the woods, and came up

 

  Ceramic Tea Pot, Ah Leon (China born 1953)  Leon started out as a painter but soon learned about Yixing pottery, China’s 500-year-old teapot-making tradition. On a visit to the United States, his mastery of this ancient art came face to face with the inventive freedom of Western ceramists, Leon decided to embrace both.  His teapots evolved and mutated until they were not so much teapots as, in the artist’s words, “sculpture with teapot features”.  Goblet, late 12th-early 13th c. Persian, Iranian, Islamic   Fritware with Polychrome Enamels on an Opaque White Glaze  4 1/2" x 4 3/8"  Nest Chair, c. 2012. Alexandre Caldas, Portugal  Portugal is home to more than 30 per cent of the world's cork oak forest, and cork is considered one of the most sustainable natural materials, since it can be stripped from trees every nine years. Cork has been associated with flooring, but furniture designers such as Mr. Caldas are increasingly seeing its potential, given that it's a comfortable, naturally buoyant material that is plentiful and well-priced. The Nest chair is made with a wooden frame and cork seat. Cameo Earrings, Hemmerle Munich  Hemmerle is a fourth generation family run Fine Jewelry house at the vanguard of design. Each jewel conceived is unique and as original as a work of art. The house is renowned for its dedication to craftsmanship, exceptional quality, innovative material combinations, and bold, unostentatious design.  Bacchus, Germany, 17th Century.  Gold Enamel, Gemstones, Pearls

 Sleeping, Perfume Elsa Schiaparelli   Debuted for her Summer 1940 collection.  The bottle for Sleeping mirrors the candle form with conical snuffer depicted in the harlequin's head of a Man Ray painting. Billed as a night perfume, it was meant to be spritzed the moment before falling into bed, and the scent was supposed to illuminate the subconscious and "light the way to ecstasy," according to an ad (illustrated by Marcel Vertès). The turquoise blue of the packaging was also a new color for the summer 1940 collection, called Sleeping blue. The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Scotland  Created by Charles Jencks and Maggie Keswick  Located at their private residence, Portrack House, near Dumfries, Scotland, the garden's design is guided by the fundamentals of modern physics and, according to Jencks, brings out the basic elements that underlie the cosmos. From 1989 until Keswick's death in 1995, Jencks and his wife, an expert on Chinese gardens, met with horticulturists and scientists in order to design a landscape that would bridge the worlds of art, nature and science.  Perhaps viewed as an unconventional approach to landscaping, the garden features a dizzying display of geometric fractals that all illuminate - or at least are inspired by - concepts of black holes, string theory, and the "Big Bang." The garden features five major areas connected by a number of man-made lakes, bridges and other architectural works, including large white staircases and terraces that zigzag down a green hillside, representing the story of the creation of the universe.Foil Leaf Belt, Tess Sholom (American), c. 1978  Sholom was an important producer of art jewelry in NYC in the '80s, creating designs for James Galanos, Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Sant'Angelo, Oscar de la Renta, and Bill Blass. Her big and dramatic works were made primarily from nickel, copper, brass, Lucite, and wood. The statement making creations, said the designer in a 1982 article, "make nice tabletop ornaments" when not in use. Printed Linen Furnishing Fabric, England c. 1925  Eosin Vase, Zsolnay, Hungarian c 1899  In 1853 Miklos Zsolnay established a ceramics company in which the successful mass-production of industrial and architectural wares supported an art pottery division. Zsolnay's historical revival work was on par with its competitors and was internationally acclaimed. In 1893, under the influence of Clément Massier's luster ware, Zsolnay's ceramics chemist developed a rich iridescent glaze, marketed as "eosin." Used in flamboyantly contrasting color schemes, eosin glazes were applied to detailed sculptural work and also to simple vases, achieving results that include Fauve landscapes, Tiffany-like abstraction, and applied and free-standing sculptures of women, animals, and mythological subjects.

Crowns and Gladiolas, Photographed by Iwajla Kiinke (German), 2011  Iwajla Klinek is based in Berlin. As a photographer has been documenting children in the villages of Lausitz, The Black Forest and Romania wearing traditional costumes. This project Crowns and Gladioli explores the ritual of costume and how it exists and is re interpreted for out times in specialist fencing and boxing clothes. These clothes and roles are placed on children by adults in rituals and ceremonies denoting their coming of age and the transition into adulthood.Ornament in the Shape of a Lotus Flower,  ca. 12th century, Cambodia Bronze with traces of gilding  H. 7"  ShoeTrees, Pietro Yantorny (Italian, 1874-1936)  Yantorny, the self-proclaimed "most expensive shoemaker in the world", was a consummate craftsman utterly devoted to the artistry of his chosen trade. As a compliment to his knowledge of shoemaking, Yantorny studied the art of making shoe trees in London for two years, returned to Paris in 1900 to study last making, and opened his own last making shop in about 1904 followed by his shoemaking business in 1908. Yantorny's trees are as meticulously crafted as his shoes, with featherweight hollow construction, proprietary luminous varnish finish, and gilded hardware.Small Closet for Linens, c. 1927  Pierre Chareau (French, 1883-1950)  Chareau, is the French architect and designer, credited for building the first house in France made of steel and glass, the Maison de Verre. This linen cabinet is Mahogany (outside) and sycamore (inside) with hand forged metal fittings. The entire piece made by hand. Model Faience Wig for a Statue  Thebes, Egypt, 18th-19th Dynasties, about 1350-1250 BC  This wig was probably one of a number of faience and glass elements placed on a (probably wooden) royal statue. Set into the wig is a representation of a headband, with attached streamers of gold inlaid with red and blue glass as substitutes for carnelian and turquoise. On the end of one streamer is a cobra. A hole in the top of the wig may indicate a place for a crown, while another hole in the brow is for the attachment of a uraeus. A layer of plaster on the inside probably indicates how the wig was attached to the statue.

Miniature (messy) Bohemian Studio Ronan-Jim Sevellec (French born in 1938)CHART OF NATURAL COLORED DIAMONDS  Natural Color diamonds are miracles of nature making them naturally rare. There is only a 1 in 10,000 chance that any Natural Color Diamond will possess any natural rare color, whether that color is Type IIa brown, yellow, pink, blue or any shade in between. Formed billions of years ago deep inside the earth’s mantle, Natural Color Diamonds are beautiful, exciting and extremely desirable.   Portrait of Man Ray, 1968.  David Bailey, British  Photographer, painter, and maker of objects and films, Man Ray was on the most versatile and inventive artists of this century. Born in Philadelphia in 1890, he knew the worlds of Greenwich Village in the avant garde era following the 1913 Armory show; Paris in the 1920's and 1930's, where he played a key role in the Dada and Surrealist movements; The Hollywood of the 1940s, where he joined others chased by war from their homes in Europe; and finally, Paris again until his death in 1976.Elephant Coffe/Tea Pot (Sèvres Porcelain-France)  This piece was displayed at the London 1862 International Exhibition by the French national factory Sèvres, when it was described as a coffee-pot. Of 'Oriental' inspiration, the elephant shape demonstrates the fantastical imagination of the designer and decorator Marc Louis Solon, the piece being a wonderful combination of humor and artistic excellence.  Ceramics featuring pâte-sur pâte gained great popularity in both France and England and were expensive, luxury items. This coffee-pot employs the technique in delicate moderation to highlight the form of the elephant's face. Soon after its foundation in 1740 the Sèvres factory established itself as one of the greatest porcelain factories in Europe. Initially catering to the tastes of the French court, the factory maintained a reputation for opulence throughout the nineteenth century, using the elephant, a symbol of magnificence and luxury, as the inspiration for the design of a number of ornamental wares.  Dress and Capelet, Junya Watanabe (Japan) fall/winter 2000-2001  Watanabe referred to this collection as "techno-couture." This ensemble, with the explicit flourish of labor and controlled technique in its gargantuan, honeycomb ruff and the innovative fabrics, merges the artisanal and the experimental. The ruff, which is separate from the dress, can be collapsed into a small looped rectangle and stored in an envelope.

Percy had trained as a painter in Stockholm; he then went to live in Paris and the South of France-experiences that proved influential. His work became distinctively southern or Mediterranean after that in its affection for lush coloring, images and ripe curves.  Percy joined the Gefle porcelain factory in 1923, and in 1925 was awarded a medal of honneur at the international exhibition in Paris.  Selle Chair, Plastic ca. 1970,  Jean Dudon (French)  Dudon combined the practical nature of furniture with the sensual elements of sculpture creating his own take on French decorative arts of the 70s.Beauty Revealed, 1828. Watercolor on Ivory; 2 5/8" x 3 1/8"  Sarah Goodridge (American, 1788–1835)  Sarah Goodridge was known as a portraitist who spent her whole life in Boston. She painted this intimate self-portrait for the statesman Daniel Webster in 1828, the year of his first term as U.S. Senator. Webster sat for her at least twelve times over two decades......and she visited him in Washington, D.C.—the only time she is known to have left Boston.Their association is documented in forty-four letters that Webster wrote to her between 1827 and 1851.  This provocative portrai is viewed by some as a twist on the traditional lover's eye miniatures so popular in Europe at the time.   BELT BUCKLE NECKLACE PAUL FLATO FOR MRS. COLE PORTERCicely, 2010 (Ceramic) 20" x 12" x 12"     William J. O'Brien (American, Born 1975)  "Yes, there’s traditionally a craft-based relationship to ceramics, however, there’s an element of vulgarity to clay that interests me." -W. J. O'Brien

"Bubble" Dress c. 2010  Hussein Chalayan for Swarovski  Crystal Fabric and Plastic Glass Model, Lymnorea Trieda  Leopold & Rudolf BlaschkaTerracotta Relief of Skylla-Greek, about 465-435 BC  Height; 12.5 cm (almost 5")  Skylla was a monstrous sea goddess who haunted the rocks of certain narrow strait opposite the whirlpool daemon Kharybdis. Ships who sailed too close to her rocks would lose six men to her ravenous, darting heads. Homer describes Skylla as a creature with twelve dangling feet, six long necks and grisly heads lined with a triple row of sharp teeth. Her voice was likened to the yelping of dogs. Poseidon Brooch, David Webb (American) 1925–1975  An 18 Karat gold figure applied with black enamel, the belly set with a baroque cultured pearl measuring approximately 18.2 by 17.5 mm., and set with round diamonds (approximately 3.00 carats), and pear-shaped yellow sapphires......... Costume for a Squid (for the Ballet Russe), c.1916  Natalia Goncharova, Russian  Goncharova was an artist who was way ahead of her time. A painter, illustrator, textile designer and costume (and set) designer. She worked on several productions with Diagalev who said of her,  "The most celebrated of these advanced painters is a woman.This woman has all Saint Petersburg and all Moscow at her feet. And you will be interested to know that she has imitators not only of her paintings but of her person. She has started a fashion of nightdress-frocks in black and white, blue and orange. But that is nothing. She has painted flowers on her face. And soon the nobility and Bohemia will be driving out in sledges, with horses and houses drawn and painted on their cheeks, foreheads and necks”

Object, The Clans and Tartans of Scotland, c. 2002  Georgia Russell (British) born 1974  Georgia Russell is interested in objects that carry invisible histories. Books are one of her favorite subjects. She explores these ideas by 'un-making' them. In this case, by slicing into the paper jacket she has created three-dimensional patterns that suggest flames, seaweed, a skeleton, and other organic forms. In the process she invests the book jacket with new energy and a new identity, while it still retains vestiges of its original form and meaning.Lithograph from a Series of 56, "Tevye the Milkman", 1961  24.5" x 18.5"  Anatoli Lvovich Kapkan, Russian, 1902-1980  Kaplan, a Russian draftsman and lithographer studied at the Leningrad Academy from 1921 to 1927 and then worked as a stage designer for ten years. He became a member of the Union of Soviet Artists in 1939 and his work was regularly shown in Russia.Issey Miyake and Fujiwara Dai  A-POC Queen Textile (A Piece of Clothing), 1997  Queen Textile is an innovative outfitting system that produces self–tailored clothing through mass production, a marriage of systems that seem inherently at odds. An industrial weaving machine is preprogrammed to spin an enormous, continuous tube of fabric. A repeating pattern of seams is woven into the tube, creating a patchwork of shapes whose outlines begin to suggest dresses, shirts, socks, gloves, and hats. The customer can cut along the seams without destroying the tubular structure of each individual item. The result is a puzzle of monochromatic articles of clothing that leaves behind virtually no wasted material. Print (Woodcut on Paper), 1506-1507   Albrecht Dürer, Germany 1471 - 1528  Interlaced cord pattern with oblong shield, H: 27.8 cm, W: 20.9 cm  Here are a few things I learned about Dürer when I decided to re-run this:  - He was one of 18 children.  - As he gained notoriety he refused invitations to dinner in case someone should try to poison him.  -Dürer's remarkable achievement was through applying mathematics to art, he developed such fundamentally new and important ideas within mathematics itself.  Hairpin, Enfant (tête). Made by Jean Schlumberger for Elsa Schiaparelli  Gold metal, Glass Beads and Enamel Circa 1936-1939

Botanical Illustration, Magnolia  Georg Dionysius Ehret, German born, 1708 - 1770Gelatin silver print, Gorham Silver, 1930.  Edward Steichen (American, 1879–1973)  Steichen became a commercial photographer after making his mark as an art photographer, but utilizing the same sensibility for both as proven in this ad for Gorham Silver.  Necklace make of Gold, Peru (3rd-7th Century)DALISalvador Dali, Spanish artist, 1904–1989  Tiles ca. 1954. Glazed earthenware 20 cm x 20 cm each.  Produced by MPG; Onda Spain.Yves St. Laurent on the day before the opening of his first collection for Dior, 1957. Inge Morath shooter.  Yves St. Laurent was born tomorrow August 1, in 1936

Ruy Barbosa Labor Courthouse Sao Paulo,  São Paulo, Brazil, 2004  Architect, Decio Tozzi  "The conceptual issue underlying the design of this courthouse was how one may propose, within a democratic metropolitan post-industrial society, a new formal structure, a semantic expression of such an important type of public building architecture and at the same time to make its insertion in the city capable of expressing a singular relationship carrying both meanings, that is a metaphor of the metropolis in itself."  - Decio TozziPair of Earrings Shaped like a Woman's Head, Gold and Enamel Crimea. Bosporan Kingdom, Panticapaeum. Circa 350 BCRaspberry Pudding, Oil on Panel, 25 x 29 cm (aprox. 9" x 12")  Arnout van Albada (Dutch)  Arnout van Albada lives and works in Groningen, The Netherlands. He graduated from Groningen based Minerva Art Academy in 1993. Van Albada carefully builds up his paintings in layers. From a colored base to monochrome underpainting made with egg tempera. The work is then further elaborated with numerous semi-transparent layers of oil paint.Kiss of Death Bonnet, 1994  Designed by Jo Gordan, EnglishTable Lamp, ca. 1958. Angelo Barovier (Italian)  Colored glass, brass 16 1/4" (41.3 cm.) Tall  The company is one of the oldest family businesses in the world, founded in 1295 as simply Barovier, in 1936 merging with Toso Glassworks and now known as Barovier and Toso.

  Color sheets and layout of the Never Before series, 1976  Josef Albers, German born (1888) American (died 1976)  Albers, both a painter and an educator formed the basis of some of the most influential and far-reaching art education programs of the twentieth century. Promoting "the revelation and evocation of vision through art." He and his wife the fiber artist Anni Albers came to America and taught at the Black Mountain College in North Carolina.  July 14th, Bastille Day. The French national holiday which celebrates the beginning of the French Revolution.  Stamp with a skull and guillotines  with the words “liberty” and “fraternity” (1799)Telephone Number Sweater, ca.1960  Elizabeth Hawes, American, 1903-1971  Elizabeth Hawes was a fashion copyist, stylist and assistant designer in Paris in the 1920s, a successful fashion designer with her own business in New York in the 1930s, who was then blacklisted by McCarthism. In many wasys she was clairvoyant on how the industry would develop. She wrote for the New Yorker when she lived in Paris, and penned several books here (Fashion is Spinach is a terrific read). A hard drinker for most of her life she died of cirrhosis of the liver in 1971.  Pitcher, 1900. Keller Frères France (Paris), 1878–1922  Gilded silver 10 1/4 × 7 × 5 in. (26 × 18 × 12.5 cm)  James Cagney, ca. 1932. Shooter, Imogen Cunningham, American 1883-1976  James Cagney (aka Yankee Doodle Dandy) was born today July 17th in 1899

  Self-Portrait, Jean Cocteau in a letter to Paul Valéry, October 1924  Jean Cocteau was one of the most influential creative figures in the Parisian avant-garde between the two World Wars.  "Style is a simple way of saying complicated things." -Jean Cocteau  Yesterday July 5th was the birthdate (1889) of Jean Cocteau  Porcelain stoneware wine-jar (Qing/Ming Dynasty c 1600-1700).  The wine-jar has a gilt copper-bound mouthrimand finely crazed turquoise glaze. There is an inscription on the shoulder (but I don't know what it says. Anyone?) Aproximately 13" tallHigh Top Moccasins (Kiowa), c. 1890-1900  Leather, Rawhide, Paint, Metal, and Glass beads  The Kiowas were a patriarchal society of indians (hunters and gatherers) who migrated with the American bison because it was their main food source along with an abundant supply of antelope, deer, wild berries, wild fruit, turkeys and other wild game. Portrait of Louise Neri 1999  David Seidner Photographer, American 1957-1999  "Using a very formal, nearly shadowless light granting an icy tone to each image makes for remarkable work glorifying the steady gaze shared by camera and subject. Each portrait can appear as a nearly perfect representational painting of what it is: a carefully composed and posed photograph that places current people in another time."        -A David Bryant  Flower Arranging Basket, c. 1930-1940  Japan, Ishikawa Shoun, 1895-1973  A large globe form, woven of wide swirling slats of honey colored bamboo. Signed on the reverse by the artist with an incised signature.

 Drawing, Design for Woven Tapestry; Gunta Stölzl (German 1897-1983)  Stölzl studied decorative painting, glass painting, ceramics, art history and style in Munich from 1914 to 1916. During WWI (1916 to 1918), she worked as a Red Cross nurse. In 1919, after briefly re-enrolling at the school of applied arts in Munich, she began her studies at the Bauhaus. In her first year there she began what she referred to as the “women’s department”, which due to the underlying gender roles within the school, eventually became synonymous with the weaving workshop. Among other accomplishments, Stölzl designed upholstered furniture with Marcel Breuer.Photograph, (Gelatin silver print) c. 1931-38; Untitled, Study of Beauty  Dora Maar (French, 1907–1997)  Maar is primarily known as Pablo Picasso's muse of nearly a decade (beginning late 1930s), including  for Guernica and The Weepng Woman, but Maar was a painter and photographer in her own right (surrealism movement).  She was born Henriette Theodora Marković, of French and Croatian descent. After a horrific break up of the affair of nearly 10 years with Picasso Maar entered into analysis and then became a Roman Catholic.  "After Picasso God" -Dora Maar      L'OEIL Magaine co-founded by Rosamond Bernier, 1955 (Paris)  Born in Philadelphia of an American father and an English mother, Rosamond Bernier was educated in France, in England and at Sarah Lawrence College. She then lived for some years in Mexico, where she flew her own airplane and raised a small private zoo.  After World War II she spent more than twenty years in Paris, initially as European features editor for VOGUE magazine. Then In 1955 she co-founded the fabulous arts magazine L'OEIL with her than husband the art dealer Georges Bernier, she ran the magazine until 1970.  After a bitter divorce she moved back to New York and re-invented herself in a new career as a “professional talker” (her description) giving vivid lectures on art and artists, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Delivered with impeccable diction, without notes, and in full eveningwear, her evenings sold out months in advance (I was fortunate enough to attend several). Soon after her return she married the love of her life, New York Times art critic John Russell.  So much for “no second acts” in American life (F. Scott Fitzgerald)……….Hat, Hattie Carnegie (American, 1880–1956). ca.1940. Wool, Feathers, Silk  Carnegie, was an "early onset" fashion entrepeneur who emigrated with her family to the United States at the age of six. She was known for her elegant couture collection and secondary ready-to-wear lines. Her company was revolutionary in the sense that it was one of the first to introduce ready-to-wear to the high-end market as well as  pioneering the 'head-to-hem' boutique concept that paved the way for the future success of fashion designers in America.Painting, New York/Liberty c.1918  Florine Stettheimer (American 1871-1944)  This painting is now on view at the great new Whitney Museum of American Art in their inagural exhibition, "America Is Hard To See".  A Happy Independence Day Weekend to all Americans! Travel safe.

Sky Globe, etched glass. c.1930.   Edward Hald (Swedish, 1883-1980) for Orrefors  As a young man Hald studied business, architecture and painting. In 1917 he went to work for Orrefors where he designed both art and utility glass.  The Sky Globe (53 cm tall...almost 21") is considered to be one of the highlights of his career.Season V (Tennis Poodle Pineapple), c. 2014  Gold, Herkimer diamonds  Kara Hamilton, Canadian, b. 1967  Kara Hamilton is a sculptor and jewelry maker who works extensively with recycled gold and raw minerals.A 19th Century (that would be antique) Ivory Sculpture  A hanging fruit form with openwork trellis design depicting farmyard fowl and goats in a landscape. It has a flower and branch handle and a carved link chain. L: 10" (25.5 cm). Photograph, May 1944 Vogue. John Rawlings  (1912-1970)  Rawlings was a Condé Nast Publications fashion photographer from the 1930s through the 1960s. He was in the elite circle of top Vogue shooters including Irving Penn, Horst P. Horst, George Hoyningen-Huene, and George Platt Lynes.  The Star of India Sapphire  The world's largest sapphire, allegedly around 2 billion years old, weighs 563-carats and is roughly the size of a golf ball. On Halloween eve in 1964, it was stolen in aheist at the Museum of Natural History in NYC, only to be found a few days later in a Miami bus terminal locker. Today, it is back at its home....carefully secured.

The State Museum of Azerbaijani Carpet and Applied Art  Azerbaijan's Carpet Museum has been around since 1967, first inside a 15th-century mosque, and then on the second-floor of a columned monolith that had (until the dissolution of the USSR in the '90s) been the Lenin museum. But now it has a permanant home .....the place where it apparently truly belongs: an ultra-cheesy new structure shaped like a rolled up rug. The Carpet Museum, designed by Austrian architect Franz Janz, is somewhere between delightful and terrible, an eye-popping example of literal architecture.  The new building houses 13,300 exhibits and items, including carpets, thread-work samples, metalwork, fabrics, clothing, ceramic, glass, wooden and paper items, jewelry, books, and a unique collection of photographs. It also highlights all areas of the Azerbaijani carpet making school and features a wide assortment of centuries-old carpets and thread-work samples.Moonstone Tiara c. 1905,  Josef Franz Maria Hoffmann, Austrian (1870-1956)  Hoffmann was an Austrian architect and designer of consumer goods. In 1897 along with Joseph Maria Olbrich, Gustave Klimpt and Koloman Moser the Vienna Secession was born.   Photograph, De berg, c.2011.  Suzanne Jongmans, Dutch  "The objects in my work are used as symbols or values. I mutate into new plastics old costumes and old masters in new photographic works. By using time foreign materials, plastics and techno's, I am creating a time crux, a tension of time." - Suzanne JongmansGene Moore, window display for Tiffany & Co. c.1963  Gene Moore, a window dresser who during his half century career worked fanciful wonders with everything from shoes to diamond necklaces for the carriage trade. He spent 39 years at Tiffany's as VP of window display where he turned their five little windows into head-turning attractions. Queen Mary's Doll House, completed in 1924  Sir Edwin Lutyens, Architect  In 1922 the British Empire Exhibition of Arts and Manufacturing, conceived to boost spirits and to stimulate trade, was given the go-ahead, and this tiny masterpiece of an English house, displaying the very best that the United Kingdom could offer.  Once the project began Lutyens regularly held what he called 'Dollyleuyah Dinners’, to which more than 1,500 individuals becoming involved in the Dolls’ House would attend.  The house and everything in it is made to scale (1"=1')

Monogrammed Silver Canteen, Puiforcat; French c. 1925  Puiforcat was founded (Paris) in 1820 by Emile Puiforcat and his two cousins. However the house owes most of its renown to Jean Puiforcat - fourth generation of the family who almost a century later would establish the company in the avant-garde of modern silverwork.  Jean immersed himself in the wave of   artistic   change   that characterized the period between the wars, he was one of the founders of the Union des Artistes Modernes in 1929, and was  a friend of René Herbst, le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Chareau. He was passionate about sculpture and invented a revolutionary formal language that advocated adapting form to suit function.   Color Sample Vase, c. 2009 glazed earthenware H.35" W.28" D.6 "  Betty Woodman, American, b. 1930  Through her inventive use of color and form and her expert blend of a wide range of influences, Woodman creates exuberant and captivating ceramic sculpture.  'It makes good sense to use clay for pots, vases, pitchers, and platters, but I like to have things both ways. I make things that could be functional, but I really want them to be considered works of art." -Betty WoodmanInstallation. Coen Kaayk, The Netherlands, 1947-2014  Kaayk was a master of his chosen materials; plastic, fiberglass and lucite. Much of the time he worked with his wife (Guusje Smeets), together they created installations that put great value on the intricate trafficing of light and color through plexiglass.Chinese Robe, c. 1600  Silk Tapestry, Kesi; “cut silk,” deriving from the visual illusion of cut threads that is created by distinct, unblended areas of color. Photograph, Woman With Cut Hair; ca. 1930s  Man Ray, American born 1890-1976  "Nature does not create works of art. It is we, and the faculty of interpretation peculiar to the human mind, that see art." -Man Ray

A timeline of Marilyn Monroe on her Birthdate June 1Table, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany (1749-1832)   Although Goethe was one of the key figures of German literature in late 18th and early 19th Centuries, he also explored color theory for more then 40 years. Featured here is a Screen/Table for the theory of colors used in demonstrations and lectures given by Goethe.Paul Rudolph proposed project lower ManhattanAphrodite Untying Her Sandal, Roman Period (27 B.C.-393 A.D.    Bronze, Gold jewelry added (my kinda girl!), H. 22.2 cm  This bronze statuette, which is probably of Syrian origin, demonstrates the importance of the cult of Aphrodite in the eastern regions of the Roman Empire. It is inspired by a famous statue of the Hellenistic period, which subsequently was copied many times: the goddess, who appears entirely nude, is untying one of her sandals. The theme, offering a pretext for sensitive observation of the female body, is in the tradition of classical sculpture.Protaetia Niveoguttata  (Yellow Spotted Beetle from Thailand), Shooter unknown  Sometimes nature says it all........

Commander Edward Steichen photographed above the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington by Ens Victor Jorgensen, November, 1943  In early 1942 the Navy established the Naval Aviation Photographic Unit to document and publicize its aviation activities. They chose Steichen as its head and asked him to recruit the most talented photographers he could find. The purpose of the unit was to attract top-rate photography in the press, posters, and leaflets that would help the Navy reach its quota of 30,000 new pilots each year.  Please take the time to say "Thank you for your service" when you see someone from our armed forces. Today is Memorial Day in the U.S.A.The Green Citadel of Magdeburg, Germany   Designed by Friedenreich Hundertwasser, Austrian 1928 - 2000  Hundertwasser, an artist and architect believed in a world of novelty that is full of individuality and creativity, in harmony with nature. Hundertwasser saw himself as an ‘Architect Doctor’ and a healer of sick buildings. He was interested in creating urban spaces that “opposed the functional and rationalist positioning on housing”. Indeed.A Pair of Villanovan Bronze Votive Hands, Ca. 7th C. B.C., aprox. 12" tall  The Villanovan culture was the earliest Iron Age culture of central and northern Italy. The Villanovans introduced iron-working to the Italian peninsula as they controlled the rich copper and iron mines of Tuscany and were accomplished metalworkers. In the second half of the 8th century the Villanovans of Tuscany were influenced artistically by Greece.An assortment of carved chair backs, 19th Century GermanA Gold "Turban" Compact   Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co., ca. 1960s

Little Nurse, Painting, oil on canvas 39 1/4"  x  31 1/4 " c. 2007  Shichinohe Masaru, Japanese b. 1959  The paintings of Masaru portray a dark and surreal world..... He is also referred to as “Maboroshi“, which means ghost in Japanese.Pink Handbag, France c.1820  Made of Cardboard, sequins and steelPoster for Vertigo, c.1958. Designed by Saul Bass, American 1920-1996  Saul Bass, who was a pioneer of film-title sequences and of film poster design. Aside from his poster work, Bass conceived the title sequence as an integral part of the film and as something that could, through the use of music, typography and moving image, establish the mood and emotional register of a film.Stool, c. 1925, Rosewood, H 12" D. 9 3/4"  Pierre Legrain, French, 1889–1929   Legrain is credited as one of the founders of the Art Deco style. He created furniture for Jacques Doucet, a collector of African art, the infuluence of can be seen here in this example of Legrain's work.Photograph - Martin Munkácsi, Hungarian 1896-1963  A Field Full of Children at a Summer Camp, Kissingen, Germany, 1929

X-RAY of Space Suit worn by Alan Shepard, 1961  Alan Shepard became the first American in space when the Freedom 7 spacecraft blasted off from Florida in May of 1961.Grand Camée de France,  c.20 A.D.  Discovered as part of the treasure of the Byzantine Empire and taken to France, it is the largest of the ancient Roman cameos that has survived, it's about 10.25" wide and 12" tall, so it's safe to assume it was never used as a piece of jewelry. Most likely it was displayed as a small sculpture or work of art in its own right.  It is engraved with twenty-four figures, divided into three levels. The general meaning and iconographic intent of the work are debated, but generally clear and they assert the continuity and dynastic legitimacy of the Julio-Claudian dynasty.   The cameo was stolen during the French Revolution, and than recovered in Amsterdam..... It now resides in Paris at the Bibliothèque Nationale.Untitled (Cubes #130), ca. 1983 each cube aprox. 3.5"   Vasa Velizar Mihich Yugoslavian/American b. 1933   Vasa Mihich, an academically trained painter, became a member of the faculty at the University of Belgrade in 1956. During a visit to Paris that same year, he became aware of the growing importance of American art, and four years later he immigrated to the United States.  “Mihich is the most sensuous and sensational colorist of the southern California artists working in plastic.”- Henry Seldis, former art critic of The Los Angeles Times.Font Study, Ricky Swallow, Australian born 1974  Patinated Bronze. 21" x 19" x 3"Photograph, Portrait; Mama Casset, 1908-1992  Senegal  Casset was introduced to the world of photography when his family moved to the economic capital of Dakar. Upon completing elementary school Casset became an employee of Comptoir photographique de l’Afrique Occidental Française, a photographic store run by a French gentleman.  After joining than leaving the French navy Casset grew renown photographing members of his social circle, soon he flourished, becoming one of the top photographers of his day. Mama Casset’s images are made unique through his masterful eye and artistic compositions.   Sadly, by 1983 Casset was completely blind and forced to retire.  Adding insult to injury, the following year his studio caught fire destroying the majority of his archives.  The few images remaining, hidden from  public view, and scattered in the photo albums and personal collections of Dakar’s families. Fortunately his work was saved by the Paris-based Revue Noire who have become his champions.

Poster by Gunter Rambow, German Graphic Designer Sombrero, wool and silk Mexican 19th century   Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage and, includes parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States  The Order of the Golden Fleece badge, c. 1628 Austrian  Silver, diamond, emerald and BIG pearl, H: 3 cm, W: 2cmAcrylic Table Lamp (shown open and closed) c. 1967  Superstudio, Italy   Superstudio was an architecture firm, founded in 1966 in Florence, Italy by Adolfo Natalini and Cristiano Toraldo di Francia.Superstudio was considered a major part of the Radical architecture movement of the late 1960s.  Critics agree that the work of Superstudio was influential, or even entirely inspirational to, among others, architects like Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Bernard Tschumi.An 18th-century engraving of a Roman marble copy of a Greek replica of a lost Geometric period Statue of the Ephesian Artemis

Photomontage, Confessions Void, Plate VII ca. 1919-1929  Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore  Follow this……...Claude Cahun (born Lucy Renee Mathilde Schwob in 1894 Nantes, France) met Marcel Moore (born Suzanne Alberte Malherbe in 1892 Nantes, France) In 1909 they met while they both studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Nantes.. Moore was 17 years old and Cahun was 15. Soon after they met they began a lifelong (30 years) artistic and romantic collaboration (Cahun described Moore as "l'autre moi"; the other me) In 1917 Moore's widowed mother married Cahun's divorced father, so not only were they artistic collaborators and lovers, they were also step-sisters.   Between 1920 and 1937, they lived in Paris, where they became involved with the surrealism movement. In 1937 they moved to Jersey and in 1940 were imprisoned for activities in the resistance during the Occupation. They were condemned to death by the Gestapo, spending the duration of the war in prison. After the war, although they wished to return to Paris they stayed in Jersey because of Cahun’s fragile health, there they continued to produce artworks. Cahun died in Jersey in 1954, Moore in 1972, she was buried with Cahun. Palanquin Finials with Lotuses, ca. 1650–80 Islamic  These finials were made to adorn the poles of a palanquin, which is a covered litter for one passenger, consisting of a large box carried on two horizontal poles by four or six bearers.  These are a particularly fine example, made of cpper; cast, pierced, chased, and gilded. The decoration includes a pierced, openwork pattern of flattened lotus pods and scrolling vines on the body, and lotus flowers that issue from the domed ends. The Escalator at PZero Pirelli Concept Store, Milan  The great example of how sense memory can affect experience, this retail space is generated by a reworking the history of the company (and collective history) thanks to icons, objects and images that trace the heritage of Pirelli to the contemporary brand PZero. The materials (photos etc.) refer to the founding of Pirelli Milan in 1872. and is the evidence of how a well-designed store is able to tell a story, but also to entertain and engage people who access it.  Waterfall Bench, 2011. Tokujin Yoshioka, Japanese (born 1967)  Yoshioka began experimenting with glass in 2002. over the years he has developed new glass products and refined his techniques. He has developed a special glass material that allows him to make forms that blend into their surroundings while producing unique optical aesthetics. This bench was produced as part of a museum installationTraditional Maypole dance from England;  Detail from a 19th Century Drawing  The Maypole is a decorated tree or tree trunk that is usually erected, celebrated and danced around on May 1. The symbolism of the maypole has been continuously debated by folklorists for centuries, although no set conclusion has ever been arrived at. Some scholars classify maypoles as symbols of the world axis (axis mundi), while others view them as having phallic symbolism. This notion has been supported by various figures including the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. For me May Day is cause for celebration as it is the bithdate of my very dear friend JM. Happiest Birthday to him, and to the rest of you.....Happy May Day!

Geneva Lady's Gold Modernist Wristwatch ca. 1970, Rolex Switzerland  The outside span of this watch is close to 2", which for its time (no pun intended) was considered large for a woman's watch. The design was "experimental",  and is unusual for the Rolex company.Airport Control Tower, Batumi Georgia ca. 2010-2011  Architect, Michele De Lucchi-Italian, b. 1951  Built in a stripped style in 2007 by the national airline Sakaeronavigatsia, the Batumi airport control tower was subsequently pronounced unfit for the purposes of an international runway. In order to restyle it without altering its basic structure, iDeLucchi decided to wrap the tower in a new and softer-looking envelope. Its slightly transparent cladding rests on the building and creates a sense of movement, disguising the geometrical rigidity of the profile beneath it.  By the by, when researching this structure for Object Lesson I noticed that DeLucchi has designed at least 5 public structures for the country of Georgia.Self Portrait, ca. 1937–38 Oil on Canvas, 25 9/16" x 32"  Leonora Carrington, Mexican (born England) 1917–2011  Born in Britain, Carrington spent her childhood on a country estate surrounded by animals and reading fairy tales and legends. She revisited these memories in her adulthood, creating paintings populated with real and imagined creatures. As an adult, her life was almost as picaresque and surreal as her art: She eloped with Max Ernst, hung out with Picasso and Dali, fled the Nazis, escaped from a Spanish psychiatric hospital and later settled in Mexico, where she built a reputation as one of the most original and visionary British artists and writers of the 20th century.Desk Vienna, c. 1903. Designed by Koloman Moser, Austrian  As a graphic artist, designer, and one of the foremost proponents of the Vienna Secession movement, Koloman Moser helped define the art of his time  A pioneer of modern design, Moser worked across diverse types of media both in two and three dimensions.The desk shown here is veneered in thuya wood, inlaid with satinwood and brass, engraved and inked, on a deal carcase, with mahogany interior, oak drawer linings, other woods, including lime, spruce, alder, plane and elm, and gilt metal feet.   Bronze Torso From An Equestrian Statue Wearing a Cuirass  Greek or Roman, 2nd C. B.C-2nd C. A.D.  A cuirass (also called corselet) is a defensive armor for the torso comprising a breastplate and backplate. As parts of actual military equipment of classic antiquity, cuirasses and corsets of bronze, iron, or some other rigid substance. These "garments" of protection were sometimes embellished with symbolic representation in relief, familiar in official Roman sculpture.

Botanical Painting, Traveller's Palm ca. 1812-1831  John Reeves Collection  This painting of Ravenala madagascariensis is a species of plant from Madagascar, given the name "traveller's palm" because the sheaths of the stems hold rainwater, which supposedly could be used as an emergency drinking supply for needy travellers.  John Reeves, served as the East India Company’s China based tea inspector from 1812-31. He was an amateur naturalist who commissioned Chinese artists to paint the natural history found around them for European market. His collection is considered extremely important for the record of both plant and animal species they illustrate.The Imperial Emerald  Weighing in at 206 carats it is the world's most valuable emerald due to the fact that it is so clean, clear and totally unenhanced.The Topiary Gardens at Levens Hall, The Lake District, Great Britian  A surreal and fantastic living sculpture gallery this topiary garden is considered the finest, oldest and most extensive in the world. There are over 100 pieces, each clipped to an unusual and individual design. Some of the trees and bushes are three hundred years old. The layout of the garden has changed little since its inception and initial training in the 1690s.Photograph, Green-c 1970s. Guy Bourdin, French (1928-1991)  Bourdin was influenced by his mentor Man Ray, photographer Edward Weston, the surrealist painters Magritte and Balthus, and film maker Luis Buñuel. Even though much less well known to the public than his colleague Helmut Newton, Bourdin possibly has been more influential on the younger generations of fashion photographers.Malachite Trumeau' cabinet, c. 1956 Piero Fornasetti, Italian (1913-1988)  Fornasetti was internationally known for his original and boldly graphic black-and-white ceramics and furniture that ran the gamut from coasters to multipanel screens. He is one of my design heroes because of his fertile imagaination.........oh,  and he was booted out of art school for insubordination.  Throughout his life Mr. Fornasetti worked poetically with glass, fabric, porcelain and wood.  This cabinet, rather than being constructed of real malachite, is made in wood, then printed and lacquered by hand.

Lengola Mask, Zaire-early 20th century. Wood, encrusted patina  The Lengola produce large statues (Butoka), which are made of six pieces of wood and are intended to wart off evil to ensure social stability. During the initiation rite, when the statues would be ceremonially brought out, abstract polychrome masks were used as well.Parapillar 7 CA. 2006, David Batchelor, Scottish living in London B. 1955  Steel support with plastic, metal, rubber, painted wood and feather objects  267 x 78 x 78 cm  Batchelor makes sculptural installations from objects found in the streets of London, hollowed, stacked and given a new life as empty but brightly colored light boxes or as unlit composites. Consistent throughout his works is the lurking familiarity of the material leftovers of modern life, from factory scrap to disused or broken domestic items, re-purposed into hypnotic, beautifully patterned objects presenting a distillation of color’s presence in our everyday environment.      Gold Necklace, 350-250 BC Western Greek (Probably made in Italy) Vase, “Deux Anneaux Pigeons” Rene Lalique, French, 1860–1945.  Clear glass with two dichroic opalescent/amber glass loop handles, each molded with two pigeons amongst flowering branches, heightened with brown staining. H. 13″Painting, Blue Arson in the Tuileries, c.1569, French, artist unknown  Portrait, Marguerite de Valois (1553-1615) - Queen of Navarre 1572 and Queen of France 1589 - married to Henri lV de Bouron  - daughter of Henri ll de Valois and Catherine de Medici.

Example of Peaceful Empire – Museum, Congratulatory Palace Visit Meiji Period 1868-1912, Utagawa Kunisada III (Japan, 1848–1920)  Polychrome Woodblock print; Ink and color on paper  14 1/2" X 9 5/16"  Until the Meiji Period western fashions were virtually unknown in Japan. In 1871 the Emperor issued a mandate requiring high officials to wear Western clothes during business hours or when at official functions (he himself had donned western garb before). Shortly afterwards, fashion conscious women also began wear Western dresses in public, following the example of the Empress.Médailler Cabinet c.1770-1775, Pierre Garnier, French 1720 - 1800  Garnier was one of the pioneers of the Neoclassical style in furniture. As early as 1761, when other cabinetmakers were still creating furniture in the Rococo style with floral marquetry and curvilinear gilt bronze mounts, Garnier produced furniture based on architectural forms decorated with parquetry and motifs drawn from the architecture of classical antiquity such as swags, rosettes, Greek key patterns, and fluting.  Garnier worked mainly for "important" clients who shared his avant-garde tastes. Among them was the marquis de Marigny, minister of arts under Louis XV, and brother of Madame de Pompadour.Vertical Garden, Madrid. French botanist Patrick Blanc (b. 1953)  Blanc specializes in plants from tropical forests. He is one of the modern innovators of the green wall/vertical Garden.This installation of green plants growing on the wall of the neighboring house, is part of CaixaForum Art Gallery constructed by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron from 2001 to 2007. The building combins an old unused industrial building hollowed out at the base and inside, and placed on top further floors which are encased with rusted steel. Necklace made of Victorian theater tickets encased in gold rims and hung on a gold link chain like charms. Edith Head, Costume Designer. American 1897–1981. This necklace (designed by her) was from her personal collection, and bequeathed to Elizabeth Taylor when Head passed away in 1981.Toy Rabbit with Cybals having belonged to Winston Churchill (English)

iPhone Case, $208,000. 2014 Buccellati, Italian This 21st C. design is one-of-a-kind was designed by Lucrezia Buccellati, the 25-year-old scion of the family and company that bears the same name. Atop the gold case are sunburst designs made of white gold and diamonds. Lucrezia said she was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings of the sun.....................Photograph, Steve McQueen and his wife, Neile Adams, Palm Springs, 1963  John Dominis (American), 1921-2013  Dominis was a photo journalist for Life magazine. He was known for capturing celebrities, wild animals and presidents at their unguarded best, His most famous picture  is the one of two American medal winners raising black-gloved fists at the 1968 Olympics.  Today, March 24th is the birthday of Steve McQueen.Drawing, Here it comes #8 (veiled), 2009.Jim Hodges (American, born 1957)  60" x 41", 24 K Gold, charcoal on paper  Jim Hodges is an artist who constructs elaborate collages and installations out of disparate materials including napkins, silk, plastic, metal wires, and sheet metal disguised with camouflage. Frequently hanging from ceilings like draped curtains or gathered in piles in the corners of galleries, the pieces are like baroque pastoral landscapes brought into the third dimension. Poetic, elegant, and deeply emotional, Hodges's best works are meditations on love, the cycle of life, and the passing of time.Detail of the incredible facade of the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland, opend 2011. A collaboration between artist Olafur Eliasson and Henning Larsen Architects.Monogram created for the "Monseigneur le Dauphin"  c. 1680  (heir to the throne Louis XIV), Charles  Mavelot  In 1680 Mavelot publlished "Le Livre de Chiffres" (the book of Monograms). In his book he used a simple alphabet as a basis overlaying letters 2 or 3 at a time creating spectacular patterns for monogramming. His work was considered the definitive source on the subject not just for engravers but for artists, goldsmiths, clockmakers and sculptors.

Black-Lacquered Kabuto (Helmet)  with the arm of a guardian deity wielding a Vajra  Japanese, Edo period (17th century)A Young Daughter of the Picts, ca. 1585 (10 1/4" × 7 3/8" )  Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, French 1533–1588. The colorfully ornamented body of the young woman illustrated above, is part of the “Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia”. It evokes his drawings of the Timucuan women in the new world who tattooed their bodies, mixed with his own predilection for botanical paintings.Rhondo Chair, ca. 1970  Gordon Andrews, Australian (1914-2001)  Andrews is probably Australia’s best known international designer of the mid fifties. He trained at the Sydney Technical College, went off to work in England and Italy, and then in 1955 established a practice in Sydney. He designed Australia’s decimal currency notes as well as jewelry, fabrics, ephemera, offices, shops, sculptures, pottery and furniture. The Rhondo chair (initially designed in 1956) in many inceptions is his most iconic chair.Gold Cup, Greek-Early Hellandic II, circa 2700–2500 B.C.  The function of cups like this is not certain, but experts believe they were most likely used as drinking cups, likened to fine table wares of their age.'Made in Paradise', Photograph by Ruven Afanador, Colombian  Vogue Germany, October 2001  Afanador is an internationally renowned photographer known for an opulent classicism nuanced by an irreverent point of view. His visual language is informed by the emotion and lavish style of his Latin American heritage.

Human-Headed Winged Bull (lamassu), 16ft tall. Palace of Sargon II (721–705 BC) at Khorsabad (northern Iraq)  Because this priceless object was excavated (between 1928–1935) by the Oriental Institute in Chicago, it now lives there and is safe from harm.Self Portrait (from a series), 2009 Ahn Jun (South Korea)  40" x 60" HDR Ultra Chrome Archival Pigment Print  Ahn Jun's Self-Portrait project features the dainty photographer on the ledge of some dangerously imposing buildings. The series appears to be a reflection of urban life from the somber perspective of an isolated girl amidst a jungle of concrete buildings.Painting, Guardian of the Black Egg, 1955  Leonor Fini, 1907-1996 (Argentina)  Born in Argentina, Fini emigrated to Europe at age 17, ending up in Paris where she fell in with a group of surrealistic painters including Max Ernst. She is one of the only female surrealist painters to have made a name for herself without having been attached to another male painter (by sleeping with, or being married to one). Her work crossed disciplines; painter, designer, illustrator, and author, always known for her unapologetic depictions of powerful women.Victorian Turquoise, Ruby and Diamond Bracelet, ca 1870   The hinged band designed as a coiled pavé-set turquoise serpent, accented by cabochon ruby eyes and old European-cut diamond detail, suspending a pavé-set turquoise sphere, mounted in silver.The Toilette of the Duchess of Parma, CA. 1847  François-Désiré Froment-Meurice (1802-1855) with the collaboration of the architect Duban, the sculptors Feuchère and Geoffroy-Dechaume, the ornemanist Liénard, the enamellists Sollier, Grisée, Meyer-Heine

National Library in Astana, Kazakhstan  BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) Architects 2012 (completed)Indian Wedding Shoes, ca. 1800s The Garden Egg Chair, (both closed and open) ca. 1968  Design, Peter Ghyczy (Hungary)  Manufactured by Elastogran GmbH in Lemförde (West Germany)  Ghyczy was head of the design dept. at Elastogran GmbH. Although the company was part of West Germany they produced the chair in East Germany (cost considerations). The production of the chair stopped after only 2 or 3 years as the lacquering proved problematic (big surprise) The nursery slide of the young Tsar Alexei Alexander Palace in Tsarkoye Selo  A summer residence of the Romanovs and the family's last real shelter from the revolutionary storms that would consume them.The grocery list of Michaelangelo, 16th C.

 Drum Orrery, ca. 1820 Designed by Benjamin Martin  A Drum Orrery is a planetary model introduced in the mid 18th century by Martin. It is a demonstration model to show the motions of the Earth, Moon and planets around the Sun. Such devices became popular during the 18th century to reproduce the motions of the solar system. This model employs a hand crank to drive gear wheels. This one would probably have been the property of a wealthy individual with an interest in astronomy.Oil on Canvas, Glas met appelbloesem [Glass with apple blossom], 1914  28 cm. x 23.5 cm.  Jan Mankes (Dutch, 1889-1920)  Mankes has been characterized as the most tranquil Dutch painter. His work with its clean, understated colors and balanced compositions shows his great love for nature. Unfortunately he died at an early age but still managed to leave an impressive amount of work that includes ncludes approximately two hundred paintings, fifty prints, and more than hundred sketches and drawings. Necklace, Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe (Swedish 1927-2004)  Bülow-Hübe was a pioneer of Swedish jewelery in the mid-20th century. At the time, jewelery was a prestigious object that women were given by their husbands and that indicated his wealth and status. The larger the stones in the wife’s jewelery, the more successful her husband was deemed to be. Bülow-Hübe revolutionised design when she started to make pieces from more modest materials (wood, ivory and not so precious stones) for female customers who were enjoying a newfound freedom to consume on their own terms following the Second World War. Eartha KItt Photographed by Gordon Parks (1912-2006)  Parks was a self-taught artist who became the first African-American photographer for Life and Vogue magazines. He became a prolific, world-renowned photographer, writer, composer and filmmaker - he directed Shaft.Blown Glass Double Recipient for Oil and Vinegar  18th c. Romania

Louis Sullivan, American (1856-1924)  Northwest ornamental cast-iron entrance  the Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co Building, 1898-1904Künnapu & Padrik Architects  Snailtower /Tartu, Estonia, 2008Tadao Ando, Japan b. 1941  Langen Foundation, Neuss Germany 2003  Tadao Ando is one of the most renowned contemporary Japanese architects. Characteristics of his work include large expanses of unadorned architectural concrete walls combined with wooden or stone floors and large windows. Active natural elements, like sun, rain, and wind are a distinctive inclusion to his style.  Originally built for NATO the foundation now functions as a museum for the foundation showcasing a collection of Asian and Modern Art. Paul Revere Williams (American) , 1894-1980  Sensebrenner Residence, Beverly Hills, 1933  Williams began designing homes and commercial buildings in the early 1920s. By the time he died, he had created some 2,500 buildings, most of them in and around Los Angeles, but also around the globe. He was known for his grand entrance ways. Williams the first black architect to become a member of the American Institute of Architects in 1923, and in 1957 he was inducted as the AIA's first black fellow.The Kugelhaus,  Dresden, 1928  Designed by Peter Birch  Built as part of an exhibition "city of technology, 1928 Ball House was the first spherical building in the world. It had six levels and a lift. Described by Nazi press as “degenerate art to be destroyed” and “un-German”, It was demolished in 1938. Today, there is the railway station and the park opposite the Transparent Factory, an automobile production plant where Volkswagen AG's VW Phaeton finished cars are stored.................

MONDAYDetail; Carving: St. Jamess Church  Grinling Gibbons, 1648-1721 (born in Holland)Prevent Forrest Fires! Poster, done for the U.S. Government  George Giusti, Italian1908-1990. "Art is art," said George Giusti, whatever its expressed intention.Soundsuit, Nick Cave (artist) B. 1959  Nick Cave's  art, combining dance, sound, and costume design, has been exhibited around the world in galleries and print. Cave is professor and chair of fashion design at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and trained as a dancer with Alvin Ailey.A Selection of Eye Portrait Jewels, 18th -19th C. European  In the 18th and 19th centuries, wealthy british and european lovers exchanged ‘eye miniatures’.....love tokens so clandestine that it was almost impossible to identify their recipients, or the people they depict (sometimes on purpose if you get my drift). The jewels were meant to be worn inside the lapel or bosom near the heart.

Queen Victoria's Giant Diamond Necklace and Tear Dropped Earrings, Garrard (Jewelers) London, 1858  In  1857 Victoria was forced to hand over to the Duke of Cumberland, king of Hanover a chunk of her inherited jewelry. She was so angered by this that she ordered the royal jewelers (Garrard) to make carbon copies of the jewelry using precious stones from "swords and useless things", as put by her.Drake Mallard Tureen, 1781  Christian Gottlob Lücke, (German 1733 -1796 (modeller)  Meissen (manufacturer)The tureen can be traced to the use of the communal bowl, but during the reign of Louis XIV it was developed from a practical covered serving vessel into one of the most richly ornamented centerpieces of the formal apparatus of dining. This period also saw the old practice of dressing the dinner table with every dish at once (service à la française) superseded by the new practice of separate courses at meal time-each entrée entering from the kitchens with an air of ceremony. Soup remained the first course of most meals, from the king's table to the peasant's, and the soup tureen on its serving platter provided the opening ceremony.Photo negative; Fliege,1928. Anton Stankowski, German 1906-1998  Stankowski worked across the disciplines of graphic design, photography and painting. For him there was no separation between free and applied art. Many of his photographic and painterly works flow into his functional graphic design.Photo of Joyce Bryant aka The Broze Blond Bombshell by Phillipe Halsman, 1954Livraria Lello; Porto, Portugal 1906  Xavier Esteves, Architect  This is a bookstore (named one of the three best in the world). The bookstore's architecture and interior design are a stunning example of retail. The facade is an excellent neo-gothic design. Once inside, there is an extraordinary interior - stained glass, carved wood, pressed copper, glass-enclosed bookshelves and an arched dome. There is also the curvaceous red stairway connecting two levels which, as it turns out was inspired by the the Galleries Lafayette in Paris-also a beautiful retail structure.

Central Africa Textile  Made by the Mbuti pygmy of the Ituri Forest, this textile is made by beating a layer of tree bark until it is thin and pliable. The women choose the tree and the preparation and beating are done by men .The women then paint the designs, which are often symbolic, using a mixture of charcoal and fruit juice.Painting, The Boy Mozart, 1763  Pietro Antonio Lorenzoni (Italian 1721–1782)  Commissioned by Leopold Mozart (the father) when Mozart is six years old. He is wearing a court costume given to him in 1762 at the Imperial Court in Vienna. Lorenzoni executed this by first painting the surroundings and clothing, and only then having Mozart pose.The Head of Berenice Abbott, 1929 Sculpted by Isamu Noguchi Goliwog Planters, Erwine and Estelle Laverne  Laverne Originals, American 1961  Autochrome, Portrait of a Woman in a Green Dress, 1908  William H. Towles, active from 1890 into the 1930s  Towles, a portrait photographer and author ("The Balance of Light and Shade in Portraiture" still available) is said to have made Washington, D.C.'s first autochrome. Autochromes are among the first commercially successful forms of color photography. The color dyes in the photographs are held by potato starch.

Painting, Woman in a Riding Habit (L'Amazone), 1856  Gustave Courbet. French 1819–1877  Deconstructed Lace: After Royal Copenhagen, 2014  Molly Hatch, American  Hatch’s plate painting sources the historic and beloved patterns of the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufacturer.  By re-contextualizing this historic porcelain surface pattern to the large-scale 8ft by 8ft ceramic surface on a group of 93 hand-thrown and decorated porcelain plates, Deconstructed Lace becomes an exploration of the relationship between the historic and the contemporary in its explosion—or deconstruction—of a traditional pattern. 96″ W x 99″ H x 1.5″ DGaetano Pesce Resin BraceletGazelle Lounge Chair, Dan Johnson 1955. Bronze, CaneSketchbooks of Frida Kahlo

Salle Oval Bibliothèque Nationale de France  Photograph ca. 1949, Amhet Ertug, Turkish  The National Library of France is the most important library in France and one of the oldest in the world. The library acquires a copy of every publication printed in France (copyright deposit) and publishes the Bibliographie de la France. Its foreign acquisitions emphasize the humanities. The library also has some 180,000 manuscripts, an enormous collection of prints, and collections of maps, drawings and paintings, sheet music, phonograph records, and medals and antiques. Ballerinas at the Grand Opera House, ca. 1930  Alfred Eisenstaedt (American 1898-1995)  In 1930, LIFE magazine staff photographer, Alfred Eisenstaedt, was given access to the sacred world of the prima ballerina at the Grand Opera de Paris. He sat in on a rehearsal for Swan Lake. There he  photographed the dancers doing their barre exercises, perfecting choreography, as well as the girls at ease, standing around chatting or looking out over Paris, the most beautiful city in the world from the round windows in the "attic".Photograph Albumen print from gelatin dry plate negative-  Staircase, 97 rue du Bac, Paris, France, ca. 1900  Eugène Atget, French 1857 - 1927Institut du Monde Arabe, Jean Nouvel, Architecture  Studio, Gilbert Lezenes, Pierre Soria, 1981-87  The Arab World Institute embodies an allegorical synthesis of Oriental architectural concepts and the Middle East. This is a public foundation funded by France and the Arab States whose mission is to develop a deep understanding of the Arab world and to promote its culture and civilization in France and the rest of Europe.The Palais Royal (Royal Palace) built in 1629  as photographed by me (Carol Fertig) in 2012  Created by the Cardinal Richelieu.The Palais Royal and its gardens, housed royal families up until the Palace of Versailles was built. The Palais Royal was mobbed during the revolution of 1848 and was almost destroyed by fire in 1871. Fortunately the basic structure survived. After its restoration in 1876 the building was handed over to the government. It currently houses the Council of State and other government offices, a few residential apartments occupied by some lucky tennants.........plus some very chic shops and eateries.

Terracotta Vase, 2006. Santiago Calatrava (Spain b. 1951)  Calatrava is a world renowned architect known internationally for his bridges, transportation projects, large-scale urban interventions (such as the City of Arts and Sciences and the Athens Olympic Sports Complex) and major buildings....His new World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York City is a marvel.Joan of Arc Praying, (marble sculpture at Château de Versailles))  Princess Marie Christine d’Orléans (French, 1813–1839)Column of Drawers, ca. 1978-79  John Makepeace (British b. 1939)  This is a free-standing storage unit consisting of a stack of drawers that pivot from a central steel spine, which runs through the whole unit. Each drawer is made from thin and narrow veneers, which are bent and stacked on a colored acrylic (plastic) drawer bottom. The acrylic contrasts with the natural colour of the wood and creates dashes of bright colour when the drawers are opened.1-5 Detail of Silk Taffeta Evening Wrap, France ca. 1904  Sunflowers decorate this eau-de-nil (greenish yellow color) evening wrap. They were popular motifs with decorative artists in late 19th and early 20th century, particularly within the Aesthetic Movement. These sunflowers are made up of petals couched in white cotton thread surrounding a centre of tightly ruched taffeta. They are mainly concentrated around the hem, although a few flowers adorn the bodice and smaller versions bloom on the shoulders.

The Emerald and Diamond Diadem (AKA Tiara)  of Empress Marie-Louise, France 19th C.  This Diadem (the technical difference between a diadem and tiara is that a diadem makes a complete circle around the head-like a crown, while a tiara is a semi-circle) was part of an emerald and diamond parure, a gift of Napoleon Bonaparte to Marie Louise on the occasion of their wedding in 1810.Gold Metal Cuff with Glitter Beads  Jean Patou Couture by Christian Lacroix, c. 1985-86Mary Jane Russell photographed by Saul Leiter, 1959Happy New Year, 2015 Carol FertigHeadache, Porcelain Figure, ca. 1920-40  Sven Lindhart (Designer) Danish, 1898 -1989  This figure is part of a set of four entitled 'The Aches'; headache, toothache, earache & stomach ache. each figure is 4-1/2"

Original Holiday Drawing for Hallmark. c.1950's  Saul Steinberg (American, 1914-1999)  Saul Steinberg was a career cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine. His work always combines fine art complexity with cartoon whimsy.Brooch, American ca. 1948  Gold, Diamonds, Sapphires and Rock Crystal  This brooch marks the introduction of diesel locomotives to part of the Lehigh Valley Railroad in the USA.The Lehigh Valley Railroad was constructed during the 19th century to transport Anthracite coal from Pennsylvania to the populous, industrial areas on America’s east coast. It earned the nickname ‘the route of the black diamond’, after its profitable cargo. A black diamond shape can be seen on the company's logo, as depicted on the front of this piece.Christ Child with an Apple Workshop of Michel Erhart (German, Ulm, active 1464–1522)  Willow with original paint and traces of gold 14 15/16" x 7 1/2" x 4 3/4"Paper Cut, Hans Christian Andersen  Growing up poor, Anderson made his own luck by sticking his foot into all sorts of noble and elite doors, mastering his art of verbal and written storytelling and ..... Paper Cuttings. Andersen would perform/create fairy tales to an enrapt audience while seeming to randomly cut away at a piece of paper with a gigantic pair of scissors. At the end of the story he would unfold the paper to reveal all sorts of absolutely amazing and original works of art. Sometimes they did not coincide with the story he was telling but no one cared.   Snuffbox in the Form of a Pugdog, Russian ca. 1760s  Numerous snuffboxes in the shape of animals were created by masters in Europe during the middle of the 18th century, when such "fanciful forms" were extremely popular. Here a pugdog lies on a cushion, its body covered with fine engraving to create the impression of fur. Its eyes are of diamonds and engraved on the collar are the words Toujours Fidelle. The lower part of the box opens and was used to contain snuff. The depiction of pugdogs during Catherine II's reign was widespread in Russia, symbolizing the female orders of the Pugdog or Fidelity, of which the Empress was patron.

Hair Ornament , French 19th C.  Spray of small white plastic ivy leaves on oxidized wire. Aprox. 7.5" Carved Wooden Dreidel, Poland, 18th-19th c. 2" × 7/8 "× 7/8"  The Dreidel is a traditional game of chance, and one of the most known symbols of Hanukkah. The dreidel is a four-sided spinning top with a different Hebrew character on each side.  The game dates back at least to the time when the Greek King Antiochus IV (175 BCE) had outlawed Jewish worship. Jews who gathered to study the Torah would play dreidel to fool soldiers into thinking they were just gambling. MARTINI GLASS MMA-The MMA Balcony Bar Gingerbread Martini  Ingredients  Ice 2 ounces vodka 1/2 to 1 ounce gingerbread syrup*  Directions  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. 2. Add the vodka and gingerbread syrup. 3. Cover and shake vigorously until combined and chilled, about 30 seconds. 4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. *Ginger Syrup  Ingredients  3/4 cup water 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, coarsely chopped 2 sticks of cinnamon 3 whole cloves  Directions  1. Simmer water, sugar, ginger, cloves and cinnamon stirring occasionally, until reduced to about 3/4 cup, about 15 minutes. 2. Pour hot syrup through a fine sieve and chill. 3. Let stand 20 minutes until using, so all sediment has settled to the bottom.  Makes approximately 3/4 cupFiance Boar Tureen and Cover (France, Circa 1751-1758)  Modeled life size, the neck and lower mouth forming the tureen, the head forming the cover. H:10”, L: 17” Gelatin Silver Print  Couples Dancing at Party, London, 1954  Walker Evans, American, 1903–1975

British board Game, 1822. The full name of this board game; "The Delicious Game of the Fruit Basket: Containing A Literary Treat for a Party of Juveniles, and running over with Choice Subjects for their Improvement and Diversion, in Various Familiar Scenes connected with Old England' (British made, 1822)  Hand colored paper on linen. H:15.9" W:19.6". The main aim of the game is to encourage learning and reading, rather than to win. Charlie Keith Candle Holder, Great Britain 19th C.  This bronze figurine is a candlestick in the form of a clown on a stage holding two vases which are the candle or taper holders. It was presented to the clown, Charlie Keith, and probably represents Keith himself, an English performer (1835-1895) who advertised himself as 'Charley Keith, the Favourite Clown, Tumbler, Chair and Original Performer'. The piece is approximately 5.5" tall. Etui, Germany, (maybe Meissen) ca. 1760  Etuis are containers for small tools that could be carried conveniently in a pocket or bag. Complete etuis are rare to find but may contain a penknife, a thimble, a bodkin for threading ribbon through lace, a combined nail-file and tweezers, a combined toothpick and earscoop.........  Etuis were not just attractive ornaments for wealthy ladies; their contents were useful too, and not unlike today's manicure sets, sewing kits and Swiss army knives.A Pair of Hands, Gio Ponti (1891–1979) Italian. In 1923 Gio Ponti became art director for the ceramics manufacturer Richard Ginori, the relationship lasted up until 1930. This pair of hands was designed and produced in 1925. White porcelain with gold glaze. H. 34cm.The Omnitonic Horn, by Charles-Joseph Sax, Belgium 1833  The omnitonic horn was an experimental series of horns invented in the early 1800s with the purpose of allowing natural horns to change keys quickly and efficiently. Despite several attempts at improving its design, the instrument never became popular and had faded by the 1850s. However, they are part of an important era of invention and innovation without which, the modern horn could not exist.

 Exilumen Table, 2014, Joseph Walsh (Ireland)  This Table celebrates the symphony of color in precious Irish Green Marble by floating the marble over stalactites of resin that refract light around the undulating underside of the table. The carved form is realized from single boulders that have been carved and honed from a found form. I hope the bottom portion of this image helps to illustrate the staggering size of this piece.Egyptian Chair Prototype, 1928  Mogens Lassen (Danish 1901 – 1987)  Folding chair in textile and teakwood  (cm) Height: 63 Width: 70 Depth: 74  Lasson was a Modernist Danish architect and designer, working within the idiom of the International Style.Miracle, ca. 1960-1965, phosphor bronze and silver  Richard Filipowski, 1923-2008  (born in Poland, immigrated to Canada)Hely, Light of Colored Glass and Steel, 2009  Katriina Nuutinen, Flemish  Nuutinens work mainly consists of lights, interior accessories and tableware although she is beginning to "play" with other disciplines.Seni Vase, 2014  Hiroshi Suzuki (Japanese residing in London)  Hammer-raised and chased Fine silver 999  Height 25.5cm (10") Diameter 29.5cm (11 5/8")  Suzuki creates complex and unparalleled forms from a flat sheet of silver. He is considered one of the leading contemporary silver artists working today.

Ceramic Vase, Edmond Lachenal (French) 1855-1930  Lachenal was one of the pivotal figures in the development and creation of Art Nouveau in ceramics. Around 1895, he developed a technique of matte glaze (as shown in example above) that gives a satin effect using hydrofluoric acid....the technique is no longer used today as despite the beauty of the effect it proved to dangerous to use.Gelatin Silver Print  Van Cleef + Arpels Diamond Bracelet X-Ray, 1979  Helmet Newton, 1920-2004  A Jeweled Gold-Mounted Composite Hardstone  Model of a Turkey, ca. 1908-1917  Faberge, St. Petersburg RussiaDiptych Compass and Sundial Gilt-brass, etched and engraved   ca. 1581, Augsburg Germany.  Portable sundials enabled travellers to predict the time while on the road. The ‘diptych’ dial, with two leaves hinged together, was one of the most common forms. This dial has the hours of the day engraved on both leaves and a compass inserted on the lower leaf. Diptych dials were produced in Nuremberg, southern Germany, from the early 16th century by specialist compass makers.  (Closed) L.9.6 cm H. 1.8 cm.Can Can shop, New York City, 1957  Brassaï, Born in Hungary (1899-1984)

Dolce & Gabbana Shoe (Italy), 2015  T-bar black jacquard body with a hinged heel that opens to reveal a sacred heart adorned with pearls and beading."Le Mie Terre" Vase, c. 1929   Gio Ponti (Italian 1891-1979)Photo of a Yeti Crab, A. Fifis, Ifremer/ChEss,  Census of Marine Life (Smithsonian)  A shaggy crab found 5,000 feet deep near Easter Island, this bizarre crustacean is likely blind and may eat bacteria “farmed” in its furry claws. When scientists discovered this hairy species they thought it bizarre enough to warrant creating an entirely new genus (Kiwa) and family (Kiwidae), named for the Polynesian goddess of shellfish.Frieze Panel Banquet Room Schiller Theater Building,  Chicago c. 1891–93  Louis Sullivan, Architect. American 1856–1924.  Gold, silver, and bronze paint on reconstructed plaster.  99 cm x 78.2 cm x 4 cm.Joan Collins and Cliquot, c. 1950s.  Photograph Henry Clarke, American (1918 - 1966)  Clarke was born in Los Angelos but moved to New York City in 1946 where he took a temporary job as an  assistant at the Vogue studio. During that time, he had the opportunity of observe photographers such as Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn and Horst P. Horst. He also studied part time at The New School under Alexey Brodovitch.  By mid 1950s, Clarke was working exclusively for Vogue magazine as a photographer himself capturing the elegance and sophistication of the modern woman: young, lively, carefree and seductive.

(Case) Ex-Voto, Spanish or South American   ca. mid- twentieth century  Shaped Sacred Heart of Jesus with gold engraved scrolls and flowers, surmounted by a carved ruby set fire to a branch of degrees, lilies set with diamonds on the front door and a bouquet of daisies set with diamonds. It opens at the back and bears the date 1954 and the inscription " in filial devotion in the Year of Jubilee ."   Dimensions : 7 x 8.4 cm (case)"Honey-Pop" Chair, 2001.  Tokujin Yoshioka born 1967, Japan  The chair is made of 120 sheets of paper of the same type that has been used for centuries in Asia to make lanterns. The honeycomb construction-which gives the chair its strength-is based on the designer's observation of naturally occurring honeycomb structures.   Boucle de Ceinture (H: 7 x L. 11 cm), Ca.1970  Philippe Hiquily, French (1925-2013)  Hiquily known for his works in metal, spent the first decade of his career creating abstract, figurative sculptures primarily in iron, brass, and aluminum. In the 1960s he expanded his repertoire to include furniture.  In 1959, he won the Critic’s Prize for sculpture at the Paris Biennial, and also exhibited work at New York where he met renowned American artists and dealers, including Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Over the course of his career, he also had ties to Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp, as well as the surrealist artists Max Ernst and Georges Bataille, among others.   Staircase at Can Negre. Sant Joan Despi near Barcelona.  Josep Maria Jujol, Architect (Catalan) 1879-1949 Photograph, František Drtikol, 1883-1961. Bohemian  Drtikol's father was the owner of a grocery store in a small town (Příbram). He spent his childhood showing an early attraction for drawing and painting. After a lack luster showing as a student he moved to Munich to study physics, chemistry, optics and design, he then distinguished himself quickly and was regarded the best student in his class.  In 1910 he opened a photography (portrait) studio in Prague where he soon became known for his portraits. His marriage with dancer Ervina Kupferova in 1920 increased his interest in dance and motion. Like Rudolf Koppitz, Drtikol often placed his models in settings emphasizing the tension of the body fixed between two phases of movement. Later, Drtikol began using paper cut-outs in a period he called "photopurism". These photographs resembled silhouettes of the human form.

Diamond Brooch, c. 1880. European, maker unknown  At the beginning of the 19th century naturalistic jewelry, decorated with clearly recognisable flowers and fruit, became popular along with the widespread interest in botany and the influence of Romantic poets such as Wordsworth. By the 1850s the delicate early designs had given way to more extravagant and complex compositions of flowers and foliage, hence the plethora of stones in this piece!Bathroom by Gio Ponti (Italian), c. 1924 Pazzo Palazzo, Milan  The walls of this room are covered in a mosaic of different shades of sparkling gold. Over the tub, front and center In an ode to sensuality lies a strong and voluptuous green mosaic woman, while on the side sits a table in gold leaf studded with fish, octopuses and other sea creatures. Note the green marble floor........ooooohhhh I would love to experience this room.   Small (3" x 1 1/2" x 2") Celluloid Head, 1923.    Antoine Pevsner , Russian 1884-1962  Pevsner was the older brother of Naum Gabo (Alexii Pevsner). He was among the originators of, and coined the term, Constructivism. He was also one of the pioneers of Kinetic Art. Pevsner once said: "Art must be inspiration controlled by mathematics. I have a need for peace, symphony, orchestration."Limewood Carving, ca. 1690  Grinling Gibbons (artist/carver), English  This wooden cravat is carved in imitation of Venetian needlepoint lace and is life size. It was made to demonstrate the carver's skill. Similar cravats appear in architectural decorative schemes associated with Gibbons. This piece was probably made to show and impress potential patrons.Green Jade "Eggplant" Snuff Bottle with Coral "Twig" Stopper  Imperial Qing Dynasty, Qianlong/Jiaqing Period (1644-1912)  2 3/8" tall

Staghorn beetle magnifying glass c.1900  Lucien Gaillard, French 1861-1942  Gaillard was a goldsmith and jeweler, one of the masters of the Art Nouveau. A contemporary of René Lalique, his style is deeply related to Japonisme. In his workshop he employed master craftsmen from Tokyo who worked alongside him in materials like ivory or lacquer.  Among his production of art objects were; vases, cane knobs, hair combs, pins, and pendants all inspired by floral and animal motifs. In 1910 he expanded his production to that of glass, creating bottles for perfume houses such as Corday, Callot Sisters, Violet and others.The Micro House, Gabrijela Tumbas Papic (Serbian)  Measuring about 22 square meters (aprox. 73 sq. ft.), this pre-fab house is built as a two storey loft, boasting high ceilings in the living area, and a smaller second level that acts as the bedroom and directly underneath it the kitchen.  What makes the Micro House particularly exciting is the fact that it is suitable in just about any environment. Easily disassembled and transportable, it can be shipped to wherever it is needed most, whether that is in urban city areas, in the mountains or by a beach. NOTE: No dwelling while house is in transit!Portrait, Mrs. William Bonham (Ann Warford), March 6, 1825  William Bonnell American, 1804-1865  Bonnell was born and lived his life in Clinton, N.J. (Hunterdon Country). The only records of Bonnell's career as an artist are the approximately twenty paintings that have been discovered. Many are inscribed on the reverse in large handwriting with his name and the date, plus some include the name of the sitter. It is recorded that once he left NJ to go to PA. in search of new commissions..............  Hoe-shaped Bracelet Japan  (Kofun period, late 3rd–4th Century)  Green steatite L16cm.The Schwarzenberg Coat of Arms  (note the raven pecking out the eye on skull lower right)  Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic

Costume from Triadisches Ballett, ca. 1922.  Oskar Schlemmer 1888-1943, German  Schlemmer was an artist-a painter, sculptor, designer and choreographer associated with the Bauhaus school. In 1922 after working some time at the (Bauhaus) workshop of Sculpture he was hired as Master of Form at the (Bauhaus) theatre workshop. His most famous work is Triadisches Ballett, in which the actors are transfigured into geometrical shapes to present his ideas of choreographed geometry.....man as dancer, transformed by costume, moving in space.Turnabouts (design now used textiles, wallpaper and rugs)  Florence Broadhurst, Australian  Broadhurst was born in rural Queensland, Australia in 1899, and died (a still unsolved murder) in 1977. She is known for her brightly colored geometric and nature-inspired oversized designs which when conceived were all hand printed. Today her work is carried on through her studio which still produces in Sydney Australia.Silk Evening Jacket, c. 2004  Christian Lacroix (French, born 1951)Photograph, Butterfly Abstraction, ca. 1929.  Paul Outerbridge Jr. American, 1896–1958  Outerbridge worked in fashion and other areas of commercial photography often "pushing the boundries". He was an early pioneer of color photography..........and a creator of erotic nude photographs that could not be exhibited in his lifetime.Photograph Gustav Klimpt and Emilie Floge (Emily is wearing a design by Klimpt), ca. 1914  Floge was an Austrian designer, fashion designer, and businesswoman. She was the life companion of the painter Gustav Klimt who portrayed her in many of his works. It has been said that his painting The Kiss (1907–08) shows the artist and Emilie Flöge as lovers.

Sculpture; Cycnus, Rome, 1978. Cy Twombley (1928-2011)  Wood, palm leaf, nails and paint, 16 x 9 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches  Not known for his sculpture, Twombly’s interest in symmetrical fetish-like effects, often made from cast-off materials elegantly achieve poised, gracefully resolved work. Autochrome; A nine-year old dancer, Bali c. 1920s  Franklin Price Knott, American 1854-1930  Knott began his career in Paris as a painter of miniature portraits. As his eye sight began to deteriorate, he turned in a new direction and began using the autochrome process of color photography. He was one of the first color photographers to have his work featured in National Geographic Magazine.A necklace with Sapphire Pendant, European  (bow about 1660, chain and pendant probably 18-1900)  Enamelled gold set with table-cut diamonds, hung with a pearl and a large polished sapphire. The central bow of this piece is a fabulous example of a mid-17th century jewel. The painted opaque enamel was a recent innovation, said to have been developed by , Jean Toutin of Châteaudun (French). This color combination was used a good deal in enamels around this date.  Serpent, English made c. 1831–1832  Serpents were mostly played in military bands. They served as bass instruments fitted with bowl-shaped mouthpieces like a brass-instrument and fingerholes like a flute. The musician extended the range of notes available by altering his fingering and repositioning of his lips. This one is wood covered in black leather with ivory fingerholes and brass fittings. The inside—painted red.  Optical Toy, Germany manufactured 1905-13  The magic lantern was an early form of projector. They were called magic because the pictures seemed to appear from nowhere and the early projectionists kept their workings secret. The first lanterns were made in the 17th century. They became much more widely available and popular during the 19th century, when they were used in the home or for lectures, and even small ones as "toys" made for children.  Today's Object Lesson is In loving memory of Ray K. Metzker, a magician in his own right. A master of photography and the first person to help me understand how to see what others might not notice was there. You can see a selection of his extraordinary (and elegant) output at:  http://www.laurencemillergallery.com/artist_metzker.htm

Designed by Baltimore architect Edmund G. Lind, the library is renowned for its striking architectural interior including the Peabody Stack Room which contains five tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies, which rise dramatically to the skylight 61 feet above the floor.  NOTE: A commentary on the times we live in; the library is now rented out for wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, private dinners, and holiday parties.Brooch, Mid 19th C. English  Designed as a ribbon tied as a bow. Gold set with cabochon turquoises and highlighted with rose diamonds..................Vase Serpent, French c. 1900  Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat & Maison Keller  Forgotten despite the importance of his work, Dalpayrat was  rediscovered in the 1960s, and is now recognized as one of the most important representatives of the revival of ceramics in Europe in the late nineteenth century.  The vase is a bit over 24" tall. Navigational Chart (AKA Rebbilib), Marshallese, Republic of the Marshall Islands. Late 19th–early 20th C.  Made from Coconut Midrib and fiber these charts were constructed to determine a system of piloting and navigation. They marked not only the locations of the islands, but swell and wave patterns as well.MONK Album Cover by Reid Miles, American 1927-1993  Graphic designer and photographer Reid Miles created some of the most iconic Blue Note jazz lp covers, from 1955 to 1967. Apparently, not being as interested in jazz as he was in classical music, he had the contents of the jazz album described to him, and then let rip his design imagination…

Mechanical Mouse (with its case and wind up key), Swiss c. 1810  Gold, Seed Pearls, GarnetsPhotograph, Barbra Streisand NYC October 1, 1965  Richard Avedon     Cover,  form magazine N° 32. Dec 1965  Karl Oskar Blase, German b. 1925  Blase is a major German Graphic Designer. He is known for his numerous designs of postage stamps, posters and logos, as well as for catalog design.  Originally named “International Revue”, form magazine was founded in 1957. Since then it has established itself as one of the world’s leading titles in the fields of product, industrial and communications design. Toothpick, English, c.1620  An enameled gold arm set with a ruby holds a curved sickle for picking teeth. At the other end it has a "death's-head" finial L: 3.8 cm, D: 0.6 cm, W (across sickle): 1.2 cm.   Venitian, made somewhere between 1575-1675  The bowl of this drinking glass for wine is not round, but folded in from two sides. Its wavy rim is accentuated by an applied triple blue-glass trail.

Folio from an illustrated manuscript "Figure for Use at Drinking Parties", Folio from a Book of the Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices  (Islamic)  al-JazariBadi al-Zaman ibn al-Razzaz al-Jazari 1136–1206 a.d.Portrait, Marchesa Luisa Casati  Augustus Edwin John (Welsh, 1878-1961)Bustle, English c. 1870-75  This bustle is made of stiff layered folds of horsehair and linen fabric. The fabric was known as 'crinoline', derived from 'crin', the French term for horsehair. This fabric was also used to make the stiff petticoats used to hold in shape the large skirts of the 1840s. The term crinoline was later used for the graduated spring-steel hoops used for the larger skirts of the 1850s and 1860s.The Mnemosyne,  2011 Michael Eden, British (b.1955)  A box for memories, made by Additive Layer Manufacturing from a high quality nylon material with unique mineral soft coating. When scanned with a Smartphone barcode reader App, the viewer is connected to a website where stories can be told, memories stored, sounds locked away. W:18.6 cm H:14.6 cm D:18.6 cm. Inrō, Japan 1850-1900, (artist) Yoshitomi  Because traditional Japanese garb lacked pockets, objects were often carried by hanging them from the obi, or sash, in containers known as sagemono (a Japanese generic term for a hanging object attached to a sash). Most sagemono were created for specialized contents, such as tobacco, pipes, writing brush and ink, but the type known as inrō was suitable for carrying anything small.

Folded Napkin Centerpiece, 18th Century AustriaGold Cup, Greek—Early Hellandic II, circa 2700–2500 B.C.  The function of cups like this is not certain, but experts believe they were most likely used as drinking cups, likened to fine table wares of their age.Photograph, 1995. Niels Strumm, Dutch born 1969.Hand of Justice, 1804.  Martin-Guillaume Biennais (1764–1843)  Made for the crowning of Napoléon I, including the so-called ring of St. Denis from the Treasure of Saint-Denis. Ivory, copper, gold, rubies, cameos and more.Cizhou Baluster Vase Northern China, Song Dynasty, 11th-12th C.  Vase covered with a clear glaze over a white slip to expose the pale grey body.

Bronze Sculpture, Kiki de Montparnasse; 1928  Pablo Gargallo, Aragon (1881-1934)  Gargallo was considered one of the most significant artists of the Spanish avante garde. He spent lots of time in the Montparnasse Quarter of Paris, where in 1903 he lived in the artists commune Le Bateau-Lavoir with Max Jacob, Juan Gris and Pablo Picasso -all of whom he greatly admired.  In 1921 Kiki de Montparnasse became Man Ray's lover and favorite sitter. She also befriended such figures as André Breton and Max Ernst as well as Ernest Hemingway and she became the muse of a bohemian Parisian Left Bank. In 1936 she opened a cabaret before dying obese and a drug addict...............Animal Flask, Blown Glass. Syrian 7th-8th C.  During Roman and early Islamic times, animal‑shaped vessels were made using an intricate decorated double or quadruple glass tubes. Decorated with trailed glass threads, the tubes are carried on the backs of domestic animals and the trailed threads appear to imitate protective cages. Such vessels were probably used as containers for kohl or perfume. This example is 3 3/8" in Height“1000 doors”, Art Installation Seoul, South Korea, 2009  Choi Jeong-Hwa, b. 1961.Amerika by Franz Kafka, edition, 1946.  Cover Alvin Lustig (1915-1955) who created monuments of ingenuity and objects of aesthetic pleasure by design throughout his short life.  Brooch, ca. 1969, Duke Fulco di Verdura (Italian 1898-1978) Platinum and Diamond butterflies on a 61 carat aquamarine.  Vedura got his start in designing jewelry for Coco Chanel (he was introduced to her by Cole and Linda Porter). It is Vedura who designed the iconic Maltese Cross cuff bracelets for Chanel. In 1939 (backed by Porter and Vincent Astor) he opened his own house in NYC.

Brass Stirrup Clock, Paul Dupre Lafon (French 1900-1971) for Hermes  LaFon,  is known for his achievments in creating furniture and accessories in the French Art Deco style. He did a great deal of design for Hermes.Kachina Doll (Shulawitsa Kohana),  Zuni (Native American) 19th C.  The central theme of the kachina [religion] is the presence of life in all objects that fill the universe. Kachina dolls (made of cottonwood) were intended to instruct the children about the kachina spirits.  wood, feathers, cotton, hide, silk, pigment, iron. 17 3/4" x 6" x 4"Pink Poppy, Photograph (60" Tall) 2013. Isabel Bannerman (British)Bird Head Earrings, ca. 1865.  Harry Emanuel, British (1825-1898)  The mounting of small birds or their heads in jewelery was fashionable in the 1860s and 1870s. Complete humming bird heads, breasts and bodies, found in South America and perhaps prepared in the United States were used, and the international fashion endured until the 1870s.  NOTE: Please, no hate mail to the messenger"Cleaning My Pen", ink on paper 14" x 18"  John Cage (American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist, 1912-1992)  I once asked Aragon, the historian, how history was written. He said, "You have to invent it." - John Cage

  "Moon Landing" Mini Dress, ca. 1969. The Fontan Sisters, Italian  Zoe, Micol and Giovanna, the 3 Fontana sisters were the "founders" of the Italian Fashiion movement. In 1943 Zoe moved to Rome and began a dressmaking business (their father was a country tailor). Soon the other two sisters joined, and together they built a coveted clientele including, actresses, socialites and politician's wives.  Fellini even called upon the sisters to create the costumes for La Dolce Vita. Moor with Emerald Level, German (likely ca. 1724)  The work is a collaboration between Balthasar Permoser (sculptor), Wilhelm Kruger (sculptor), Johann Melchior Dinglinger (jeweler)  Made of: Pear wood, silver, gold, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, topazes, garnets, almandine, tortoiseshell. The statue resides in The Grünes Gewölbe (The Green Vault) in Dresden. The museum houses the largest collection of treasures in Europe. It was Founded by Augustus the Strong in 1723.Black Cherry Gold Edition, 2013, Nika Zupanc, Slovenian  The ight is made of hand-blown glass, and it is suspended on a painted steel frame.The light source glows from a center of the lamp shade’s interior,  mostly hidden, makes it look like a large decorative hanging cherry. 82 x 36 x 85 cmOcythoe tuberculata, Watercolor Comingio Merculiano (Italian, 1845- 1915)  Merculiano, a professional watercolor painter was hired in 1885 by prof. Anton Dohrn as in-house illustrator for the Naples Zoological Station. Said Dohm, "He has been one of the best scientific illustrators of all times and this book on cephalopods is probably his masterpiece."The Phantom Corsair, ca. 1938. Rust Heinz, American  Designed by Rust Heinz, heir to the Heinz fortune, the Phantom was a prototype. Heinz wanted to produce the car in a limited edition (today would cost about $370,000), but ironcially he died in a car crash before he could complete the project.

  Ceremonial Helmet, ca. 15th c., Burma  This object is believed to be the ceremonial helmet worn by the Mon Queen Shin-saw-bu (r.1453-1460) as she progressed through her royal city of Pegu (think Mother of Dragons). Shaped like a turban the dome is molded to (possibly) fit a coiled length of hair which was held in place by the long pin passed through the holes at the base. The unusual appendage with the lozenge shaped depression may have held a jewel and was worn to the front over the queen's nose.....Gold, decorated with gems, raised and further embellished with repoussé and incising work. Chanel Lipstick in the shade called "Gabrielle"  Chanel first invented her version of lipstick in 1924 (aptly named Rouge de Chanel). She referred to this small bullet of magic as; “a woman’s prime weapon of seduction”.  Soon after, Bakélite a German company that maniufactured dashboards for cars offered to design the iconic black case that the lipstick continues to be sold in today.Tenant Building, 2012. Tokyo  Urbanprem Minami Aoyama / Yuko Nagayama & Associates  From the architects: "The shape of the building is fairly bent skywards, like a stomach being stuck out forward, which does not allow people to tell how many stories it has in looking up the building from the street."  Eight Geese Jade Box, 18th C. China  (Outside and Inside Views)  This jade piece is a tour de force of intricate carving, almost certainly from a workshop under imperial patronage. The box is carved from a single block of translucent pale green jade.   The whole piece is divided horizontally into two halves so that the body of each goose is hollowed out to form a small box. The lower half of each body has an internal riser over which the lid fits. This object might not have served any practical function, but it would have stunned everyone who set eyes on it. It was a vehicle through which the jade carver showed off his virtuosity. It was also a sure way for the owner to win the esteem of his peers.  Medallion, ca. 1787, British Artist/Modeller: William Hackwood  Maker: Wedgwood and Sons. H: 3 cm, W: 2.7 cm  These medallions were made for distribution to advocates for the abolition of slavery. Both men and women used or wore them to signal their support for the abolitionist cause.  Wedgwood is credited as the originator of the motto on the medallion: 'Am I not a man and a brother?'. He had extensive trading links with Liverpool, the foremost slave port of the day. The medallions were not sold commercially, and were never listed in the Wedgwood catalogues. Instead, Wedgwood probably bore the cost of their production and distribution.

"The Some Like it Hot Shoe," Andy Warhol ca. 1955  Offset Lithograph and Watercolor on PaperPoster for Blow Up, Ca. 1967  Photographed by Arthur Evans,  1908 -1994  This is one of the most iconic film posters of the 1960s. The subject matter of the film gave expression to how photography, and particularly fashion photography, was re-shaping the cultural landscape of the 1960s. The film was loosely based on a new generation of British working class photographers including David Bailey, Terence Donovan and Duffy. Production Sketch for The Red Shoes ca. 1941  Hein Heckroth, German, 1901-1970  In the 1930's Heckroth (who had worked as a designer for the ballet in Germany) refused a desirable teaching position in Dresden because the authorities imposed the condition that he would have to leave his Jewish wife, the artist Ada Maier, if he wanted the job. Blacklisted by the Nazis he and Ada fled to Holland and then France and finally to England in 1935.  Michael Powell Director of the FABULOUS Red Shoes said of Heckroth; "It was, I think the first time that a painter had been given the chance to design a film, including the titles, and it was a triumph of work and organisation. For the ballet alone he made 600 sketches."  Heckroth won an Oscar for Art Direction for the film. Cocktail Frock ca. 1950s, Ceil Chapman, American 1912-1979  Ceil Chapman, a New Yorker and was born in Staten Island. Her first company was established in 1940, one of her business partners being Gloria Vanderbilt.  Chapman is often said to have been Marilyn Monroe's favorite designer. Chapman designed for her as well as a variety of other stars such as Deborah Kerr. She designed Elizabeth Taylor's wedding trousseau for her marriage to Nicky Hilton. Subsequently Mamie van Doren chose a white, beaded, strapless Chapman gown to attend a film premier on behalf of Universal Studios publicity machine that was 'marketing; her as a starlet. Her date was the recently divorced (from Elizabeth Taylor) Nicky Hilton........ Audrey Hepburn photographed by Richard Avedon, New York, 1953  “The first thing I saw when I came to America was the Statue of Liberty. The second—Richard Avedon.”  Audrey Hepburn

Scent Bottle in the form of an Apple,  Chelsea Porcelain Factory - England, c. 1755hideaway  Sleeping Room from the Double House in Weissenhofsiedlung  Le Corbusier, 1927  The two-family structure known as Houses 14 and 15, designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret in 1927, is Located on the outskirts of Stuttgart. The attached dwellings were part of an experimental housing development and exposition of Modern architecture; a progressive precedent for the emerging International Style. Le Corbusier’s work in Stuttgart serves as a critical prototype in the development and realization of the Swiss architect’s architectural identity, which would revolutionize 20th century architecture.Coral and Rose Gold Bracelet, Victorian England ca. 1850s  Carved fluted orange coral links joined with circular gold links to the center gold clasp accented with three pearls, three carved leaf and blossom motif coral sections and a carved coral clutched hand..... grasping a circular ring suspending five carved coral elements including a ladder, a mouse, a dog, and two decorative elements. Go know.  Image Oscillon, Benjamin Laposky, American (1914-2000)  Laposky was a draftsman, a lettering artist, and a long-time student of mathematics who owned a sign shop in Iowa and dabbled in art in his spare time. Inspired by futuristic literature that envisioned "painting with light," he began turning undulating light from an oscilloscope into an electric trance dance. For 16 years beginning in 1950, he used the machine to manipulate basic waves into elegantly rhythmic designs he called "oscillons."  Laposky is often credited as the pioneer for  the analog vector medium.Printed Silk Scarf, Rudi Gernreich, Asutrian Born American 1922-1985  Gernreich is known for developing nonrestrictive and contemporary clothing for women. In 1964 he designed a topless swimsuit (“monokini”) that gained him worldwide notoriety. The unisex look, invisible undergarments, transparent tops, miniskirts, knit tank suits, and brightly colored stockings were his trademarks.  Being always interested in celestial symbols Gernreich used them in his design work as shown here.

Capital, Italian, made 1755-1830  This is a plaster cast of an architectural detail in a church in Rome. It is part of an Ionic capital, cast from an original in S. Maria in Trastevere. Reproductions of classical architectural details were much sought after by architects in the early 19th century. The fantastic architect and mad collector Sir John Soane (1753-1837), for example, owned a large and important collection of casts, which were used as sources for his own designs.Diana Vreeland Stares Down a 'Fantastik' Spray Bottle.  Fashion Illustration, by Donald RobertsonPortrait of a Woman,1632. Rembrandt, Dutch (1606–1669)  Ruff: Noun: ruff; plural noun: ruffs; plural noun: ruff. 1. a projecting starched frill worn around the neck, characteristic of Elizabethan and Jacobean costume.  Origin: early 16th century (first used denoting a frill around a sleeve): probably from a variant of rough.Bracelet, Jean Després, French (1889-1980)  Després work, whetherin jewelry or tableware, are a testament to the Modernist aesthetic that he embraced totally during his lifetime. He was a member of the Union des Artistes Modernes, a group of avant-garde artists in 1930s Paris who shared a common belief that art in its purest form must be inspired by the new mechanical age and the rhythm of modern life.Wallis's Picturesque Round Game of the Produce and Manufacturers of the Counties of England and Wales,  ca. 1850. British  This is a geographical race game played on a map of England and Wales. The map is divided into counties with representations of local landmarks and industry. There are 151 playing spaces. The play is a circular one, with the starting space at the River Thames and the end space in London.

chimera  Chimera (Support for a Cabinet or Dresser), one of a pair.  French, 16th Century  made of walnut  50 x 21 x 7.3 cm  Bloom Day Scan, Craig Cramer (American)  Mr. Cramer was a communications specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University. Now he tends his garden in Ithaca, NY. Every month, he creates scans of his plants and flowers. This is one of them. The Macau Science Center photographed (Diego Delso) at night  The Center was designed by I.M.Pei, completed in 2009. The main building has a distinctive, asymmetrical, conical shape with a spiral walkway and a large atrium inside. Galleries lead off the walkway, mainly consisting of interactive exhibits aimed at science education.There is also a planetarium with 3D projection facilities and Omnimax films.  Prominently positioned by the sea it is now a landmark of Macau. especially visable when arriving on the ferry from Hong Kong.     Watercolor Self Portrait, Zelda Fitzgerald (ca. early 1940s)  Born Zelda Sayre in Montgomery, Alabama, Zelda was an American novelist and the wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. She was an icon of the 1920s—dubbed by her husband "the first American Flapper."  Her later life was spent in various stages of mental distress in and out of sanatoriums (where she painted this portrait). July 24th, 1900 was her birthdate. She died in 1948.  Memento Mori Stock Pin, 19th C. Western Europe  H: 9.3 cm, W: 1.1 cm, D: 2 cm  Enamelled gold and baroque pearl  (thought to have belonged to Napoleon...)

  Ceremonial Feast Bowl  Matankol Culture (Papua New Guinea) ca. late 19th c.  The Matankol of Lou Island made these large bowls used to serve food for important ceremonies. The bowls were carved from a single piece of wood and were widely traded with other nearby islands.  Each island had a specialized art form that was exchanged for the products of others. The Lou Island bowls feature delicate and decorative spiral handles that probably represent clan totems. This bowl is made from Wood, plant fiber, and measures 25 3/4" x 52 7/8"Painting, 'La mauvaise nouvelle' ('Bad News') 1804.  Marguerite Gérard (1761-1837), French  At 8 years-old Gérard became the sister-in-law of Jean-Honoré Fragonard. When she was 14, she came to live with him............ Gérard became Fragonard's pupil and studied painting, drawing and printmaking under his tutelage. She appears to have executed five etchings in 1778 in collaboration with the master.  Salvador Dali "Avida Dollars", Gold Pendant  In 1939, Andre Breton coined the derogatory nickname "Avida Dollars", an anagram for Salvador Dalí, and a phonetic rendering of the French avide à dollars (translates as "eager for dollars"). This was a derisive reference to the increasing commercialization of Dalí's work, and the perception that Dalí sought self-aggrandizement through fame and fortune. Some surrealists henceforth spoke of Dalí in the past tense, as if he were dead."  Mosaic with Scenic Masks. Roman, 2nd century A.D.  The mosaic represents two masks leaning on a socle projecting out from two walls that meet at an angle, seen in perspective. Two flutes lean on one wall. The physiognomic features of the man are exaggerated and ridiculed. The mouth is enormous, the nose is large and squashed. The eyes bulge out, and the cheeks are wrinkled. On his head is a crown of ivy and berries, decoration associated with the cult of Dionysus, which was linked closely to the birth of the Greek theater. The mosaic is approximately 29.5" wide.  The Patiala Necklace, Cartier, 1928  Restored in 2002, this piece of ceremonial jewelery contains 2,930 diamonds and weighs almost one thousand carats. The necklace was the largest single commission that the French house of Cartier has ever executed.

HAT Self Portrait, ca. 1930. Jean Cocteau, French (1889-1963)  Cocteau spent most of his life in Paris, where he became part of the artistic avant-garde and was known for his variety ofaccomplishments. Over a 50-year career, he wrote poetry, novels and plays; created illustrations, paintings and other art objects; and directed influential films, including The Beauty and the Beast and Orpheus  On October 11,1963 as Cocteau was preparing a radio broadcast in memory of Edith Piaf, when he heard she had expired, he exclaimed: ‘Ah, la Piaf est morte, je peux mourir,’ (Ah, Piaf died, I can die) and sank into a coronary himself.  Cloisonne Enamel Vase,  Japan, Meiji period (1868 - 1912), 35.25" tall  Teapot, ca. 1930.  Gio Ponti (Italian 1891-1979) for Richard Ginori (maker) Photograph, Nina Leen (Born in Russia but date unknown as she would never tell anyone her age. She died in 1955) for  LIFE magazine (again photo-date unknown)  Leen, one of the first female photographers for Life magazine (she contributed as a contract photographer until the magazine closed in 1972), photographed many subjects but was best known for her pictures of animals......among her 15 books were two studies of bats, published in the 1970's.

 Tutti Fruitti Necklace made for Daisy Fellowes, Cartier ca. 1936.  The Tutti Frutti style became iconic to Cartier and was inspired by Jacques Cartier's trips to India.This necklace was made to order for Daisy Fellowes, the daughter of the Duc Descaze and Isabella Singer (heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortune). Fellowes was a Parisian socialite who became Paris correspondent to Harper's Bazaar from 1933 to 1935, The necklace was comprised of 13 sapphires, two leaf-shaped sapphires, and an array of emerald and ruby beads.Painting, Cameria - Daughter of the Emperor Soliman  Cristofano dell'Altissimo, Italian; 1525–1605 Kaguya-hime Bamboo Chair, 2007.  Designer, Lotte can Laatum, The Netherlands  Kaguya-hime is the oldest Japanese legend (10th Century) in which a bamboo cutter finds a little girl inside the hollow bamboo stem.........In 2013 The story was made into a Japanese animated film; The Tale of Princess Kaguya.  The chair is executed in a 2 dimensional milling pattern, translated in a western style made of a 20mm thick, 3 layered sheet of bamboo.  Ring of Leontios, 990–1030, Byzantium  Byzantine court officials often wore massive gold rings inscribed with religious invocations and their titles. This ring, weighing 30 grams, is inscribed on its face (bezel) in Greek: "Lord, help Leontios, patrikios and count of the God-guarded Opsikion." Poster for Graphic Design USA (1963/64), an exhibition of American advertising and editorial art in Moscow, organized by the U.S. Information Agency.  Artist; Ivan Chermayeff  Agency: Chermayeff & Geismer

 Bridle, Tibet. 15th–17th Century  Made of leather, iron, and gold, this bridle is one of the most complete and complex examples known. It is decorated with an elaborate series of pierced and chiseled iron fittings damascened in gold. To add to the appearance of depth, behind much of the pierced scrollwork there is a secondary ground, which is made of a shaped plate of dark iron damascened in gold with wave patterns.Photograph for Queen Magazine London, ca. 1964.  Jeanloup Sieff (French, 1933-2000)Market Hall, Ghent, Belgium, 1996-2012  Designed by Belgian studios Robbrecht en Daem and Marie-José Van Hee  Coffee Pot, Pavel Janák. Czech (1881-1956)  Janák was a  modernist architect, furniture designer, town planner, professor. He studied with Otto Wagner in Vienna between 1906 and 1908, and worked in Prague under Jan Kotěra.  Janák became the leading theoretician of Czech Cubism. After 1918 he helped to  develop Cubism into Czech Rondocubism, with decoration taken from folk and nationalist themes, and then subsequently into a purer functionalism.  Le Bon Genre / Les garnitures, hand colored etching (French 1812)  A woman seen from behind wearing an extraordinary hat, flounced dress and a cashmere shawl.

Hair Comb, Gold, ivory. Fortunato Pio Castellani (Italian, 1860-1862)  Founder of the Italian jewelry company that carries his name,  Fortunato opened his first shop in Rome in 1814. He specialised in recreating the jewelry of ancient craftsmen, particularly the Etruscans. Castellani based many of his designs directly on archaeological evidence and often incorporated intaglios, cameos and micromosaics into his designs. His work became very fashionable throughout 19th century Europe where his shop was frequented by "fancy" tourists and the aristocracy.Cocoons 1, Archival pigment print photograph, 2011  Peter Steinhauer (American born 1956)  This series of Steinhauer's photographs depicts a variety of  buildings under construction in Hong Kong where it is customary to encase the structures in a variety of brightly colored silks, making them appear monolithic-especially when seen from afar.Bracelet Pouf Stool, Steel ca. 2007. Maria Pergay, French born 1930  Born in Romania of Russian-Jewish descent, Pergay escaped to Paris with her mother at age six at the onset of WWII. After the war, Pergay studied costume, set design, and sculpture, and opened a shop in Paris’s Place des Vosges to sell her decorative silver objects. In 1970 Pergay began to create her now iconic stainless steel furniture, and went on to design palace interiors for Saudi Arabia’s Royal family as well as furniture for fdesigners Pierre Cardin and Fendi.  Hostile Nature, Wall Installation 2014. Beth Katleman (American)   With its delicate scroll work, garlands of flowers and framed allegories in teal and white porcelain, Hostile Nature is inspired by an opulent 18th Century print room wallpaper, from the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and Wedgewood expertly rendered by Katleman in three-dimensional, wall-mounted, hand-sculpted porcelain. Katleman adds her own dose of contemporary pop culture and a slightly warped narrative to this elegant 18th Century inspiration. 96″ h x 70″ w x 5″ w  Snake Ear Clips, Cartier Paris, ca. 1971  Yellow gold, pink gold, turquoise-colored enamel, two oval rubies and two rose-cut diamonds (eyes).

Robe made of silk and glass, early 20th C.,  Designer: Mariano Fortuny (Spanish, Granada 1871–1949 Venice)Faucet made of gilt and bronze, 1725-30. French (of course)Grillwork, Edgar Brandt (French 1880-1960)  Brandt was a consummate artist-blacksmith who combined traditional forging methods with emerging technologies of the machine age such as torch welding and power hammers. While aligning art with industrial methods, Brandt produced objects d’art and embellished buildings and monuments in the Art Deco. Building on the pioneering work of the artist-blacksmith Emile Robert, Brandt became a leading force during a period of great achievement in French decorative arts. He created an entirely new aesthetic for wrought smithing and left behind an impressive number of art historical works. A gold, diamond and emerald hat pin in the shape of a salamander  Cheapside Hoard, 16th- early 17th century  The Cheapside Hoard is an unprecedented collection of jewelry from the late 16th and early 17th century discovered in 1912 by workers demolishing the Wakefield House in Cheapside, London, near St. Paul’s Cathedral. They drove a pickaxe into the cellar floor and hit a decayed wooden box that had been hidden there centuries earlier before the Great London Fire of 1666. Inside the box were trays of jewelry, nearly 500 pieces made of gold, enamel and gemstones from all over the world. The workmen helped themselves to the jewels, wrapping them in handkerchiefs and stuffing them into their pockets, boots and caps so they could sell the treasures to a man known in the neighborhood as Stoney Jack.Story Vase, 2010. Glass, beads and wire. A collaboration between Swedish design collective Front and the Siyazama project – a collection of women working with traditional beadcraft in South Africa.

An Alabaster and Patinated Metal Table Lamp, ca. 1925  Pierre Chareau, French (1883-1950)Meissen Porcelain Armorial Tureen from the "Swan Service", ca 1737-1741 modeled by J.J. Kandler and J.F. Eberlein for Meissen (Germany)  The scene: A shell-molded cover with water nymph finial, an overturned urn spilling water beside her, flanked by Nereid handles, painted front and back the arms of Brühl within a rocaille-molded cartouche enriched in gilt, the border with sprays of indianischeBlumen alternate with palmettes, raised on four dolphin feet. W: 16¾" (42 cm.) H: 15¼" (38.7 cm.).........sighing.   Amarna Letter #161  The Amarna letters, about 300, numbered up to EA 382, are mid 14th century BC. The letters were found at Akhenaten's city Akhetaten, in the floor of the Bureau of Correspondence of Pharaoh. This one is from Aziru (a diplomat) to the Pharaoh and is titled; "An absence explained". The tablet is 3.5" x 5-6" and slightly more than 1" thick.Leaning Tower of Pisa lipstick case, ca. 1950. Louis Nichilo (Italian)  “For women: If what you’ve always wanted is a lipstick case that looks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you can have it now. Gold plated, three inches high, with colored stones for decoration, it is made to fit all standard lipstick refills, costs 6.000 lire ($9.60) at Louis Nichilo, Via Sistina 42 In Rome.”-Travel Magazine, 1962Metalwork Tea Pot, ca. 1930.  Hans Przyrembel (1900-1945) German  Trained as a blacksmith and silversmith, Przyrembel entered the Bauhaus in 1924. He later worked for the Italian company Alessi.

The Universal Symbol of Peace, ca. 1958  Designed by Gerald Holtom, British  Mr. Holtam a long time peace activist designed the symbol based on letters from the flag-signalling alphabet, N for nuclear and D for disarmament, then placing them within a circle symbolizng Earth. Although the symbol started out as "no more nukes". It has become the universal symbol for peace.Pen and ink drawing. Isadora Duncan Dancing,  c.1926-1927  Abraham Walkowitz (1878-1965)   Walkowitz's fascination with American dancer Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) is manifest in the many hundreds, if not thousands, of drawings he made of her dancing. At the end of his career, the artist remarked, "She, Duncan had no laws. She did not dance according to the rules. She created. Her body was music."Portrait of George 1 (1660-1727)  Painted by the Studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller  Follwoing the death of the great Anne, George ascended the British throne as the first monarch of the House of Hanover. Although over fifty Roman Catholics bore closer blood relationships to Anne, the Act of Settlement 1701 prohibited Catholics from inheriting the British throne; George was Anne's closest living Protestant relative. "Flora", A printed paper and mahogany Cabinet.  Josef Frank (1885-1967) Austrian  Frank was known as an architect, artist, and designer who adopted Swedish citizenship in the latter half of his life. Together with Oskar Strnad, he created the Vienna School of Architecture, and its concept of Modern houses, housing and interiors.Photograph, woman with Camera ca. 1920 Alfred Cheney Johnston (American) 1885-1971 Johnston studied painting and illustration at the National Academy of Design in New York in 1908. Reportedly at the suggestion of longtime family friend and famed illustrator Charles Dana Gibson (of Gibson Girl fame), he started to employ the camera previously used to record his painting subjects as his basic creative medium. In 1917, Johnston was hired by famed New York City live-theater showman and producer Florenz Ziegfeld as a photographer, and was affiliated with the Ziegfeld Follies for the next fifteen years. He also maintained his own highly successful personal commercial photo studio in New York City as well, photographing everything from aspiring actresses and society matrons to a wide range of upscale retail commercial products—mostly men’s and women’s fashions—for magazine ads.

A rare Indian erotic ivory Comb - Tanjore, mid-18th CenturyHealth & Medical Research Institute, South Australia  Designed by Woods Bagot  Woods Bagot is a global architecture and consulting studio specializing in design and planning across five key sectors: Aviation and Transport; Education, Science and Health; Lifestyle; Sport; and Workplace.  The firm started in 1869, when Edward John Woods was appointed St. Peter's Cathedral architect in South Australia, with Walter Bagot accepting partnership in 1904. The partnership later became Woods, Bagot and Jory, the partners being Woods, Bagot and Herbert Harrold Jory. Although their work began "Down Under" they how have offices the world over.The Imperial Crown of Iran - The Kiani Crown  The Kiani Crown was the traditional coronation crown used during the Qajar dynasty (1796-1925). The crown itself is made of red velvet, on which thousands of gems were set. The Kiani Crown is highly decorated, possessing 1800 small pearls, many only 7 millimetres in diameter, stitched onto it. It has approximately 300 emeralds and 1800 rubies. The crown is 12.5” tall.  Enameled Portable Fireplace for Gustavsberg. ca.1950s.  Stig Lindberg, Sweden  Lindberg was a designer of; ceramics, glass and textiles, as well as a painter and illustrator. He created whimsical studio ceramics and graceful tableware lines during a long career with the Gustavsberg pottery factory. The A.L.F.A 40/60 HP, (1914)  Italy  The A.L.F.A 40/60 HP was a race and road car made by A.L.F.A (later called Alfa Romeo). Its top speed was 125 km/h (78 mph). 40/60 HP production and development was interrupted by the First World War, but resumed briefly afterwards. Giuseppe Campari won the 1920 and 1921 races at Mugello with this car.

Painting, “Color Motion” ca. 1964  Edna Andrade, American (1917-2008)  Renowned for her challenging optical and hard-edged abstract paintings, Edna Andrade had a significant influence on the Philadelphia art scene for over forty years. Her work is represented in numerous museums throughout the U.S.Intaglio with a portrait of Empress Julia Domna,  ca. 205–210 Severan Dynasty Roman  Portraits of the empress are easily recognizable by her hairstyle, nicknamed "the helmet" because of its solid and wiglike appearance, which seems to cover her natural hair that escapes in wisps from beneath the rows of curls. The coils begin in the central part of her head and run down either side of the face. The spirals continue to the back of the head, where they are curled upward and twisted into a large bun.  This Intaglio is just shy of an inch in height.Perfume Vessel in the Shape of Two Trussed Ducks  Egyptian ca. 1580–1550 B.C. (please note the B.C. here)  H: 6 7/8 " W: 6"  D: 3 5/8"  The flask is carved from the rare stone material anhydrite. The birds' eyes are inlaid with copper.  Trussed duck were a common offering to the dead, therefore it is possible that this vessel, although originally containing a cosmetic substance, was made for the tomb and not to be used in daily life.Lamp, ca. 1955 by Willy Van Der Meerenet and Jean Stuyvaert  Willy Van Der Meeren (1923-2002) was Belgiian. Trained as an architect, he was interested in mass production of construction and design. He was also known for his furniture design, and is considered one of the most important designers in post war Belgium.Painting, Young woman in Turkish costume  Jean-Baptiste Le Prince, French (1734-1781)  Le Prince began studying art with Francois Boucher around 1750. In 1754 he traveled to Italy and  by 1757 was painting for Catherine the Great at the Imperial Palace in Saint Petersburg. Over the next five years he traveled a great deal, than returned to Paris eager to make a name for himself.  The sketches Le Prince made on his travels of exotic costumes & customs served him well, providing the basis for a considerable body of work that added to the general taste of 18th century Europeans for exotica.  Photo Nickolas Muray and Frida Kahlo, Tina Mondotti 1896-1942Portrait, Joel Adama Gueye: Singer-Composer, Model.  Omar Victor Diop, African b.1980  Diop Lives in Dakar, his body of work includes Fine Arts and Fashion Photography as well as Advertising Photography. He mixes his photography with costume design, styling and creative writing.Photograph, “Working towards greater New York”, c. 1940  Martin Munkácsi, Hungarian (1896 -1963)  Munkácsi lived in Berlin photographing Berliners in all their activities for Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung. In 1934 he emigrated to New York when he could see first hand what was happening in Germany. He signed on to Harpers Bazaar to photograph fashion and portraits. Munkácsi died in poverty and controversy. Several universities and museums declined to accept his archives, so now they are scattered around the world. I confess he is one of my favorites.  "He brought a taste for happiness and honesty and a love of women to what was, before him, a joyless, loveless, lying art. Today the world of what is called fashion is peopled with Munkácsi's babies, his heirs.... The art of Munkácsi lay in what he wanted life to be, and he wanted it to be splendid. And it was."-Richard Avedon Photograph, Charles James by Cecil Beaton, 1936  Charles James, America’s premier couturier who was known for his scientific and mathematical approach to fashion, will be the centerpiece of a Costume Institute spring exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition, “Charles James: Beyond Fashion,” shows hundreds of his pieces and begins today running until August 10, 2014.Photograph, "Fred Astaire, a man and his shoes". Shooter unknown.  "He is the most interesting, the most inventive, the most elegant dancer of our times... you see a little bit of Astaire in everybody's dancing--a pause here, a move there. It was all Astaire's originally."-George Balanchine Hunting belt buckle, ca. 1665.  Hans Peter Oeri, (1637 - 1692) Swiss  The buckle is cast and chased with fighting foxes and hounds, once fastened a cartridge belt for hunting. Made in the workshop of the celebrated Swiss goldsmith, Hans Peter Oeri who followed the great metalworking traditions of nearby Augsburg and Nuremberg.   Charles Darwin's Beetle Collection  Darwin was born a naturalist; large chunks of his youth were spent rummaging through his father’s gardens and land looking for interesting critters. Darwin himself even reflects on his early habits in his Autobiography; he writes that the ‘passion for collecting, which leads a man to be a systematic naturalist, a virtuoso or a miser, was very strong in me, and was clearly innate’.  Darwin was an avid beetle collector, eventually amassing one of the best beetle collections he knew of. His beetle collecting also got his name in print for the first time.Jardiniere, Japan ca. 1860-1862  Glazed porcelain May Day Poster, Soviet Union ca. 1920s  May 1st was celebrated in the ancient Northern Hemisphere as a spring festival, and usually a public holiday. May 1st  coincides with International Workers' Day, and in many countries that celebrate the latter, it was referred to as "May Day".   Armillary Sphere and Sundial, ca. late 19th C. Germany  Eratosthenes (276 –194 BCE) is credited as the inventor of the armillary sphere.The name of this device comes ultimately from the Latin armilla (circle, bracelet), since it has a skeleton made of graduated metal circles linking the poles and representing the equator, the ecliptic, meridians and parallels.  Usually a ball representing the Earth or, later, the Sun is placed in its center. It is used to demonstrate the motion of the stars around the Earth. Before the advent of the European telescope in the 17th century, the armillary sphere was the prime instrument of all astronomers in determining celestial positions. Pleated linen dress,  Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, 2323–2150 B.C.  Representations of women from the Old Kingdom almost always depict them in tight-fitting, plain, sheath dresses with skirts held in place by shoulder straps. The long sleeves, formless shape, and over-all pleating of this perfectly preserved linen dress demonstrate that actual garments could be decidedly different........Quite frankly, I saw a few frocks that looked very similiar while shopping for Spring last week. Staircase, Parma, Italy. Franco Albini (Italian 1905-1977)  Albini is mostly known for his furniture, especially the pieces he did for Knoll, but he was an amazing architect. After graduating he began his professional career working for Gio Ponti, then went on to open his own studio. Albini recieved three Compasso d'Oro awards, (the most prestigious Italian design prize) in his lifetime.White Nephrite Jade Wine Cup ca.1628-1658, India  Made for the Emperor Shah Jahan, this cup has gained world renown as an outstanding example of jade craftsmanship from any civilisation and it is certainly one of the most exquisite surviving objects from the court of India's most famous dynasty.Sugar Cube Ring, 1937 Méret Oppenheim (1913 – 1985)  Oppenheim was a German-born Swiss, Surrealist artist, and photographer. She was a member of the Surrealist movement of the 1920s along with André Breton, Luis Buñuel, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, and other writers and visual artists. Besides creating art objects, Oppenheim also famously appeared as a model for photographs by Man Ray, most notably a series of nude shots of her interacting with a printing press.Paolo Venini, Glass 'Inciso' Decanter for Venini, ca. 1950s. Torah Crown, Vienna Austria ca. 1825  Gold, silver, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, amethysts, and turquoises  Philippe Halsman, (1906-1979) Self Portrait with Family, ca. 1950  Halsman was born in Riga, Latvia and began his photographic career in Paris. He was part of the great exodus of artists and intellectuals who fled the Nazis, arriving in the United States with his young family in 1940 (having obtained an emergency visa through the intervention of Albert Einstein).  Halsman’s prolific career in America over the next 30 years included reportage and covers for every major American magazine. Part of Halsman’s success was his joie de vivre and his imagination — combined with his technological prowess.A "Multi-Tool", Germany,  ca. 1580Helmet Mask for Sande Association, Mende people, Africa. 20th C. Although this Object is very beautiful it is used in the horrific ceremony of mutilation of female genitalia, raising the issues of what beauty is for. Rabbit Bell Push, 1908–17. House of Fabergé, Russia.  Silver and Rubies Girl with Flute, 1967. Floris Neusüss (German, 1937- )  Neusüss studied printmaking before turning to photography. Influenced by the abstract and constructivist works of Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray's surrealist images, Neusüss makes life-sized photograms using his own body. He further departs from the conventional photogram by developing his images using a brush, sponge, or rag dipped into developer and then wiped across the paper to produce a controlled, painterly plane. Neusüss does not fix his prints, allowing his works to constantly change colors over the years. Ornamental Vases and Goblets, lathe-turned ivory, 1618-1664.  Marcus Heiden (active from 1618-1664)  Lathe-turning was invented in the fourteenth century and became popular as an art form during the seventeenth century. A more efficient machine lathe that used steel leaf springs for turning instead of poles, allowed the production of intricate, helical spirals, spheres-within-spheres, and other fantastical designs.  Heiden worked from 1618-1664 in Coburg, Germany. From 1618 to 1633, he worked for the Saxon Duke Johann Casimir at the court of Coburg where he produced many of the "Coburg Ivories."Cathedral of Brasília  Designed by Oscar Niemeyer  Completed and dedicated May 31, 1970  This concrete-framed hyperboloid structure, appears with its glass roof to be reaching up, open, to heaven. Most of the cathedral is below ground, with only the roof of the cathedral, the ovoid roof of the baptistry, and the bell tower visible above ground. The hyperboloid structure consists of 16 identical concrete columns assembled on site. These columns, weighing 99 tons, represent two hands moving upwards to heaven.Silver Mesh Necklace/Bra, Elsa Peretti (b. 1940)  Peretti, earned a degree in interior design in Rome and later moved to New York City where she modeled, began designing silver jewelry in 1969. In 1971 she won the prestigious Fashion Critics' Coty Award and within a few years joined the firm of Tiffany & Co. Since then, Peretti has designed several jewelry lines and is known for her simple, sculptural forms, including her bone-cuff bracelets and bean-shaped pendants. The halter top was designed with the assistance of Samuel Beizer, chair of the jewelry department at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and a gold version shown with the 1974 Halston collection. The maker of the halter is Whiting & Davis of Rhode Island who began making mesh bags early in the twentieth century.  Manuscript, Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta,  illuminator, Joris Hoefnagel, Hungarian, 1542 - 1600  Scribe, Georg Bocskay, Hungarian, died 1575 Queen Pu-abi's headdress. Sumer, 5500 and 4000 BC  When the queen was found 4,500 years after she was buried, she was still wearing this elaborate headdress, and the entire upper portion of her body was covered in jewelry (weighing aprox. 14 lbs.). Fire Screen c 1900  Designed by William Arthur Smith Benson (English, 1854-1924)  Copper and brass 29 3/4" x 20 1/4 "A Collection of Paper Garments, c. 1967. Elias Daggs (American)  Top Left-Evening Dress, Front View  Top Right -Evening Dress, Back View  Bottom Left-Bikini  Bottom Right-CaftanLipstick Holder, c. 1950, René Boivin (1864-1917), French  Gold, Enamel and Rubies  The firm of Boivin, founded in Paris during the 1890s is considered to have produced some of the most original and finely wrought jewels of the twentieth century. Well known for the impeccable craftsmanship of their pieces, the firm set itself apart by their masterly use of colored stones and by their thoroughly modern and sculptural designs.Anit Smoking Campaign Poster  Abram Games (British, 1914-1996)  Games was one of the 20th Century's most influencial British Graphic designers. In arriving at a poster design, Games would render up to 30 small preliminary sketches and then combine two or three into the final one. In the developmental process, he would work small because, he asserted, if poster designs “don't work an inch high, they will never work.” Painting, Bashi-Bazouk, 1868-69. Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, 1824–1904 )  This picture was made after Gérôme returned to Paris from a twelve-week journey to the Near East in early 1868. He dressed a model in his studio with textiles he had acquired during the expedition. The artist’s Turkish title for this picture—which translates as "headless"—evokes the unpaid irregular soldiers who fought ferociously for plunder under Ottoman leadership.Photograph, Julie Christie and David Lean, 1967  David Lean was born in Croydon in 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding a job at Gaumont British Studios in 1927. The rest is history.Photograph, Harry Winston holding the 337.10-carat oval-shaped Catherine the Great sapphire amongst other exceptional gems.  In the name of security (Mr. Winston had a habit of keeping large stones in his pocket), he never allowed his face to be photographed.Seascape Sedan Chair, French ca. 1725-1740  Prior to Louis XV, Charles V, Catherine de Medici and even Louis XIII were among the first to use the carried chair. From the seventeenth century onwards, large cities such as London, Edinburgh and Munich offered a public sedan chair service. My guess is not nearly as opulent as this examplePélican de profil, ca. 1982. Bettina Rheims (French, b.1952)  Silver Gelatin Print, 21.3" х 17.5" Art Deco Shamrock Brooch, c. 1935  Made of platinum and set with four oval jadeite cabochons, and old European and old single-cut diamond melee, approx. total diamond L: 1 3/4 "‘Signe (Le vent)’, 1942/ white marble.  Victor Brauner  (Romanian, 1903-1966)  Sculptor and Painter of Surrealistic images.  This marble sculpture was done as the headstone for Brauner's "resting place" in the Cimetière de Montmartre.  Opera Glasses, Georges le Saché (French 1849-?)  Le Saché was an important jewelery designer and manufacturer who came from a family of artists and engravers. He spent his youth in painter’s studios, desperate to become an artist. His parents, seeking a more stable career for their son, sent him to Germany to learn the craft of jewlery making.  Le Saché then went to London to apply his artistic talents in various areas of the decorative arts. In 1877 - Le Saché marries the daughter of Baucheron, who was a partner in the firm Baucheron & Guilian, one of the most important manufacturing jewelers of the period. Le Saché works for the family firm and eventually takes over the business.  Le Saché was awarded a silver gilt plaque by the Chambre Syndicale de la Bijouterie to recognise his distinction as a jeweler and designer.Sandal, Egypt, ca. 30 BC - AD 300  A tanned leather and papyrus sandal with gilding, carving, incising, dyeing and punchwork. "What goes around comes around."Silver Vessel, 2011. Shari Mendolson (American-Contemporary)  Plastic, hot glue, aluminum foil, acrylic polymer. 19"x15"x15" Painting, Girl With A Book,  Pietro Antonio Rotari (Italian 1707-1762)  Born in Verona, Rotari studied in Venice, Rome and Naples. He returned to Verona in 1734 where he set up a private painting academy and produced historical and religious paintings that brought him national and international fame. He travelled further to Vienna and Dresden to work for aristocratic and royal patrons. In Dresden he received an invitation of Empress Elizabeth of Russia to come to St. Petersburg and become a court painter. Here Rotari perfected his style of portrait painting. He stayed in St. Petersburg until his death working for the Imperial family and Russian aristocracy.Atrological Clock,  Rasmus Sørnes (Norwegian, 1893–1967)  The most complicated of its kind ever constructed, this is the last of a total of four astronomical clocks designed and made by Sørnes It is characterized by its superior complexity compactly housed in a casing with the modest measurements of 0.70 x 0.60 x 2.10 meters. Features include locations of the sun and moon in the zodiac, Julian calendar, Gregorian calendar, sidereal time, GMT, local time with daylight saving time and leap year, solar and lunar cycle corrections, eclipses, local sunset and sunrise, moonphase, tides, sunspot cycles and a planetarium including Pluto's 248 year orbit and the 25 800 year period of the polar ecliptics (precession of the Earth's axis). All wheels are in brass and gold plated. Dials are silver plated. Sigh.Trophy of Love Brooch, French 1800  The brooch takes as its theme the symbols of love. Cupid’s bow and arrows (two loose and three in the quiver) are arranged with a pair of doves, two hearts on fire and a hymeneal torch (named after Hymen, the Greek goddess of marriage). Like most jewellery produced in France soon after the Revolution of 1789, it is made of thin gold and contains few precious stones (namel set with cornelian, pearls and emeralds).Vase with Lug Handles, Porphyritic Stone.  Egyptian, Predynastic Period. 3500-3200 B.C.Advertisement, Charles Brownjohn (American, 1925-1970)  Brownjohn was an American graphic designer known for blending formal graphic design concepts with wit and sixties pop culture. In 1957 Brownjohn formed Brownjohn, Chermayeff & Geismar (BCG) with fellow designers Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar. BCG designed for print initially, producing experiments in typographical design as well as taking on commercial projects.  Brownjohn is best known for his motion picture title sequences, especially From Russia with Love and Goldfinger. He eventually became addicted to heroin and was never to conquer this affliction. He died in 1970 from a (drug related) heart attack while working in London where he had moved his family because of more lenient drug laws. The Church at Peterhof Palace, St. Petersburg RussiaCartier Knot Ring, ca. 1960sFukusa (textile gift wrap), Japan 1800-1850  Traditionally in Japan, gifts were placed in a box on a tray, over which a fukusa was draped. The choice of a fukusa appropriate to the occasion was an important part of the gift-giving ritual. The richness of the decoration was an indication of the donor’s wealth, and the quality of the design evidence of his or her taste and sensibility. This satin fukusa is embroidered in silk and metallic threads with an image of cranes. These birds are a symbol of longevity, for they are believed to live for 1000 years.A Group of Mirrors by Line Vautrin, (French, 1913-97)  The work of Line Vautrin is always accompanied by a playful and poetic touch. His mischievous and playful humor reflected (no pun intended) in everything she produced.  In the 40's Vautrin became intersted in a new substance: cellulose acetate, from which it derives a new material called "Talosel." Using the new material she begins creating objects of all kinds including lamp bases, screens, tables and especially her mirrors: witch mirrors, convex mirrors, distorting mirrors, etc. with frames finely crafted just waiting to tell a story.   Portrait, Thanjavur, India. Ca. 1860  This portrait shows a South Indian dancing-girl holding a flower. A local Thanjavur artist painted it on glass, using gouache (opaque watercolor paint) and gold leaf. Collage, Joseph Cornell (American 1903-1972)Loop Chair, ca. 1930s. Francis Elkins (American, 1888-1953)"Say Cheese"!  Polaroid Camera Cheese Slicer, ca. 2014. Gamago (American, 2001)Brooch, Cameo of Lion Stealing a Nursing Baby  ca. 1850,  (Country unknown)  18K Gold FrameMaya, Venitian Glass Vase, 2013 Ritsue Mishima, (Japan b. 1962) Daphne, 1550. Wenzel Jamnitzer (German) 1507-1585National Architects Union Headquarters, Bucharest, RomaniaSleeping Muse, ca. 1910 Cast Bronze  Constantin Brancusi (French (born Romania), 1876–1957 A Small Collection of Stenciled Printed Leather Slippers, Ca. 1800sThe Tiffany silver bottle case from the Christening of the SS Niagara 1898 Star Trek The Original Series, Female Uniform Pattern  (in case you cannot read it, below pattern it says "ratio unit up or down for larger or smaller sizes)Photograph, Pleiadian. 2013, Bill Gekas, Australia  (Inspired by the painting 'Portrait of a Young Girl' c1470 by Petrus Christus)Silk jersey Stocking embroidered with sequins and beads,  designed for the dancer Cleo de Merode by Milon Aîné, Paris, c.1900Ocean of Dots' Office by Matsuya Art Works, JapanEarring in the form of Eros, Greek, 330 B.C. Gold Fritillaria, pigmented ink on rag paper  44"x 66",  2005  Portia Munson (American born 1961)TOASTER TFG 1, BRAUN Permanent (gold plate), 1968  Designed by Reinhold Weiss (German)Gay Talese’s outline for “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,” 1966, written on a shirt board.  Bracelet with 77.3-carat carved emerald, emerald beads and diamonds  Cartier, ca. 1950sPhotograph, Pool at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami. 1955.  Slim Aarons, born George Allen Aarons. American (1916- 2006) Ivory Netsuke, Chrysanthemum. ca. 19th C. Japan  H 1.8" W 1.8", D 0.75"A Photograph of Alexander Calder's Studio............Emporia Malmö, Sweden. 2012.  Architects: Wingårdhs, Sweden Watch, designed by Clive Kendal for Cartier London ca. 1970. The Beth Shan Bust, Bacchus and Ariadne,  Graeco-Roman Period, circa 300 B.C.  Burgomaster (revolving) Chair, India ca. 1750-60  Furniture makers in the Indian subcontinent and the East Indies made this type of chair from the 1600s onwards. In inventories from the Dutch East Indies and British India chairs of this design are simply called 'round chairs'. The seat is always caned and usually rotates, as in this example. This suggests that this type of chair was originally used as a barber's chair (Dutch 'scheerstoel'). Haldu, veneered with ivory, with a cained seat Snuffbox, Germany, ca. 1760-70  This box, of cloudy quartz, is encrusted with flowers and insects in various coloured hardstones. It is mounted in gold. The technique of raised stonework such as this is frequently associated with the court of Frederick the Great in Berlin, and it is likely that this box was made there. Chased gold, quartz and hardstones Plaque, China ca. 1920-1930  Plaque of porcelain, decorated with an image of Napoleon. Above the portrait is a Chinese inscription in black reads from right to left: 'French President Napoleon'. On the lower left an inscription reads vertically to indicate that the plaque is decorated by Rongkang Porcelain Company in Hankou (a former city, now formed part of Wuhan). Red seal below.Face Mask, ca 1972. Peter Page, British  Gold and 32 brilliant cut diamonds Agate Ware Teapot, Staffordshire, England  ca.1740-50 clockflowerLeTrou ring, edition of 12. Man Ray.  Produced by Gem Montebello in 24kt gold and platinum, 1970The Key to Marie Antoinette's Secret Cabinet  VOGUE, Art Directed by Cipe Pineles, April 1939   In the days when American graphic design seemed the province of European immigrants, the men were joined by a young woman born in Austria. The graphic design career of Cipe Pineles began when she was installed by Condé Nast himself in the office of M.F. Agha, art director for Condé Nast publications Vogue, Vanity Fair, and House and Garden. Through the 1930s and early 1940s, Pineles learned editorial art direction from one of the masters of the era, and became (at Glamour) the first autonomous woman art director of a mass-market American publication.   Buick Streamliner, American 1948  Mechanical engineer Norman E. Timbs created this dramatic streamliner in the 1940s, in many ways it was the ultimate American hot rod. He designed and fabricated much of the project himself which included a custom aluminum body and steel chassis. It took him over two years to finish and the resulting roadster-chic, non?Quai de la Graile a residential building  Grenoble, France, 2013 by r2k ArchitectsPainting, "'The Monster', Nude, or Bacchus" Spain,1680 Juan Carreño de Miranda  A portrait of Eugenia Martínez Vallejo, nude and adorned with grape leaves and grape clusters, making this an allusion to Bacchus, the Roman god of wine.  In 1680, this girl was taken to the court to be exhibited because of her extraordinary proportions. Far from its current negative connotations, this must be understood in terms of the taste for freaks of nature passed down from the sixteenth century and still present in the seventeenth, when buffoons and different entertaining personages lived at the Palace in order to amuse the Monarchs and their children.Paper Cut, clown with tray with buildings on it. Hans Christian Andersen, Danish Fairy Tale Writer (1805–1875)  52.58 D Color internally Flawless Golconda Diamond set in a ring.   The mines of Goldconda, India, are known for producing some of the world’s most famous gems, including the Hope, the Koh-i-Noor, and the Regent Diamonds. This bauble garnered an impressive $10.9 million at an auction at Christie’s New York just several weeks ago. Evening Coat, English, ca. 1924-26. Designed by Itylus  Paul Poiret had popularised evening coats before the First World War. By 1925 they had become shorter and were more practical. They nevertheless still reflected the vogue for exoticism that began in the early 1920s. This evening coat combines the shape and cut of Western fashion with intricate and luxurious pink metallic embroideries, which were loosely basedon Chinese motifs.  Hand-sewn velvet, silk chiffon and ostrich feathers, hand-embroidered with sequins and beads, lined with satinChampagne taps, French early 19th C., made by Deleuze  Champagne taps were invented in France during the 19th century, they allowed for a small quantity of champagne to be drawn from the bottle without the remainder losing its freshness. These are made from silver with steel mounts.Welcome 2014. Carol Fertig 2013Cleaning away the Old Year  Woodblock Print, Japan  1770-1775. Ishikawa Toyomasa  It is still the custom in Japan, as in some other Asian cultures, to give the house a thorough clean in the last month of the year. In this way the past is put behind, in preparation for the new year.  Ishikawa Toyomasa was a print designer who specialised in pictures of children. This print belongs to a series of twelve prints entitled ‘The Twelve Months’, which depicts children at play in each month of the calendar year. this offering being for December. Any cleaning that might have been planned by these young boys has been forgotten as fun and frolics take centre stage.Backrest of a Bed. Portugal, mid 18th C. (Joao V)  Polychrome and gilt wood, carved with floral motifs and scrolls, with a bird on each side. W: 150cm H: 261cm.  A Partridge in a pear tree from a suite of 12 Christmas cards ca. 1950s  Alice and Martin Provensen  Alice Martin Provensen, they created memorable, award-winning picture books for forty-three years, books in which their individual contributions were never evident, only their teamwork. In 1984, the couple received the Caldecott Medal for The Glorious Flight, about French aviation pioneer Louis Bleriot. Girl Power, set of Spice Girls dolls and accessories, ca. 1997  Manufactured in China by Galoob.  (Doll) Vinyl, soft and hard, rooted saran hair (Dress and Accessories) Nylon fabric, black velcroTureen in the shape of a goose, ca. 1750      German (Strasbourg)A diamond Pinecone brooch, Vedura, ca. 1950s Oval Boat Shaped Ceremonial Drinking Cup, Fabergé, 1906  Jade with Golden handle inset with diamonds and a “NII” monogram. This was a gift of the Tsar Nicolas II to Ambassador Boutiron, the French ambassador to Russia. 25cm long Candle Screen in two parts and case, French 18th C.  Silk, Paper, Steel Buttons and Guards  7 11/16" x 4 3/16" Bagpipe and practice bagpipe ("goose"), c. 1896  Peter Henderson, ScottishTuxedo, House of Lanvin (French, founded 1889)  This fine example of a complete men's evening wear ensemble is exemplary of the tailor's art with a superior cut which holds its shape readily. The men's wear department of the house of Lanvin was opened in 1926 and run by Jeanne Lanvin's nephew, Maurice Lanvin. "Le Bal", Paul Poiret (French,  1879–1944) c. 1924  silk, glass, leatherChristmas, 1957. Andy Warhol Photograph, ca. 1972  Walter Dymond, groundskeeper of Harold Lloyd's estate Greenacres, with the Lloyd Christmas tree.  Mr. Dymond was responsible for the construction of the Christmas tree made from two trees (wiring the branches of one into the other), than placing  the ornaments directed by Mr Lloyd.  The tree then remained up all year.Feather Jacket Latvia 1870Turquoise Sapphire Diamond & Yellow Gold Jester Pin Brooch  Cartier ca. 1950s  Turquoise, Blue Sapphires, White Diamonds and Yellow GoldLibation Cup, Jiao Nephrite Jade  Archaic Style Ming Dynasty, China 15th- 16th CenturySeven-Light Candélabra, French, ca.1790      Gilt bronze, griotte marble, bardiglio marble      H: 47 3/8"  W: 19 3/4"  D: 13 3/4"  Candelabras became more and more elaborate during the course of the eighteenth century and were frequently cast of gilt bronze. Monumental in size, this one (of a pair)  holds seven candles, and is very complex in its design. Neckpiece, Wreath of Oak Leaves and Acorns      Greek, Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period, 4th century B.C.Vertes Christmas Print Ad for Shocking Fragrance by Schiaparelli, 1946The Hope Pearl  One of the most famous salt water pearls, it is so named because it was owned by Henry Philip Hope who is also recognized for owning the Hope Diamond. This pearl is gold and white and weighs 1,800 grams (that is almost 4 LBs.)Wine Fountain, Ireland or England, ca. 1790-1810  This rare and elegant vessel takes its shape from metalwork versions and, like high-end decanters, was used in wealthy households to serve wine, other alcoholic beverages, or water.Map outfit, by Hans Erich Friese, 1611  This was the  was the ceremonial dress for Christmas worn by Johann Georg I of Saxony, given to him as a gift from his mother, the Dowager Princess Sophie of Saxony.  Sea green satin and multicolored gold, silver and silk embroidery. Carnegie Hall, NYC built 1889-1891. William Tuthill and Richard Morris Hunt,  Architects (with assistance from Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler)  Carnegie Hall opened in 1891 with composer Peter Tchaikovsky conducting the New York Philharmonic and the Oratorio Society of New York. During the performance, Tuthill reportedly left the hall to consult his drawing just to be certain that the supporting columns would withstand the weight of the crowd in attendance.Typewriter Olivetti Studio 42, ca. 1936  Designed by Bauhaus-alumnus Alexander SchawinskyTrophée de Vaillance Brooch ca. 1941  Designed for Diana Vreeland by Jean SchlumbergerXray of Hands Holding Wishbone. Unknown, American 1922.  Although Thanksgiving is an American holiday, the wishbone custom was brought over to the new world by the Pilgrims from England, where it had long been in practice. The ritual of breakingapart the wishbone can be traced back to the ancient Romans, who used other forms of fowl such as a guinea fowl or a chicken. The Romans, in turn, adopted the tradition from the Etruscans. Most likely, the Romans brought the practice to England.  The Etruscans practiced a form of divination involving a hen pecking at grains of corn scattered about in a circle divided into sections with letters (which could be viewed as an early form of Ouija-style fortune telling). "When the fowl was killed, the bird’s collarbone was laid in the sun to dry. An Etruscan still wishing to benefit from the oracle’s powers had only to pick up the bone and stroke it (not break it) and make a wish; hence the name 'wishbone'. For morethan two centuries they wished on unbroken clavicles,  Etymologists claim that the expression 'get a lucky break' initially applied to the person winning the large half in a wishbone tug-of-war."  HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALLWoman on 5th Avenue, NYC, Nov. 1961, Larry Fink Bust of Hermes, Gio Ponti, Italian 1891-1979  ALL HAIL GIO PONTI!  One of the most important Italian architects, industrial designers, furniture designers, artists, and publishers of the twentieth century, and my H-E-R-O.  Mr. Ponti was born today, November 18th in 1891Mughal ring made of rubes, pearls, diamonds, silver and gold.  JAR 2008Boy in profile behind drapes, ca. 1932  Herbert List  German, 1903-1975  Mr. List was a German photographer, who worked for magazines, including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Life, and was associated with Magnum Photos. His austere, classically-posed black-and-white compositions, particularly of male nudes, taken in Italy and Greece have been highly formative for modern photography, with contemporary fashion photographers like Herb Ritts. He is also noted for his erotic street photography.Inntel Hotel Zaandam, the Netherlands 2011  Design, WAM ArchitectenA pair of Kid Shoes, 1795-1805 Architecturra, ca. 1959. A rare and early Trumeau by Piero Fornasetti, collaborating with Gio Ponti.   Braille Stamps, Holland.   Graphic Designer René Put (awarded Dutch Design award for these)  The Lees Mee (Read Them) series of stamps, issued by TNT Post earlier this year, celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille. Knitted Circle, ca. 1969. Zandra Rhodes (British born 1940)  In 1969, Rhodes created a set of textiles like the printed chiffon from which this kaftan was made. The motifs were taken from knitting and embroidery stitches, called Knitted Circle. Rhodes then learnt how to cut patterns in order to produce her own clothes. She based the shape of the clothes on the textile print:French 1940s style iron and gold trimmed wall mirror with naturalistic twig and swag design frame with sun form finial topChalk Emerald Ring (Columbian Emerald)  The superb clarity and color of the Chalk Emerald ranks it among the world’s finest Colombian emeralds. This outstanding 37.8-carat emerald exhibits the velvety deep green color that is most highly prized. The finest emeralds are found in the region around Muzo and Chivor, Colombia Earring with pendants and female head, Etruscan, 3rd C. B.C.  Gold and Silver  Glass bottle and stopper, ca. 1929. Maurice Marinot, French (1882-1960)  Marinot was a pioneer of the art of glass, beginning his artistic career as a painter as one of the Fauves (‘Wild Beasts’) of French art.  Marinot was to be equally bold when working with glass. He discovered the medium in 1911 when visiting the glass works of Gabriel and Eugène Viard at Bar-sur-Seine.  He worked there until 1937, mastering the glassmaker’s art and using only hand methods to create unique objects.Disks Bearing Spirals, 1923. Marcel Duchamp  Duchamp believed that the eye retains an image for a fraction of a second after it diappears. In 1920 with the help of Man Ray he set out to prove his theory. His 'Disks Bearing Spirals' were preliminary studies for Duchamp's (second) attempt to produce a three-dimensional film.Jacket,  Emile Pingat, 1885  This dolman-sleeved jacket was considered the epitome of luxury and good taste in the late nineteenth century. It would have been thought highly fashionable in combining fur as a trimming and a feather design in the fabric (elements from the natural world that fascinated society at the time). The jacket is lined with machine-quilted satin so would have been warm to wear.  The Paris fashion house of Pingat (1860-96) was as highly esteemed as that of Charles Worth and known for superb craftsmanship and elegance as this pre-puffer goes to show.Secession Building Vienna, 1897 Diana Slip fetish boots, French, c. 1930   Diana Slip was a specialty lingerie and erotica company established in Paris in the 1930s by Leo Vidal. They specialised in fetish clothes, saucy postcards and literature and everything madame or monsieur might require for the boudoir, so to speak. The company went into liquidation at the end of World War II.Wildman Costume, 18th or 19th century, Germany or Switzerland.  Two-piece leather hunting suit with wood spikes and iron chain. Earthenware Wall Dish, c. 1960 Arabia  Birger Kaipiainen (1915–1988) Finnish   During his half-century long career at the Arabia factory, Kaipiainen enjoyed a freedom to fulfil his creative visions untrammelled by the demands of industrial production.This piece is hand-painted with applied decoration, lustre glaze, metal fixing bracket 50cm diameter (almost 20") An assortment of rope masks, 2012  Bertjan Pot, The Netherlands  Pot is fascinated with technique, structure, pattern and color. Most experiments start quite impulsively by a certain curiosity for how things would function or how something would look. From there Bertjan takes on challenges with manufacturers to explore possibilities and push the boundaries a bit. The reward for each challenge is a new one.Kyoto Bracelet, Tina Chow c. 1985  Designed by style icon Tina Chow with master bamboo craftsman Shouchikudou Kosuge of Japan, the bracelet is filled with rose quartz pebbles that apparently make a soothing rustling sound while the arm moves. Silk Evening ensemble, ca. 1961  Arnold Scaasi  (American, born Canada, 1931)Handwritten List  Pablo Picasso, recommendations for the Armory Show for Walt Kuhn, 1912.  Marquise Ring, late 18th Century  In the late 18th century and into the 19th century, marquise rings set with diamonds on dark blue or red enamel backgrounds became fashionable in Europe. The oval (marquise bezel), like this ring, and the rectangular (shuttle-shaped bezel) were the most popular shapes with diamonds set to imitate stars in the sky or floral sprays. It was charactersitic to frame these rings with a border of diamond sparks set in silver mounts. The blue enameled rings evoke celestial allusions.Shop, Venetian Fair, with Two Figures, ca. 1765, German  Hard-paste porcelain, Ludwigsburg Porcelain Manufactory  H: 6 " x W: 5-1/2 "  The White Cyclone Roller Coaster, Mie Prefecture, Japan. 1994   White Cyclone is constructed of enough Alaskan timber to construct nearly a thousand homes.The ride is particularly fast for a wooden roller coaster and it incorporates many standard elements such as helixes, large drops and smaller "bunny hills". The coaster incorporates a double out-and-back design and uses cars manufactured by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. Dress Clip, c. 1940s. Marcel Rochas  (French, 1902–1955)  Enameled Metal, 3.1/4" highThe Dar al-Hajar (Rock Palace) 1786 AD. Yemen  Perched atop a rock pinnacle at the Wadi Dhahr Valley, north of the capital Sana’a, Yemen. The historical five-storey palace was built by Yemen’s ruler Imam Mansour Ali Bin Mehdi Abbas.  In the 1930s, the late Yemeni monarch Imam Yahya Hameed Al-Din added the upper story and annexes and used it as his summer residence.Acrylic Table Lamp (shown open and closed) c. 1967  Superstudio, Italy  Superstudio was an architecture firm, founded in 1966 in Florence, Italy by Adolfo Natalini and Cristiano Toraldo di Francia. Superstudio was considered a major part of the Radical architecture movement of the late 1960s.  Critics agree that the work of Superstudio was influential, or even entirely inspirational to, among others, architects like Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Bernard Tschumi.Portrait, Ivan Makarov (Russian)  Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (1853-1920)Johannes Itten, Swiss 1888-1967.  Color sphere in 7 light values and 12 tones, 1921.  Lithograph on paper.  Itten was an expressionist painter, designer, teacher, writer and theorist was part of the core of the Weimar Bauhaus. Chair "Thing", Laminated Paper, 1968.  Peter Murdoch (British born 1940)  The chair is designed for a child and is made from a single piece of folded cardboard. It is from a range of pieces named such similarly ambiguous titles as ‘Stool Thing’ and ‘Table Thing’. The designs were mass-produced and approximately 76,000 pieces were sold over a six-month period after they were produced, retailing for less than $2. each (1960s money).Book Cover, Alvin Lustig (American 1915-1955)  Lustig was a generalist in the world of design. In his short lifetime he created book jackets, magazines, interiors, and textiles and more. By the time he died at the age of forty, he had already introduced principles of Modern art to graphic design that have had a long-term influence on contemporary practice. He was in the vanguard of a relatively small group who fervently, indeed religiously, believed in the curative power of good design when applied to all aspects of American life.Paper Dress, 2005. Yumi Katsura, Japan  Katsura was a pioneer in the Bridal dress category bringing a new take on Japanese traditions to the world of brides. She has always been interested in the exploration of materials and techniques. This synthetic paper dress is a great example of her daring.Sketch for Empty Smoke, 2013. Oswaldo Maciá, Columbian, b. 1960  Ink and graphite on paper, 11 3/4" x 8 7/16". An assortment of Tartanware Napkin Rings, 19th C. Scotland  Tartan became the most popular decoration for souvenirs of Scotland due to Queen Victoria's and Prince Albert's love of the countryside. Soon the box makers of Mauchline (outside of Glasgow) invented machines to rule the multi-colored clan tartans onto printed papers and fashion them into assorted objects for tourists to take home. Now they are considered highly collectable. The "Joy Cuff", metal  Tess Sholom for Bill Blass (American) fall, 1982Portrait of a lady, (48" x 35¼ " circa 1630-50.  Jan Anthonisz van Ravesteyn   van Ravesteyn (1572-1657) was a successful painter to the Dutch court in The Hague. He was also a teacher to other Delft painters.Shaffron (Horse's Head Defense) (The ear and eye guards, bottom lame of the crinet, and mail fringe are ninteenth-century restorations.)   Attributed to Romain des Ursins  (Italian, Milan,1493–95). des Ursins, although Italian appears to have supplied armor to the French court.Etching, Comte de Provence as a Cat, French ca. 18th C.Egyptian Sheet gold finger and toe coverings, plus sandals, from the tomb of three minor wives of Thutmose III at Wady Gabbanat el-Qurud  circa 1479-1425 B.C. Entertainment Unit ca.1971. Francesco Bocola, (Italian) for Pierre CardinCollage, Arrangement I (Unclassified) 2013  Matthew Craven (American b. 1981)  found book pages on found paper. 51" x 37 1/4"Moor Brooch, (contemporary) Codognato, Italian   Yellow and white gold with a fully draped dress embellished with pearls and brilliant diamonds, set with a ruby with a surround of brilliants. Turban encrusted with pearls and brilliant-cut diamonds and adorned with a mabe pearl.Detail, Besançon Art Center and Cité de la Musique, 2012  Besançon, France  Architecture, Kengo Kuma  Born in 1954 is a much acclaimed Japanese architect. Kuma's stated goal is to recover the tradition of Japanese buildings and to reinterpret these traditions for the 21st century.The Guidonian Hand from Opus Musices. Naples, c. 1483  Illustration, Nardo Rapicano  The Guidonian Hand is a graphic mnemonic device in which musical notes are arranged on the left hand, used in medieval music to assist in sight-singing. Waterfall Bench, 2011. Tokujin Yoshioka, Japanese (born 1967)  Bench made of glassas part of a museum installation.The Tudor Rose: A Diamond Brooch  Theodore Fester, Paris, circa 1855The Carved doors at the Urnes Stave Church, Western Norway c.1070Minidress, ca. 1967. Paco Rabanne, French portrait Digital Illustration, Victoria Fernandez (South American living in Madrid)  Leo Tolstoy, a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. He was a master of realistic fiction and is widely considered one of the world's greatest novelists. He is best known for two long novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877).  Leo Tolstoy was born today September 9th (1828-1910)Feuillages et Ramages stylisés, ca. 1920.  Raoul Dufy, French (1877-1953)“La Jolie”, Man Ray necklace made from his sketch, ca.1961.  24k gold and Lapis LazuliPunctuality, lithograph  ca. 1929.  Julius Klinger, Austrian (1876–1942) This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the London Underground. Cigarette-case, ca. 1897.  August Holstrem of The Faberge House Original Drawing for the now Iconic Font; Gill Sans.  Eric Gill, British  (1882-1940)Guinea Fowl Make-Up Palette  Naqada II. (Predynastic Egypt) Mid 4th millennium B.C. c. 3500-3300 B.C.  Such palettes were for grinding green malachite, a copper ore for eye paint.  Other minerals for cosmetic purposes were also ground, such as red ochre, probably used as rouge.A pair of Diamond Earrings, English.  Second half of the 18th Century  Of girandole design which is defined as "a radiating and showy composition" (amen to that). Here each surmount designed as a flower head cluster, suspending an open work plaque, set throughout with circular cut and pear shaped diamonds. Each of the three similarly set as detachable pear-shaped drops with swing centers.   Cabbage Bowl, 2004. Yasuhiro Suzuki, Japanese born 1979  Paper clay cabbages leaves made with silicon molding. When seperated each leaf forms it's own bowl.18TH C. ANGLO-INDIAN  IVORY MINIATURE BUREAU CABINET, 1780. Engraved Ivory on Sandlewood. H: 36.5",  W: 24"  This exquisite piece is one of many from Mallett Antiques. If you aren't familiar with them, well you should be...... Sean Connery  Terence Donovan for a 1962 advertising shoot for Smirnoff Vodka.  July 25th was Mr. Connery's 83rd Birthday.Fantasies thought up by Schiaparelli—including a fan of crumpled glass and newspaper-print chintz hats, 1935. Illustration: Cecil Beaton.4 Bridge Chairs, 1948. Emillo Terry, (1890-1969)  Terry was Cuban-born into a family of wealthy plantation owners who moved to France. When he grew up he became a French architect, artist, interior decorator, artist, and landscape designer. He also created furniture, tapesteries and objets d'art; all in a style that was at once classical and baroque. He named his style "Louis XIX ".Victorian Turquoise, Ruby and Diamond Bracelet, circa 1870  The hinged band designed as a coiled pavé-set turquoise serpent, accented by cabochon ruby eyes and old European-cut diamond detail, suspending a pavé-set turquoise sphere, mounted in silver. Hawaii, 1943-45. Josef Frank (Swedish 1885-1967)  Josef Frank was an Austrian-born architect, artist, and designer who adopted Swedish citizenship in the latter half of his life. Frank found inspiration for this textile design at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There he found a remarkable collection of “Trees of Life” from the north side of the Indian peninsula. This pattern, with its intertwined stems, bears similarities to these trees. Hawaii is one of Frank’s largest patterns with a repeat of almost 71".  Idealized Portrait of the Mughal Empress Consort Nur Jahan, 1577 – 1645  Nur Jahan quickly became the favorite wife and constant companion of  Mughal Emperor Jahangir - ruler of the Mughal Empire at the peak of its power and supremacy. He was reportedly bewitched by her beauty and charm and was so taken with her that he changed her birth name of Mehrunnisa to Nur Mahal (light of the palace) and then to Nur Jahan (light of the world). Nur Jahan was extremely intelligent and highly educated, and effectively ruled the empire in place of her husband. Through her potent powers of persuasion Nur Jahan secured the right to give farmans -authoritative royal decrees - thus controlling most aspects of government.Boot, Roger Vivier. Embroidery Maison Lesage-FrenchAmanda Means, American (b. 1945)  Light Bulb 003ROGo, 2007 Unique Polaroid Print 24" 20"Parure, Van Cleef and Arpels, 1970   Flower bursts of Golden Sapphires and Cornflower Blue Sapphires, surrounded by blue sapphires, diamond and emeralds.Indications of good works, 1828-29 Moroccan Calligrapher-al-Qandûsî Photograph, Christian Dior 1957  Lommis Dean, American (1917-2005)Canopy Lounge Chair in Steel and Suede, 1959. Jean Royere (French)  Designed for Princess Shahnaz (daughter of the Shah of Iran) Blueprint for the Espresso Machine, 1933. Alfonso Bialetti, Italian  Bialetti who first acquired his metal-working skills by working for a decade in the French aluminium industry,  was probably heavily influenced by contemporary designers of the day  such as Hoffmann, Puiforcat, Genazzi and Henin; to a certain extent he copied and built upon their coffee-pot designs.  Antique Botanical of Violets (British, 19th C.)  Napoleon was a devout fan of the violet: when he married Josephine, she wore violets, and on every wedding anniversary he sent her a violet bouquet. In 1814, before leaving for his exile in St. Helena, Napoleon asked to visit Josephine's tomb. There he picked the violets that were found in a locket around his neck when he died. Today August 15th is the birthdate of Napoleon Bonaparte.(1769-1821)Sweet Corn Brooch, 2012. Hemmerle, German  Silver, White and Yellow Gold, Pearls and White Diamonds  Height of summer......... Vanity Case, Jean Michel Schlumberger (French) 1907-1987  The rounded oblong case of gold and white gold mesh design opens to reveal two glazed compartments and a lipstick holder, a fitted mirror and a comb. 6.5" long.....now where for an iPhone.  In 1956, the president of Tiffany & Co., Walter Hoving, asked Schlumberger to begin designing for the firm. He had his own workshop at the company until his retirement in the late 1970s and was eventually made a Vice-PresidentGirl in Bathtub, 1949 Saul Steinberg, American (1914-1999) Gelatin silver print, 12 3/4" x 11 1/4"A Page from the Mayflower Premiem Seed Catalog, 1907The corridor leading to, and the lavatory at Volkshaus Basel bar and brasserie  Herzog & de Meuron Architects, 2013Photograph, Green-c 1970s. Guy Bourdin, French (1928-1991)  Bourdin was influenced by his mentor Man Ray, photographer Edward Weston, the surrealist painters Magritte and Balthus, and film maker Luis Buñuel. Even though much less well known to the public than his colleague Helmut Newton, Bourdin possibly has been more influential on the younger generations of fashion photographers. Diana Vreeland by Cecil Beaton  Born as Diana Dalziel in Paris, France, at 5, avenue du Bois-de-Boulogne.Bouquets of Porcelain Flowers, Sevres porcelain manufacture, 18th century Madame de Pompadour collected finely crafted porcelains which she sometimes wore. Because of this she helped estabish the Sevres porcelain manufacture and had the Vincennes factory moved to Sevres, closer to Versailles and even closer to her Bellevue country house estate bought for her by the king.The Cullinan Diamond III and IV Brooch, British, Carrington & Co., 1911  The brooch is made up of 2 stones; (Cullinan lll) a pear-shaped drop of 94.4 metric carats, and Cullinan IV) a cushion-shaped stone of 63.6 metric carats, mounted in a lattice-work settings (seperate but can be hooked togeher (how clever). The stones were first fashioned for Queen Mary's coronation crown, and then refashioned as a pendant or brooch...refered to by Queen Elizabeth as "Granny's Chips" ( Granny being my No 1 Jewel Hoarder Queen Mary).Plunge Pool at Wimpole Hall, 1792.  Sir John Soane, (British) Architect  (Pool held 2,199 gallons of water heated by a boiler below)  Sir John Soane,1753-1837) specialized in the Neo-Classical style. He was the official architect to the Office of Works, and received a knighthood in 1831. If you have never visited his home (now a museum) in London, next trip make it your first stop, you won't be sorry........... it's extremely elegant and a bit wacky at the same time.  Guide for Constructing the Letters H and I, 1591 - 1596  Joris Hoefnagel, Flemish and Hungarian,  Tempera colors, gold paint, and ink on parchment. H: 6 9/16" W: 4 7/8" A spread from Marilyn Monroe’s diary: Poems, Intimate Notes and Letters.  Watch in the form of a Stag Beetle, Swiss, Late 18th C   Verge gold and enamel with pearls and ruby eyes. Oh, the wings snap closed to hide the mechanism....Page from the Arabic machine manuscript,  dated between 16th and 19th C.  The manuscript features schematics for water  powered systems, pulleys and gearing mechanisms.Photograph, Shalom Harlow as Maleficent  Javier Vallhonrat. Born in Spain, 1953Felt Swan on Wheels, ca. 1900  Steiff, Germany  The Steiff Company began in 1880 by Margarete Steiff, who was later assisted by her brother Fritz.  A Leaf from des Plantes de l'Amerique, 1693  Charles Plumier, French 1646 – 20 November 1704  Plumier  was a French botanist, after whom the Frangipani genus Plumeria is named. Plumier is considered one of the most important of the botanical explorers of his time. He made three botanizing expeditions to the West Indies, which resulted in a massive work Nova Plantarum Americanarum Genera (1703–04) and was appointed botanist to king Louis XIV of France. Constructed Photograph, Rockstar Portrait from a series  Hassan Hajjaj  (born 1961 in Morocco)   Hajjaj's portraits from Marrakech capture the color and spontaneity of his childhood in Morocco. His sitters often wear clothes he has designed, standing in spaces totally covered by patterns he has chosen, and the photographs are eventually set in a frame he has constructed. The artist lives and works between London, and Marrakech, Morocco.Wiener Werkstätte, Mirror. Dagobert Peche (1887-1923)  Limewood, Carved with Gold Plating, 1922  Last week I went to see the Koloman Moser  show at Neue Gallery ... an exhibition which is not to be missed if you are in New York City over the next several months. While there I was re-aquainted with a quartet of Peche mirrors that are hung in one of the upstairs galleries there. These little gems always make my heart skip a beat, so of course I thought I should feature one here.Photograph of Brian Jones by Jerry Schatzberg (American born 1927)  Schatzberg was born to a family of furriers; he grew up in the Bronx. He photographed for magazines such as Vogue, Esquire and McCalls. He has also directed films making his debut in the 1970's with Puzzle of a Downfall Child starring Faye Dunaway.  As a still photographer, one of Schatzberg's most famous images was the cover photo of the Bob Dylan album Blonde on Blonde, released in 1966. He continues to work of fim and still projects as well as writing. Gold Metal compact with rhinestones, 1950.  Paul Flato, American 1900-99  Paul Flato was a popular American jeweler, based in New York City from the 1920s to the early 1940s. Considered the first celebrity jeweler, he was well known for important jewelry, as well as  whimsical pieces. Many many glamorous women owned and flaunted his jewels.   Gestural Staircase in the center atrium of the new UN City, Copenhagen  The Danish Architects 3XN created the star-shaped the UN city which opened last week. A model of sustainability, the building is already one of the most energy efficient buildings in Denmark, sporting less than 50 kilowatt hour per square meter annual energy consumption. The various building are joined by this atrium who's stairway conveys collaboration and movement.  Chair, Russian 1745-55  Steel, with traces of bluing, overlaid with brass and mercury-gilded brass; silvered copper; leather. Stretch Wig by Kenneth, McCall’s Magazine, October 1968,  Photographed by Neal Barr  Kenneth Battelle (1927 -2013), more usually known as Kenneth, was a leading New York hairdresser from the 1950s until his death. Sometimes described as the world's first celebrity hairdresser, Kenneth achieved international fame for creating Jacqueline Kennedy's bouffant in 1961. He also counted Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Brooke Astor and Happy Rockefeller among his clients. In 1961 he became the first, and only, hairdresser to win a Coty Award.  Urania., 18 c, Johann Joachim Kandler (1706-75).  for Meissen, Germany  Kandler was the most important modelmaster at Meissen.  His work was heavy on rococo style, leading a porcelain trend of the day. U.S. patent no. 388,850, issued to George Eastman, September 4, 1888  George Eastman opened the Eastman Dry Plate and Film Company in 1880. His first camera, the Kodak, was sold in 1888 and consisted of a box camera with 100 exposures. Later he offered the first Brownie camera, which was intended for children. By 1927, Eastman Kodak was the largest U.S. company in the industry, changing our relationship to the photograph.  La Mauvaise Nouvelle (”bad news “), 1740  Jean-Baptist-Marie Pierre, French - 1714-1789 Pendant: Caravel  Late 16th century, Italy  Gold, rubies, emeralds, pearls and enamel Jack Kerouac's scroll manuscript of 'On the Road.' 120 feet long  Fans of Kerouac's writing bemoan the fact that Kerouac's original ending is missing from the scroll. Kerouac noted on the document that it had been "eaten by dog," namely, the cocker spaniel owned by his friend Lucien Carr. Photograph (Cover Harper's Bazaar, 1960)  Melvin Sokolsky, born 1933. American  Though he is best known for his editorial fashion photographs for publications such as Harper's Bazaar and The New York Times, Sokolsky's work is not limited to that field. Three quarters of his print photography has been for advertising,[ which does not usually carry a byline. As Sokolsky said in an interview: "I resented the attitude that 'This is editorial and this is advertising'. I always felt, why dilute it? Why not always go for the full shot?" Orville Gibson Lyre Mandolin, c.1898-1902  Of all the unusual instruments made by Gibson in the 112 years since Orville Gibson strung up his first creation, the lyre mandolin is  the most intriguing. Gibson thought enough of it to use it to frame a photo of himself on the paper labels of his instruments until 1908.  This instrument was more than just a showpiece. It was played, as indicated by the small area of pickwear through the finish and some minor wear on the frets.   The Seating Plan from the marriage of Marie Antoinette aka Maria Antonia Josepha Joanna aka Josephe Jeanne Marie Antoinette of the house of Habsburg-Lorraine, and Louis XVI aka Louis-Auguste.  May 16, 1770, at Versailles in the Chapel Royal  'Torres de Hercules' , Cadiz Spain by Rafael de la Hoz Architects, 2011  The towers symbolise the legendary Pillars of Hercules and are the tallest buildings in Andalusia.  Two cylindrical, white towers rising from a flat pool of water. On the façade-a giant lattice-appears the mythical motto from the legend of the Pillars of Hercules, “Non Plus Ultra” (nothing further beyond), warning sailors in the Mediterranean of the edge of the known world. The Star of South Africa AKA Dudley Diamond  Found by a Griqua shepherd boy in 1869 on the banks of the Vaal River, the original stone, before cutting, weighed 83.5 carat. The finding of this large diamond spurred the diamond rush in South Africa.  The shepherd sold the stone for the hefty price of 500 sheep, 10 oxen and a horse. Eventually the stone was purchased by Louis Hond, a diamond cutter, and fashioned to what was described as an “oval, three-sided brilliant” (said to have enjoyed great brilliancy and the color of the finest water) and was sold to the Earl of Dudley for $125,000 (or about £25,000). The Countess Dudley wore it as a hair ornament, surrounded by 95 smaller diamonds.Friedrich Nietzsche’s typewriter, a Malling-Hansen Writing ball, model 1878 Iron Age shoes (ca. 400 BCE to 400 CE) found on body in European bog in 2007  Figure of a Girl, China 1985  This figure of a young woman in ancient Chinese dress is a joint creation of two contemporary Chinese potters. Tang Zhiqiang did the modelling and Pan Zhaohong, who comes from a long line of potters, did the glazing. It won first prize at the International Rare Earth Exhibition held in Beijing in 1985, when China began to recover from the Cultural Revolution and turned its attention once again to making consumer goods. H: 30cm Photograph, Doily (Paula), 2011. Hendrik Kerstens, Dutch  Kerstens’ continually shoots his daughter Paula. His images are often compared to the work of Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer, though with a decidedly modern twist. The Artist explains, "It's a way for me to shake up the concept of time. I'm taking someone today with modern tastes and portraying her in the style of 17th-century artists." H: 60" x W: 50" Fan, French, 1830,  Engraving colored with gouache on paper, with painted wooden sticks  In the 19th century the decorative themes for fans became more light-hearted. They often played with the idea of the right side and reverse of the fan leaf. In this example a row of women in fashionable dress of the 1830s stand on either side of a man wearing a cloak. A back view of the figures appears on the reverse. The sticks are shaped like a guitar. The fan was probably made for the Spanish market. Photograph, Yayoi Kusama when she was a young girl.  Throughout her career Kasuma has worked in a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, sculpture, performance art and environmental installations, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition and pattern. Some of you will be familiar with her work for Louis Vuitton.  In 1948, she left home to enter senior class at Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts, where she studied Nihonga painting, a rigorous formal style developed during the Meiji period. She hated the rigidities of the master-disciple system where students were supposed to imbibe tradition through the sensei. “When I think of my life in Kyoto,” she is quoted, “I feel like vomiting. A Medieval depiction of the Queen of Sheba  The monarch of the ancient kingdom of Sheba, she is widely assumed to have been a queen regnant, but, since there is no historical proof of this, she may have been a queen consort in the kingdom of (believed to have been) Ethiopia  and Yemen.