Today, I took over the @cooperhewitt Instagram Story, and shared my absolute favorite decorative arts and design objects on view in the “Jazz Age America” exhibition. This citrine, diamond, ebonite, gold, and enamel Mystery Clock from circa 1921 is in the permanent archival collection of @cartier, and once belonged to automobile empress Anna Dodge. The show is only open one more day, so make sure to stop by on Sunday, August 20th! ✨🕰✨ #JazzAgeAmerica
We never get tired of a #Wisteria .. Designed for #TiffanyStudios by Clara Driscoll, who became head of the Women's Glass Cutting Department, the #WisteriaLamp has always been one of the firm's most iconic lamps. Comprised of over 2,000 hand-cut pieces of #TiffanyGlass , the shade was one of the most complicated produced by #Tiffany . The Wisteria Lamp won the grand prize at the 1902 Prima Esposizione Internationale d'Arte Decorativa Moderna in Turin, Italy.
Tiffany's trio of Last Supper panels gives us the remarkable opportunity to compare the power of glass selection across three versions of the same design. Pictured from left to right are details of Christ from these commissions, ordered chronologically (1897, 1898, and 1902). Take a closer look at how glass selection impacts the depiction of Christ, and pat special attention to the different treatments of his halo. Delve further into these commission through a digital interactive exploring their similarities and differences, featured in "Tiffany's Glass Mosaics," organized jointly with the Corning Museum of Glass (@corningmuseum).
Love this little console that looks like it's slipped into some slippers
The piece is by Johann Ignaz Dorsch, circa 1770 and exemplifies the fantastical and over-the-top nature of the Rococo in Germany with exaggerated forms and never ending S-scrolls -- it's no holds barred!
(Image from Kreisel's 'Die Kunst des deutschen Möbels')
The Ettore Sottass exhibition at the @metbreuer, curated by @chrisalexlarsen, is one of the most thorough exhibitions I've seen. It brings context to the often impenetrable designs through interesting juxtaposition of objects, and tells the complete arc of Memphis and Post-Modern design. Very encouraged to see a decorative arts exhibition lauded so completely and exuberantly across the board. 🔲🔸❌🔷➕🔰
Heading to church this Sunday? This ecclesiastical micromosaic brooch has markings that indicate it was made in a Vatican workshop in the 19th century, so it's potentially the perfect pious accessory. On view and for sale through a special exhibition of jewels at @doyleanddoyle. ✨⛪️✨
Lady Liberty is leading the way to the weekend! Follow her to our Marlborough gallery, auction previews for August Americana continue today from 12-8PM and Saturday from 12-5PM. Happy Friday!
Pictured: Molded and Painted Sheet Copper Goddess of Liberty Weathervane, Cushing & White, Waltham, Massachusetts, c. 1865-75 (Lot 494, Estimate $30,000-50,000)
This Art Nouveau pendant in the form of a branch with pearl buds and enamel leaves and rain was designed and made in Paris by Georges Fouquet in 1908-1910. It currently resides in the amazing collection of the @rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and has been there since 1970. ✨🌿✨
Throwback to 1777. The boudoir from the Hôtel de Crillon, designed by Pierre-Adrien Pâris. I'm always surprised by the fact that even on my 594th visit to the @metmuseum, I can still look at things with fresh eyes. ✨🕯✨
Excited about my book finally coming! I was lucky enough to see some of his fabulous works at the Wallace Collection last and learn from the fabulous Helen Jacobsen. This exhibition was stunning and several of the works didn't have vitrines!!! Can't wait to dive into the catalog! #curatorlife#decarts#pierregouthière#frenchgilding#18thcentury#arr
Definitely on my list of "Jewelers to Watch" is @grainnemorton from Scotland. She makes by hand these wall ornaments with tiny compartments (which I think would also work brilliantly as a brooch) and fills them with a collection of minuscule curated curiosities. My favorites are of course the glass doll's eye and the opal shards. ✨👁🕯🔮✨
In honor of #bookloversday , an Extremely Rare and Life Like Paris Dihl and Guerhard Biscuit Porcelain Seated Infant Boy from circa 1795. -
After the model by Charles Gabriel Sauvage, on a plinth, set on a simulated agate base. The child with gracefully curling hair and genial countenance, peering and reading from an open book, the rectangular plinth draped with folded material.
A porcelain plaque with a portrait of Dihl by Etienne Le Guay is in the Musee de Ceramique at Sevres, in the portrait dated 1797 appears the exact model of the seated child, resting on the top of his desk. There is an example of this model within the Arkhangelskoye Palace Russia.The modeller Sauvage had worked at the Niderviller porcelain manufactory, where he was chief modeller until the 1790’s when he started to work for Dihl.
Height: 18 1/2 ins. (46.6 cms.) #porcelain#ceramics#rare#18thcentury#decorativearts#decarts#sculpture#boy#book#reading#biscuit
This #dogwood lamp, a recent #TiffanyStudios acquisition, utilizes streaky, mottled and "foliage" glass in the composition; the soft white blossoms appear to be lit by dappled sunlight.
Stop by the gallery to see this beauty in person! #tiffanytuesday
More glass, old and new at All Saints, Mapperton. An early C16th Netherlandish Visitation, a French Head of a Woman from 1509, and a modern Annunciation. This church dates from the C12th but most of the glass panels were bought in London in 1768 #churchtime#dorset#historyofcollecting#decarts
This little happy Boivin bird really spoke to me. It said, "buy me and donate me to a museum in order to start to build a significant collection of jewelry, which is hugely lacking in many American cultural institutions!" ✨😊🕊
Detail from a lidded Meissen tankard, a documentary piece bearing the signature of Johann Gottfried Nitzschner 'JGN' to the underside of the base. Nitzschner was one of the greatest floral painters to work at Meissen during the 1740's. The botanically accurate full floral specimens are taken from the engravings of Johann Wilhelm Weinmann's important floral source book. Phytanthoza Iconographia, published in Regensberg in four volumes between the years 1737-1745. The extensive botanical illustrations which detail the collection of plants built up by the apothecary and gardener Weinmann (1683-1741) is almost the only known source for flower painting at Meissen. .
The tankard also commemorates the marriage of Heinrich and Anna Tammen, inscribed with the date of 1745. The symbolism of the full blown rose placed next to the blue speedwell flower endorses their union with their combined meaning of 'True Love' within the ancient language of flowers. Look out for the fly painted to the reverse of the tankard, a subtle reminder for the married couple of the fragility of life! -
A rare and Documentary Silver-Mounted Meissen Tankard, dated 1745, painted by Johann Gottfried Nitzschner with a huge spray of European flowers including a rose, stocks, auricula and papaver on one side and a spray of dianthus and heartsease on the reverse, the handle with puce lambrequin and stylised acanthus leaves. Circa 1745, Height: 8 Ins. (21 cms.) Crossed Swords Mark in underglaze blue to the underside, pressnummer 20 and painter's monogramm JGN in puce.The silver-gilt mounts set with a Brunswick coin of 1688 and inscribed Hinrich Tamm / Anna Tammen/ HS 1745, maker's mark PS struck twice. -
Fan of ceramics? Well, our talented Decorative Arts students have been working with @denbypottery to design stoneware, which you can see at Denby's Craftroom between now and Thursday 24 August! 🍶 #ntuart#DenbyPottery#DecorativeArts
Can't get these luscious @belperron dress clips out of my head. One clip featured all cabochon sapphires of various hues, while the other featured all faceted stones. Seen at the Metropolitan Pavilion at @patsaling's thoughtful booth.
Have you discovered our new Lupin Foundation Decorative Arts Center? NOMA's beloved permanent collection of design, craft and ornament, a visitor favorite for decades, has returned to public view. ・・・
Dreaming of the weekend?
A very fine and rare St. Cloud Figural Oval Silver Mounted Snuff Box and Cover, modelled as a reclined sportsman, wearing typical bucholic attire with blue order sash, his head resting on his hand, and a yellow walking stick to one side, painted in the kakiemon palette with sprigs of stylised oriental plants and flowers, the cover with similar decoration.
Paris decharge mark to silver mount.
Provenance: Private English Collection.
Length: 3 Ins. (7.5cms.)
No you're not in the most epic candy store. It's glass! These Multicolor Murano Glass bowls are all featured in this week's Decorative Arts auction. And they are all just as delightful as candy.
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Ralph Cahoon was born in Chatham, Massachusetts in 1910. As a youth his favorite pastime was sketching the the Cape Cod coast. He and his wife Martha ran a successful decorating business painting folk art motifs directly onto furniture. Inspired by a client, Ralph began painting directly onto masonite in 1959 and started his famous series of mermaid works. These mermaid paintings were avidly collected from galleries on Nantucket to Palm Beach, Florida. Perfectly timed for summer, our August 13 Americana auction features, "Weighing In," one of Ralph's iconically bright and whimsical paintings. #MermaidMonday#EveryObjectHasAStory
This butterfly snuffbox was my favorite piece in the @patekphilippeexhibition. It is from 1820, and was made specifically for the Chinese market. Under the champlevé enamel wings on the right side are two watch faces, an automaton of a woman playing a mandolin and a man playing a lyre, and a music box with 38 tuned teeth. Talk about complication. ✨🦋✨
Ceramic tiles are one of the oldest forms of decorative art. They have been widely used in conjunction with architecture due to their durability and beauty. Our Historical & Architectural Tiles online auction features over 300 lots of art tiles made by historic tile makers such as J. & J.G. Low, Minton, American Encaustic, Cambridge, Trent, and more.
This amazing Indian jewel from @vgjewellery is known as a patri har due to the fact that while this side has gorgeous turquoise set into the 22K gold, the reverse is decorated with vivid red enamel floral patterns. This sort of necklace would have been worn by very wealthy men in India. Can I take it for a spin? 💧🌹💧