Category Archives: Artifacts & Antiques

Roebling: Model Company Town

It’s not every bridge that gets a birthday cake, fireworks, and the happy birthday song delivered by the mayor of the city of New York. But the Brooklyn Bridge, completed in 1883, is not just any bridge. John A. Roebling … Continue reading

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Intelligent Design

An economic downturn disrupted the American marketplace, and unemployment reached double digits. Urban dwellers retreated to the country, embracing a simple and moral work ethic, and sought a path to a better life by working on farms and making things … Continue reading

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Einstein’s Furniture tells his Story

Back in the 1970s, a series of books titled Nomadic Furniture promoted ideas about how to make lightweight beds, bookshelves and modules that were collapsible and easily reassembled for a peripatetic lifestyle. This kind of portable furniture would have been … Continue reading

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Last Chance in Merion

For years I’ve been writing that this may be the very last chance to see the Barnes Foundation collection in its original home in Merion, Pa., but it looks like this is really really that last chance. The Foundation’s website … Continue reading

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Long Live Chagall

Imagine visiting this confiserie in Aix-en-Provence. That’s where artist Fay Sciarra traveled to this summer and got the inspiration for this reverse painting on glass. She acquired this cool vintage leaded glass window  from Russell Hutsko, one of the antiques … Continue reading

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Wish I’d Been There

and that I had a spare $26,500 to top the final bidder on this Grueby extremely rare tile incised and embossed with a family of elephants, covered in polychrome matte glazes.  It is aperfectly fired example of matte painting, according … Continue reading

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Round and Round

This past summer, I took a wonderful bike trip from the Czech Republic to Bavaria and Austria. I shot 500 pictures and put together a slide show using the Ken Burns effect on my Mac. Then, unexpectedly, the hard drive … Continue reading

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Passage to Asia

Isabella de la Houssaye is one of those amazing women who was trained as a lawyer, worked as a banker, had five children, and traveled all over the world, having exotic adventures with her family while adding to her extraordinary … Continue reading

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