Baccarat: crystal barware of kings and aristocrats

The bar at the five-star Baccarat Hotel in New York City is stocked with fine Baccarat crystal barware and breathtaking chandeliers. Photo courtesy of Baccarat

NEW YORK — The perfect French martini is judged not only by the ratio of vodka to pineapple juice but also the cocktail glass in which it is served. Presentation is important in all things, and using antique or vintage Baccarat barware to serve your cocktails can turn your next gathering with friends into a classy shindig, with crystal stemware and glasses that boast beauty, history and character.

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New exhibition celebrates the art and design of ‘Vera’

Designs from Vera Paints a Scarf: The Art and Life of Vera Neumann. Image courtesy of Museum of Arts and Design

NEW YORK – The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) presents Vera Paints a Scarf: The Art and Life of Vera Neumann, the first museum exhibition to comprehensively examine the career of American artist and designer Vera Neumann (1907-1993). On view now through January 26, 2020, the exhibition spotlights one of the most successful female design entrepreneurs of the 20th century, and tells the story of an originator of the American lifestyle brand through more than 200 works—from a selection of Neumann’s paintings, the source of her whimsical design motifs, to her signature scarves, fashions, textiles, and table linens signed with a cursive “Vera” and stamped with a ladybug.

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Aug. 14 auction zeroes in on hot market for Viking jewelry

Fine Viking warrior’s ring 9th-10th century AD, size 9¾. Estimate $700-$900

NEW YORK – The Vikings were known for their wanderlust and fearless adventures both at sea and on dry land, but when they weren’t looting and pillaging, they developed other skills that took them at the top of their game. Most notable was their talent for metalwork. Their ability to craft deadly swords, knives, spears and other weapons of war was balanced by the more genteel pursuit of designing and creating fine jewelry of silver and gold. Their handiwork has withstood the test of time and is admired by collectors worldwide.

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Gray’s Aug. 28 auction features premier painting by Florida Highwayman Harold Newton

Oil on canvas board by Harold Newton (1934-1994), a founding member of the Florida Highwaymen, a group of African American landscape painters, titled Beach Scene (est. $20,000-$40,000)

CLEVELAND – Fine art, furniture and decorative art from estates across the country will be auctioned on Wednesday, August 28 by Gray’s Auctioneers of Cleveland. In all, 380 lots will be offered, with a start time of 11 a.m. ET. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Chicago exhibition shines light on six midcentury modernists in Mexico

Clara Porset. Butaque, about 1955–56. Gálvez Guzzy Family/Casa Gálvez Collection. Photo by Rodrigo Chapa, courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago

CHICAGO— The Art Institute of Chicago presents an examination of midcentury art and design with In a Cloud, In a Wall, In a Chair: Six Modernists in Mexico at Midcentury, on view from September 6, 2019–January 12, 2020. The exhibition brings together the work of Clara Porset (b.1895), Lola Álvarez Bravo (b.1903), Anni Albers (b.1899), Ruth Asawa (b.1926), Cynthia Sargent (b.1922), and Sheila Hicks (b.1934), reflecting the unique experiences of these designers and artists in Mexico between the 1940s and 1970s. Despite their singularities, they created work that reflected on artistic traditions, while at the same time opened up new readings of daily life at a time of great social and political change.

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