NEW YORK – The vivid colors dazzle your eyes, whether you are looking at a bright yellow flower, a sapphire-blue peacock against a cerulean blue sky, or a golden dragon breathing fire. This is the nature of cloisonné, which was mastered by Chinese and Japanese artisans centuries ago and found acclaim all over the world.
NEW YORK — If the extreme highs often seen in modern art auctions (think Picasso or Francis Bacon to name a few) provide the glitz and the razzle-dazzle of the art world, then it must follow suit that Old Masters are content to be staid, secure in their position as the backbone of the market, performing solidly but rarely achieving such spectacular heights.
NEW YORK — Faberge is famous for its imperial Easter eggs but the talented workmasters there also transformed ordinary items into stunning objects from cigarette cases and desk clocks to small boxes, vases and candelabra. Achieving renown through Europe’s royal courts and then around the world, the company is noted for its goldsmithing, stone-setting and its distinctive enameling methods.
NEW YORK – Transforming the mundane into the monumental, street artists create public art that not only turns ordinary buildings or streets into public art but can also raise social consciousness.
NEW YORK – A century after Meissen, Sevres and Capodimonte revolutionized the European porcelain industry in the 18th century, three brothers from Spain went and did it again.
NEW YORK — California Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis (1923-1994) culled an international following—one of the first postwar American artists to do so—and enduring legacy, creating thousands of paintings, prints and works on paper that were noted for his masterful interpretation of color and light.
NEW YORK — German toy maker Gebr. Marklin & Cie (Marklin Bros. and Company), commonly referred to as simply “Marklin,” is among the finest of all toymakers, from the mid-19th century through modern day. Its antique toys are avidly sought after by collectors, with the best of the best selling for six-figure prices.
NEW YORK – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969) is easily recognized as a brilliant architect, whose “less is more” approach defined modernism. After achieving success in his native Germany, he immigrated to the United States in the late 1930s and achieved stunning heights of success here too.
NEW YORK — Fu Baoshi lived through some of the most tumultuous times in China’s history. Born in 1904 in the Jiangxi Province, near the close of the Qing dynasty, his informal art education began in a ceramics shop at age 12. His art is closely tied to China’s politics, and the two stories are deeply interwoven.