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    HANDBAGS WITH A DISTINGUISHED HISTORY

    BY KARLA KLEIN ALBERTSON

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BY KARLA KLEIN ALBERTSON

Tiffany lamps are magical artifacts in the collecting world. Illuminate one, and all the creative passion that went into its conception electrifies the viewer today.

This transmitted passion has been the catalyst for great collections formed in the past. Many of the jewel-like lamps are now on display in museums for all to enjoy. But other notable collections have come back on the market, giving today’s appreciative buyers a chance to live with those heart-stopping displays of colored light.

BY KARLA KLEIN ALBERTSON

Only a collage of images can truly capture the genius of Italian designer Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) – pictures succeed where words fail.

A quick search online produces a fountain of decorated forms. At first glance, casual viewers may think they know what Fornasetti was all about. His work seems recognizable and identifiable, particularly his beautiful face-morphing “Tema e Variazioni” plates or furniture decorated with architectural prints. But, like a classic jester, he pops up at a different artistic point with a new trick – there is always a clever form or an inspired pattern yet to discover.

BY KARLA KLEIN ALBERTSON

Perhaps it is the very soil of northern Italy, but the region has produced so many artists who can do so many things wonderfully well.

Certainly Renaissance men continue to arise, and Gio Ponti (1891-1979) – architect, designer, publisher and professor – was born into the already industrialized culture of late-19th century Milan.

BY KARLA KLEIN ALBERTSON

Jade is at the center of a story of money and magic that goes back over 8,000 years.

In China, its use dates back to the Neolithic period, between 6000 and 5000 B.C. The mysterious bi discs and cong vessels found in burials of this period testify to its ritual significance. Confucius (551-479 B.C.) said, “The wise have likened jade to virtue” and went on to link its various strengths to human qualities. Difficult to find, almost impossible to work with tools, the mineral’s pull on the heartstrings began early. Then and now, jade displayed the owner’s wealth and also served as a protective talisman to ensure longevity and good fortune.

BY TOM HOEPF

Hans Wegner designed furniture for everyman, but the American public took notice when two future U.S. presidents sat in his chairs on national television.

Danish furniture was the rage among cosmopolitan Americans in 1960 when Sen. John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon met in the first presidential campaign debate. The sight of the candidates seated in the TV studio in chairs designed by Wegner affirmed the arrival of Danish Modern in mainstream America.

BY KARLA KLEIN ALBERTSON

In our dreams, what we know, what we have read and what we can imagine fuse into symbolic narratives. Everyone can dream, but it is the rare artist who can translate his compelling visions into a form others can share.

Pedro Friedeberg (b. 1936), known best for his sculptural furniture and intricate drawings, has spent a lifetime creating visionary works for others to enjoy. His productions are often humorous on the surface, but they reveal a foundation of serious thought under the exuberance of spontaneous creativity.

BY KARLA KLEIN ALBERTSON

Chronicling the career of Hungarian-American accessory creator Judith Leiber (b. 1921-), the Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Fashion and Fashion Designers concluded, “But it is her whimsical rhinestone-studded evening bags, often crafted in the form of minaudieres, which have brought her lasting fame.

Brightly colored, small-scale and delicate yet sturdily engineered, they are covered with handset Austrian crystal and semiprecious stones, duplicating flora and fauna.”

BY SILVIA ANNA BARRILA

Fausto Pirandello was born in Rome in 1899, the son of the famous playwright and Nobel Laureate Luigi Pirandello, and Antonietta Portolano.

He began his artistic training with Felice Carena after World War I. His first signed works date back to the early 1920s, and his public debut took place in 1925 at the third Roman Biennial, where he showed a picture of bathers, a theme he revisited frequently throughout his career.

BY SILVIA ANNA BARRILA

PARIS – Born in Florence in 1926, Giuseppe Chiari studied engineering before beginning his career as a pianist. He gave concerts characterized by an experimental approach and influenced by jazz and by the avant-garde compositions of American John Cage.

“In the early 1960s, Chiari did what might be defined as his artistic statement by putting a pair of scissors on his piano at the end of a concert,” said Michele Casamonti, gallery-owner of Tornabuoni Art in Paris.

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