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Art & Antiques

Art & Antiques May 2019

The Art of Excellence. Art & Antiques is tailored to readers who are actively involved in the international art market. Our editorial policy places special emphasis on the interests of the serious art aficionado—a collector whose passion is acquiring and living with art, antiques and high-end collectibles.

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10 Issues

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2 min
women of vision

THE DEEP connection between modern art and mystical spirituality—the predecessor of what is now called the“New Age”—is becoming more and more widely recognized. Modernism, born just as science and technology were profoundly changing life everywhere, had a rebellious temperament that set it against tradition, including traditional religion. But that did not mean that it was necessarily materialistic; far from it. In particular, the pioneers of abstraction, Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, and a few others, ascribed their abandonment of representation to a desire to penetrate into spheres of being and perception that they considered literally otherworldly. And one of the very earliest abstract artists, Hilma af Klint, was a spiritualist through and through, making art not for collectors or museums but for a hoped-for temple of the future. Her retrospective at…

2 min
power jewels

The sarpech, or turban ornament, like the gem-set and enameled one seen here, was a mark of distinction. Under the Mughal Empire, only the emperor and his inner circle were permitted to wear a royal turban ornament. During Emperor Akbar’s reign (1556–1605), royal ornaments took the form of a kalgi, a gold or jeweled stem that held a heron feather. Over time, a jeweled brooch largely replaced the feather but would mimic the plume’s characteristic droop. Known as a jigha, this sort of ornament was often punctuated, as with the present example, with a hanging pendant. By the 19th century, when the pictured sarpech was made, some turban ornaments were big enough to cover half of a turban. The ornaments of that era, which became increasingly bejeweled and ornate, had…

2 min
hudson river cool

WITH ITS impressive offerings of modern, postwar, Pop, and contemporary works, the Art Miami-produced Art New York has become a not-to-bemissed component of New York’s contemporary art week each May. With its fifth edition this year, the fair—which includes CONTEXT, a platform for galleries to showcase emerging, mid-career and cutting-edge artists—continues to bring the best of the international art market. Running May 2–5 at Manhattan’s Pier 94, the fair kicks off with a VIP preview on Thursday, May 2, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The exhibition space at Pier 94, on the Hudson River at West 55th Street, will cover more than 170,000 square feet. Art New York will provide complimentary one-way car service to VIP card-holders, as well as a courtesy shuttle service between Art New York and the…

1 min
art in the mart

FOR ITS third edition, the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show will bring 75 leading national and international dealers to the Windy City. Kicking off on May 16 with an opening night party hosted by The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and chaired by Bahamas-based interior designer Amanda Lindroth and landscape designer Fernando Wong, the fair opens to the public on May 17 and runs through May 19 at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. The show’s exhibitors will present an eclectic array of jewelry, antique furniture, and decorative and fine arts dating from the 17th through 20th centuries. One of the show’s many highlights comes from M.S. Rau Antiques of New Orleans: a Swiss Silver and Enamel Fuseé Singing Bird Box (circa 1860). Charles Bruguier, one of the…

1 min
american traditions

BRUNK AUCTIONS, which is based in Asheville, N.C., will hold its Premier Auction on May 16–18. The sale showcases strong American and Southern art, jewelry, and silver and features nearly 1,700 lots. One highlight is a Lalique serpent amber glass vase, model number 896. Made by the French glassmaker in 1924, the vase comes on the block from a private Memphis collection and is estimated at $15,000–20,000. A rare George Hendel coin silver tea service is estimated at $30,000–50,000. The service was made in Carlisle, Pa., circa 1800 and bears Hendel’s marks. It is one of only two examples known; the other is in the collection of the Cumberland County Historical Society. Also crafted in Pennsylvania—the Lancaster/Chester area—is a circa-1770 Chippendale walnut dressing table. Hewn of highly figured walnut with poplar…

1 min
face value

“Faces of Eternity” opens at Throckmorton Fine Art in New York on May 23. Through its collection of small masks from the Pre-Columbian cultures of Mesoamerica, the show illuminates modes of representation in Central America and Mexico before European influence, while also raising questions of ritual and craft. One particular people, the Olmec, who lived primarily in Mexico from 1200–400 B.C., were masters of greenstone sculpture. Two Olmec masks, one chiseled from green jadeite and another from blue jadeite, both dating to 900–600 B.C., are standouts of the show. The objects showcase their makers’ abilities to chisel naturalism into stone, while also representing the idealized features of their gods, such as down-turned mouths, almond-shaped eyes, and thick, prominent noses. Both masks likely depict the Olmec Maize God, a deity related to…