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    • New York City

      New York City’s The James F. D. Lanier Residence Hits The Market

      A rare jewel of Manhattan's Gilded Age history awaits a new buyer in Murray Hill

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    • The Queen Mother’s Crown Affair

      The Queen Mother’s Crown Affair

      The Queen Mother’s glittering Garrard & Co crown, created for the coronation of King George VI in 1937, comes out of retirement

      In her Platinum Jubilee message this February, Queen Elizabeth II stated that it was her “sincere wish” for Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, to be styled as Queen Consort when the time comes for Charles to take the throne. With Camilla’s title settled, the ever-important ... More

    • A Roman Villa Featuring the Only Ceiling Mural Caravaggio Ever Painted

      A Roman Villa Featuring the Only Ceiling Mural Caravaggio Ever Painted

      Caravaggio's Renaissance masterpiece, "Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto" (ca. 1597), goes under the hammer

      Sitting on half an acre near the Via Veneto in Rome, Casino di Villa Boncompagni Ludovisi, locally known as the Villa Aurora, was built as a hunting lodge around 1570. The villa is all that remains of a much larger compound commissioned by Cardinal Francesco Maria del Monte. The lodge ... More

    • Bag of Tricks

      Bag of Tricks

      Italian ceramicists Bertozzi & Casoni's “Luisa” breaks the mold

      Giampaolo Bertozzi and Stefano Dal Monte Casoni’s obsessive attention to detail and almost undetectable mimicry in their ceramic sculpture goes beyond deception. The hyperrealism of their work allows the viewer to interpret and absorb the meaning of the artists’ symbolism on a deeper level than just the appreciation of the ... More

    • The Inspiration Behind Fabergé’s Centenary Egg

      The Inspiration Behind Fabergé’s Centenary Egg

      Fabergé looks to its illustrious past to create a modern-day heirloom

      Expensive things interest me little if the value is merely in so many diamonds and pearls.” said Peter Carl Fabergé. This quote would come to represent the DNA of Fabergé, a house known for its painstakingly exquisite craftsmanship and dedication to tradition. Of the 200,000 objets d’art ... More

    • Commemorating The Year of Napoléon

      Commemorating The Year of Napoléon

      Empress Joséphine Bonaparte's jewelry appears in French house Chaumet’s spring exhibition

      The story of Marie-Josèphe-Rose Tascher de la Pagerie, later Empress Joséphine Bonaparte, reads like an epic screenplay: She was born in 1763 to an affluent sugar planting family on the French island of Martinique. At 16, Joséphine was sent across the ocean to France to marry the aristocratic son of ... More

    • Inside a Famous Dollhouse Fit For Royalty

      Inside a Famous Dollhouse Fit For Royalty

      The famous dollhouse made for Queen Mary features everything from mini Champagne bottles to tiny tubes of toothpaste

      As you scrolled through endless feeds on TikTok and Instagram during the ennui that was 2020, you may have noticed that miniatures and dollhouses are having their moment. There are television competition shows dedicated to the craft, and high-end auction houses have taken advantage of the demand. In December, ... More

    • How One Artist’s Legacy Lives On

      How One Artist’s Legacy Lives On

      Artist John Giorno led an action-packed life and was a pioneer in the worlds of art and poetry

      Every person can look back on their life and see a great opera,” said artist, activist and poet John Giorno about his own extraordinary life. Giorno became enveloped in the New York art world after a brief but significant romance with Andy Warhol, during which he appeared as the subject ... More

    • One Artist’s Great Wave of Influence

      One Artist’s Great Wave of Influence

      Discover how this omnipresent image inspired the world’s most famed artists

      Katsushika Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” is among the most famous artworks in the world. It is ubiquitous, appearing on swimwear, mouse pads, Boucheron tiaras and Dior haute couture. It even has its own emoji. Yet, most of us know nothing of its history or ... More

    • Discover The Message in This Worldly Bottle

      Discover The Message in This Worldly Bottle

      Christie’s upcoming auction will be served sweet

      Madeira was the wine of choice in the fledgling days of the 13 American colonies, and it is closely entwined with the history and lore of our little upstart nation. The signers of the Declaration of Independence toasted with glasses of the tawny wine, and it is mentioned countless times ... More