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Art Depicting Art: “Oedipus Rex” by Renoir

December 7th, 2013

In 1895, Renoir was commissioned to paint a series of paintings to decorate the home of the director of the Theatre des Varietes, Paul Gallimard. Perhaps one of the best loved Impressionists of all time, Renoir was renowned for capturing all of his subjects with grace and sensuality and Gallimard, a patron and friend of […]

A Grand Dining Experience: The 224-Piece American Silver Dining Service

November 1st, 2013

There was a time when dining was much more than enjoying good food amongst family and friends, it was a luxurious event that could make or break one’s reputation in social circles. A household’s most expensive furnishings and accessories could be found in the dining room, but perhaps none reflected the taste and sophistication of […]

A Masterpiece for the Ages: Laocoön and His Sons

October 18th, 2013

Artistic influence comes in many forms through numerous disciplines. One work of art, in particular, has influenced some of the greatest artistic minds in history. Inspired by the writings of Homer and Virgil, admired by Pope Julius II, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Francis I, and even Napoleon,Laocoön and His Sons is truly a timeless masterpiece. […]

The Rumble Heard Around the World: Muhammad Ali Memorabilia

September 12th, 2013

“I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was.” –Muhammad Ali Gifted athlete. Magnetic personality. A true champion. With a quick tongue and left jab to match, Muhammad Ali could dispose of an opponent even before stepping into the boxing ring. His uncanny ability to posture himself as “The People’s Champion” proved […]

The Work of a Master:18th-Century Pedestal Desk by Thomas Chippendale

August 23rd, 2013

Finding an 18th-century furnishing that can be attributed to Thomas Chippendale is like finding the “holy grail” of antique furniture. This George III Mahogany Twin Pedestal Desk is just such a treasure. Every inch of this spectacular desk bears qualities synonymous with Chippendale’s signature craftsmanship. A letter of authenticity by appraiser Gary Fowler notates seven […]

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