Deborah Choate

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Taming the Lion: A Renaissance Panel by Defendente Ferrari

January 3rd, 2017

The Artist Defendente Ferrari, also called De Ferrari, was born in the Italian town of Chivasso, near Turin circa 1480/1485. Working within the School of Piedmont, he is known to have completed both monumental and small-scale commissions including altarpieces, triptychs, and singular panels (like St. Jerome illustrated here). The oeuvre of Ferrari is particularly interesting due […]

The Art of War: “The Battle of Issus” Chess Set

October 28th, 2016

Chess, an ancient game of military strategy, beautifully mirrors the human experience. As stated by Benjamin Franklin, “…life is a kind of Chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a vast variety of good and ill events, that are, in some […]

Fashion & Function: Ladies’ Walking Sticks

August 18th, 2016

In many ways, the walking stick is the ideal reflection of etiquette, elegance, and pure sophistication. Emerging as “the fashion” in the 17th century, canes became a part of a woman’s daily attire. In the elegant Victorian era, any poised and distinguished woman would not enter into the public arena without this stylish accessory. Consequently, the walking stick became a prevailing symbol of taste and class. The more feminine walking sticks were meticulously crafted and designed to reflect the female qualities of sophistication and delicacy.

International Exhibitions: Timekeepers of Progress

June 15th, 2016

Since the event’s inception, items displayed at International Exhibitions have consistently and unquestionably been the absolute finest examples of art and science. For an artist or craftsman, to be featured at an International Exhibitions represents both a remarkable hono and the unique opportunity “to see and be seen.”

Opposites Attract: Incorporating Antiques into a Modern Space

April 6th, 2016

Throughout the centuries, furniture inside the home has essentially remained the same in terms of functionality. Tables remain a place to gather for a meal; the desk is still a place to pen letters and conduct business; and arm chairs and sofas continue to bring people together in comfort. Furniture staples such as the dresser, bed, and wardrobe are still essential to the comfort of one’s home. Yet, while the function of these pieces may be steadfast, their aesthetics have changed drastically. From Victorian period pieces of elegant and refined designs, to the clean lines of Chippendale, furniture in all different styles act as markers not only for one’s personal taste, but also tell the story of the period in which they were crafted. What links these different furniture styles is the desire to cultivate one’s home as a relaxing and inviting space.

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