Susan Lapene

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Tortoiseshell: An 18th and 19th Century Luxury

August 17th, 2013

One of the rarest and most luxurious materials of the 18th and 19th centuries, tortoiseshell has long been valued for the manufacture of jewelry cases, tea caddies, snuffboxes, and other decorated items.  This rare and exquisite material is mainly produced from the shell of the hawksbill sea turtle. The large size and unique, unevenly distributed […]

The Mystery Within

May 24th, 2013

What provocative objects can be hidden inside a cane? Man and his ingenuity have managed to come up with thousands and thousands of tools, personal necessities, and weapons to defend themselves…all tucked neatly away inside an unassuming cane. At first glance, the flicker cane looks like a fine, old walking stick. A polished, knotty wood […]

The Very Best of Art Deco

March 29th, 2013

I just returned from the Art Deco World Congress 2013 held in Habana, Cuba and have been thoroughly inspired to present my very favorite Art Deco pieces to you.  I want to share a range of items that came out of this movement, because the way it transformed everything from sculpture to lighting is truly […]

A Loving Rendition

January 25th, 2013

This is not the first time Renoir’s adopted daughter had her portrait painted. It’s November in 1904 and the young Jeanne, Mrs. Paul Valery, now 27 years old, receives a note from Pierre-Auguste Renoir.   “Would you care to come [to my studio] starting Tuesday morning, if there’s not too much fog?” A gentle request from […]

Little Red Riding Hood, You Sure are Looking Good…….

November 7th, 2012

As winter approaches, I can’t help but to think about being bundled up and reading a great classic.  In reflecting on childhood classics, I felt compelled to share with you an exquisitely crafted sculpture that is inspired by the well-known tale Little Red Riding Hood. This 19th  century sculpture is expertly carved from pure white […]

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