Artists and Makers

van Gogh, Vincent

The art is long. Life is short. -HippocratesSwirling stars within an azure night sky; thick, textured yellow petals on a drooping sunflower; towering cypresses like dark green obelisks - the works of Vincent van Gogh are among the most recognizable and iconic in the whole of art history.… Read More »

Cartier: King of Jewelers, Jeweler to Kings

Cartier, “King of Jewelers, Jeweler to Kings,” was founded in 1847 by Parisian jeweler Louis-François Cartier. Appealing to royalty from the first, Cartier found its first royal patron in Princess Mathilde, niece to Napoleon I and cousin to Emperor Napoleon III, in 1856. Ever since,… Read More »

Willem de Kooning: Abstract Expressionist

At the crossroads of figuration and abstraction stands the oeuvre of Willem de Kooning. Renowned as a founding member of Abstract Expressionism, his distinctive style is unique for his commitment to the figurative. His canvases reflect the unpredictable experience of life, filtered through… Read More »
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema's Oleander

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

“There is no need to be afraid of using the language of exaggeration in speaking of an artist of the very first rank because he happens to be a contemporary…the plain truth is that in his management of light and shade, in his minute exactness of imitation, and in his… Read More »
Elephant Clock by Asprey & Company

Asprey & Company

One of the finest purveyors of English luxury goods ever (and once owned by Prince Jefri Bolkiah, brother of the Sultan of Brunei), Asprey & Company was founded in 1781 and holds royal patents from the Prince of Wales. Its first royal warrant was given in 1862 by Queen Victoria, and since… Read More »
Royal Vienna Tall Case Clock by Gustav Becker

Becker, Gustav Biography

Gustav Becker trained in both Austria and Germany, opening his first workshop in 1850 in Frieberg, Germany. Shortly thereafter, in 1852, he received his first gold medal from the Silesia Trade Expo for design, and many awards and medals soon followed. His decorative clocks were originally… Read More »
John Belchier is counted among the major furniture makers of the early 18th century

John Belchier Biography

John Belchier is counted among the major furniture makers of the early 18th century. He is credited with the creation of some of the finest decor of the Queen Anne period. His works are renowned for their lush veneers of burr walnut and brilliant gilt accents, but without question, his… Read More »
John Henry Belter

John Henry Belter

1804-1863 • American — Recognized as both a pioneer in the design of luxury furnishings and as a craftsman in the exquisite execution of quality and construction, Belter is widely considered to be the finest furniture maker of the Rococo Revival period. His wood of choice was… Read More »
Jean Béraud • 1849-1935 • French

Jean Béraud Biography

Jean Béraud was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and his family moved to Paris soon after the death of his father. It was not until the breakout of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 that Béraud switched his career path from law to fine art. The artist’s first public… Read More »
Winter in Yosemite by Albert Bierstadt

Albert Bierstadt

Albert Bierstadt 1830-1902 • American A member of the Hudson River School, Bierstadt's use of light, often referred to as “luminism,” is his trademark. Known primarily for his depictions of the American West, Bierstadt was the leading painter of the ever-expanding… Read More »