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, François

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 »

de Kooning, Willem

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 »
Claude Monet

Monet, Claude

Claude Monet – it is a name that has become nearly synonymous with the term “impressionism”. One of the world’s most celebrated and well-known painters, it was his work, Impressionism, Sunrise, that gave a name to that first distinctly modern art movement, Impressionism. As the pivotal… 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 »
William Bouguereau

Bouguereau, William

Considered the finest of the French academic painters, William Adolphe Bouguereau's works are among the most renowned artworks of the 19th-century. Deeply influenced by the classical tradition, Bouguereau is immediately recognized for his amazing portraits idealizing the human figure. A… Read More »
Pierre Auguste Renoir

Renoir, Pierre-Auguste

Rembrandt, da Vinci, Picasso, Renoir...The difference between artistic talent and artistic genius can often be assessed in a single brushstroke. Without question, Pierre-Auguste Renoir stands at the forefront of history's most recognized and acclaimed artists - a true artistic genius,… Read More »
Royal Vienna Tall Case Clock by Gustav Becker

Becker, Gustav

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

Belchier, John

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 »