Of Birdstones, Bannerstones and Flints

The catalog for the Earl Townsend, Jr. Collection of Birdstones, Bannerstones and Flints, at Dan Ripley’s Antique Helper in Indianapolis, just crossed my desk. I’d heard about this sale earlier, but the images on the Internet didn’t inspire me. The full color photos of the little stone bird effigies virtually pulsate with life. The carvings themselves are pristine, making […]

Wine Cooler Given to Hamilton by Washington A Highlight of New York’s Americana Week

A highlight of the week of Americana Week sales, Christie’s is honored to announce that the sale of a Sheffield-plated silver wine cooler, given by George Washington to Alexander Hamilton in 1797 (estimate: $400,000-600,000). This four-bottle wine cooler is an exceptionally well documented historical object, symbolizing the famous partnership between Washington and Hamilton in the early days of […]

Let’s Talk About Pure Vintage Authenticity

If you’ve spent a moment fretting about what is and isn’t vintage or have been aghast to see items in major retail stores labeled as vintage, you’ll want to listen to a new podcast. Eric Miller discusses vintage and authenticity with Massachusetts dealer Jane Hudson, North Shore Flea promoter Melissa Sands and Jon Jenkins of Jenkins Promotions. You can […]

Gaultier at DMA: From Sidewalk to Catwalk

Jean Paul Gaultier’s fashion world is rebellious, revolutional, and to some extent, revolting. These flashy, funky, decadent garments, by eliciting comments from viewers, annotate and challenge our societal views of self-expression through fashion – whether it is about injecting feminism into masculinity for boy toys with kilts, skirts or bra cups, or fetish leather suit with suggestive bondage and sex staging, or print patches of religious iconography/the Eiffel Tower or tattoo-like; loom large his personal statements. And his idiosyncrasy overwhelms both visual elements and sartorial achievements such as textural layers of plain or graphic or seamless assembly of different material as if they were organically grown together.