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My visit to Lyndhurst, an American castle

This past weekend, I finally got the opportunity to visit someplace I've wanted to see for a long time - Lyndhurst mansion! Lyndhurst is an huge house in Tarrytown, New York. It was first built in the 1838 and enlarged in 1864. Three families lived in the house between its completion and 1961 - those of politician William Paulding, businessman George Merritt, and Gilded… Continue reading My visit to Lyndhurst, an American castle

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American Art of the Week: Camel Grazing at Mosque by Louis Comfort Tiffany

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) is world famous for his works in stained glass and other decorative arts, as well as for founding Tiffany Studios. However, did you also know that he was an accomplished painter? While that doesn't come as a complete surprise to me, of course, I had never really focused on that fact until one… Continue reading American Art of the Week: Camel Grazing at Mosque by Louis Comfort Tiffany

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Where in the world is this place? Not where you might think.

  The house pictured above might look like an English manor house or a French chateau, but it is actually a country estate near where I live in the United States. I went to visit this turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts mansion one day this past week. The home is now privately-owned and no longer decorated according to… Continue reading Where in the world is this place? Not where you might think.

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The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière

I briefly read about Art Deco designer Hildreth Meière last time I did work on Art Deco. I remember thinking it was cool and unusual that a female artist was responsible for some of the decoration in many of New York’s most significant Art Deco monuments, but I had no idea how cool she really was until I… Continue reading The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière

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Look at all the interlace!

I was back in my favorite place, the Park Avenue Armory, this week for the New York Antiquarian Book Fair. It was very exciting, especially because I was attending in an official business capacity this time! While I was there, I gave myself a little tour of the period rooms and saw this beautiful Celtic-inspired… Continue reading Look at all the interlace!

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Celtic Art and Irish Heritage

As I previously mentioned in my St. Patrick’s Day post about Celtic Revival artist Art O’Murnaghan, I have recently become interested in Irish art. To be more precise, I have recently become more interested in Irish art that before (but I challenge you to name one type of art I’m not at least somewhat interested… Continue reading Celtic Art and Irish Heritage

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Art O’Murnaghan and the Book of Resurrection

As I'm pretty sure I've mentioned several times before, I am a big fan of medieval illuminated manuscripts. I've always found it a bit sad that the tradition has very little place in the modern world, which is why I was quite intrigued to read about this manuscript in a book about Celtic art. I've… Continue reading Art O’Murnaghan and the Book of Resurrection

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A Visitor’s Guide to the Winter Antiques Show

This is an exciting time of year. No, not because of my birthday, though it was that last week as well. The end of January and beginning of February mark the annual Winter Antiques Show, which this year ran from January 24th to February 2nd. For those of you who don't know, the Winter Antiques… Continue reading A Visitor’s Guide to the Winter Antiques Show

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Fashion For the Art Historian: the Designs of Gary Graham

I was reading an article in this month's The Magazine Antiques about a current exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum in New York. Entitled "Folk Couture: Folk Art and Fashion", the exhibition includes the work of thirteen fashion designers, each of whom was invited to create a piece of couture based on one or… Continue reading Fashion For the Art Historian: the Designs of Gary Graham