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    Fabric of Society

    Neptune and Cupid Plead with Vulcan for the Release of Venus and Mars, circa 1625–36

    Under the reign of Louis XIV, the art of tapestry was esteemed higher than painting, prized for its power to impress the masses with royal power and wealth. Continue reading

    The Italian Line

    One of a pair of lounge chairs by Franco Albini, Cassina

    ​The grace and verve of postwar Italian design are causing it to find new favor with collectors and take its rightful place in the 20th-century canon. Continue reading

    Perfect Timing

    18th-century ormolu and Derby porcelain annular timepiece

    Starting in the late 18th century horologists and other artisans poured all their ingenuity and fantasy into extravagantly decorated mantel and desk clocks. Continue reading

    Silver Age

    Tiffany & Co., tomato server with Olympia pattern.

    In 19th- and early 20th-century America, new wealth and social competition spurred a sterling surge of artistry in tableware. Continue reading

    Furnishing the Nation

    Side chair, Philadelphia, 1810–20, mahogany with mahogany and rosewood veneers and
ebony inlay, brass, 33 1⁄4 x 19 x 23 1/8 inches.

    The Kaufman Collection of American antiques, now on view at the National Gallery, chronicles the evolution of taste, technique, and creativity in a young country. Continue reading

    The Lalique Mystique

    René Lalique, Illuminated Surtout de table, Oiseau de Feu (Firebird), R. Lalique et Cie., circa 1922, mold-pressed, acid-etched intaglio design, 42.2 cm.

    French designer-entrepreneur René Lalique was a wizard who could make glass do just about anything—and die-hard devotees of his works will do just about anything to get them. Continue reading