For Collectors of the Fine and Decorative Arts

Features From Previous Issues

It’s Complicated

Patek Philippe

Wristwatches that do a lot more than tell time are very much of the moment. By Jonathon Keats On Christmas Day, 1969, Seiko introduced the Astron, the world’s first quartz wristwatch. While it wasn’t cheap—at 450,000 yen, it cost the … Continue reading

Money and Art

On September 4 in Los Angeles, Bonhams will auction rare coins and banknotes from the collection of the late casino and hotel owner Charles Mapes and his wife, Helen, of Reno, Nev. Continue reading

Lucien Pissarro in England: The Eragny Press

Sons of famous fathers have a hard time. Typically the old lion cuffs the cub for daring to innovate, but in the case of Lucien Pissarro (1863–1944) the problem was just the opposite: His father, Camille, the West Indies-born Franco-Jewish Impressionist, repeatedly scolded him for being old-fashioned. Continue reading

Silver, Unstandard

At Christie’s sale of Important Silver on October 19, the top lot was not a table service or a tea set but a pack of cards. The cards are exquisitely fashioned, thin enough to stack and play with, if not exactly to shuffle. Estimated at $150,000–200,000, they shot up to $554,500, selling to an English dealer who was bidding on behalf of a private collector who specializes in Renaissance art. Continue reading