Smile and Say Ambrotype

Historical photos with a particular pedigree When families gather, there’s always a chance that someone will pull out the old family photos. Vintage Instamatic snaps and Polaroids, sepia-tone studio portraits […]

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The Art of the Phone

A selection of winners from the 2018 iPhone Photographer Awards Like most people nowadays, I take pictures with my smartphone. I can’t remember the last time I used a regular […]

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A Print Mystery

A Bergen County, NJ, woman’s search for an artist’s identity. Coral Petretti’s collecting obsession began more than 30 years ago. It was in the mid-1980s. She backed her car out […]

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Vive la Faience!

French faience ceramics have a colorful history. In 1689, France was at war with much of Europe and its military was drastically underfunded. So King Louis XIV demanded that the […]

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In Search of an Opening

Pocket corkscrews were a practical accessory for the well-dressed man or woman. You never know when you might be called upon to uncork a bottle of wine. If you were […]

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European Roots of the Hudson River School

Two local exhibits shed light on the relationship. The Hudson River School was America’s first home-grown art movement. It is still a source of national pride, both because of the […]

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Bring on Spring

A variety of antique vessels was made for blooming bulbs. Antiques dealer Jorge Welsh recently offered for sale a group of charming porcelain objects. Made in China in the mid-18th […]

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Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

The ability to bridge various art movements in single works is a hallmark of her career. In the mid-1960s, Kay WalkingStick was a young wife and mother living in Englewood, […]

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John F. Peto

Island Heights’ trompe l’oeil painter. John Frederick Peto, a 19th-century still life painter, never had a single exhibit in his lifetime. He lived quietly, he made quiet paintings and, when […]

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