Something to Write Home About

The vargueño is the “most Spanish of Spanish furniture.” To call a vargueño a “portable writing desk” deprives it of the admiration it deserves. Even if it originally was designed […]

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Long, Tall and Swedish

Distinctive Swedish case clocks are highly sought-after. The final episodes of the Masterpiece Mystery series Wallander aired recently on PBS. Based on the crime novels by Swedish writer Henning Mankell, […]

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Central Attraction

The Princeton University Art Museum has the intimacy of a small institution but some of the range befitting a much larger one. When Ben Franklin called New Jersey a keg […]

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Always Wash Your Hands

Aquamanilia were created for the purpose. From ancient Rome and Islamic cultures to the Byzantine empire and medieval Europe, ritual hand-washing was done for both symbolic and sanitary reasons (probably […]

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Art (with an explanation)

A visit to the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers Newark. In an art world that can often seem hermetically sealed off from the rest of society, the Paul Robeson Galleries […]

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A Taste of the Exotic

Lockwood de Forest’s interiors and furnishings brought the exotic east to the Gilded Age. To become a tastemaker you need an artist’s eye, a flair for the dramatic, a head […]

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Eva Cellini, Late-Life Surrealist

An artist taps into the unconscious, explores uncertainty. There’s always been a youthful spirit to surrealism. The embrace of the nonrational, the prankishness, the fascination with the minutiae of one’s […]

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Art, Seriously

Gallery owners offer advice on how to form an art collection. You’ve redone the house. The paint is dry, the furniture is in place and you’re looking at the new, […]

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