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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Beauty in the Night

The “Night Clock” was designed by papal request. Once upon a time, there was a pope who couldn’t sleep… That could be the opening line of a story—a story about […]

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Cooking Up Nostalgia

The AGA cooker has traveled a storied path since its introduction as a multipurpose appliance and now stands ready for its second century. The gleaming stainless steel ranges that dominate […]

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Casting a Glow

Serve up a warm and welcoming atmosphere when entertaining this autumn. Earlier sunsets signal cooler temperatures in New Jersey and a return to indoor entertaining. Celebrate the change of seasons […]

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Mystical Symbolism

Outside the mainstream of spiritual art that was done in the service of conventional religions are works inspired by cults and esoteric philosophies. Art and religion go hand in hand. […]

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What Shines Within

Knife boxes were necessities for a well-appointed dining room. At Mount Vernon, George Washington’s Virginia estate, tours of the house begin in the elegant New Room. (Completed in 1787, it’s […]

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What’ll You Wager?

These drinking cups are designed for thrills and spills. Ever since people began imbibing intoxicating spirits they’ve found ways to make it a competitive sport. Yet, while drinking games can […]

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New Jersey Shore Impressionists

Jersey shore artists of the early 20th century took their cues from the French impressionists but added their own twists to the genre. Say “New Jersey shore” and images of […]

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Meet Me in Morocco

Spice up your next tablescape with the colors, textures and details associated with this North African country’s natural beauty. If your travel plans this summer did not involve a trip […]

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