Discovering the Life of a Regency Era Gentleman

Discovering the Life of a Regency Era Gentleman

Once again January rolls around, and I find myself at the Winter Antiques Show in New York City. It is one of America's premier antiques shows, and it provides curators, established collectors, dealers, design professionals, and first-time buyers with opportunities to view, learn about, and purchase lovely pieces showcased by the exhibitors. For me, on a [...]

Mourning Pictures – An Expression of Grief in the Georgian Era

I confess, I have a fascination with mourning customs of the Georgian era. I'm not sure how this interest developed, but I do know that I am drawn to objects that helped people express their grief when they lost those they loved. It was that interest that drew me to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition [...]

What’s Inside the Traveling Studio of an 18th Century Miniature Portrait Artist?

This late eighteenth century artist’s box is like a portable portrait studio. It’s believed to have belonged to an unknown American traveling artist and contains all the tools and materials they would need to paint portrait miniatures on ivory with either powdered color or watercolor. I came upon this treasure when I went to see [...]