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Decorative arts

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Book Shorts

The story of an Irish family’s history and its porcelain service are woven together in this fascinating book

The recovery of a Worcester soft-paste collection sheds light on 18th-century Anglo-Irish culture

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Book Shorts

A catalogue demonstrates Boucher’s mastery of the 'Chinese' taste

The essays in this book investigate the many facets of this extraordinary 18th-century fashion

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Book Shorts

This small book tackles for the first time a very large subject: how relics were displayed in the Middle Ages

The way in which relics were presented determined what and how people thought of them, according to this publication of lectures

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Museums & Heritage

Brighton Pavilion gets its glitter back as fanciful treasures return on long-term loan from the Queen

More of the startling objects collected by George IV will return from Buckingham Palace in early 2020

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Museums

Staff quit in droves at Russian museum as ‘starvation wages’ bite

Deputy director’s swingeing salary cuts trigger resignations of around 50 employees at Moscow theatre museum

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Book Shorts

Catalogue of Colmar Treasure conjures up picture of 14th-century bourgeois Jewish life in France

Hoard of objects loaned by Paris's Musée de Cluny to the Metropolitan Museum of Art tells a complex tale

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Books

New catalogue presents virtuosity of Neo-Classicist goldsmith Luigi Valadier

Alvar González-Palacios’s book on the Italian decorator is a peak in his distinguished career

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Art market

Elaborate, traditional pieces sold well at the latest auctions

Chinese and Russian buyers with a taste for the ornate have added a new layer of bidding and are forcing prices ever higher

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Art market

Decorative arts market report: The field is booming, fuelled by museum buying and style-hounds

"Sold to the person in the Prada suit"

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Art market

Decorative arts sales shift to Chicago

New York vies with London for nineteenth- and twentieth-century decorative arts sales, but Chicago is coming on quickly

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Art market

Post-1935 decorative arts, mass produced at exclusive prices

A survey of the decorative arts market

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Art market

A rising market: contemporary decorative arts

Is it design, or art, or craft? Who cares. One thing is certain: the British are best at it

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Museums & Heritage

Decorative arts from Art Nouveau and Deco to Werkbund, Bauhaus and Functionalism

Another floor opens up in the Bröhan Museum with its privately formed collection

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Museums & Heritage

A missing chapter in the history of the decorative arts: the Restoration and July Monarchy

Louvre-organised show at the Grand Palais of neglected period of production

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Exhibitions

‘Less is a Bore’: ICA Boston takes Maximalism to the max

Exhibition celebrates patterns yet transcends decoration

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

Star exhibit at the Met: the Christopher Dresser album the V&A could not afford

Modern designs at the Met

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Château de Versailles

Château de Versailles buys back €4m royal commode that left France after Louvre missed its royal mark

The piece of furniture by Bernard II van Risenburgh, which left for the US almost four decades ago, was commissioned by Louis XV for his stepdaughter

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Jewellery

Wakanda comes to Washington

Douriean Fletcher, who made the jewellery for Black Panther, speaks at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

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Art market

French decorative arts apparently recession-proof

The international market absorbs the Polo, Patiño and Johnson collections in one year. Tous les Louis do well but Louis XVI best of all

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Book Shorts

The art-historical treasures of Clementia of Hungary, Queen of France

Book looks at one royal's Medieval gifts, giving and inventories

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Obituaries

Remembering Jayne Wrightsman

A reminiscence of the New York socialite, arts patron and philanthropist by Keith Christiansen, the chairman of the Met's European Paintings Department

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Book Shorts

Kings, queens but mostly lesser royal hangers-on: the art-historical story of Kensington Palace

The great building as seen through the generations of its occupants

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Book Shorts

A book on birth and child-rearing before Dr Spock

The history—in images and works of decorative art—of giving birth and raising children before 1900

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Books

A hefty tome on the arts of the Austro-Hungarian belle époque

The extraordinary mitteleuropäische flourishing of all the arts from 1900 to 1914

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Conservation & Preservation

Restored, but demoted: stained-glass window not by Tiffany, expert says

River of Life depiction has been newly reattributed to J & R Lamb Studios

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Openings

A bigger splash: France's expanded La Piscine museum reopens after makeover

Former Art Deco swimming pool in Roubaix dives into Modern French sculpture

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Exhibitions

How Nazi-commissioned tapestries ended up in the Louvre’s collection

An exhibition of 100 masterpieces from the Gobelins manufactory reveals a complicated repatriation after the Second World War

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Conservation & Preservation

The amazing technicolour Chippendale: museum injects colour back into 18th-century work

Show at Leeds City Museum is one of this year's many events commemorating the tercentenary of the furniture maker’s birth

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In the frame

Ben Carson’s bad taste lands him before Congress

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Art fairs

See the ‘holy grail’ of American porcelain at New York Ceramics & Glass Fair

The 18th-century punch bowl was unearthed during an archaeological dig in Philadelphia

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Auctions

Bonhams Los Angeles offers rare Quahog pearl that escaped the dinner table

New England grad student found the gem in a bag of clams he bought for $25

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Heritage

A timewarp in every room: French château Azay-le-Rideau restored

A major overhaul of the house’s interiors will recreate different a historical period on each floor

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Artists

Watts couple’s revamped ‘his and hers’ studios to open in Compton

Visitors can watch conservators at work in the renovated space

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Auctions

The jewel with a sparkling history

Secret legacies, family feuds and the aristocratic rakes who couldn’t resist a bet

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Commercial galleries

European dealers bring eclectic mix of antiques and Old Masters to New York

In their first collaboration, the gallerists are showing 300 works priced from $30,000 to $10m

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Auctions

Surfacing on the market: Armchair fit for a queen

Christie’s, London, Taste of the Royal Court: Important French Furniture and Works of Art from a Private Collection, 9 July

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Art

Divine drawers and pietre dure dazzle in Wiltshire

Dora Thornton on the amazing cabinet of Pope Sixtus V

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Art

Gothic and Baroque—the two Golden Ages of ivory carving

David Ekserdjian finds these new books timely and uplifting

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Auctions

Surfacing on the market: Soviet propaganda served up on a plate

Lempertz, Berlin, Berlin Sale, 2 May

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Art market

Family connection adds value to Vautrin’s designs

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Decorative arts

May is craft time in London

More than 50 venues around the city are organising events and exhibitions that focus on decorative arts and artisans

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Collectors

Scholar-collector John Hardy’s historic pieces for sale at Christie’s

A selection of objects with exceptional histories

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Victoria & Albert Museum

A short history of furniture from the V&A

Simon Swynfen Jervis selects his highlights from the V&A, spanning five centuries

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Museums & Heritage

France: Decorative arts president resigns

Cites personal reasons

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William Morris

Books: William Morris and creating a social fabric

An indispensable book on Morris’s revolutionary cloth designs and techniques—and the political views that inspired them

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Collectors

Connoisseur collectors: A story of ten approaches to acquiring art

From Liechtenstein to Lisbon, these collectors discuss their interests and methods

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Art fairs

New galleries and keen collectors at Design Miami

The modern and contemporary design fair's profile is rising

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Books

Maiolica explained through the world’s greatest collection of Renaissance decorative art

This book, linked to a current exhibition, explores the V&A’s unrivalled holdings

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Art market

What Chinese collectors are really buying

While ancient art and ceramics remain popular, Contemporary Chinese art is taking off at home, and buyers outside the mainland are slowly looking toward Western art

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Art market

Collectors remain cautious at Pavilion of Arts and Design in Paris as impulse buying declines

Many dealers reported mixed results from the fair

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Restitution

Met faces claims for Hittite artefacts

Provenance of late trustee’s gifts investigated as Turkey takes tougher line on restitution

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Books

Impressive publication on the anonymous 'RA' collection of Chinese porcelain

Maria Antónia Pinto de Matos' three-volume catalogue is painstakingly researched and beautifully presented

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Decorative arts

BBC and V&A collaborate on decorative arts programme

“Handmade in Britain”

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Asian art

Maynards looks East as Canadian auction house targets new Asian collectors

Striking while the market is hot

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Art market

A selection of the most sought after works of Asian art recently sold

The objects that made collectors dig deep

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Exhibitions

The many faces of medieval women on view in Bilbao

Elegant, humorous, erotic—and liberated

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Decorative arts

Invitation to a hanging

The story and study of the remarkable Toms Collection of tapestries

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Museums & Heritage

Bringing back the Baroque—colonial style

Yale prepares for the 2012 installation of its decorative arts galleries by reconstructing a period room

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Decorative arts

The catalogue of the Ashmolean’s English and continental gold and silver

Oxford’s greatest treasure trove

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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A ceramics galleries to open in full, while European collection waits its turn for refurbishment

Completion is expected in 2014 or 2015

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Books: The continuities in Medieval and Renaissance art at the V&A

A deep look into the remarkable objects now on display in the museum's recently opened galleries

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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A plans £120m second phase of renewals

Medieval and Renaissance galleries crown phase one of museum’s “Future Plan”

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Openings and expansions: Ceramics at the V&A

Over 3000 objects from 2500CB to the present day on display

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Exhibitions

The luxuries of a vanished world of Maharajas are explored through over 250 objects at the V&A

Next month the V&A in London presents 'Maharaja: the Splendour of India’s Royal Courts'

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Pre-Raphaelites

Books: William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones presented in an unfamiliar light

Collaboration and contradiction in the Pre-Raphaelite world

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Restitution

For sale: works seized by Stasi

The East German intelligence service confiscated hundreds of items in the 1970s and 1980s, which are now being returned to their rightful owners and their heirs

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Books

Book review: the history of Irish furniture in all its finery

An invaluable resource, lavishly illustrated

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Japanese art

Illuminating lacquer maker Onishi Isao, one of Japan's Living National Treasures

“The beauty is in the process and the final object is the sum of the path"

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Museums & Heritage

Metropolitan re-opens Wrightsman Galleries for French Decorative Arts

Also now open is its Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

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Art fairs

Asia Week, New York: Dealers and auction houses report strong sales

There were new buyers and more collectors from India and China, but the art fairs were quieter events

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Commercial galleries

Former fugitive opens decorative arts gallery

Roberto Polo, once the toast of Paris, returns in style

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Museums & Heritage

Museum of Decorative Arts to re-open in Paris—six years late

September launch will complete “Grand Louvre” project

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Art market

Modern Indian art fetches top prices at Sotheby's

But older decorative arts of the subcontinent fail to excite buyers

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Art market

Parisian auction results buoyed by decorative arts

Most auctioneers reported increased sales in 2005

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

The new domesticity in Contemporary art

Focus is on the decorative arts at Art Basel Miami Beach