Decorative arts

Review
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

Review
Exhibitions

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

Exhibition celebrates patterns yet transcends decoration

News
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

Interview
Jewellery

Wakanda comes to Washington

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

Review
Book Shorts

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

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

Feature
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

Review
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

Review
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

Review
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

News
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

News
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

News
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

News
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

Blog
In the frame

Ben Carson’s bad taste lands him before Congress

News
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

News
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

News
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

News
Artists

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

Visitors can watch conservators at work in the renovated space

News
Auctions

The jewel with a sparkling history

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

News
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

News
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

News
Art market

Family connection adds value to Vautrin’s designs

News
Auctions

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

Lempertz, Berlin, Berlin Sale, 2 May

News
Art

Gothic and Baroque—the two Golden Ages of ivory carving

David Ekserdjian finds these new books timely and uplifting

News
Art

Divine drawers and pietre dure dazzle in Wiltshire

Dora Thornton on the amazing cabinet of Pope Sixtus V

News
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