Decorative arts

Theftsnews

French decorative art stolen from 17-century country home in Sussex—for second time

Police appealing for information after five items, including a pair of Sèvres vases and a clock with a bronze figure of Apollo, were taken from Uppark on the South Downs

Your carriage awaits: Beekman Family Coach undergoes live conservation at the New-York Historical Society

Research on the historic piece of decorative art has revealed some surprising evidence that many of its original materials are intact

Twelve down, one to go: epic restoration of 16th-century, English tapestries nears completion after 20 years

Conservation of the panels—bought by Elizabethan noblewoman Bess of Hardwick—has been National Trust's "most lengthy and expensive textile project"

How flower arranging became an art form thanks to Constance Spry’s unique view of the natural world

An exhibition at London’s Garden Museum pays a floral tribute to one of the 20th century’s most colourful and influential florists

Sumptuous contemporary ceramics awaken Baroque palace in Berlin

The richly decorated Schloss Köpenick serves as backdrop to a show of works by three artists whose motifs encompass the natural world and Greek legends

Meet the Hugos, a family of goldsmiths that worked with Picasso and now collaborates with contemporary artists

The third-generation Ateliers Hugo has been casting artists’ creations using ancient techniques from the same workshop in the south of France for nearly 70 years

Obituariesfeature

Remembering Sam Herman, pioneering glass artist and teacher who also won recognition for his paintings and welded-steel sculptures

One of the first pupils of Harvey Littleton at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he brought the studio glass movement to Britain, and beyond, in the mid-1960s

Emperors, enamel and Easter eggs: how Fabergé and Russian workshops made some of the most desirable objects on earth

Exhibition of around 400 objects at the Moscow Kremlin Museums marks the centenary of the famed jeweller's death

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

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

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

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

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

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

Booksreview

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

Art marketarchive

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

Art marketarchive

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

Art marketarchive

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

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

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

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

Exhibition celebrates patterns yet transcends decoration

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

Jewelleryinterview

Wakanda comes to Washington

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

Art marketarchive

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

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

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

Obituariesfeature

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

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

Booksreview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visitors can watch conservators at work in the renovated space

The jewel with a sparkling history

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

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

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

Artnews

Gothic and Baroque—the two Golden Ages of ivory carving

David Ekserdjian finds these new books timely and uplifting

Artnews

Divine drawers and pietre dure dazzle in Wiltshire

Dora Thornton on the amazing cabinet of Pope Sixtus V

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

A short history of furniture from the V&A

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

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

Collectorsarchive

Connoisseur collectors: A story of ten approaches to acquiring art

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

Booksarchive

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

Art fairsarchive

New galleries and keen collectors at Design Miami

The modern and contemporary design fair's profile is rising

Art marketarchive

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

Met faces claims for Hittite artefacts

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

Booksarchive

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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