The Art Of Collecting Art
Asian art enthusiasts look to E & J Frankel Ltd. for their treasures. This gallery, located at the corner of Madison Avenue and 79th Street in New York, features Chinese and Japanese art and antiques from the Neolithic period through the present. Highlights include Chinese North Qi (550-577) sculpture of exquisite white marble. To ring in the year 2000, Frankel presents a stunning exhibition “High Elevation: Himalayan Art 1400-1890,” on view until March 4.
Discover a wealth of museum-quality Classical, Egyptian and Near Eastern antiquities at Antiquarium, Ltd. on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The gallery features a diverse collection of glass vessels, marble statuary, bronze figures, Greek red-figure and black-figure vases, terra-cotta figurines, mosaics and jewelry. Among the exciting treasures is a selection of stunning ancient Hellenistic and Roman iridescent glass vessels (including classic thick glass water pipes), dating from 6th century B.C. to 4th century A.D., and an extraordinary collection of ancient gold jewelry spanning from 9th century B.C. through 12th century A.D.
Doris Leslie Blau, a Fifth Avenue dealer in 17th- to 20th-century European and Asian carpets, features exceptional floor coverings, including French and English 18th-century pieces, as well as Arts & Crafts, Art Deco and Art Nouveau rugs. With two spacious rooms–one with only natural light; the other with interior lighting–the gallery permits easy viewing of its specialty: oversize carpets with unique palettes and patterns including early-19th-century flatwoven Bessarabians. Individually chosen by Blau, each rug is a visual delight.
Wallace Silversmiths is providing a golden glow to the dawn of the new millennium with the introduction of an 18-karat gold millennium sleigh bell. Commemorating the thirtieth consecutive year of its annual Christmas sleigh bell, Wallace presents the millennium bell in a limited edition of twenty-five. With a sophisticated design in which a border of mistletoe surrounds the year 2000, the bell is destined to be a cherished heirloom to be passed from one generation to the next. For over 150 years, Wallace has led the industry in offering the finest sculptured sterling and gold to Americans of impeccable taste.
Klavierhaus is the international source for 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century custom concert-quality pianos. A passion for instruments beautiful to the eye and ear inspires the work of owners Sujatri and Gabor Reisinger, virtuoso craftsmen who specialize in the restoration of art-case pianos and vintage New York and Hamburg Steinways, Bechsteins, Pleyels, Erards and Broadwoods. Art collectors and opera aficionados must see “Impromptus and Fugues,” John Diebboll’s new series of custom art-case piano designs for the Metropolitan Opera Guild on exhibition through April 20. Signed limited edition prints are available.
Dream of owning a masterpiece? Prestige Fine Art offers museum-quality re-creations of premier artworks hand-painted by master artisans to such detail that they closely resemble the originals. The paintings of Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet and many others whose works grace the walls of national galleries around the world are now available for the choosing. Prestige utilizes the finest linen canvas, hand-carved museum-style frames and a unique antique craqueled aging process. Make the fantasy a reality: contact Prestige Fine Art whenever you can.