Tag Archives: antiques

mount stuart, the palatial home in scotland of the 7th marquess of bute

Just like Highclere Castle, known to millions of fans as Downton Abbey, Mount Stuart is a most fanciful neo Gothic country house located just over 1.5 hours from Glasgow.  Still the private home of Lord Bute, the family graciously opens … Continue reading

Spending US$750,000 at the Winter Antiques Fair in New York City

Last weekend I went to the Winter Antiques Fair in New York (running through 3 February 2013) armed with an imaginary US$750,000.  We all know that spending money is easier than making it.  But a good art advisor helps you … Continue reading

The glorious Tiffany collection from The Garden Museum in Japan

The first Thursday of every month, I’m over at Modenus as a contributing editor.  Today I’m writing about the unfortunate closing of the Garden Museum in Japan and some of the less-traditional Tiffany treasures being offered to the public, so … Continue reading

Peeking into Arundel Castle, Althorp, and Eltham Palace

Today I’m over at The Daily Basics as contributing editor and have put together a taste sample tour of 3 English country homes that I’ve had the privilege to visit in the past. Come on over! image credit: Picture Gallery, … Continue reading

passing the test of time: modernity in the tiffany vase

When we think of Tiffany today, we think sparkling diamonds, glittering jewelry, polished silver and glowing Tiffany lamps.  It’s not generally my thing.  BUT, I happen to love some of Tiffany’s vases.  Not only do they tend to work in … Continue reading

A quick guide to buying at auction

I was recently interviewed by Ohio-based interior design maven Lisa  M. Smith, principal of the studio Interior Design Factory and founder of the Décor Girl blog, to discuss some tips for buying at auction. As a former insider with the … Continue reading

if looks could kill: a 17th century chinese porcelain night light

Recently a client asked me about the oddest little porcelain piece she had ever seen.  She wanted to gift it to her infant daughter. The object of desire was a sweet Chinese-export porcelain cat “night light” like the ones photographed … Continue reading