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Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury
Jean Etienne Liotard. Portrait of Mademoiselle Jacquet, bet. 1748-1752.

A portrait of the lovely Mlle Jacquet is coming up for auction at Sotheby’s Paris on June 21st. Mlle Jacquet was an actress and singer with the Royal Academy of Music  in Paris. Her portrait is signed by the most famous pastel painter of the eighteenth century, Jean Étienne Liotard. Liotard (1702-1789), was born in […]

Kehinde Wiley. Alios Itzhak and Mizrah Ukraine, 2011. Detail. Courtesy of The Jewish Museum.

From Carrie Bradshaw’s “fashion road kill” on the TV series Sex and the City to last week’s incident in the Bronx, when a teenager was brutally beaten for his sunglasses and sneakers, the message is clear: fashion kills. Whether responsible for the ramshackle of many a starlet’s celebrity or the sudden halt of someone’s life, […]

Antico. Meleager. ca. 1496. Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

If Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi were living today he would be the CEO and Creative Director of his own luxury brand, most aptly named “Antico.”  But Antico himself (ca. 1455-1528) was an Italian sculptor who worked during the peak of the Renaissance and produced immaculate neo-Classical bronze statuettes of ancient heroes and gods for his […]

Cartier's Tutti Fruti watch. Courtesy of Cartier.

Cartier’s “Mille et Une Heures” collection holds as many surprises as its name reveals. The Tutti Fruti watch, which perhaps takes its name after the variety of colored precious stones that adorn it, is certainly “crafty.” A revived version of the “secret watch” type that was very popular at the turn of the twentieth century, […]

Johann Christian Neuber. Golden box with cut stones. Courtesy of the Frick Collection.

Think of an artist who spends considerable time writing, cataloguing, and organizing thus producing works in series while remaining primarily preoccupied with translating one form of art into another. Hanne Darboven? Think again. The artist is organizing his works in groups of monochromes that consist exclusively of textures and creates color charts that fascinate with […]