Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury
Royal Manufactory of Sèvres

The recent acquisition of eighteenth-century French porcelain announced by the Frick’s Board of Trustees inspired me to take the metro back in time. The hard-paste Sèvres Vase acquired in honor of the Frick’s recently retired Director, Anne L. Poulet is the first piece of hard-paste porcelain from the Royal Manufactory of Sèvres to enter the […]

"Mimosa" high boot. Design by Vivier. Emroidery by Lesage.

French auction house Aguttes, in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine has announced the auction sale of about 400 rare lots from the private collection of shoe designer Roger Vivier. The lots include the designer’s sketches and prototypes for unique creations made for celebrities, including Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot, John Lennon, and Cary Grant.  The bidding […]

Odalisque and Slave, 1839. Courtesy of The Morgan Library.

The Morgan Library’s Moore Curatorial Fellow Esther Bell organized a small exhibit comprising 17 of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres drawings (September 9 through November 27, 2011 for details visit: The exhibition is designed to reward the visitor with a few of the most perceptive portraits by the great French draftsman. In late Robert Rosenblum’s seminal work […]


Better known for its intellectual heritage, the city of Vienna is hosting VIENNA ART WEEK 2011 from November 14 through November 20. This year’s motto, “Reflecting Reality,” anchors the showcased contemporary art to famous Viennese psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud who understood art as a means of reflection and analysis. An off-the-beaten-path journey is offered to the […]

Courtesy of Bloomsbury Auctions

Bibliophile and gourmand? You will find a large selection of savory and sweet, mainly vegetarian dishes based on seasonal ingredients in Adam’s luxury, and Eve’s Cookery; or, the Kitchen-Garden display’d, first and only edition, with a few condition issues (very short repaired tear, slightly water-stained and with a few very small chips, D6 small section of […]

Courtesy of Bloomsbury Auctions

Richard Hamilton’s (London, b.1922–  ) prints come up at auctions in the UK every so often. The upcoming sale of June 30th at Bloomsbury Auctions in London, “Andy Warhol and the Pop Legacy,” features several works by Hamilton from the 1960s and 1970s. The one presented here, an offset lithograph printed in color (1977, 70/75), […]

YSL "L'Amour Fou," film poster

More a story about business rather than a story about love, this well-edited film is a fascinating weave of documentary footage, archival photographs, and superbly set-up architectural shots. “L’Amour Fou” is a perfectly framed portrait of Pierre Bergé, who was Yves Saint Laurent’s partner for some fifty years as well as his business partner behind […]

Courtesy of Sotheby's Paris

“A work of art must in its modest sphere elevate the soul by its beauty.” Jean Puiforcat Very few people have patience for history. Most find it boring, futile and irrelevant. I challenge these views. For evidence, I present you with the example of Louis Victor Puiforcat, a French metal smith of the 18th century, who […]