COLLECTING
Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury
Kaleidoscope. Designed by Sonia Delaunay, ca. 1923. Courtesy of Eberhard B. Talke Antiquariat.

The 53rd Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair is an elaborate affair of over a hundred exhibitors crammed under the roof of the Park Avenue Armory. The fair that opened on Thursday is closing on Sunday April 14—there is still time to visit. And while everyone is lamenting the demise of print and book cultures, […]

Jean Fouquet. Bracelet, 1927. Courtesy of Hancocks.

Art Fairs are the millennials of art patronage. They proliferate rapidly, embrace life, art and technology in their 2.0 versions, and have no time to spare. Nurtured in times of privilege, they are overly specialized and exclusive, trendsetters in a post-modern culture that fosters breadth of knowledge rather than depth. In a calendar year, art […]

April Gornik, Halong Bay. 2004. Courtesy of the artist.

Can we associate luxury with something as mundane, fragile, and inexpensive as paper? That’s a question ridden with assumptions. Paper is delicate but not necessarily perishable. It is usually mass-produced but not always. In fact, the process by which paper is produced may still be mechanical but the materials used to produce good quality paper […]

Jim Dine as Gepetto, Pinocchio Series

Spending a week in Göttingen as Gerhard Steidl’s guest was already a delightful treat. Being assigned by my host to Jim Dine’s “Pinocchio” suite was the icing on the cake. Not that the rest of the guesthouse is not welcoming or aesthetically intriguing. Who would pass the opportunity to stay in a room that showcases […]

New York Book Fair at PS1. Courtesy of Printed Matter Inc.

I have been spending a lot of time at the Grolier Club (http://www.grolierclub.org/) lately. Founded in 1884, the Grolier is devoted to the book arts and as such it remains current today. For how long can this unique trove of printed matter be relevant?  My experience at the New York Book Fair (http://nyartbookfair.com/) this weekend […]

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 Cambridge University Press

Book enthusiasts who would like to learn more about book collecting should take notice of the recent Cambridge University Press title, Revolution and the Antiquarian Book: Reshaping the Past, 1780-1815, available since February 2011. The author, Kristian Jensen, surveys the field of antiquarianism in England, France, and the Low Countries in the late 18th century, […]

Courtesy of Asprey

Fine and Rare Books are a true indulgence particularly when they document customs that are now long forgotten.  Right now, I am thrilled to hold in my hands a beautiful antique book printed in London in 1705. The book title is “The Three Years Land Travels of His Excellency E. Ysbrant Ides from Mosco to […]