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John Marin (American, 1870–1953), Related to St. Paul’s, New York, 1928. Oil on canvas, 26 1/2 x 30 inches. Courtesy of Richard York Gallery.

Movement: Marin at Richard York Gallery will feature
Mantel clock with barometer, ca. 1690–1700. Movement by Isaac Thuret; case attributed to Andre-Charles Boulle, Paris. H. 45". Courtesy of The Frick Collection, New York; bequest of Winthrop Kelly Edey, 1999; photography by Richard di Liberto.

over fifty works from the 1910s to the 1950s that convey the dynamic energy of the American natural and urban landscape. Modernist John Marin’s (1870–1953) renditions of lower Manhattan in the exhibition include a vibrant oil of historic St. Paul’s Chapel, which recently survived the September 11 destruction at its doorstep. On view November 9, 2001, to January 12, 2002. A fully illustrated color catalogue is available. New York, tel. 212.772.9155.

The passion of the remarkable collector Winthrop Edey (1937–1999), who began at the age of 12 to acquire significant clocks and watches dating from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, is on view in the exhibition The Art of the Timekeeper: Masterpieces from the Winthrop Edey Bequest through February 24, 2002, at The Frick Collection. New York, tel. 212.288.0700; www.frick.org.

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954), Jazz, 1947. Color pochoir print, 16 3/4 x 12 13/16 inches. Courtesy of Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco; on loan by the Reva and David Logan Foundation.

A noteworthy collection of imaginative original and limited-edition prints and illustrated books created by modern-era master artists—including Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, Kandinsky, and Hockney—is on view at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor through January 6, 2002. The exhibition Artists’ Books in the Modern Era 1870–2000: The Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated Books highlights about half of the spectacular 250-volume collection that the Logans gave to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 1998.

Yenyen vase. Textile pattern background and reserves with figures. Kangxi period (1662–1722). H. 18". Courtesy of E & J Frankel.

Nearly twenty-five years ago, collector David Logan’s interest in photography led to his discovery of artists’ books. His first purchase in this genre was Joan Miro’s A Toute Epreuve. “I liked Miro and Klee because they used symbols, and I was a math major in college,” he remarked. Logan continued to seek these imaginative books through dealers and auction sources, but he once refused a large and important collection because he felt that “one of the joys of collecting is the story of the acquisition of each book. The acquisition of a collection would offer only one good story.” Curator Robert Flynn Johnson adds, “Artists’ books are one of the few areas in which knowledgeable collectors can still acquire rare masterpieces, which makes it a particularly exciting field to collect.” San Francisco, tel. 415.750.3614.

Blue Flower on Snow: Qinghua Porcelain, an exhibition of blue-and-white Yuan (1279–1368) to Qing (1644–1912) porcelain, is on view January 19 to March 2, 2002, at E & J Frankel.
New York, tel. 212.879.5733; www.ejfrankel.com.

A fine and rare chinoiserie lacquered secretaire bookcase of unusually small proportions, ca. 1780. Attributed to William Linnell. The secretaire relates to a group of furniture made by Linnell in the mid-eighteenth century for Sir Nathaniel Curzon (later Lord Scarsdale) at Kedleston Hall as well as a pair of standing shelves made for the fourth Duke Beaufort (now in the Victoria and Albert Museum) and a secretaire-commode made for Mrs. Elisabeth Montague’s home on Hill Street, Mayfair. Courtesy of Windsor House Antiques.

The classic look of an eighteenth-to-nineteenth-century English library is celebrated in an exhibition at London’s Windsor House Antiques,
Late Regency mahogany library steps. In original and unrestored state. Courtesy of Windsor House Antiques.

December 5–18, 2001. In the gallery’s elegant 1804 town house, view fine Georgian and Regency desks, bookcases, reading chairs, secretaires, globes, inkwells, and much more, priced from $1,500 to over $100,000. “Since the late seventeenth century, the library has been an essential part of the educated Englishman’s home, a haven for acquiring knowledge and fostering it,” states proprietor D. Kevin Smith. “In more recent times, the library frequently doubles as a family room, particularly during the winter, when the log fire, the deep leather sofas, and the warmth of wood panelling and furniture create a cozy atmosphere.” London, tel.; www.windsorhouseantiques.co.uk.

George Inness (American, 1825–1894), Winter Moonlight (Christmas Eve), 1866. Oil on canvas, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of Montclair Art Museum.

The $14.5 million expansion and renovation of The Montclair Art Museum is crowned by the addition of the new George Inness Gallery, a permanent exhibition space devoted exclusively to the work of local resident George Inness (1825–1894), the influential Hudson River School painter deemed the “Father of American Landscape.” The gallery, a gift of Inness collectors Katherine and Frank Martucci, opened in November 2001. Works on view include Delaware Water Gap (1859) and Winter Moonlight
Exterior of the historic Mark Twain House.

(Christmas Eve [1866]). The couple appreciates Inness’s work for its “tremendous capacity to capture spirituality in nature and to convey that to the viewer.” The Martuccis also financed the Inness catalogue raisonné by Michael Quick, forthcoming from Rutgers University Press. Montclair, New Jersey, tel. 973.746.5555; www.montclairartmuseum.org.

One of only two Tiffany-designed home interiors open to the public, the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut, is an eclectic nineteen-room mansion filled with the author’s collection of European and American art and antiques. In the 1880s, Louis Comfort Tiffany’s firm Associated Artists stenciled the drawing room in silver East Indian motifs over salmon pink. The design is attributed to Lockwood de Forest, one of Tiffany’s partners in the firm. Visit during the holidays for an intimate look at the home as the Twain family would have decorated it for Christmas in 1888—including a ball of mistletoe suspended above a spectacular ornamental entrance hall designed by Leon Marcotte. Through January 6, 2002. Hartford, Connecticut, tel. 860.247.0998; www.marktwainhouse.org.

Jamie Wyeth (American, b. 1946), Islanders, 1990. Oil on panel, 30 x 40 inches. Photograph courtesy of Ringling Museum of Art.

An exhibition of works by renowned illustrator N.C. Wyeth (1882–1945) and his grandson, Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946), chronicles the changing attitude of the nation regarding “patriotism” from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Highlights include N.C. Wyeth’s World War I war bond poster and the controversial, posthumous Portrait of John F. Kennedy completed by Jamie Wyeth when he was just 20 years old. One Nation: Patriots and Pirates Portrayed by N.C. Wyeth and James Wyeth, organized by curator Lauren Smith of the Rockland Museum’s Wyeth Center, is on view at the Ringling Museum of Art until January 6, 2002. An illustrated exhibition catalogue includes essays by Tom Brokaw, anchor of NBC’s Nightly News, and David Michaelis, author of N.C. Wyeth: A Biography. Sarasota, Florida, tel. 941.359.5700; www.ringling.org.

John Swan (American, b. 1948), Guide’s Dinner. Signed and dated: John Swan ‘00. Oil on board, 12 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches. Courtesy of Stephen B. O’Brien, Jr..

Newly released: Stephen B. O’Brien, Jr’s, 2002 catalogue American Sporting Art, with 60 full-color plates and artist biographies. For information, call 617.536.0536.

An exceptional and extremely rare sterling fluted and engraved creamer by American patriot Paul Revere, Jr. (1734–1818), accompanied by a copy of the original bill of sale. Mr. Andrew Ritchie purchased the creamer from Revere for the dear sum of $16.25 as a gift for his wife, Janet, whose initials and the date Nov 3, 1798, are engraved on the foot. An almost identical creamer by Revere is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Two fluted teapots and Revere's own sugar urn, in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, also bear the same tasseled drapery engraving. Circa 1798. H. 71/8". Courtesy of M. S. Rau Antiques.

The exhibition Silver through the Ages, 1700–1930 is on display from November 16 to December 15, 2001, at M.S. Rau Antiques’ French Quarter location in New Orleans. More than 300 pieces of extraordinary silver works from legendary smiths such as Paul Revere the patriot, Paul de Lamerie, and Paul Storr, along with works by Tiffany & Company, will be on loan and for sale.

The event coincides with another special silver exhibit presented by the New Orleans Museum of Art, Magnificent, Marvelous Martelé: Silver from the Collection of Robert and Jolie Shelton. The museum exhibition will include more than 300 pieces of Martelé silver, many on view to the public for the first time. The show will run from November 10 to January 13, 2002. For more details, call 800.544.9440.

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