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  • The Many Sides of a Star: Inside Vivien Leigh’s Private Collection
    “I was born in one of the most romantic places in the world: Darjeeling.” –Vivien Leigh Thanks to her timeless role as Scarlett O’Hara in one of Hollywood’s most legendary films, “Gone with the Wind,” Hollywood actress Vivien Leigh will forever be remembered as a figure of romance and glamour. But beyond her camera-ready public persona,… The post The Many Sides of a Star: Inside Vivien Leigh’s Pri...
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  • The Art Collector’s Guide to Sydney
    Among world travelers, Sydney’s claim to fame is its iconic opera house, designed by Jørn Utzon and opened in 1973. While it’s a must-see landmark, visitors would be remiss to skip over the other cultural treasures in Australia’s largest city, especially its burgeoning art scene. With a mix of post-imperial antiques, indigenous artifacts and crafts,… The post The Art Collector’s Guide to Sydney ap...
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  • Exploring Fall Birthstones: Traditions & Meanings
    Correlating gemstones with the months of the year has long been a tradition in both Judeo-Christian and Eastern religions. According to George Frederick Kunz (1856-1932), a mineralogist who rose to prominence as a vice president at Tiffany & Co., birthstones are connected to the twelve stones on the High Priest of the Israelites’ breastplate as… The post Exploring Fall Birthstones: Traditions & Me...
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  • Celebrating 100 Years of the Cartier Tank Watch
    By: Tom Mulraney Sleek, sophisticated, elegant, sometimes masculine, sometimes feminine: over the years the Cartier ‘Tank,’ in one of its innumerable variations, has adorned the wrists of movie stars, artists, First Ladies, fashion designers, and just about everyone in between. A legend in the world of luxury, it is an instant indicator of status and… The post Celebrating 100 Years of the Cartier ...
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  • Top 15 Art Controversies: Culture, Sexuality & Politics
    Art is a tool for creative expression, and artists have long been pushing the boundaries of what society deems socially acceptable. The role of censorship has a significant impact on artistic output and can limit an artist’s ability to create. The list below delves into 15 captivating stories of artists who were unafraid to test… The post Top 15 Art Controversies: Culture, Sexuality & Politics app...
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  • What is Feng Shui? | An Interior Decorating Guide
    Feng shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy that seeks to find balance and harmony between elements. Incorporating feng shui goes beyond Western design tenets of comfort or aesthetic. Instead it places emphasis on physical and mental health, success, and healthy relationships, which is brought on through positive energy flow. Often referred to as the art… The post What is Feng Shui? | An Interior D...
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  • Inside the Homes of 4 Fascinating Artists
    An artist’s house, a live-work space in modern real estate terms, is a long-held curiosity for art lovers. “The wonderful dichotomy of the artist’s home is that it is at once personal and representative,” says curator Valerie Balint, who is the program manager at the Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios association. Dedicated fans often make… The post Inside the Homes of 4 Fascinating Artists appeare...
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  • How to Collect & Preserve Vintage Yves Saint Laurent
    Yves Saint Laurent is regarded as one of the foremost fashion designers of the 20th century. More so than other traditional French couturiers, he was in touch with 1960s-70s street culture and was adept at evolving his style, occasionally borrowing from menswear to create comfortable, elegant clothing for more liberated times. To honor his work,… The post How to Collect & Preserve Vintage Yves Sai...
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  • 15 Collector’s Items You Owned as a Kid
    Toys are an instrumental part of childhood, with many early memories centered around a surprise birthday present, a family board game, or an electric train set. Over the past several years, advanced technology has set a new standard for the type of toys children desire, which has forever changed how the youngest generation keeps busy.… The post 15 Collector’s Items You Owned as a Kid appeared firs...
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  • The Invaluable Guide to Antique and Collector Firearms
    Following World War II, collecting firearms became a popular trend, especially antique cartridge firearms. This field of collecting, and collecting American arms in particular, has become one of the fastest growing since the 1950s. Overall, prices for antique guns have risen over time due to the lack of supply. Prices also vary depending on what… The post The Invaluable Guide to Antique and Collec...
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  • 5 Fashion Designers with Fine Art Flair
    As the art world becomes increasingly enmeshed in the contemporary cultural zeitgeist, partnerships that circumvent the traditional line between fine art and other forms of creative expression have expanded exponentially. Examples of this from the design and music worlds, as well as collaborations between acclaimed fashion designers and artists of the 20th and 21st centuries,… The post 5 Fashion D...
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  • 15 of the Best TED Talks for Sparking Creativity
    Editor’s Note: This September, Invaluable will host the first-ever Global Auction House Summit, a three-day conference designed to bring together leaders from the art and auction industries to exchange ideas, discuss shared challenges, industry trends, and best practices. Speakers will include professionals from Pall Mall Art Advisors, The Art Loss Register, The Art Newspaper, as… The post 15 of t...
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  • Inside the Archives: Chinese Vase Prices
    In the world of collectible antiques, few boast the prestige, attention, history, and, yes, sometimes astronomically high prices of top-quality Chinese ceramics. Combining more than 1,000 years of aesthetic and technological development with a subtle beauty that still resonates today, these pieces are some of the most sought-after at all levels of the art market.… The post Inside the Archives: Chi...
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  • Inside the “Unpretentious Yet Grand” Collection of a Media Mogul
    Newspaper magnate, collector, philanthropist, and friend: just some of the many words used to describe one of Australia’s most prominent and respected collectors of the last century. Best known for producing stalwart Australian publications such as “The Sydney Morning Herald” and “The Australian Financial Review,” James Fairfax was a key part of the Fairfax media… The post Inside the “Unpretentiou...
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  • Artist Spotlight: Massimo Vitali
    As the art world flees urban landscapes in search of sun-soaked vistas this summer, there is one contemporary photographer whose work epitomizes the essence of the season’s leisure activity. Born in the lakeside village of Como, Italy in 1944, Italian photographer Massimo Vitali draws on his experience in photojournalism and cinematography to create expansive beach… The post Artist Spotlight: Mass...
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  • How to Hang a Picture or Painting
    Searching for the perfect work of art to complete an interior space can seem like a project on its own, but once that new painting or photograph has been selected, the real fun begins. Hanging a photo requires a lot more than just picking a spot on the wall which is why we broke it… The post How to Hang a Picture or Painting appeared first on Invaluable.
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  • Why Playfulness and Practicality Rule for this L.A. Designer
    “I love the thrill of the hunt!” exclaims Los Angeles-based designer Amy Sklar when asked about shopping for her clients. The designer, who started her career with Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners, will even show you the Invaluable app on her phone. “Honestly, I try to get antique or vintage pieces into almost every… The post Why Playfulness and Practicality Rule for this L.A. Designer app...
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  • The Top Wine Regions of the World
    Red, white or rosé? With increasing diversification, wine is enjoyed by enthusiasts around the world. Vineyards are emerging in new and surprising places to meet this ever-growing demand. The graph below illustrates the increasing number of wine regions in less conventional locations. While up-and-coming wine regions are intriguing, around 80 percent of wine comes from… The post The Top Wine Regio...
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  • How to Experience and Critique Art
    When exploring the galleries of a museum or the booths at an art fair, the experience of transitioning between artworks from different eras can be jarring. To overcome the contrast between the detailed and ornate masterpieces of the European Romantic era and the expressive, gestural paint application by the American Abstract Expressionists, an understanding of… The post How to Experience and Criti...
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  • Not Your Nana’s Florals: Why Wallpaper is Making a Stylish Comeback
    Trends in wall treatments have ebbed and flowed, typically connected to fluctuations in the social and economic climate. While the domination of minimalism in the 1990s and early 2000s meant that interior designers and home decorators opted for simple matte paint over intricate wall coverings, the last decade has seen a triumphant return of extravagant… The post Not Your Nana’s Florals: Why Wallpa...
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  • The Beginner’s Guide to Champagne Pairings
    There’s something about the elegant bubbles of sparkling wine that adds cheer to any event. The refined taste of sparkling wine varies in sweetness and dryness based on the region and grape varietal, as well as a few other factors. Whether you’re planning an upcoming dinner party or looking for a perfect meal out with… The post The Beginner’s Guide to Champagne Pairings appeared first on Invaluabl...
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  • Where to See the Best Public Art
    The height of summer is here, and with it, an influx of outdoor art installations in urban spaces worldwide. Cities often choose the warm-weather months to promote outdoor programming, engaging citizens and visitors in a hunt for urban treasures. Summer and fall are the perfect seasons to explore a city’s public art, or to travel… The post Where to See the Best Public Art appeared first on Invalua...
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  • 10 Best Summer Reads for Art Lovers
    Hazy summer days call for long, relaxing trips to sandy shores. If you’re like us, you’re constantly looking for suggestions to fill your summer reading list. Here are our editors’ top picks for the best books for art lovers this season. Fiction “The Last Painting of Sara de Vos” by Dominic Smith In short: this… The post 10 Best Summer Reads for Art Lovers appeared first on Invaluable.
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  • Why David Webb Jewelry Still Captivates After 70 Years
    Thanks in part to a variety of high-profile sales and notable exhibitions, the popularity of designer fine jewelry has been on the rise in recent years. In this article, we turn our attention to American jewelry icon, David Webb, looking at his signature designs, how to care for them, and how to spot a counterfeit. His designs… The post Why David Webb Jewelry Still Captivates After 70 Years appear...
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  • Spotlight on Andy Warhol: Biography, Influence, and Legacy
    Andy Warhol changed the game for the Pop art movement. By combining high art with consumerism in order to bring modern art to the masses, Warhol successfully bridged the gap between gallery spaces and gift shops. Warhol influenced the trajectory of American art by furthering Marcel Duchamp’s (master of the “readymade”) questioning of the very… The post Spotlight on Andy Warhol: Biography, Influenc...
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  • Quiz: 6 Famous Movie Posters Reimagined as Paintings
    The connection between fine art and entertainment sustained generations of theatergoers before movies were available to the masses. Some artists used entertainers as the subject of their works, like Edgar Degas and his famous dancers. Others assisted in theater and opera productions, including Salvador Dalí, who designed the sets for “Salome” at the Royal Opera… The post Quiz: 6 Famous Movie Poste...
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  • Inside the Archives: Delft Pottery Prices
    Captured in some of the most beloved Dutch paintings of the 17th century Golden Age, the city of Delft in the Netherlands is renowned for its legacy of pottery production that traces back centuries. Delft pottery is still in production today, but it is the maker’s antique ceramic wares that truly excite collectors. Made in… The post Inside the Archives: Delft Pottery Prices appeared first on Inval...
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  • Styling Outdoor Spaces with Designer Stephen Block
    Our editors go one-on-one with antiques dealer and landscape designer Stephen Block to talk vessels, outdoor spaces, and the importance of maintaining a modern edge. The post Styling Outdoor Spaces with Designer Stephen Block appeared first on Invaluable.

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