2014 Expert Eye Lectures with Book Signings


The Words of War: Fifty Iconic World War II Documents That Changed The World
Kenneth W. Rendell
Saturday, January 25, 5:30 p.m.


From the handwritten rage of Hitler's earliest anti-Semitic rant, unfolded recently from a drawer in his office, to the wonderfully human letters of Dwight Eisenhower to his wife, expressing his deepest personal feelings as the Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Armies, Kenneth Rendell will talk about how the fifty documents in his latest book survived to tell the real stories of these world changing events. 


'A Shadow of A Magnitude': Thomas Cook & Richard Parkin: Philadelphia Cabinet Makers of the Classical Period
Carswell Rush Berlin
Tuesday, January 28, 2:30 p.m.


Based on an article published in the 2013 issue of American Furniture .
The slide lecture will re-establish Cook & Parkin in the firmament of important and successful cabinetmakers of their period.  This will be done by showing that they were perceived as such by their piers and clients in their own day, and by evaluating the broad and impressive collection of their known work, demonstrating why we should elevate them to the stature accorded to their better known competitors today.


Collecting Relationships: Portrait Miniatures and the Cleveland Museum of Art
Cory Korkow, The Cleveland Museum of Art
Sponsored by Elle Shushan and The Magazine Antiques
Wednesday, January 29, 5:00 p.m.

One of the finest collections in North America, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s 170 portrait miniatures span six centuries and bridge nine countries. Curator Cory Korkow will speak about the colorful history of Cleveland’s miniatures, her five years of detective work, and the innovative exhibition Disembodied: Portrait Miniatures and Their Contemporary Relatives, which reawakens the spirit of these works removed by hundreds of years from the hands into which they were originally placed. 


The Purple Foliage Workshop
Michael Cohen, Cohen + Cohen
Thursday,  January 30, 12:30 p.m.

The lecture is on an accumulation of evidence over the past forty years of an enamelling workshop in Canton, active between 1755 and 1795, that produced work of exceptional quality for The Honourable East India Company to special order. It shows that the accepted wisdom, stating the quality of enamelling fell significantly later in the eighteenth century, is not necessarily the case.


Books of Hours Reconsidered
Sandra Hindman
Friday, January 31st, 2:30 p.m.

The lecture will offer a snapshot of some of the most exciting finds in this ground-breaking and newly published book, as well as exploring (and explaining) the appeal of the Book of Hours from the Middle Ages to the present day.


A Grand Tour of Design: Collecting Across the Globe with Brian J. McCarthy
Brian McCarthy
Based on his fall 2013 book Luminous Interiors
Saturday, February 1, 2:30 p.m.

Decorating your home should be a joyful experience and what better way to enjoy the process than to travel the world collecting things you love? Celebrated designer Brian McCarthy and author of the new book Luminous Interiors, welcomes a client who shares his passion for travel and collecting and nowhere was this more evident than in the home he created for one adventurous couple in Atlanta. Together, they crossed the Atlantic back and forth 35 times to create their fantasy home, and Brian will take you along for the ride as he shows you a collection amassed from France, Italy, Belgium and Holland. Learn from his advice on how to scout while traveling and his personal tips for collecting pieces that have real history, presence, and impact. 


The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany
Paul Doros
Based on his fall 2013 book of the same title
Saturday, February 1, 4:00 p.m.

Louis Tiffany considered the blown glass vases produced by Tiffany Studios among his finest artistic accomplishments. I will present a biography of Tiffany, describe the men responsible for making the objects, and conclude with showing examples of some of the glasshouse’s finest work. 


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