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After years of mulling over how to complete the staircase at the Woods House, my dad,  and I finally took the plunge to ...
05/14/2024

After years of mulling over how to complete the staircase at the Woods House, my dad, and I finally took the plunge to finish it in time for the ladies of the who visited the property this morning. With dense, ancient heart pine from and reclaimed timber salvaged from the disassembled slave quarters at the Woods, the staircase was finished last night after a Herculean effort, and I couldn’t be more proud of the result.

Now available from Klismos a pair of extraordinary 18th century Venetian giltwood near life-sized turbaned figures.  No ...
04/28/2024

Now available from Klismos a pair of extraordinary 18th century Venetian giltwood near life-sized turbaned figures. No modern atrium is complete without them. Inquire for details.

Golden hour, ancient wavy glass, and whiskey on the rocks at the Woods House. 📸 .art
04/24/2024

Golden hour, ancient wavy glass, and whiskey on the rocks at the Woods House. 📸 .art

A somber Saturday morning in Southport where the weather and houses seemed elegaic in observation of a friend’s life.  I...
04/15/2024

A somber Saturday morning in Southport where the weather and houses seemed elegaic in observation of a friend’s life. It’s little wonder that this place produced such an appreciator and creator of beauty.

Commissioned for our recent exhibition  , .art ‘s “Phidian Frieze” held court over the space.  Taking for her inspiratio...
03/23/2024

Commissioned for our recent exhibition , .art ‘s “Phidian Frieze” held court over the space. Taking for her inspiration the horses of the Panathenaic frieze of the Parthenon, wrought in pen and ink a powerful image that recalls prehistoric cave painting, of which Picasso is said to remarked at Altamira “We have invented nothing.” The piece is contained in an extraordinary museum caliber American classical frame from the collection of Eli Wilner, whose work surrounds some of this country’s most treasured art - including “Washington Crossing the Delaware” in the American Wing of the . I am enormously proud of my sister’s work and that it has found an enviable new home in Texas.

Incoming to Klismos Gallery- this outstanding grandly-scaled Napoleon III pier mirror (81”x51”).  Superlative ex*****on ...
03/16/2024

Incoming to Klismos Gallery- this outstanding grandly-scaled Napoleon III pier mirror (81”x51”). Superlative ex*****on and condition. Inquire for details

Ten years ago today I met Dylan Hall.  The time since passed has felt like both the bat of an eye and a couple of lifeti...
03/15/2024

Ten years ago today I met Dylan Hall. The time since passed has felt like both the bat of an eye and a couple of lifetimes. What’s certain is that a decade has been nowhere near enough with this unrelentingly silly creative powerhouse whom I’ve described all along as “kindness embodied.” Happy Anniversary, DMH - and happy Ides of March to all who celebrate.

One of a pair of our George II mirrors against  Classical Notebook wallpaper in the
03/14/2024

One of a pair of our George II mirrors against Classical Notebook wallpaper in the

Normandy - inside the home of my friend  featured in this month’s  in a story written by the inimitable  .  One of my fa...
02/29/2024

Normandy - inside the home of my friend featured in this month’s in a story written by the inimitable . One of my favorite rooms of the house is the Library. The first picture features Robert’s desk chair, Napoleon’s own from Malmaison. The magnificent early 19th century Aubusson on which it sits came from Klismos. Scroll to see other images of the room, which features Jacob-made furniture, supplied to Marie Antoinette. Photos by Sylvie Becquet

Klismos Gallery comes to Palm Beach!  The curation of art in the  ranges from one of the premier medieval Chinese fresco...
02/22/2024

Klismos Gallery comes to Palm Beach! The curation of art in the ranges from one of the premier medieval Chinese frescoes in the world, a tile from Rembrandt’s studio floor, a 12th century Central Indian torso of Shiva, a drawing by Gaston Lachaise, to a special commission ‘Phidian Frieze’ from my extraordinarily talented sister .art inspired by the horses of the Panathenaic Frieze of the Parthenon - contained in a frame from the collection of Eli Wilner. Thank you to all of the partners of the Atelier for making this exhibition possible - especially . Private tours of the show are available through the weekend.

When my friend  asked  and myself to come to the  and curate an art exhibition with a dinner in the space, she asked us ...
02/19/2024

When my friend asked and myself to come to the and curate an art exhibition with a dinner in the space, she asked us to include mentors and important people in our lives. No list of mine would be complete without my mother’s mother, who influenced my professional path so significantly. She will be there in spirit.

I hope to see many of you tomorrow Tuesday the 20th from 11AM to 2PM at , and my thanks to the scores of people who have made this show - and this career, possible, especially my grandmother Louise Wilbourn Collier.

Now and then my life is struck by a bolt of serendipity, and more often than not, the responsible lightning rod is a wor...
02/17/2024

Now and then my life is struck by a bolt of serendipity, and more often than not, the responsible lightning rod is a work of art. Such was the case with the magnificent tapestry that now hangs over ‘s bed in his restored magnum opus in Normandy. Read ‘s brilliantly penned story about Robert in the current issue of , and thank both for years of friendship. Many more to come.

This morning at home inspecting an early 19th century block-printed kalimkari with  pre-gym.  Just how I like my Saturda...
02/03/2024

This morning at home inspecting an early 19th century block-printed kalimkari with pre-gym. Just how I like my Saturdays

‘Chateau Thoreau’ nineteen Christmases ago.  Merry merry to all, and see you tomorrow my Memphis clan!
12/24/2023

‘Chateau Thoreau’ nineteen Christmases ago. Merry merry to all, and see you tomorrow my Memphis clan!

The most beautiful Zanzibar chest ever made?  I think it’s in the running.  Composed of six slabs of teak and hundreds o...
12/09/2023

The most beautiful Zanzibar chest ever made? I think it’s in the running. Composed of six slabs of teak and hundreds of brass tacks, this dowry chest would have accompanied a bride from a very prominent family in the mid-19th century - but now makes for an outstanding, practically indestructible coffee or side table. Inquire for details.

A first edition from 1818!  Through the keen observations of Jim Francis and John Nalewaja of , this extraordinarily rar...
12/05/2023

A first edition from 1818! Through the keen observations of Jim Francis and John Nalewaja of , this extraordinarily rare early panel paravent has been identified as an original run of the ‘Vues d’Italie’ series designed by Pierre-Antoine Mongin (1761 – 1827) and created for . This 95”x89” panel showing the Neapolitan Dance and Goatherd was discovered in Memphis by my sleuthing sister - whose birthday was yesterday. Hats off to Jim, John, and Kay for raising this incredible object out of the shadows. Inquire for details.

My kingdom for this Sorolla. A perfect Fall Sunday touring the reopened  - one of the great treasure houses of New York,...
11/27/2023

My kingdom for this Sorolla. A perfect Fall Sunday touring the reopened - one of the great treasure houses of New York, and nearby home of Alexander Hamilton called the Grange, relocated to its current position on a parcel of the original Hamilton property and maintained by the .

Klismos WH edition, 📸 .lyden
11/14/2023

Klismos WH edition, 📸 .lyden

For those of you who prefer the red carpet treatment at home, Klismos is proud to offer this remarkably well-preserved a...
11/07/2023

For those of you who prefer the red carpet treatment at home, Klismos is proud to offer this remarkably well-preserved and richly colored early 19th century medallion Aubusson (12’11x11’6). Inquire for details.

An extraordinarily rare early panel paravent of the ‘Vues d’Italie’ series designed by Pierre-Antoine Mongin (1761 – 182...
09/16/2023

An extraordinarily rare early panel paravent of the ‘Vues d’Italie’ series designed by Pierre-Antoine Mongin (1761 – 1827) and created for in 1818. This 8’x8’ panel showing the Neapolitan Dance and Goatherd was discovered by my sleuthing sister . Coming soon to Klismos Gallery. Inquire for details

The living room lit by our circa 1750 brass chandelier (30” long x 22” diameter) fitted with  beeswax tapers.  A mold ha...
09/07/2023

The living room lit by our circa 1750 brass chandelier (30” long x 22” diameter) fitted with beeswax tapers. A mold has been made for casting additional chain links as desired. Inquire for details.

Wall nut? Partially guilty.  A stellar *pair* of 18th century George II looking glasses, fully functional - reflecting o...
09/05/2023

Wall nut? Partially guilty. A stellar *pair* of 18th century George II looking glasses, fully functional - reflecting only a slightly distorted reality. 49”x25”

Safe in their Alabaster Chambers—Untouched by MorningAnd untouched by Noon—Lie the meek members of the Resurrection—Raft...
09/05/2023

Safe in their Alabaster Chambers—
Untouched by Morning
And untouched by Noon—
Lie the meek members of the Resurrection—
Rafter of Satin—and Roof of Stone!

Grand go the Years—in the Crescent—above them—
Worlds scoop their Arcs—
And Firmaments—row—
Diadems—drop—and Doges—surrender—
Soundless as dots—on a Disc of Snow—
Emily Dickinson 1861, photo credit

A whopping 41” tall 19th century Italian alabaster pedestal fit for an Emperor.  Inquire for details.
09/03/2023

A whopping 41” tall 19th century Italian alabaster pedestal fit for an Emperor. Inquire for details.

Chuffed and extra cuffed.  Sorry
09/01/2023

Chuffed and extra cuffed. Sorry

Albert Bierstadt, ‘Among the Sierra Nevada, California,’ - one of the treasures of the  , this whopping wall-size canvas...
08/31/2023

Albert Bierstadt, ‘Among the Sierra Nevada, California,’ - one of the treasures of the , this whopping wall-size canvas was painted in London in 1868 and toured extensively through Europe before being acquired by William Brown Dinsmore for his Dutchess County house, The Locusts, in 1873. Scroll to see the Dinsmore Italianate mansion. The house was razed by Dinsmore’s granddaughter Helen Huntington Hull, one-time wife of William Vincent Astor. Hull had architect John Churchill design a house on its site with a crescent-shaped facade in the early 1940s which still stands. She also had the mammoth Bierstadt removed from its frame and applied directly to the walls of the new house. The Locusts was purchased by Uma Thurman and then boyfriend André Balazs in 2004. Balazs retains the estate to this day, and the Bierstadt has hung in the museum since 1977.

6.10.23  and the Mississippi Delta Dark Horse got hitched.  Never a prouder brother
08/30/2023

6.10.23 and the Mississippi Delta Dark Horse got hitched. Never a prouder brother

Available from Klismos - a magnificent mid-18th century George II secretary bookcase with one of my favorite cartouches ...
08/30/2023

Available from Klismos - a magnificent mid-18th century George II secretary bookcase with one of my favorite cartouches and mahogany timber to make you shiver. Inquire for details

A few highlights from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and Museum of American Art, which both occupy Robert M...
08/30/2023

A few highlights from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and Museum of American Art, which both occupy Robert Mills’s Old Patent Office, begun in 1836 and requiring over three decades to complete. The museum’s nucleus is the bequest of Andrew Mellon, who left to the American public a broad range of classical and modern works of art in 1937.

Long shadow weather on its way in the back gallery
08/25/2023

Long shadow weather on its way in the back gallery

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