Thursday, March 18, 2010

Courtly Bobble-heads, Art Glass, & Still-Missing Art


- Relax, Legal Scholars: Bobbleheads Are Safe at Yale. The oldest item in Yale Law School’s rare book collection is a 1,000-year-old fragment of a medieval manuscript bound inside an Italian guidebook for notaries. The newest is a bobblehead doll depicting William H. Rehnquist, 16th chief justice of the United States. Fred R. Shapiro, an associate librarian, explained the latest acquisition: “A hundred years from now, if someone wants to study the bobbleheads, where will they go? There needs to be an archive.” The Story in the New York Times

- Museum lobbyists to rally in Washington: Officials hope to show importance of culture. "A group of art lobbyists will invade the U.S. capital Tuesday. They include 200 museum professionals from all disciplines and museum types, from nearly every state in the union, and will make the case for the value that museums bring to communities. The Story at


March 18, 1816: Antonio Salviati, the man who re-established the fabled italian glass-making center of Murano by specializing in high-quality glass intended for export to the popular market, was born.

March 18, 1901: William H. Johnson, artist of the "Harlem Renaissance" and one of the "foremost African American artists of his generation", was born.

March 18, 1990 – In the largest art theft in US history, 12 paintings, collectively worth around $300 million, were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.


“Lalique par Lalique”
By Marc & Marie-Claude Lalique.

A legendary volume on the art glass bookshelf, an explosive celebration of the glass and jewelry of that most graceful of French designers, Rene Lalique. English / French text.


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