Saturday, March 20, 2010

Matisse, Seaplanes, China Trade, Silverplate & Rookwood Pottery


Look! Up in the sky! It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's... a plane. But what a plane! "Bonhams announces the sale of a 1917 Curtiss MF Seagull Flying Boat, to be offered at auction on Tuesday April 13 in New York . The flying boat will be the first vintage plane auctioned in Manhattan , and it is expected to realize between $300,000-500,000. Designed by one of the leading pioneers of American aviation and archrival of the Wright brothers, Glenn H. Curtiss, the Seagull is an eloquent symbol for one of the Curtiss company’s greatest achievements – the perfection of the seaplane." The Story at

Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913–1917 : This exhibition, opening today at the Art Institute of Chicago, "examines what is without question the most innovative, momentous, and yet little-studied time in the artist’s long career. Nearly 120 of his most ambitious and experimental paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints from the period are on view. The website


March 20, 1602 – The Dutch East India Company ("V.O.C."), the first European trading consortium to send ships & merchants to Asia, is established. By 1796 it would import 2,500,000 tons of Asian goods to Europe.

March 20, 1741 – Jean Antoine Houdon, a French neoclassical sculptor famous for his portrait busts of such personages as Benjamin Franklin, Voltaire, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Fulton, and NapolĂ©on Bonaparte, is born.

March 20, 1811 - George Caleb Bingham, American frontier politician and painter whose work chronicled life along the Missouri River, is born.

March 20, 1840 – a patent for plating silver by means of an electric current is taken out by George Richards Elkington, silversmith and inventor of the electro-plating process for making silver plate.

March 20, 1849 - Maria Longworth Nichols Storer, founder of Rookwood Pottery of Cincinnati, Ohio, is born.


“ ‘The Art That is Life’: The Arts & Crafts Movement in America, 1875-1920”

By Wendy Kaplan.
Published by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1987.

The catalog to the groundbreaking 1987 exhibition. Essays by a number of noted experts, including W. Scott Braznell, Robert Judson Clark, Edward S. Cooke, Jonathan Fairbanks, and more.


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