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  • Emile Gallé: An Artisan Waiting to Happen
  • A Barometer on Your Wall: Antiques that Work and Decorate
  • Painted Ladies: Three Decades of Cosmetic Compacts
  • Patsy Cline House: Nostalgia for the Everyday

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In My Opinion

John Fiske

Place Matters

John Fiske 

As discoveries go, it was a pretty minor one. But the world of American antiques has been so thoroughly picked over that it seems that there’s nothing new to be discovered. Which is why I had such a warm feeling when I thought I’d identified something that nobody else had.


Emile Gallé: An artist in glass and ceramics turns to wood

Ivor Hughes
(Charles Martin) Emile Gallé was born in Nancy, France, near the German border, in 1846. He was the son of another Charles, a furniture maker and a merchant with wide interests that included decorating faïence blanks from nearby St Clément and commissioning fine art glass from factories in the area.




A Barometer on Your Wall: Antiques that work and decorate

John Forster

Antique barometers, even those 200 years old, can do for you what they did for their first owners: They’re useful, beautiful – and make excellent pets. You don’t need to feed them, or take them for walks; they’re never disobedient – and they work for you! Just hang one in the entry hall and check it before going out, or position it between two windows or two paintings in the living room, and enjoy being your own weather forecaster while appreciating the workmanship of a functioning eighteenth- or nineteenth-century antique. Even start a collection, and mount them on the wall running up the stairs.


Painted Ladies: Three decades of cosmetic compacts

Melody Amsel-Arieli

People have long used cosmetics for personal adornment. Upper class Egyptian women, in addition to using unguents and balms, outlined their eyes with kohl kept in tubular containers. To create pale, lustrous skin, they also painted their faces with cerussite, toxic white lead ore. Greek women favored either cerussite or powdered chalk.


Patsy Cline House: Nostalgia for the everyday

Barbara Miller Beem

Hard times, heartbreak, an early and tragic death: The story of Patsy Cline’s life reads like the lyrics of a sad, sad country song. Yet during her 30 years on earth, the woman born Virginia Patterson Hensley enjoyed good times, celebrity and, yes, a lifetime of love and support from her biggest fan, her mother, Hilda Patterson. To tell her story, and to celebrate her transformation from a child of the Depression to a singer of note, a humble house in Winchester, Va., pays homage to her and gives today’s visitor a glimpse of middle-class life in the middle of the last century.


Yours Sincerely

John Fiske

It’s not often that a major purchase in 1762 turns into a major headache in 2017. But that is what happened with the First Church’s clock in Ipswich.

The First Church (uppercase C: the institution) built its first church (lowercase c: the building) in 1634, the year that Ipswich was founded. The church stood on the highest point in town and was the town’s first public building – besides being a house of worship, it also served as a meeting house and even as a fortress guarding against French or Indian attacks.



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