Category Archives: Collections

Odd designs – Hair combs

Odd designs – Hair combs

Combs ornament the hair and reveal true beauty in a woman’s face. Its greatest creators borrowed motifs from nature, such as flowers, insects, and birds. Art Nouveau’s roots lived underneath those flowers. Natural themes were combined with French Symbolist ideals, which posited that artists should reveal the truth indirectly, using suggestive metaphors. Lalique’s orchid combs… Continue Reading

The Frances Wright Collection

The Frances Wright Collection

Many women practice their art secretly. Emily Dickinson had fewer than 12 poems published in her lifetime until her sister Lavinia discovered 1800 of them in a locked chest after she died. Jane Austen was first published anonymously. Collecting is also an art. To do it well, you must have an encyclopedic knowledge of the… Continue Reading

JOSEP TAPIRÓ, Spanish Orientalist (1836-1913) by Leonor Arnó Pons

JOSEP TAPIRÓ, Spanish Orientalist  (1836-1913) by Leonor Arnó Pons

A new exhibition, at the Museu Nacional de Catalunya (Barcelona) is setting out to restore the figure of Josep Tapiró to its rightful place as one of the leading representatives of international Orientalism. Josep Tapiró i Baró (Reus 1836-1913), the first painter from the Iberian Peninsula to settle in Tangier, was a direct witness of the extraordinary urban and… Continue Reading

Natalia Shabelsky

Natalia Shabelsky

Natalia Shabelsky (1841- 1905) was a lady with a true passion. This Russian noblewoman devoted her life to the conservation of endangered folk art traditions. Natalia travelled throughout Russia collecting fine textiles and eventually created a Museum in her Moscow home. A collection which housed over 4000 pieces. It was the largest collection of late… Continue Reading

Lady Sainsbury

Lady Sainsbury

The Sainsbury Institute is saddened to announce the death of its benefactor Lady Lisa Sainsbury.   Lady Sainsbury died on 6th February aged 101. It was her vision, and that of her husband Sir Robert, who died in 2000, that led to the establishment of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and… Continue Reading

Collector – Toya Erickson

Collector – Toya Erickson

Khamsa – The Hand in North African Jewelry The khamsa, or hand, is a widely used symbol in North African jewelry. In design it can take the form of a realistic human hand with four fingers and a thumb, or it can take a stylized form which is more representational. Either way, the khamsa is… Continue Reading

Collector – Patti Deany

Collector – Patti Deany

I collect antique textiles, primarily Islamic, –embroidery, tapestry, weaving, quilting — as opposed to carpets which are not only more expensive but more susceptible to counterfeiting and false aging. These cloths were primarily made for home use as clothing, hangings, floor covers, table cloths, animal covers– Most are tribal but some, such as ikats, were… Continue Reading

The Creative Museum

The Creative Museum

CREATIVE MUSEUM is a private collection remarkable for its quality, beauty and the rarity of its pieces. It specializes in everything to do with hair adornments. These items, usually very rarely studied or collected, are bursting with information of all kinds: ethnological, sociological, technological, artistic… CREATIVE MUSEUM: a totally virtual museum It brings together more… Continue Reading