With that, here are a few items that have caught my eye recently:
“Once Upon a Time in Peking” takes the journey with John Shakespeare as he returns to China for the first time since living there as a child in 1936.
The pride that comes from being robbed by the best: “On the Trail of a Silver Thief.”
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance traces the history of a netsuke collection across successive generations of the Ephrussi family. Following the collection from 1890’s Paris to Vienna where it survived the family’s devastation during the Second World War, to postwar Japan and today to England, author (and descendant) Edmund de Waal describes how the netsuke have remained an integral part of the daily lives of this family over a one hundred year period.
These 1927 Beaux-Art murals in the lobby of the Sherry-Netherland hotel were plastered over for decades. Fortunately they’ve been meticulously restored to their original splendor.
Nature is often reflected in decorative china patterns, but not always like this.
I discovered St. Frank, a great source for framed textiles created by artisans from around the world, at this year’s Architectural Digest Home Design Show. In addition to its well-curated collection, the company takes social responsibility seriously, and is dedicated to creating economic independence for global artists.
Lastly, the staff of Garden & Gun would like us to know that southern style has evolved: no seersucker, ya’ll!