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Those Quirky Victorians! Repurposed Traditions Through 21st Century Art, Design and Science.

The Victorian era was a time fertile in essential technological inventions, means of communication and artistic design. In the name of science, discovery, amusement and financial gain Victorians collected profusely. Parallel to the idea of progress was the reality of quirky hobbies, impractical contraptions and obsessive interests.

This panel aims to shed a light on a selection of impactful Victorian developments, namely the marriage of science and art in the reproduction of historical artifacts, the expansion of landscape gardens as a reflection of urban necessity and the compulsion to craft individual identities through pictorial representation.

  • John D. Ward, Senior Vice President, Head of Silver Department, Sotheby’s
  • Barbara Frelinghuysen Israel, Owner, Barbara Israel Garden Antiques
  • Tim Hamilton, Generalist Appraiser, Gurr Johns

Moderator: Ann-Marie Richard, Director, MA Fine and Decorative Art and Design, Sotheby’s Institute of Art- NY

John D. Ward, Senior Vice President, Head of Silver Department, Sotheby’s
John D. Ward joined Sotheby’s in 1997 and has presided over the strong slate of single-owner and various-owners Silver sales the company has offered in New York.Mr Ward presided over the Charles L Poor sale of Early English Silver, the Jaime Ortiz-Patiño sales of Lamerie and English Chinoiserie Silver, The Jeffords Collection of Early American Silver, The Bluhdorn Collection of Important English Silver and Silver-gilt, and the Thyssen Meissonnier Tureen, the second-highest price ever paid for Silver at auction. He also catalogued the English Silver of the Royal House of Hanover when that was offered in Germany in 2005. Mr Ward has placed works with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Gilbert Collection, Winterthur and other major institutions in Boston, Chicago, St Louis, Dallas, Houston, Baltimore, Los Angeles County and the British National Trust. Mr Ward has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and a Master's degree in the History of Decorative Arts from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, New York.

Barbara Frelinghuysen Israel, Owner, Barbara Israel Garden Antiques
Barbara Frelinghuysen Israel founded Barbara Israel Garden Antiques in 1985, after a serendipitous purchase of a large collection of estate statuary lead her down the garden antiques path. Now in her 32st year in business, Barbara is recognized as an authority on the subject. Barbara’s exhaustively researched book, Antique Garden Ornament: Two Centuries of American Taste (1999), is the definitive work in the field. She is also the author of A Guide to Buying Antique Garden Ornament (2012), a user-friendly handbook packed with tips on conservation, identification and more.

As a dealer, Barbara collects the finest examples of garden ornament, guided by her appreciation for classical forms and her love of unusual, once-in-a-lifetime finds. Her collection pays homage both to historic European models and to American creativity and invention. Since 1994 Barbara Israel has been the sole antique garden ornament dealer at the Winter Antiques Show, held in New York City. She also exhibits at The New York Botanical Garden Antique Garden Furniture Show, the Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show and the Winterthur Delaware Antiques Show. In 2006 Barbara launched a second company, Garden Traditions, that makes and sells replicas of original ornaments.

Barbara has served as a consultant to both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution for their collections of nineteenth-century cast iron, and has sold pieces to the Winterthur Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Baltimore Museum of Art, as well as to many important private collectors. As an active board member of Historic Hudson Valley and the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy, she is devoted to preserving historic gardens and, of course, their antique garden ornament.

Tim Hamilton, Generalist Appraiser, Gurr Johns
Tim Hamilton specializes in the Fine and Decorative Arts. He has 25 years’ experience gained with Sotheby’s New York, where he previously worked in General Furniture and Decorative Arts auctions, in Single-Owner Sales, and as an Appraiser in the Trusts, Estates and Appraisals Department. He has a BA from Williams College and is a graduate of the Sotheby’s Institute American Arts Course in New York. Tim is presently working with the art advisory firm of Gurr Johns.

Moderator: Ann-Marie Richard, Director, MA Fine and Decorative Art and Design, Sotheby’s Institute of Art-NY
Ann-Marie Richard is an art and design specialist, curator, art historian, and advisor. Prior to her full-time appointment as Program Director, she was Executive Vice President of Gurr Johns. She has lectured extensively on the topics of connoisseurship, collecting, conservation, provenance, emerging markets, and the related subtleties of art and decorative arts appraising at institutions such as the American Association of Museums, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Pratt Institute. Exhibitions she has curated have been favorably reviewed in national and international publications including Art in America, ArtNews, The New York Times, Art-Times Russia, and Korea Times.

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