December 15, 1996 |
Eighty-seven pieces of porcelain made for the late Communist Party leader Mao Tse-tung during the Cultural Revolution drew $1 million at auction. All but one piece--a bowl--was bought by a follower of Mao who now heads a government futures trading firm. The collection--teacups, bowls, wine vessels and other pieces in white porcelain dappled with pink plum and peach blossoms--was ordered by aides seeking to gain Mao's favor.
September 18, 2012 |
Igor and Yelena Klimenkoff found themselves sighing over the lost craftsmanship that went into making beautiful handmade tabletop pieces like the antique teacups they were sipping from at the time. So in 2004, the couple opened a small porcelain studio in Moscow, specializing in handcrafted, hand-painted, one-of-a-kind pieces. The studio's porcelain production features a collection of fruits and vegetables , cast with detail finished by hand, that can be found at the studio's sister shop Far4 ( farfor means porcelain in Russian)
HOME & GARDEN
August 11, 2010 |
"Hawthorne" producer Preston Fischer and his wife, Marsha Lewis , have listed their Marina Del Rey penthouse at $899,000. Located in a gated complex built in 1980, the custom unit has two terraces bringing light into its 2,300 square feet of living space. The Italian-style kitchen, designed by Adam Wheeler, has new stainless-steel appliances, an eight-burner Wolf range and a Miele dishwasher. Designed for entertaining, the two-bedroom, two- bathroom condo has a living room with two-story-tall windows, a media room, a loft that could serve as a third bedroom, a rooftop sundeck and two fireplaces faced with marble.
July 19, 1987 |
In Sweden, Gustavsberg porcelain means tradition. The company was founded in 1825, and its Ceramics Center occupies the original site--on the island of Varmdo in the scenic Swedish archipelago just 20 kilometers from the center of Stockholm. Gustavsberg produces distinctive top-quality china and stoneware, with traditional and modern patterns, as well as fabulous one-of-a-kind porcelain objets d'art, designed and handmade by the company's fine ceramists.
October 2, 1988
My apologies for this long-overdue letter. However, it's all Jerry Hulse's fault. If he hadn't had such nice things to say about us in "Vermont's Inn Places" (July 31) I would have had time on my hands. As it is, we've been busy welcoming West Coasters since the first week in August. We look forward to many more visitors during foliage--they're coming in from all over the country! Needless to say, we're thrilled. We consider our Quilted Cat, Rural Route 1, Box 201A, Andover, Vt. 05143, phone (802)
December 17, 1987
Boughs of holly may still deck the halls, but when it comes to the Christmas tree, this year's discriminating decorator favors pricey designer ornaments such as those made of lead crystal by Baccarat and Waterford. "They're selling like hot cakes," said Jean Ross, who sells crystal Christmas tree ornaments at Bullock's in Sherman Oaks. Designer ornaments start at about $20 for silver-plated and etched Christmas bells, and prices soar to $100 for 6-inch crystal angels by Baccarat.