Category Archives: Great Collections

Great Collections: September 2017

Great Collections: September 2017

J. Pierpont Morgan Hartford native John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), founder of a banking dynasty still in operation today, was one of the great financial figures of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Well known for his successes as a banker, railroad tycoon, and steel magnate, he was also an important philanthropist and avid art […]

Great Collections: August 2017

Great Collections: August 2017

Historic Deerfield’s Textiles Collection A conversation with David E. (Ned) Lazaro, Curator of Textiles Please give us an overall sense of Historic Deerfield’s Textiles, Clothing, and Embroidery Collection. Historic Deerfield’s fashion and textile collection is a significant part of the museum. Numbering about 8,000 items, it is nearly 1/3 of the entire artifact collection. Items […]

Great Collections: July 2017

Great Collections: July 2017

Dr. Ken Kallin: Signature Collector Photos by Chloe Powell Dr. Ken Kallin has amassed what is widely acknowledged to be the world’s largest Autographed Book collection – one that is in the process of begetting the official Guinness World Record. With over 16,109 autographed books already qualified, according to the strict Guinness criteria/guidelines, and 300+ […]

Great Collections: June 2017

Great Collections: June 2017

The Eric C. Caren Collection Photos: Christie’s Images Ltd. 2017 Eric C. Caren has been called the “Babe Ruth of private historical collecting” and compared to the 19th century collector Sir Thomas Phillips. His collection, The Caren Archive, is acknowledged as one of the largest and most important private collections of Paper Americana in the […]

Great Collections: May 2017

Great Collections: May 2017

A Tool for Every Purpose – The Gardening Tool Collection of Mark Morrison By Judy Gonyeau Seeds of His Collection Like so many collectors, Mark Morrison’s eye for antiques began at an early age while growing up in Wisconsin. “Ever since I was a kid I’ve always liked rusty metal and antiques and old things,” […]

Great Collections: April 2017

Great Collections: April 2017

The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Lamps An amateur poet, Dr. Neustadt wrote a sentimental poem entitled “The Choicest Lamp” that he included as the preface to his landmark 1970 publication, The Lamps of Tiffany. The Choicest Lamp We passed a tiny basement store, Walked down a wooden ramp And soon her eager eyes did spot […]

Great Collections: March 2017

Great Collections: March 2017

Stringing Together the History of Tennis Dr. David Flakoll is a man with a vision and a passion for tennis, which extends to preserving the history of the game through the racquets that tell its story. Flakoll took up tennis in 1976 shortly after going into practice as a clinical psychologist as a way to […]

Great Collections: February 2017

Great Collections: February 2017

From Across the Pond A Ruskin Pottery Collection Lands in Denver When Carl Patterson crossed the pond to work in London back in the 1980s, he caught the collecting bug. Exploring the city, Patterson spent a great deal of time in the antiques district. There, he found his eye drawn to a line of Arts […]

Collector’s Showcase: November 2016

Collector's Showcase: November 2016

Calm, Cool, and Collected There is no doubt that information is flowing to us in greater amounts and from different directions than ever before. What to buy, where to go, who to see, what to listen to… it has been said that we receive more information in a single day than our grandparents received during […]

Collector’s Showcase: September 2016

Collector's Showcase: September 2016

Planes Collector Mark Cerel collects planes, but it’s not a hobby that requires an airplane hangar to warehouse; Mark’s hobby is collecting vintage and antique hand planes and other woodworking tools. A plane is nothing more than a tool for holding a chisel blade in a set position and is used for shaping wood. A […]