September 2021 Blog Posts
Why should Alma Thomas be your new favorite artist? Well, after teaching art in Washington, D.C. for 35 years at Shaw Junior High School, Alma Thomas created a new style of painting. Her vibrant dabs of color, lovingly called “Alma stripes,” gained the artist, by then in her late-seventies, recognition that has grown over the years. Her painting “Resurrection” was chosen for the White House Collection in 2014. In this short video, Michelle Obama and others share why Alma Thomas and her art continue to inspire.
Discover two ultra-rare Swiss automata, made for the Chinese market in the 19th century. The magnificent McCullough automaton box is the last and greatest musical magician box to remain in private hands. Last offered at Sotheby’s in 1964, it has remained in an important private collection ever since. The musical automaton ‘necessaire’ with watch was formerly in the collection of John Asprey and is one of only two known examples of this size, the other being kept in the Hans Wilsdorf Collection at Rolex.