The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. James Grievo – Provenance-Pook May 2012

The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. James Grievo, Stockon, New Jersey

It all started around 1971. Just home from college and having a difficult time finding a job, I started going to house tag sales where I would find small interesting things to sell to antique dealers. It was something I really enjoyed doing, and 1 was amazed I was making real money for the first time. I soon realized that this was [...] Click here to continue reading.


Catherine de Medici, Queen of France

Catherine de Medici (1519 to 1589)

Born to wealthy parents, Caterina de’ Medici (1519 to 1589) was orphaned within the first month of life. Although her father was of common origins, her mother was from an ancient French noble family, so a number of European royal families were interested in arranging a marriage with her, and the decision was up to Pope Clement VII, Giulio de’ Medici. Although James V of Scotland thought he [...] Click here to continue reading.


William Edmondson – American Artist

William Edmondson (American, 1882 to 1951)

The artist was born to Orange and Jane Brown Edmondson, former slaves, on a plantation in the Hillsboro Road section of Davidson County, Tennessee. He worked from childhood as a field hand, and, until 1907, when his leg was injured, he was a railroad worker for the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railroad. For the next twenty-five years he was employed by the Women’s Hospital (known also as [...] Click here to continue reading.


Chinese Dynastic Chronology

Chinese Dynastic Chronology

Note: In general, the p4A reference database uses the Pinyin naming convention system for Chinese Terminology. Where the name varies under the Wade-Giles system p4A will present that alternative in brackets. For example: Qing [or Ch'ing] Dynasty.

Neolithic Period, circa 6500 to 1700 BC

Xia Dynasty, circa 2100 to 1600 BC

Shang Dynasty, circa 1600 to 1100 BC

Zhou [or Chou] Dynasty, circa 1100 to 256 BC Western Zhou, circa 1100 [...] Click here to continue reading.


Peterson, Carl – American Folk Artist and Sculptor

Carl Peterson (American, 1869 to 1969)

From St. James, Minnesota, Carl Peterson was an expert blacksmith, cabinetmaker and accomplished mason who lived to be 100 years old. Sometime during the 20th century, he set out to create an “Environmental Sculpture Garden of Nature,” whimsical and powerful depictions of concrete and steel showing animals and primitive people. It is thought that his work is the most significant folk art ever created in concrete.

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Feliciano Bejar – Mexican-American Sculptor & Artist

Feliciano Bejar (Mexican, American, 1920 to 2007)

A primarily a self-taught artist, Bejar’s formal education was severely limited by his family’s financial situation and by the nearly paralytic polio which struck him at the age of 8. He briefly attended the Salesian College school before that institution was closed by the government. Bejar believed this lack of education allowed him a free approach to his art.

Known for his experimental pieces incorporating metal, glass, [...] Click here to continue reading.


Nevelson, Louise Berliawsky – American Sculptor

Louise Berliawsky Nevelson (American, 1899 to 1988)

Louise Nevelson’s interest in working with wood scraps began at the age of nine while visiting her father’s lumberyard in Rockland, Maine. She started her career as an artist at the Art Students League in New York, where she was exposed to important works by artists such as Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso. She later went on to assist Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Nevelson is best known [...] Click here to continue reading.


Meiji Period, Japan

The Japanese Meiji Period (1868-1911)

In 1867/68 the Tokugawa shogunate era came to an end with the restoration of imperial power to the emperor Meiji (died, 1912) and the transfer of the government from Kyoto to Tokyo. The actual political power was transferred from the Tokugawa Bakufu into the hands of a small group of nobles and former samurai.

Like other subjugated Asian nations, the Japanese were forced to sign unequal treaties with Western [...] Click here to continue reading.


Lipchitz, Jacques – French/American Artist & Sculptor

Jacques Lipchitz (French, American, 1891 to 1973)

Chaim Jacob Jacques Lipchitz was born in Lithuania but moved to Paris in 1909 to study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and the Academie Julien. He immersed himself in the French artistic community, befriending fellow artists such as Alexander Archipenko, Pablo Picasso, and Amedeo Modigliani. Lipchitz soon established himself as one of the leading proponents of Cubist sculpture. By the early 1930s he had dramatically shifted [...] Click here to continue reading.


Lipton, William

William Lipton: Dealer, Scholar, Collector

William Lipton’s first journey to Asia occurred in the early 1970′s. He was immediately seduced by the culture of the East, and arranged for a return the following year with Jim Thompson at the Thai Silk Company, where he remained for six years, ultimately as the director of design. During this period he traveled extensively throughout Asia, often accompanied and advised by the Hong Kong dealer Charlotte Horstmann.

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