Modernism Blogs

  • I remember the first time I heard about Carpathian Elm Burl!   Ric had brought in a piece of furntiure and I thought to myself what nice burled wood!  After a while he handed me the copy that he wrote and he referred to "Carpathian Elm Burl" in a French vanity.   As we were doing research in Grand Rapids for the book, I found this guide in the Home Furnishing Arts Spring and Summer issues in 1935.  This great center fold has been quite useful in our appraisal business as well!

    08 June 2015
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  • We worked on this book for 4 years.   In the process, Ric was able to organize and document his 35 + years of buying, selling and collecting American Art Deco Furniture.  I'm very proud that I was able to help with this project.  The book is not only an excellent reference but also Ric's "work of art".   If you wish to purchase one of the copies (about 600 left) please click here:

    05 May 2015
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  • The holidays have come and gone, Christmas trees are lying in trash piles on the side of the road having fulfilled their Christmas destiny and will be now turned into mulch to fulfill their Spring destiny, which is a loose term down here in South Florida (currently we are at 82F here in Coral Gables). Snowbirds are flocking for their winter homes (which means more traffic for us locals).

    06 January 2015
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  • MY FAVORITE - NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE created this sculpture in 1991 ..... over 70" tall reminding me of the great fountain in Paris!   James Goodman Gallery

    If you go to ART MIAMI / CONTEXT you will see more works by Niki.....!!!

    02 - 07 December 2014
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  • Francisco Salamone might have been born in Buenos Aires in 1897or in Leonforte, Catania.   In any event, he went to live in Buenos Aires with his parents and his father was an architect from Catania.  He studied at the Otto Krause Technical institute in Buenos Aires and in the University of Cordoba, Argentina.  He became a good friend of a conservative Argentinian politician who was governor of the Province of Buenos Aires from 1936-1940.

    04 November 2014
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  • The Miami Design Preservation League made it happen! The FIRST Miami Beach Art Deco Museum openend on October 1st. It is located at the MDPL Welcome Center at 10th Street and Ocean Drive in Miami Beach. Admission is free!

    01 October 2014 - 01 January 2015
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  • What a fun time we had in St.

    15 September 2014 - 15 September 2015
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    American Art Deco Furniture by Ric Emmett


    04 December 2014 - 31 December 2015
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  • PHOTO:  Karl Hagedorn and his wife Diana in front of one of the artist's paintings in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Nuremberg, Germany.
    We met Karl Hagedorn in the 1990s when we were doing a show in New York.  He came into our booth at the Pier Show, saw the kind of work we carried, and simply said, “I think you would like my work.”  We did.  

    12 June 2014
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  • A lot of artwork has been generated in attempting to capture who Marilyn Monroe was!  My personal favorite is the entire series created by Andy Warhol.  A few years ago I could still think of purchasing them but not any more!  This 1967 print sold at auction in April for almost $ 140,000 including buyers' premium!   You can still find a "deal" or two but they are few and far between.   On the other hand, Milton Greene photographed Marilyn quite a lot!

    05 June 2014
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