Eve M. Kahn wrote the weekly antiques column for the New York Times from 2008 to 2016. She is the author of ‘Forever Seeing New Beauties: The Forgotten Impressionist Mary Rogers Williams, 1857–1907’ (Wesleyan University Press).

The restless spirit of Sonia Delaunay

The artist’s irrepressible energy shines out in this survey of her long career at Bard Graduate Center, writes Eve M. Kahn

31 Mar 2024

Family favourites – at home with Michael and Winnie Feng

The couple’s apartment in New York contains Chinese antiquities of impeccable provenance, as well as photographs of illustrious forebears

30 Jan 2023
Punto a fogliamo (leafpoint) lace reworked as a collar

On point – the wearing of lace has always been tied up with social status

Lace-making is an exacting craft – and who gets to wear the results is an equally delicate matter

31 Oct 2022
Coffee service for Alice Belin du Pont (designed 1910–11), Tiffany and Company. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven

Gilt complex – ‘Gold in America’ at Yale University Art Gallery, reviewed

The gold objects in this show may glitter, but some of their previous owners are cast in a far from flattering light

5 Apr 2022
The Road Menders (1889), Van Gogh. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

The museum that introduced America to modern art

As the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. celebrates its centenary, the museum is also looking firmly to the future

19 Nov 2021
Circular Colonnaded Atrium (c. 1730), attributed to Giuseppe Galli Bibiena. Promised gift of Jules Fisher to the Morgan Library & Museum, New York

The Italian dynasty that kept all of Europe thoroughly entertained

For more than a century, the Bibiena family created spectacular sets that delighted and deceived audiences

29 Jul 2021
Four panels of Fragonard’s series The Progress of Love on the fourth floor of the Frick Madison.

The Frick Collection makes a move into modernism

The Breuer Building makes a minimalist foil for the Frick’s permanent collection – but Eve M. Kahn is rather glad the move is only temporary

27 Apr 2021
A Tipsy Courtesan from Fukagawa (c. 1830), Utagawa Kunisada. Sebastian Izzard Asian Art ($20,000)

Wherever you are in the world, prepare to be transported by Asia Week New York

With works spanning centuries and cultures, there’s plenty to captivate you at this year’s event – whether you’re visiting in person or browsing online

10 Mar 2021
The Seattle Asian Art Museum, designed by Carl F. Gould, which opened in 1933 as the home of the Seattle Art Museum

‘It’s very meaningful to have an Asian art museum in this city’

The Seattle Asian Art Museum reopens with a thorough overhaul of its displays – and a commitment to being open about uncomfortable recent histories

8 Feb 2020
The Peabody Essex Museum in 2019 with its new wing designed by Ennead Architects on the right

The Peabody Essex Museum makes a bigger splash in Salem

Thanks to the town’s seafaring merchants, the museum has one of the world’s best collections of maritime and Asian art – and a whole new wing for its display

23 Nov 2019
Double marriage cup (c. 1890), Michael Perchin for Fabergé. A La Vieille Russie (price on application)

TEFAF New York makes the most of being in the Park Avenue Armory

From Tiffany vases to Fabergé gold, this year’s stateside edition of the fair is full of connections to the Armory’s rich history

31 Oct 2019
The Hood Museum of Art in Dartmouth.

Class act – a new look for Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art

From Assyrian carvings to contemporary African art, the museum’s wide-ranging collection has a recently expanded home

30 Jun 2019
(c. 1942–45), Kakunen Tsuruoka. Scholten Fine Art (price on application)

What not to miss at Asia Week New York 2019

From ancient Buddhist sculpture to mid 20th-century painting, the city is full of exceptional Asian art

13 Mar 2019
Lion head from the Royal Cemetery of Ur, (c. 2450 BC), Sumerian, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia

Ancient civilisations get a modern makeover at the Penn Museum

The museum’s collection of more than a million artefacts is being redisplayed in a major refurbishment

14 Apr 2018
The Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., which opened to the public in 1923

Charles Lang Freer’s gift to the American people

The Freer Gallery of Art has reopened its doors after a major refurbishment – and its founder deserves to be better known

28 Oct 2017
'The Barberini Tapestries: Woven Monuments of Baroque Rome' is at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York

The historic Roman tapestries that travelled to New York

The remarkable Barberini tapestries at the Cathedral of St John the Divine are packed with surprising and beautiful details

5 Jun 2017
Capital for a porphyry column (c. 1775–80), Pierre Gouthière, probably after a design by François-Joseph Bélanger. Musée du Louvre, Paris. Musée du Louvre, Paris. Photo: RMN-Grand-Palais (Musée du Louvre)/Thierry Ollivier

Pierre Gouthière – the man with the Midas touch

This scholarly show at the Frick Collection is also a feast for the senses

6 Feb 2017