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Q. Can you tell me anything about the artist John Sisson? I have several black and white sketches by him including the “Seagull Restaurant, Succotash Rd., East Matunuck, Rhode Island”. A. John Sisson was a self taught marine artist who … more
Q. I read your recent article about the Eames chair and I have a chair and ottoman which is similar. It bought it in 1960 at Roitman & Son. It is upholstered in white leather. Can you tell me anything about it? A. The Roitmans were … more
For most of our history, the dining room did not exist. Most of the space in homes had to be multifunctional and most homes consisted of one big room. Even castles built in the Middle Ages, although large, were mostly one very large banquet hall … more
I don’t think my garden has ever made me happier than it does this very minute. After eight years of adding, transplanting, editing, and endless tweaking, its ensembles of plants and ornaments are finally beginning to show each other off without … more
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries death came early for many due to disease, childbirth and harsh living conditions. One way people coped with their loss was to memorialize their loved ones with mourning arts. They usually included the name … more
In the last couple of weeks a friend and then a neighbor (also a friend) mentioned seeing a snake in their garden as if that was an unusual and freaky occurrence. I have another friend, a professional gardener who refuses to work near rock walls or … more
Q: I have a painting which I found when I was cleaning out a relatives house. It appears to be signed by the artist “Riviera” or “Rivera”. It has a paper stuck on the back which explains that it is an authentic work of art signed by the … more
You already know that I’m as crazy about flowers as the bees are but show me a plant with burgundy, yellow, blue, orange, or striped-white foliage—anything other than one of the million shades of green—and I’ll do my darnedest to cram it … more
Q. I am considering buying a chair from a neighbor. It is being advertised as an “Eames” chair. How do I know that is real, and what is a reasonable price to offer? My neighbor bought it at an estate sale in the 1970’s. A. Husband and … more
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