As you might imagine, working at The HighBoy is an exercise in self-control. As we admire the site’s sumptuous inventory from our esteemed dealers, we occasionally indulge in a little retail therapy and—when we have to be more disciplined—in a little daydreaming.
As self-proclaimed experts in The HighBoy’s offerings, we’ve each picked our current favorite. If you love them, too, you might consider snatching them up soon (before we do)!
|Hilary Masell Oswald, Editor, The Weekly|
|I have this thing about chairs. I find them irresistible. Maybe it’s because they’re the perfect combination of beauty and utility, like little sculptures of function I can move around my house. Or maybe it’s because they are an ideal symbol of hospitality: To be welcomed into someone’s home and shown a comfortable chair—and served a cup of tea or glass of wine—is one of life’s best and simplest pleasures. Chairs say, “Come, sit. I’ve been waiting for you.” So it’s no surprise that I’ve been eyeing this 18th-century Italian chair. I love the carving and the size: not so big that it’s hard to move, but ample enough to make a guest feel comfy. Perfetto!|
|Cristina Fundora, Art Director|
|I love how modern this gouache (a painting made with opaque watercolor paint) looks! Russian-born French artist Erté was a force in the 20th century, designing stage sets, costumes (for Ziegfield Follies, among other productions), and more than 200 covers for Harper’s Bazaar. Not only is his history fascinating, but this painting would be right at home with the modern prints on my walls at home. The gorgeous Art Deco feel, the colors, the show girls–so perfect.|
|Camille de Marchena, Art Historian and Chief Cataloguer|
|I have a soft spot for this onion-necked vase as I remember growing up in Curacao, the Dutch Caribbean, and my grandmother had one very similar in her Art Deco display cabinet. She always spoke to me about a romantic trip she had taken with my grandfather to Delft—the Dutch city famous for producing blue-and-white earthenware. Before my grandmother passed, I promised her that I would travel to Delft and visit the town and the factory that crafted her beautiful vase—and I did, discovering that it is just as quaint and picturesque as she described. Her vase is now part of my collection, and I think it’s about time to add a complementary piece.|
|Lucia Tolosa, Marketing Manager|
|This etching by Salvador Dali called my name when I first saw it. It reminds me of growing up learning about art with my grandmother. She taught me how to paint—we would try everything from landscapes to abstract. But I was always intrigued by the Surrealist movement. When I was older, she took me to the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg and we stared at his works for hours. This etching reminds me of her and the love she had for this particular artist and art in general.|
|Maxine Peltz, Director of Communications|
|I often ask friends or family to do art projects with me, and many times they reply, “I can’t paint!” or “I am so not artistic.” But I always put up a fight, and paintings such as this one by mid-century American artist Zoute help me prove my point. The self-taught artist’s primitive forms and valiant use of color are an inspiration to pick up the brush and see what happens. Like many of the works of Zoute’s contemporaries—such as Paul Klee, Vasily Kandisnsky, or Henry Matisse—this still life evokes a spontaneous, naïve, and pure nature. The painting personifies the untrained originality of a child through its bold blocks of color, simple lines and forms, flat planes and outlines, and informal details. While Zoute and his contemporaries had an extensive academic education in the arts, they still idealized and emulated the innate and unconscious creativity of children. I truly believe that we all have the potential for artistic genius. Creativity is innate. We just need to take the opportunity to express ourselves.|