Those Quirky Victorians
Learn About Those Quirky Victorians At A Free Public Lecture At Sotheby’s
570 Lexington Avenue 6th floor |
Tuesday, November 28th, 2017
7:00PM – 8:30PM

Sotheby’s Institute of Art Speaker Series Presents

Those Quirky Victorians: Re-purposed Traditions Through 21st Century Art,


Design and Science


The Victorian era was a time fertile in essential technological inventions, means of communication and artistic design. In the name of science, discovery,  amusement and financial gain Victorians collected profusely.  Parallel to the idea of progress was the reality of quirky hobbies, impractical contraptions and obsessive interests.

This panel aims to shed a light on a selection of impactful Victorian developments, namely the marriage of science and art in the reproduction of historical artifacts, the expansion of  landscape gardens as a reflection of urban necessity and the compulsion to craft individual identities through pictorial representation.


  • John D. Ward, Senior Vice President, Head of Silver Department, Sotheby’s
  • Barbara Frelinghuysen Israel, Owner, Barbara Israel Garden Antiques
  • Tim Hamilton, Generalist Appraiser, Gurr Johns


Moderator: Ann-Marie Richard, Director, MA Fine and Decorative Art and Design, Sotheby’s Institute of Art-NY

John D. Ward, Senior Vice President, Head of Silver Department, Sotheby’s

“The Department of Science and Art: Elkington reproductions of Silver Treasures”

John D. Ward joined Sotheby’s in 1997 and has presided over the strong slate of single-owner and various-owners Silver sales the company has offered in New York.Mr Ward presided over the Charles L Poor sale of Early English Silver, the Jaime Ortiz-Patiño sales of Lamerie and English Chinoiserie Silver, The Jeffords Collection of Early American Silver, The Bluhdorn Collection of Important English Silver and Silver-gilt, and the Thyssen Meissonnier Tureen, the second-highest price ever paid for Silver at auction. He also catalogued the English Silver of the Royal House of Hanover when that was offered in Germany in 2005. Mr Ward has placed works with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Gilbert Collection, Winterthur and other major institutions in Boston, Chicago, St Louis, Dallas, Houston, Baltimore, Los Angeles County and the British National Trust.  Mr Ward has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and a Master’s degree in the History of Decorative Arts from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, New York.


Barbara Frelinghuysen Israel, Owner, Barbara Israel Garden Antiques

“Victorian Taste: Cemeteries, Botanicals and Overcrowded Gardens”

Barbara Frelinghuysen Israel founded Barbara Israel Garden Antiques in 1985, after a serendipitous purchase of a large collection of estate statuary lead her down the garden antiques path. Now in her 32st year in business, Barbara is recognized as an authority on the subject. Barbara’s exhaustively researched book, Antique Garden Ornament: Two Centuries of American Taste (1999), is the definitive work in the field. She is also the author of A Guide to Buying Antique Garden Ornament (2012), a user-friendly handbook packed with tips on conservation, identification and more.

As a dealer, Barbara collects the finest examples of garden ornament, guided by her appreciation for classical forms and her love of unusual, once-in-a-lifetime finds.

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Start Date : 07.11.2016
History Weeks Summer 2016

Session One: Ages 9-12, July 11-15, 8:30 AM—3:00 PM

Children explore life in 19th-century New York City via historic crafts and games, behind-the-scenes tours, old-fashioned cooking, scavenger hunts, and a field trips to another historic site. On the last day, campers create their own exhibits and lead their guests on a tour of the museum. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Mid-morning snack provided.  Camp Fee: $275; 10% discount for Family Level Museum Members

For registration form or additional information, please call the Museum at 212-838-6878 or email n.sokolova@mvhm.org

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Session Two: Ages 6-8, July 18-22, 9:00 AM—12:00 PM

Young campers become history detectives in the Museum and grounds as they explore daily life in New York City in the 1800s. Children learn through interactive activities such as making ice cream, writing with quills and ink, and historic children’s games. Mid-morning snack provided.

Camp Fee: $200 10% discount for Family Level Museum Members

Concert at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden


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After-Hours Tour @ the Fantasma Magic Houdini Museum

Tickets: $19-24

Join New York Adventure Club for an after-hours tour of Fantasma Magic’s Harry Houdini museum; a collection from owner and “Chief Wizard Officer” of Fantasma Magic, Roger Dryer, that contains nearly 200 items including the magician’s metamorphosis trunk.

Hosted by master magician Nick Padilla, who has traveled the country performing his magic since the age of 14, our experience will include an in depth look at some of the artifacts and collections inside the Houdini Museum, as well as a live performance of a variety of close up illusions.

After the tour, we’ll head to a local eatery for some food and drinks!

Date: Sun, April 10
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

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Airport expo to be held at JFK’s historic TWA Terminal

Photo via Flickr/pheezy
Photo via Flickr/pheezy
The historic Saarinen Building at JFK airport.


The JFK Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Airport Expo on Thursday, Nov. 12, in the historic Saarinen Building, formerly known as the TWA Flight Center.

According to JFK Chamber President Joe Clabby, the event will feature displays, expo tables and tours run by members of the aviation community. Former TWA flight attendants and pilots as well as students from LaGuardia Community College’s Aviation Program will be in attendance. Guest speaker Robin Hayes, president and CEO of JetBlue, will discuss the history and future of the structure.

The Saarinen Building opened in 1962 but closed in 2001 after TWA merged with American Airlines. The structure was later taken over and renovated by JetBlue, but has been unused since JetBlue relocated to another terminal.

Designed by Eero Saarinen, the structure is a one-of-a-kind surviving piece of the futuristic architectural style of the “Mad Men” era. Taking notice of its striking architecture, plans were announced earlier this year by Governor Cuomo to build a 505-room hotel inside of the original structure.

In conjunction with MCR Development, current plans include the addition of attached restaurants, a 40,000-square-foot reception space, a museum to highlight the building’s rich history, and a 10,000-square-foot observation deck. These renovations are currently projected to be complete in 2018.

The Saarinen Building was declared a New York City Landmark in 1994 and included in the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

The expo will take place on Nov. 12 from 9 a.m until 2 p.m. Click here for more info.


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The Staten Island Museum Guild invites you to
an afternoon in the
History & Pop Culture of the
Roaring ’20s

Guest lecturer Marilyn Carminio

will take you to the 1920s to explore the culture, music, fashions, fads, and follies of the era.
Reception with Refreshments & Entertainment to follow!
Thursday, November 19
Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, Auditorium

1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

RSVP by November 5, 2015 to Amanda Straniere

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The following events represent a collaboration between The Museum of Interesting Things, the 19th Century Society, and the Freemasons:

A masonic lecture at 4pm
by The 19th Century Society
Freemasonry in 19th Century New York:
A True Story of Murder and Resurrection.
There is separate ticketing for that
And those tickets will also get you into the speakeasy!
Click here for details and ticketing

More about the Speakeasy:
Secret Speakeasy
Victrola – a – Go Go!!!
The History of Music Players!
Party in Soho

Sun Aug 23th 2015
6 pm – 11pm (all ages)

The Museum of Interesting Things
takes over a Soho loft for a special

Victrola – a – Go Go!!!
You get to DJ also!

16mm short movies & music fest & party!
Drinks, music, food & beautiful visuals!

In the spirit of a true Speakeasy
Anything can change so…
Please check this website before leaving.


We will have nearly all our cool music players
Victrolas, Edison cylinder players, Mikiphone
the famous Mighty Tiny! 8 Track karaoke players
I will demo and dj them all and … so will YOU!
Wait till you see the amazing selection of records!
in aaall formats!

At the Speakeasy we will have some performers and guest speakers, like the director of the Audio History Library & Museum and I may even do a song from Sofia Run music and some other musicians like the Angie Jackson Musical members.. Check the website for more details.
The Loft at Prince Street 177 Prince Street
3rd Floor! $10 to help the museum 🙂
Between Thompson & Sullivan street
in Soho NYC 212 274 8757

Advance Tickets:


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Our Untapped Cities events series has grown quite a bit, thanks to all of you intrepid explorers. While many of our upcoming events are sold out (or awaiting new dates for the waitlisters), we’ve got some new upcoming tours that still have space. From a tour of an authentic Prohibition era speakeasy, a tour and tasting at Industry City Distillery, to a visit to the off-limits Woolworth Building, these are just a sampling of what we have in store.

Woolworth Building Tour: April 18th & May 16th

Untapped Cities will be offering readers the chance for intimate, hour-long tour of the normally off-limits Woolworth Building lobby led by Lisa Renz, a preservationist working directly with the archives of the Woolworth Building. In addition to a guided visit through the spectacular lobby, we will also visit the basement level where the bank vault is located and where the former entrances to the subway are. Other locations, as seen on previous Untapped Cities tours, will be dependent on building access on the particular day. Untapped Cities works directly with the tour guides to provide additional access not necessarily available on regular tours of the building. Following the tour, we will lead guests to an optional cocktail hour at the historic Tiny’s. Buy Tickets

Tour and Tasting Behind the Scenes at Industry City Distillery: Saturday, April 25th at 2pm

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Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Industry City Distillery in Brooklyn, New York City’s only vodka distillery and learn how they craft their Industry Standard beet sugar vodka. Get an insider view of their bio-lab, workshop and stills, with a tour led by Industry City Distillery staff. After, get a tasting of the vodka in the Industry City tasting beakers and take in the uninterrupted views of lower Manhattan, Midtown, Governors Island, and the Statue of Liberty. Guests will get to keep the glass beakers from the tour.
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Tour and Cocktails at Authentic Prohibition-Era Speakeasy: May 9th, 3pm

Join us for our next Untapped Cities event with a tour and cocktail at an authentic Prohibition era speakeasy in the East Village. The speakeasy, still being used as a bar and theater, retains the original wood bar, access to original mafia escape tunnels, and the safes where $2 million dollars were found by Lorcan Otway, the founder of the Museum of the American Gangster, and his father.

The tour guide from the Museum of American Gangster will give us a walkthrough of the museum and speakeasy remnants that will conclude with a vintage cocktail at the bar. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the museum.

Sign up for the waitlist for our tours of Brooklyn Kings Theatre, the Remnants of Penn Station, Exploration of Dead Horse Bay and more here.…

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