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“Compotier” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Compotier

 

The compotier (a generally long-stemmed dish or bowl for serving dessert or uncooked fruit) has been reworked in exceptional ways by Pierre Reverdy (1889-1960), Juan Gris (1887–1927), Marcel Mültzer (1866-1937), and Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933).

 

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“Pears and . . . Ladies High Fashion? Mais oui !” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Pears and . . . Ladies High Fashion?  Mais oui !

 

Pear trees were a distinguishing feature of aristocratic gardens in France during the fifteenth century, but it was under the reign of Henri IV that […]

“Peasant Women Selling Apples” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Peasant Women Selling Apples

 

Apple Marys and Apple Annies were women so nicknamed when they sold apples on the streets as a way to eke out a living in New York City and other US cities […]

“Lady Apples and the Big Apple” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Lady Apples and the Big Apple

 

Is the borough of Queens in New York City really that much less interesting than Manhattan?  Not if you know that the Huguenots who had settled in colonial Flushing (present-day […]

“Perilous Pears Pickled, Please: Philipon and Louis-Philippe I” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Perilous Pears Pickled, Please: Philipon and Louis-Philippe I

 

The pear motif in caricatures of King Louis-Philippe I (1773-1850) that were drawn by Charles Philipon (1800–1862) and his fellow caricaturists has been analyzed by critics from many […]