A native of Brazil now based in San Francisco, interior designer Antonio Martins started his career in Switzerland, where he acquired an appreciation for European design. He then moved to Venice, followed by a stint in Frankfurt. In the early 1990s, Martins relocated to Hong Kong, where he lived for 11 years and developed a passion for Chinese furniture, Shan sculpture from Thailand, and Indonesian textiles. This Tastemaker Tag Sale reflects the rich tapestry of a well-traveled life.
18th-century copperplate engraving of coral by Niccolò Gualtieri
(1688-1744) from Index Testarum Conchyliorum (Index of Mollusk Shells), printed in Florence in 1742. Gualitieri is considered a pioneer of conchology and this work is considered a masterpiece of 18th-century illustrated malacological ...
Muscovy duck engraving bearing the inscription in the
upper right corner: "anas moschata / cairina / aldov mas. (linnaeus 1758)." Muscovy ducks were brought to Europe by explorers, probably as early as the 16th century. Formerly in the Collection of ...