Monthly Archives: June 2011

gild not the lily

There is little that needs to be said, I think, about this image.  To my mind this old Shanxi cabinet speaks for itself needing no adornment, no ‘beautifying’.  Up close you would see the faded remains of its art work, from a … Continue reading

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as Elle Decoration says…

bonne nuit

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calendula+soy

How does soy figure here?  Well, that’s an old soy sauce jar.  A world away from that sticky bottle you may have in the cupboard!  The whiteness is a layer of fine plaster that used to cool the contents I imagine … Continue reading

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still life

  Not quite channelling the Dutch Masters but…the teal and the rose kilim would probably have pleased Rembrandt who I read tonight was a passionate collector of things from the Middle East which he used as props in his early secular paintings.  … Continue reading

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symbiosis

I should have posted this right next to the earlier image the other day of the trunk growing over the temple but, anyway, this is it or maybe another one, up close and personal.  The two have really become one, have … Continue reading

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life’s a beach

The beach this morning : those dots are swimmers and canoeists, not me though !  The water was warm in fact, and later in the day we saw aerial surfers absolutely flying. bonne nuit

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this is a curiosity !

We saw this last year when we were in Cambodia. It was growing at one of the temples in the Angkor Wat complex and it wasn’t the  only one!  There has been a debate apparently amongst conservators as to whether … Continue reading

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fantastic !

A Wunderkammer !  Amazing, isn’t it?  Today it would be probably thought rather gross, weird, of doubtful morality or purpose but this is what one of the famous cabinets of curiosities looked like in 16thC Europe.  A ‘cabinet’ was actually a room … Continue reading

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cabinet of curiosities

I have posted another image of this in our product pages but these cabinets are worth a little observation.  They appear all around the place in China, mainly still in use.  They are apothecary cabinets and each of those little … Continue reading

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raison d’etre

Back to the business of the day!  In our shop window at the moment is this particularly good and handsome cabinet, or armoire if that pleases you, as it does me:  cabinet is pedestrian, armoire is evocative.  It’s 19thC , from Shanxi … Continue reading

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