Monthly Archives: July 2011

under pressure

Rural China under pressure !  When we first visited this area, maybe 12 years ago, it was all beautifully manicured market gardens, now they are slowly disappearing.  We will probably drive by one day and there’ll be not a sign … Continue reading

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double harmony

I have just added these jars to our product archive under ceramics.  Very beautiful , I think.  I know that it’s hard to believe that they are dated between 1796 and 1820 but that they are ! A confession:  I am so … Continue reading

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it gets worse !

In case, dear reader, you thought that we just touch things up a tad and they’re ready to go this pic should indicate otherwise!  This is the blue bookcase disassembled in our workshop in China before we left.  It will be put … Continue reading

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found

I could just about leave this bookcase as we found it ! Love the colour! Love the writing on paper that’s down the side of it but can’t be seen here, but, we’ll will have to intervene with a few cosmetics.  Actually, that’s … Continue reading

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back again

China in the mists… I am inclined to think that all Westerners experience China through the lens of ambiguity. I have no problem with that, I don’t require everyone/everything to be instantly ‘transparent’ necessarily – I don’t always feel the need to know !   Anyway we are … Continue reading

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leaving on a jet plane…

  Don’t know when we’ll be back again… ! So said the refrain but we do  : around the 18th. Till then – Dia dhuit (Gaelic readers will know what I mean)    

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faux

In French it means  ‘false’ or ‘fake’ or ‘a forgery’ so describing the style of this early 20thC elmwood altar table as ‘faux bamboo’ is instantly problematic. Perhaps I shouldn’t.  I’ll have to think about why I am possibly undermining its integrity in … Continue reading

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fourth of july

  Taken in Times Square, New York  in July 1986 !!! Happy Fourth of July ! a bientot

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minimus/maximus

Picking up again on this  idea that things need to breathe too, I looked at this tibetan door that we have on our shop wall,  moved everything I could away from it and had another look;  it was much better. Tibetan … Continue reading

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