Monthly Archives: August 2011

a new take…

…on something rather old – bent wood rice containers.  We have these in stock at the moment but in their natural state.  This is the first time that I’ve  seen them lacquered black like this and I like it !  … Continue reading

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table of the eight immortals

…or the baxian table that I have blogged about previously and one of my favourite pieces because it has such a restrained beauty.  We had a pair of these tables recently that were bought and cut down to make coffee tables…Ok, … Continue reading

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monochrome

Is it de rigueur to always be positive about everything on a blog like this?  If so, I’m out of the loop because I don’t like the room imaged above.  It’s too too cream and ornamental for me, and the slipcovers just … Continue reading

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reflections

Australia is a troubled place right now.  Perhaps no more so than others (though our politicians of course tell us how lucky we are!) but, given that just a few short years ago we were flush with unprecedented prosperity and full of … Continue reading

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red cabinet et al

Traditionally Chinese brides got married in red and were given wedding cabinets like this one. Now you always see them in sleek Vera Wang-type cool white numbers . Red is auspicious though,  the colour of life,  fecund.  White on the other hand is the colour … Continue reading

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colonial remnant

Yesterday, a  wet, blustery Sunday, was spent in York, a town with ‘presence’ about an two hours away from home.  All along its main street there are buildings worth looking at – like this one : the elegant Georgian courthouse .  Spread out … Continue reading

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peonies:japan/china

  A Japanese drawing of wood peonies, typically restrained in the Japanese manner.  Captures them though  and  totally differently  from with the over-the-top- shot- of-pink that’s usually the way, as in…   … our just in bright bright peony cushions ! This fabric ‘iconic’ though it might be, … Continue reading

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very pretty peonies

    Peonies and blossom – quintessetially Chinese. We found this image when we were away. Can’t say where , it’s a secret, but we have a selection of these pieces of gorgeous quirky art on fine rice paper.  We’re still wondering … Continue reading

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homogeneity

OK !  Is this homogenizing the world or not?  We saw just masses and masses of people lined up for hours I am sure, to have their photos taken by their friends hanging onto Harry Potter things like umbrellas, brooms and suitcases … Continue reading

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coming soon

A work in progress !  This is a set of old village doors being turned into a table.  We don’t do this as a rule but a customer  requested it (and then changed his mind) and as it was underway we are pressing on.  … Continue reading

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