Monthly Archives: July 2012

wall art?

I took this photo last year.  Something appealed to me. At the time I think it was the incongruity of the flourishing plants against the grotty wall, and the fact that they had apparently been deliberately planted there.  Hard to … Continue reading

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ginger

One of the really good things in the world – ginger jars, particularly old ones like this, blue and white and authentic. ( Find them in our catalogue under ceramics.) Google for a recipe for preserved ginger.  It’s just fresh … Continue reading

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art nouveau console

Now this in my opinion can be properly called a piece of art nouveau furniture. Note the curves and the decorative flourishes.  Made most probably in one of the coastal trading concessions of China for Europeans living there but influenced … Continue reading

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art nouveau

I’ve been guilty of bandying the term ‘art nouveau’ around too freely, sprinkling it liberally over anything vaguely decorative with curves.  I’m going to straighten up the record.  Not this minute though, it’s too late. Just take in this image … Continue reading

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half moon table

Red is a very lucky colour for the Chinese , and this is a red mixed in heaven. Of course the gloss helps !  The table comes apart into two joining halves – hence ‘half moon’ or ‘half moons’ more … Continue reading

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some place else

Oh dear, it is a shame that this beautiful panel has been rudely separated from its place as part of the decoration of what was once a significant kang but it has (and not by us) so the best that … Continue reading

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world within

It’s been described as the irreducible nucleus of domestic life in traditional China – a kang : a room within the room, the marital bed, the private repose of the nuclear family within the bosom of the husband’s extended family, and … Continue reading

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whimsy

Hmm, Elle magazine has this sofa pictured.  I’m a bit nonplussed by its very busy eclecticism but, and this is a real ‘but’, we do have a suzani left in stock from the sale that would look fabulous upholstered on a settee … Continue reading

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dresser

I don’t like things cluttered, but this time I just had to put a few things onto the shelves of this piece to put it to  work as a dresser. Actually, dressers look best when they are chock-a-block with stuff … Continue reading

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crackle !

A favourite of mine…. and I’ve been re-thinking it lately as a dresser rather than as we originality imagined it as a bookcase.  Looking at it now I don’t know why we ever thought that !  Look : 3 deep … Continue reading

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