Monthly Archives: December 2012

the view from here

The sun dips into the Indian Ocean on the next to last day of twenty-twelve . adieu

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adaptable

Flower stands in another life, in another cultural context but perfectly capable of subtlely re-positioning themselves as companionable bedside tables.  Consider this : put them on either side of the bed and add a tall lighstand with those  bendable over-arching … Continue reading

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channelling gauguin ?

I received this Christmas greeting this year and it surely must be one of the most the most unusual.  Rene is French, I think, and I can only imagine that he is channelling his inner Gauguin in his Tahitian phase.  It captivated … Continue reading

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noel noel

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five musicians

Pure indulgence ! We don’t usually do prints but this one of a painting held in the Shanghai Museum, was irresistible.  These women are perfect in their composure, their dress, their intense concentration.  Heavens knows what the original is worth but … Continue reading

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counter culture

Having gone on a some length about who sits on what mattering so much in Chinese culture, I now put the proposition that round tables throw that idea out the window ! Perhaps the Chinese ate/eat at them en famille … Continue reading

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where you sit is who you are

Western society looks at chairs differently to the classic Chinese view.  In traditional pre-1911 Chinese society status was indicated by the type of chair one sat on and where it was placed in the group : the higher the status, … Continue reading

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orientalist art – once more

A while back I  talked a bit about orientalist art to which I am inordinately drawn and now I have found this image.  It’s a fragment from a  mid 1890’s  painting. How absolutely stunning it is (and that’s a word I never … Continue reading

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a jing

Before I begin loading the dozens and dozens of new things into our catalogue (the fruits of our last trip to China, just landed) , I’m posting this image of a jing circa 1600.  I take jing to mean a … Continue reading

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the magi

Light the way to Christmas with the ancient ritual of candles – one each Sunday until the Mass of Christ.  Then there will be 4 , and magic , or perchance… The uncontrollable mystery on the bestial floor.  (The Magi … Continue reading

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