Monthly Archives: January 2013

ganesh

I usually associate this word ‘ganesh’ with images of that Hindu elephant god, or representation of God as elephant but this one we acquired from Cambodia.  Giving it a little more thought I realise that that’s quite to be expected … Continue reading

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pure poetry

Indecipherable by lots of us but the almost tactile poetry of this banner is inescapable.  Chinese cities now cover themselves in glittering neon lights, the modern equivalent perhaps, and some of those are also quite fabulously expressive and not at all … Continue reading

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foochow road

An image of old Foochow Road in Shanghai.  We found it there recently.  I’ve been suggesting that we are re-imagining the orient which is true in respect to the approach we take to the things we find there, but, in … Continue reading

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seeds

1862-75, Chinese porcelain with a strong art nouveau feel to it but it’s a tad early for that and its a continent or two away. Nonetheless it makes one wonder what was the inspiration for art nouveau. Did it did find … Continue reading

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window gazing

I couldn’t resist sending this out into the ether-net again. What an utterly sensual window of flowers  –  in the Broadway Market apparently.  So far from where I am, almost certainly from where you are too dear reader, but let’s … Continue reading

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sense and sensibility

Pinching a line from the veritable, illustrious Jane Austen, Chinese visual culture displays a fine balance between her twin pillars of sense and sensibility.  These delicate flowers with their rich aqua tints are painted on an old wooden table. I sneaked … Continue reading

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rabari

I’ve been reading this weekend the article about Robyn Davidson, the famous ‘camel lady’ of Central Australia in The Australian and it reminded me that I had read her book Desert Places about 10 years ago and that we still … Continue reading

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totally…

…original.  That’s what Ilthami Atalays’s signature is.  This is a pee-wee example of it.  We used to have drawings where it was scrawled right across the bottom of the page so that it became part of the art.  Intentionally, I’m … Continue reading

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istanbul revisited

True – this was lost for nearly 17 years in our back room, yesterday it was found and today it was sold !  Amazing.  I had quite forgotten that we were once substantial collectors of Ilthami Atalay’s drawings.  Does he still draw … Continue reading

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another door

Ah, don’t blanch all you militant secularists who may be reading this blog !  The symbol above this door asks Christ to bless this house ! That was what happened on the feast of the Epiphany which I will leave … Continue reading

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