Sunday, 15 February 2009

Motif operandi

Unwearied still, lover by lover,
They paddle in the cold,
Companionable streams or climb the air;
Their hearts have not grown old;
Passion or conquest, wander where they will,
Attend upon them still.

From The Wild Swans at Coole by William Butler Yeats.

A Victorian walnut easel.
Two of the three uprights carved as the head and neck of a swan.

A 16th Century Iron Box.
The lid having a decoratively scrolling swan neck handle beside the lock & key, opening to reveal an engraved lock mechanism. The sides ornamented with raised quatrefoils centred with knops above shaped aprons forming the feet. 6½ ins.

A carved giltwood mirror in George II style, late 19th century.
The swan neck pediment with a central cartouche, 44½ ins. high.

A pair of French Empire swans neck chairs, c.1810.

Now playing on iTunes: Camille Saint-Saëns - The Swan
via FoxyTunes

1 comment:

Jill said...

The swan easel has such elegant lines.