Friday, 13 November 2009

The lost language of crones

Those humble and honest objects that WASPy old dears pressed into service with great aplomb.

Terracotta pots and saucers instead of cachepot.

Wicker baskets, used for everything from bread to wastepaper.

A colourful 19th century American hooked rug with a geometric design.

A cushion faced with a floral needlepoint panel.

Bright, purposeful handiwork pieces: hooked rugs, needlepoint (in all its mutations), patchwork quilts, etc.
Both the cushion and the hooked rug are from Sybil Colefax & John Fowler Antiques.

Tole ware, whether decorated or plain, fashioned into absolutely anything useful.

Now playing: Richard Wagner - Die Walk├╝re
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Thursday, 12 November 2009


Copper vessels once the property of the late Ingmar Bergman, whose estate was auctioned by Bukowskis in September.

Ingmar Bergman photographed by Irving Penn, 1964

Now playing: Benjamin Britten - Cello Suite No. 2, Op. 80 - II. Fuga
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