Monday, March 30, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Spring in some countries, but the beginning of summer here.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
On a visit to Angkor Wat in Cambodia we had a full two days of temple visiting. One in our party declared at the end of it, that he'd had enough of looking at "a bunch of old rubble".
I suppose you either enjoy these things, or you don't. Personally I do, and I'm missing seeing beautiful neoclassical ruins, such as those depicted by Francesco Piranesi: various Roman capitals compared with Greek examples, from Julien-David Le Roy's "Les Ruines des Plus Beaux Monuments de la Grece" (1758): probably Plate 17 of "Della Magnificenza ed Architettura de' Romani" (1761), (2) conjoined leaves, engraved by Francesco Piranesi, 22" x 57.75" (sheet).
Friday, March 20, 2009
These place card holders were recently sold at auction for far more than I would have expected. The 6 London sterling silver figural lion heads sold for USD650, against an estimate of USD200-300, and the 4 crown in Birmingham sterling silver for USD425, against an estimate of USD200-300.
Whilst the pieces are very pretty, it surprises me that these are still that desirable. Perhaps it is a cultural thing, but I work out my placement before, (and very carefully), and then I implement it as people are called to the table. But I never have more than 8 at the table and I automatically know where two of us will be sitting, so it is very straightforward.
Place card holders are only really suitable if you have several tables, and you cannot manage the placement, in the way I've described. Otherwise, it's verging on the naff.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Despite attempts to clean the stain, it remained. Read the rest of the story in yesterday's Daily Mail.
Oops! It just goes to show that accidents will happen, and we are none of us immune, and we are quite often unamused by them.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
These images from the latest House & Garden are of the Wiltshire house of Lucy Cope. For those of us who enjoy symmetry, the pair of upturned Corinthian column lamp bases are an added bonus for me. I'm also drawn to the muted colours employed in the drawing room with a classic green and purple, and the volume suitably turned down.
Lucy Cope makes the most glorious match strikes, and as well as these examples shown, there are many more to choose from here, as well as glass lamp bases.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Well, not strictly speaking, but the Royal Academy of Arts is running an exhibition "Andrea Palladio: His Life & His Legacy", which I recently posted about.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
As important as the Queen?
June 26, 2002
George Foulkes, who has just been made a Privy Counsellor, tells the following tale. Some time ago Clare Short and Mo Mowlam were attending upon the Queen when Clare's pager started vibrating. Clare surreptitiously checked the message. Whereupon Her Majesty looked up and enquired: 'Someone important?'
Or as the saying goes: "It's nice to be important. But it's important to be nice." And obviously "we" weren't very amused, either.
* A View From The Foothills, by Chris Mullin, is published on March 12 by Profile Books at £20.
* Photo: The Monarchy, by Robert Hardman. The Queen and her Privy Council prepare to swear in two new members at a monthly meeting, Buckingham Palace.
Monday, March 9, 2009
I mentioned previously that I was not altogether happy with the initial height of the two China Trade pictures, (which were hung using the existing screws for other pictures). The initial placement wasn't hideously wrong, but it just wasn't quite "right", a comment I made several times to my partner, which resulted in a refrain of expletives.
Friday, March 6, 2009
It does need a lot of work, but significantly the roof has been releaded by the former comptroller at Chatsworth, so you could take your time about getting on with other essentials.
There are splendid wall carvings by the master woodcarver Grinling Gibbons, and the land is a perfectly manageable 22 1/2 acres. Further details of the property offered through Knight Frank are here.
But in these times of uncertainty I suspect most of us would rather be cool, and pass up on this opportunity to acquire Stoke Hall. Marcus Binney of The Times writes about the house here.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
On a recent trip to the Saatchi Gallery in London during its "The Revolution Continues", the exhibition included this installation, entitled Love It! Bite It!, a model city of Western culture's "tastiest bits," including the Colosseum, The US Capitol and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, built from dog chews, by Liu Wei. "The piece obliquely hints at the fragility of our civilization in the aftermath of 9/11," the Daily Telegraph's art critic commented.
I'm never a big fan of the so-called installation art, because I'm never quite sure what you're supposed to do with it, and clearly it's only ever meant for gallery display, as it would look a bit daft in your drawing room, even if you had one large enough to display such a confection.
However, I do admire the work that has gone into this exhibit, even if it's only because of its somewhat bizarre nature. Well, maybe that just sums up installation art for me.