November 25, 2013
The Blenko water carafe is an excellent example of classic art deco (ca., 1938) design that presaged mid-century modernism.
It’s a great pale blue that might be Ice Blue (1951-1953 and 2003-2005). This carafe is in perfect condition.
November 24, 2013
Fine turn of the century Oak dresser with serpentine front. It measures 43 inches wide, 23 inches deep and is 77 inches tall over all (33 inches to the top of the cabinet part).
It features two full width drawers below, above those are two shallow drawers which in turn are flanked by two skinny full depth drawers.
It is in excellent condition as is the beveled mirror.
November 23, 2013
Illustrated book plate, 1868
Eventually the Dr. Syntax series by William Combe grew to three books. They were illustrated by Thomas Rowlandson. This picture is, I believe, from the second book The Second Tour of Dr. Syntax in Search of Consolation first published in 1820. Ours is from an 1868 edition. It shows Dr. Syntax* warming himself in front of a fire while surrounded by hounds and in conversation with the fox hunter himself.
The print and framing are in good condition and measures about 11 1/2 inches by 13 3/4 inches.
*Dr. Syntax is one of that great army of 19th Century Anglican clerics with too much time on their hands. Unlike some of his peers who made significant contributions to science and letters Dr. Syntax instead travels the country around and gets into interesting conversations, adventures and the like.
November 22, 2013
In early 1962 Benjamin Britten completed his grand orchestral, poetic and choral work the War Requiem*. It was a work commissioned to mark the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral and served as an indictment of the wars of the 20th century, the cruelty of Atomic weapons and in part a response to the then recent assassination of Gandhi.
How shocked he must have been too when just less than two years later another world leader was cut down and on Britten’s 50th birthday.
Another 50 years have passed since then and souvenirs of war are no more difficult to come by.
*It’s based on the Latin Mass For the Dead, which I’ve heard enough times to be familiar with, but it’s really an interesting expansion upon it. I recommend taking the hour and a half to listen to it, through big speakers if at all possible.
November 21, 2013
The table is in good condition and measures about 42 inches across and 24 inches wide (with the leaves down). Each drop leaf adds just over 16 inches to the table.
There are also two leaves the can be inserted (each is 8 inches wide). Both leaves have some damage from chipped veneer.