Crèche de Noël or NativityPosted on Mar 17th, 2017 | Perma Link
In the Catholic religion, the Christmas crib is a staging in various three-dimensional arts (essentially sculpture and theater) of the Nativity, that is to say, the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, in the form of Immutable characters, with the Holy Family and especially the Infant Jesus in the crib (which designates a manger) in a stable or a cave. This original iconography is gradually enriched with different scenic formulas, characters (shepherds, angels, Magi) and animals (beef, donkey, sheep, camels) surrounding the naked Child Jesus in his trough, his cradle or on the straw. The Christmas crib can be static, mechanical or living. Occasional or occasional construction or representation, traditionally associated with the Christmas holidays, it is more rarely a permanent and irremovable reproduction.
According to the Franciscan hagiographic tradition, living Christmas cribs developed in Europe from the thirteenth century onwards as part of one of the salient aspects of the theology of the Friars Minor, Christocentrism, following the realization of a living crib By Francis of Assisi in Greccio, Italy, on Christmas night 1223. At the end of the 16th century, the Jesuits, conscious of the power of the celebration of the Nativity, multiplied in all Christendom the crèches in model reduced as we know them today, using catechesis within the framework of the Counter-Reformation.
It allows people's piety to express themselves during liturgical or paraliturgical ceremonies. Given the secularization of the Christmas holiday, the crib is no longer exposed only in churches but also in houses and public buildings. Owing to their desire to ostentatize and outbid, shopping centers add local elements derived from legends or folklore, which vary according to the degree of inculturation or de-christianisation, even comic characters.
Noah's ArkPosted on Mar 17th, 2017 | Perma Link
Genesis 7King James Version (KJV)
7 And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
5 And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him.
6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
14 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in.
17 And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
18 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.
Gorgeous Rare Hand Made Wrought Iron BedPosted on Feb 22nd, 2017 | Perma Link
Italian wrought iron four poster campaign bed. The hexagonal knopped uprights with budding foliate finials joined by curtain rails. The head panel has elaborately wrought foliate and floral scrolling branches rising to a foliate scroll crest above conforming hexagonal spindle supports on out swept legs and pad feet.
Provenance: Luchino Visconti up until 1950. This bed appeared in the film "Queen Christina" starring Greta Garbo and was given to film star Fabrizio Mioni who went to Hollywood in 1954. Bought by Vincente Minnelli in 1960, Then "The Fellini Collection". A similar example is in the Henry Rene D'Allemagne Les Secq Des Tournelles, Museum of Rouen.
English Pawnbrokers SignPosted on Feb 13th, 2017 | Perma Link
A Pawnbrokers logo features the traditional symbol of the pawnbroker, which is three spheres suspended from a bar. As legend has it, this symbol traces back to the Medici family – a prominent family in Florence, Italy in the 15th century that was known for loaning and banking. The Medici family crest features the symbol of the three balls, because a member of the Medici family was supposedly working for Emperor Charles the Great and killed a giant with three bags of rocks. The Medicis were so well known as a finance family that other lenders and people in the finance business adopted similar coats of arms featuring the three golden balls. Gradually, the three balls came to signify the financial profession. Another story goes this way - Saint Nicolas, the patron saint of pawnbrokers, gave three bags of coins to the three daughters of a poor man so that they could marry. The three balls in the symbol represent the three bags of coins. Another lesser known possible origin is a coin dating to A.D. 68 during the Roman Empire. The coin, called the Silver Shekel or Shekel of Israel, was issued after a Jewish revolt against the Romans. The coin had an illustration of three pomegranates sharing one stalk. Whatever the exact origin, the symbol has staying power. It is a trademark of the industry, featured in numerous logos, including the logo of the National Pawnbrokers Association--the industry’s premier trade association. Also, the symbol is featured in pawn shops all over the world.
Venetian Gondola ChairPosted on Feb 9th, 2017 | Perma Link
Venetian Gondola Chair with Storage Area Under Seat and Nail Head trim.
Gondola:Italian: is a traditional, flat bottomed Venetian rowing boat, well suited to the conditions of the Venetian lagoon. It is similar to a canoe except it is narrower. The rowing oar, which is not fastened to the hull, is used in a sculling manner, also acting as the rudder.For centuries the gondola was the chief means of transportation and most common watercraft within Venice. It is propelled by a gondolier. In modern times the iconic boats still have a role in public transport in the city, serving as traghetti over the Grand Canal. They are also used in special regattas (rowing races) held amongst gondoliers. Their primary role today, however, is to carry tourists on rides at fixed rates.
The History of Concrete Faux Bois (False Wood)Posted on Feb 9th, 2017 | Perma Link
The History of Concrete Faux Bois (False Wood)
It’s hard to describe how special concrete faux bois is without telling you about its history.
Concrete faux bois (false wood in French) began as an art form in France about 150 years ago. The discovery that cement could be sculpted over iron or steel reinforcement spurred a tremendous wave of creativity. Artisans fashioned whimsical garden furniture, bridges, fences and trellises to look like they were made of wood or sticks.
Numerous early faux bois works can still be seen in France’s public parks and on the grounds of elegant chateaux. Many years ago, wealthy Americans traveling to Paris fell in love with faux bois and hired artisans to sculpt furniture and garden structures for their own gardens. Beautiful examples of this bygone era can be seen at the historic Henry and Arabella Huntington estate in California and many parks in San Antonio,Texas.
The demand for faux bois waned when the Art Nouveau period ended and people migrated toward the bold, modern industrial, graphic lines of Art Deco. Faux bois as an art form nearly died out. Unfortunately, many faux bois masters took their secrets with them to the grave. A lot of knowledge involving the technical aspects of this mysterious art form disappeared and no records of their mortar recipes or techniques were kept.
Now, nature themes are again finding their own place, as they did 100 years ago. Each year faux bois garden furniture, sculpted by anonymous artisans in the early part of the last century, is imported into the United States by high end antique dealers.
History of the Bureau Plat (Flat Desk)Posted on Feb 8th, 2017 | Perma Link
Louis XIV’s Bureau Mazarin
When it came time to design a formal writing desk, the French did it to a grand scale. Conceived around the 1660s, the bureau Mazarin featured a huge, flat top, a kneehole-style body with 3 drawers on either side, a bow front, and 8 legs—four per pedestal, often with curving, Baroque stretchers. Named after Louis XIV’s principal minister, this was the first incarnation of the French-style “writing table,” a majestic piece with regal, vertical proportions and splendid brass inlay made famous by André Boulle.
Simpler versions of the bureau Mazarin existed, imitated from Holland to Britain, with tops inland with gorgeous marquetry. The French, however, always upped the ante.
Louis XV-style Bureau Plat
But the bureau Mazarin would be “out,” along with the rest of Baroque’s heavy style. The Rococo-style bureau plat (“flat desk”) was more like a table, with a slender row of drawers, cabriole legs, and serpentine curves. They were definitely status symbols for the aristocracy—beautifully outfitted pieces dedicated solely to the art of being educated. Eventually, Louis XVI style brought about the straight, tapered lines of Neoclassicism, and the bureau plat was modified to have the famous cylinder top—with smaller versions of both for ladies of the house. The bureau plat remains a popular form of desk today, adjusting well to modern minimalism and chic offices.
Pleyel et Cie of Paris Piano - Handpainted with Foral DesignPosted on Feb 8th, 2017 | Perma Link
PLEYEL PIANO COMPANY HISTORY: Pleyel is one of the most celebrated and renowned piano names in history. Ignaz Pleyel was not only a piano manufacturer, but also a successful musician, inventor, and publisher. Pleyel was a renowned musician and composer, beginning in the late 18thCentury. Pleyel moved to Paris in about 1795 and opened his first music store and publishing house. Seeing the fast rising popularity of the piano-forte, Pleyel founded the Pleyel Manufacturing Plant in Paris in 1807.
At his death in 1831, Pleyel had become an established supplier to the Empress Josephine and all the European courts. His pianos were exported all over the world and his name was celebrated among the highest of society. His son Camille, also a great pianist, gained control of the firm after his father's death, and continued to make the Pleyel firm an international sensation.
Pleyel played a significant role in strengthening and broadening the activities of the Pleyel brand. Firstly, Augustus Wolff who introduced numerous innovations improving the reliability of the company's pianos, creating new models such as the upright piano and Gustave Lyon, who took over in 1887. Pleyel continued with great success throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries, providing top quality concert instruments for stages all over the world.
Pair of Stone Statues was Property of The Hon Belinda Belleville of the Pensbury House, ShaftesburyPosted on Feb 6th, 2017 | Perma Link
Pair of Stone Statues was Property of The Hon Belinda Belleville of the Pensbury House, Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury is a town and civil parish in Dorset, England. It is situated on the A30 Road, 20 miles (32 kilometres) west of Salisbury, near to the border with Wiltshire. It is the only significant hilltop settlement in Dorset, being built about 215 metres (705 ft) above sea level on a greensand hill on the edge of Cranborne Chase.
The town looks over the Blackmore Vale, part of the River Stour basin. From different viewpoints, it is possible to see at least as far as Glastonbury Tor to the northwest.
Shaftesbury is the site of the former Shaftesbury Abbey, which was founded in 888 by King Alfred and became one of the richest religious establishments in the country, before being destroyed in the Dissolution in 1539.
Luxurious Leather Chesterfield SofasPosted on Feb 2nd, 2017 | Perma Link
It is believed that Lord Phillip Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773), commissioned the first leather chesterfield settee with its distinctive deep buttoned, quilted leather upholstery and low seat base. ... The Chesterfield sofa is certainly a refined and mannerly example of a beloved luxurious style of seating.