Wednesday, January 21, 2015

More Daily Yum

This picture is just lovely and I wonder if it was completed by a professional instead of an amateur as the shading is so exquisite.  Do you recognize the similarities between this on and yesterday's yum?

Lot 420 Sottheby's 4th Dec 2013 London 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Some Daily Yum!

I have been busy shipping caskets and catching up with mailings, writing lessons, putting the final touches on a needlework nibble and checking in new threads (yes, they are starting to arrive again).  And robots everywhere, not expected to be put away now for another two months because they are a victim of success.  My original team who was starting a new type of system this year expected to 'learn' and not get far.  Well, we won the top two awards at our first competition and a bid (only 10% moved on) to the States.  This is how convinced I was that we wouldn't move on this year - I am in Virginia teaching that day (oops) and they'll be on their own.

Lot 85 Sotheby's 22 October 2010 New York.  Circa 1665
Every once in awhile I send my mom and aunt a picture of a great quilt (we are quilters) and call it their "Daily Yum".  So I am going to send out to you a few days of the Daily Yum, pictures that I have been keeping up on my computer screen.  These are part of a series of pictures that relate and I have been studying them to absorb the similarities and think.  Back in October I finally had organized enough of the pictures, mirrors and caskets that the drafters finally became clear and now I am working to catalog their unique attributes.

Hope you like the Daily Yum

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Is it French or English?

Here is a lovely beaded casket that is reportedly French in origin, maybe because of the fleur-de-lis at the corners.  I can buy that because at that time the English royalists were in France and there may have been a great deal of cross-fertilization in the decorative arts.  There are several caskets with similar motifs in collections in England and the US.  But this design is certainly something to consider for a lovely beaded piece!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Another Casket Photo to Enjoy

Lynne Anderson gave me a heads up on another beautiful casket in the collection of the Dallas Museum of Art.  It is lovely and uses blue and yellow silk covered parchment pieces on the top for the garland - really lovely to see it in different colors from greens.  There is another picture of the piece on the site that you will want to check out.  I recognize this style from another draftsman for a piece that was up for auction a few years ago and will have to go digging to put them together in my big map of caskets.

This one was sold at Christies in 2006 and was certainly drawn by the same hand.  The front panel is almost identical with who may be Jesus being wrapped and prepared for burial?  Note that one has a unicorn on the end and the other doesn't.  There is another piece and I am struggling to find it in my files and I have to get to other stuff now... think I wasted a few hours looking for it already!