Two photo collage of items on my console table today.
Hydrangeas and American sterling presentation cups on left. Oval glass dome with bust of Marie Antoinette in her later years together with antique French documents, mother of pearl opera glasses and French sterling forks.
I switch up my console tables in the house every few days. Here is the latest for the console in the dining room. The Hydrangeas in the yard are really glorious right now.
Both paintings by me, perriwinkle vases from Wisteria catalog, tall candlestands from Restoration Hardware, short ones from Macy's repainted by me, baskets from Pottery Barn, Swede Collection console, Varga stemware.
The Josephine exhibit at Musee du Luxembourg ends June 29, so if you are in Paris, you have a week to see it before it ends. When I was in Paris at the first of June, I went to photo at Luxembourg Gardens and saw a poster on the fence and immediately knew I wanted to attend.The museum is at the front of the gardens - easy to find.
This portrait by Andrea Appiani, done in 1807 [age 44] when Napoleon ruled Italy. There are references in the painting to Italy, like where her hand is placed and Italy's colors.
I made a 46 page digital flip book on the exhibit. Click the link below to view. For full screen viewing click the double white arrows.
As you know, I switch out the display on my dining console every few days. This one has been here two weeks, surprisingly, just because I've been too busy doing other things. Any display using odd numbers such as three or five draws the eye and is more interesting. Here I have used three mediums involving waves. Chairs and table are from Swede Collection. Big baskets from Pottery Barn are hiding the return air vent.
There are waves in the oil painting, the Limoges platter and Vitruvian scroll waves on the console table. They draw the eye forward and down. I am also using three paintings stacked back to front.
The antique French JPL Limoges 24" platter is hand painted with waves and shells. On the back it is dated X-mas 1912 with the initials of the artist and who the gift was given to. It is in mint condition. 1912 was the year my maternal grandparents [Edward N. & Ethel M. Lawyer] got married in Dillon, MT and settled on Ed's homestead on Hayden Creek at Lemhi, Idaho. The date reminds me of them but certainly nothing they would have owned in their log cabin with sod roof.
The vintage California oil on board painting is dated on the back April 1966 and titled Big Sur Coast. It is signed E. [Sam] Rogers. I almost sold this but changed my mind at the last moment. I purchased it on eBay about 10 years ago.
The wave theme will be replaced with something else that takes my fancy this weekend.
I'm back. Was out of the country for most of May. Will post on my trips to Sweden and Paris shortly, but here today is a cute way to advertise your business with a basket of planted flowers on top of your delivery van. This is a natural cosmetics company in Paris.