It's Sunday, when I talk about pieces in my own collection, and this week I'm also celebrating a milestone.
The milestone this week is passing 10,000 followers on my Instagram account. I'm very grateful to all of you that have bought items from me, but I also really appreciate those who just love the photos, write comments, and tell their friends about me. It's also very important to me that every follower is genuine, so I'm not using any "audience growth" techniques. A huge thank you to all of you, and I hope you keep enjoying my posts!
The photos today are of the very first Daniel teaset I bought, and the start of my enduring love affair with the factory. At the time, I knew nothing about H&R Daniel and I just fell in love with the decoration, design, and exceptional craftsmanship. Researching this little known factory, which had such a short time in operation, was a tough but fun project. Since this first set I've been lucky enough to be able to collect a number of other pieces, and every time the quality of the skills and talent of the factory show through in the luxury and elegance - just like this silver grey set, that shines and looks so refined, even with relatively simple decoration. Just gorgeous. 🎁
#antique #porcelain #antiqueporcelain #mcnicholleigh #19thcentury #handpainted #hrdaniel #teaset #teastagram #afternoontea #hightea #homedecor #interiordesign #luxury #lifestyle #craftsmanship #silvergrey
Taking a walk through late-nineteenth-century Chelsea.
This fine series of etchings was done by the British engraver and painter Walter William Burgess RE (1856- 1908), who exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1874 to 1903, and printed by the master-printer Frederick Goulding (1842-1909) - who worked for James McNeill Whistler, Auguste Rodin, and others - on Japanese vellum. In this first, limited edition Burgess signed all 40 etchings in pencil.
The plates show Chelsea Reach, Swan Walk, the Royal Hospital, Old Battersea Bridge, Cheyne Walk, Queen’s House, George Eliot’s House, Leigh Hunt’s House, Whistler’s House, the Physic Garden and many other famous and picturesque Chelsea sites.
This copy was formerly owned by the actor, restaurateur and bibliophile David Enders, ‘a splendid example of Chelsea Man’.
To find out more, see No 14 in our catalogue ‘A Cabinet of the Fine, the Rare, & the Curious from Five Centuries’ (link in profile).
#illustration #etching #books #rarebooks #bookstagram #London #19thcentury #art #artist #actor #royalacademy #rarebooks #collectable
The Pyrenees were mainly discovered and explored in the end of 19th century and beginning of 20th when mountaineers started climbing the unknown peaks of the mountain range. To give an idea of the state of mind of these pioneers, here’s a quote from Sir Francis Younghusband in his book ‘The epic of Mount Everest’: (1926) ‘Both men and mountain were born from the same Earth and have subsequently something in common. But mountains are lower on the scale of life, despite their much more massive and impressive appearance. Man looks tinier in appearance but is larger in essence and has this uncontrollable urge to put his foot on the highest peak of the highest form of the lower beings. He is not deterred by scale.’ In this sense, climbing mountains is the ultimate proof of superiority of human beings over nature. We have to suffer for it (sometimes leading to death), conditions have to be right, we need all kinds of equipment and ultimately, we still have to go down afterwards or would not survive it. Still weirdly enough we claim to be superior... #bnwphoto #4x5film #pyrenees #darkroomphotography #bw_society #kurtderuyter #silvergelatin #silvergelatinprint #memoriesandmyths #bnw_greatshots #largeformatcamera #monochromatic #igersbnw #ilforddelta100 #noirphotography #mountainsphoto #filmisnotdead #19thcentury #romanticismart #adox
This is one of the greatest #portraits of the #19thcentury and yet, for me, it doesn’t function as a given likeness. It’s more an eroticised and fetishised declaration of #desire and #ambition; an alluring yet haunting signifier of #luxury and degradation. #themet’s majestic “Portrait of Madame X” (1884) by #johnsingersargent denies the identity - at least in name - of one Virginie Amelie Avegno Gautreau. She was the social-climbing wife of a rich banker who was renowned for her numerous infidelities; a parvenu who climbed several greasy poles so as to gain a footing at the top of Parisian society. Gautreau was a noted beauty but also made no qualms about her lickspittling desire for social improvement. She was a racy one, was Mme. Gautreau, but a diva on a mission and #sargent just had to paint her. Madame X, then, becomes a paradigm not of wifely, feminine delicacy, but of sexual suggestion and assertion which, in turn, fuels her ambition and our desire for her. She assumes a complex yet elegant pose in profile, saucily exposing much of her alabaster skin around her neck, bosom, shoulders and arms. She is graceful yet not without dynamo and that oxymoron nourishes the painting’s oppositionality, with the sitter representing some visual binary between dark and light; between the gentle flutters of Sargent’s brush that serve to generate Gautreau’s tense, torqued pose. She is ostentatiously sensuous yet an air of mystery prevails, articulated as much in the painting’s recessive background, allowing the viewer to slowly drift away from the psychosexual drama of this vampish woman. When shown at the #parissalon in 1884 it caused many sets of knickers to get twisted. Sargent was panned and Gautreau was accused of being a self-promoting floozy. Which she sort of was. Sargent had enough of Paris’ haute-bourgeois conservative bullshit and buggered off to London to paint the rich, decadent folk of Edwardian society there. The great John Singer Sargent died #otd in 1925 aged 69. #mcwrip #art #artistsoninstagram
I am fascinated by historical clothes, shapes and silhouettes, therefore I decided to start my very own litte adventure on time travel 🕰️ by making my own clothes from patterns and examples from the 19th century. If you are interested I'd like to invite youto come with me in this Journey to explore the past - atleast in termes of fashion 😊
#19thcentury #historicaldress #yourjourneystartsnow
🕵🏻♂️J’ai remarqué que vous aimiez particulièrement les photos majestueuses de châteaux impressionnants; et bien moi c’est l’inverse, je préfère ce genre de cliché instantané qui me rappelle les vives émotions et lumières magiques de nos beaux châteaux 🤩 -
Privilège d’un réveil avec fenêtre sur cour 😊
Et quelle cour! Voici le souvenir de bons moments passés au @chateaudebridoire
À découvrir dès aujourd’hui avec l’expérience du mystère de la poule aux œufs d’or ✨😏 Plus d’infos sur @chateaudebridoire @francebleuperigord 💙