Two recent Tunbridge shots – 10 daze in Tasmania recently: Sunday, Sep 23 2012
September was wet, windy, cold and wonderfully green . . . although the Boardmans from Ross who spend time cutting the grass on both properties have been on the job, it was good to weed and mulch the garden next door. Kevin had been grazing his sheep on the big yard and mal E with nail box and hammer in hand reaffixed many vertical fence palings. Two ton of wood was delivered and stacked and the general cleaning was the order of the first two days. Apricot blossom and the final two fruit trees were pruned. Roses all powering along also. Saw most of the Tunbridge locals who were all in good spirits and a dinner catch up with Kim & Joy was a highlight. Trip to see David and Ann’s progress at Shene and then on to Warwick’s shop to see his new painted interior. So very surprised to see the Fornasetti architectural panel there and promptly sent two friends a text and iPhone photo with a suggestion to purchase. Trip to see Peter Lane and his 18thC Dutch wall sconce and on to Richmond on a Saturday to see the Walker’s new shop. Glen and Todd close on Saturday so missed them. General work on floorboards and skirting when Leo Schofield dropped in to check out the house progress on his way south from visiting Roz Palmer’s new shop in Longford. Another trip south to see the new hang at MONA with Warwick and the ‘theatre of the world’ was so super especially with Warwick’s running commentary on the pieces from TMAG, their history and provenance. Work on the beds and ordering mattresses on our final trip to Lonnie to catch up with friends at the Saturday market with Ray & Pat, Steve and Marg, Aran & Kezya’s first home purchase, meet Miles Davis-Kielar and missed my clock pal at Clockwise, Graham Mulligan. Paul & Babe in Campbell Town for a cuppa on the return trip with glass from Longford for a frame restoration – another antique piece of Tasmanian needlework safe under glass again. Ate fresh silver beet and carrots from our neighbour, Peter Smith who watches over our place. A few trips to Oatlands for supplies and pressed the cheek of Monica & Kevin with the ‘winton cottage’, Cameron family overseas. A quick drop-in to Handmark Gallery (Diane and Bill), our wonderful retailers who cover the island so well for us. Last coffee at Retro, a quick wink at Mike Evans and Warwick doing AGHS business and then our direct flight Hobart–Brisbane with ronE on Virgin and back to the downhill run to Christmas. (what a blessed life)!
Recently purchased snuff box, easily 18th century and very much earlier in my book and Dutch, I believe Wednesday, Sep 19 2012
The fable is famous and I always knew it to be French – the Monkey and the Cat – “the dupe (or use) of another to get one’s own way”. The history of the fable is well researched and presented on the Wikipedia site, here. Further reading confirmed my belief that this snuff box is even earlier, as the first know version has a dog being duped by the monkey, read on below.
“However, the earliest surviving texts relating the story date from the mid-16th century and some of these have a puppy in place of a cat as the monkey’s victim. Johannes Sambucus reports it as happening recently in the Dutch town of Bergen op Zoom in his Emblemata (1564). The Latin poem there continues, ‘A small monkey gave us an example noteworthy and amusing for its cunning. For, when he saw the chestnuts buried in the hearth, he began to brush the ash aside but, afraid of the burning coals, he suddenly seized the foot of a sleeping puppy and stole it out.’ The same story involving a sleeping dog appeared in other emblem books, including the Choice of Emblemes by the English poet Geoffrey Whitney (1586)”.
The snuff box is in sculpted bronze with a lead filled back and a very high, repoussé relief showing a very early version of an iron pot, the dog with retrieved chestnuts and the monkey with his hand over his face, hiding his glee – that the ruse has worked. The title ribbon is engraved ‘RATON ET BERTRAN–’ The hinged base is also in patterned relief but in brass. I believe this is so obviously Dutch in origin and easily 16th century. I found it in Launceston in the stock of a charming young dealer: Miles Davis-Kielar. The studio has done the straightening and slight repairs – the lid closes perfect now. We have handled with cotton gloves, brushed the surface and have maintained most of the aged patina. Height of the lid relief is 8mm. W 90mm x D 65mm x H 24mm. Urban–Archaeology Collection.
The notice for the first of three talks Barbara is doing at the QAG/Prado show – do call soon to secure a place Friday, Sep 7 2012
o.k. – this is the e-invite for a selected group of ladies and the entire talk is booked out . . . telephone Amelia for details of the second talk which is a slide presentation in the La Sala del Prado set down for Sat September 22. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Shot of the first talk and the QAG/GOMA blog has just uploaded Barbara’s texts on the first portrait – here.:
We revisited the remote site of Ken Hiratsuka’s ‘one line sculpture’ at Surprise Rock, Binna Burra last weekend Tuesday, Sep 4 2012
I last posted on this in 2002 when Barbara and I took NYC illustrator, Rick Meyerowitz to visit the rock – here. An earlier post also mentioned this artist and the context of our friendship – here. Ken was originally in Australia to do a ‘one line memorial’ at Cowra NSW where the Japanese and other nationalities were interned, it was also the site of the war time break-out where many were killed escaping – link. Barbara and I managed to visit Ken’s massive work on huge boulders while returning from a Tasmanian holiday drive in 2010 – I have never posted on this so here two pics - 1 - 2.
Two recent clock restorations by mal E Tuesday, Sep 4 2012
This lovely French figural clock sits on the 15th floor of the new Federal Law Court in a judge’s chambers and is now cleaned and ticking away keeping time, at last.
This c1827 French silk-suspension figural mantle clock is also fully refreshed and keeping excellent time now in the stock at Thomas & Alexender, Paddington. The dial (before) and (after) enamel restoration by Marnie Mayall. The bronze and gilt case was broken down and every piece individually cleaned with the patinated bronze ground cleaned and waxed. Steel threads all rust removed with original brass nuts hammered to fit tight again. The secret is not to remove any of the original mercury-gilt when cleaning almost 200 years of grime away. No varnish applied and hopefully we will find a glass dome to fit.
Wedding rings for two architects who work in Shane Thompson’s new architectural practice Tuesday, Sep 4 2012
Briohny’s Platinum © Bh Wedding Band was made to match her antique Diamond and Platinum engagement ring (above).
Bill’s © Bh Bevelled Band is in Silver with a similar textured edge (above). Quick studio shots by mal E . . .