An artist and gallerist purchased the latest Housegeister we sold at St Matgaret’s Mayo Festival Tuesday, Jun 10 2014 

Michael Eather has been making his art for over 30 years now and we once shared the same dealer – Michael Milburn so we have been mates since then. His own gallery – Fireworks Gallery shows a miriad of indigenous and non-indigenous artists side by side with a spread of senior to emerging artists from all over Australia.

We are always excited when a piece goes to a good place, person or collection, in this case it goes to all three and what’s more Michael ‘gets it’ . . . these ‘Tinsmithed objects” were covered in Inside-Outside magazine at the time of the first Artisan show, for those new readers here are the two downloadable pages – onetwo. I’ll post a smaller pic of page two , below.

Unique France in Brunswick Street is to close and move back to Paris in November Friday, Oct 4 2013 

Everyone with taste has entered either their Milton store or this last incarnation in Fortitude Valley. As the partnership ends with both of my friends striking out in different directions, you have until the end of October 2013 to carry away a bargain. I have enjoyed learning from and repairing the few high class timepieces they have entrusted to me over the years. Here’s a shot taken on thursday as I swung through to wind the last two clocks remaining.

This imposing bust in painted terracotta represents Jean Baptiste Colbert, Ministry of Finance under Louis XIV and is finely carved in a ‘movement of drapes with attention to detail and proportion’. The large framed canvas in the mirror is by the young Italian master Carletto Calliari (1570–1596). The subject of the masterpiece is the circumcision of the baby Jesus and most likely comes from the Church of San Francisco in Treviso which lost all its paintings during the Napoleonic wars. Denis says that everything is reduced drastically, we will see . . . what remains to fill the homeward bound container? I will miss their fun and friendship.

Rose gold bracelet chain – extension design to a necklace © Bh 2013 Wednesday, Sep 4 2013 

You know, when Barbara came to Brisbane in the mid 1980s she made ‘antique’ chain for Hardy Bros in any design they requested – be it Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian styles. I have always been in awe of these studio’s skills. This design is for a long-time friend who wanted a metal solution to turn her bracelet into a necklace for a major Birthday commission.

We received this gold from Vanessa and Michael – it is from the Sultan of Zanzibar and goes back to the mid 1800s when it was gifted to the Belloc family Sunday, Sep 1 2013 

The repoussé strip is pure gold and is so wonderfully & finely executed, we believe it is from a sleeve cuff, shown above. The Rothery family will shows it all the way down to Len Belloc who settled at East Brisbane then by descent to Miss Emma Belloc from whom Michael purchased articles from the estate. The  studio has made Vanessa a ring at cost from the material.  As the gold sheet is so thin and torn away in places we have cast the underside in solid bright silver, made a ridge and sweated the two together with an oxidised edge and wide-to-narrow shank © Bh

Working on a full case and movement restoration that so deserves to be brought back to life Sunday, Aug 4 2013 

The most sweet silk suspension, time only French Empire mantle clock (unsigned) that has been through every war since 1810 and survived . . . the dial is distressed but that will be on the way to Marnie Myall in Melbourne, tomorrow. These small petite hands hold further clues as does the pair of gilded lions that have been partially covered by a mahogany slab case.  All reinstated after an overall clean and rub-up, no glass in bezel though _ dial gone to Melbourne for an acrylic fix.

More on the cubic zirconia and black dot paste Tuesday, Jul 16 2013 

Our Sydney gem cutter – Tony Maynard has a passionate interest in the evolution of gem cutting throughout history so it was always going to be his gig – sourcing and cutting this gem for Tricia Crowley’s table cut ‘renaissance’ ring. Cubic zirconia was selected for its high refractive index over say pure quartz and also as zircon is a harder stone. The work travelled to and fro between Brisbane and Sydney – each time the back facet angles were adjusted, finally settling on this 40˚ slope. The base point called the culet, has been polished flat, this is where the black dot reflection emanates from. In Georgian paste you see those characteristic  fine black dots showing, in our stone you see this small square showing. Tony talked about early forms of gem finishing being simple “just polishing the existing facets on a naturally occurring octahedral crystal”.

Winter design market at QAGOMA, Brisbane Saturday June 22 – we are there with big and small ticket items (all wholesale for one day only) Wednesday, Jun 12 2013 

This design market has grown into a terrific event, so much so that it has now become a half-yearly sale. Many of our loyal commission clients who await our own studio sale can now swoop twice in the calendar year . . . not this weekend but the following Saturday from 9:00am–4:00pm. We hope to see you all there and yes internet requests are all possible (sooner than later).

If you live driving distance from East Brisbane you had better make a b-line to Graham Reynolds’ showroom Saturday, May 25 2013 

He has sold his business premises and is downsizing, Michael Allen tipped us off three weeks ago and we only managed to visit at closing hours today. I’ve known him for thirty years or so but as I collected mainly contemporary works I never used his services. Every major art institution in Australia has though, his reputation is known the world over. Its nothing for say the Rijksmuseum to pay $200,000.00 for a hand built frame for their latest 17th-century Dutch Paining by Johannes Vermeer. . . . painstakingly crafted by Graham and his team, in Australia. Well everything is being sold . . . Barbara and I bought two frames today. Already installed our the bedroom, this 23ct water gilded and burnished mirror was $2,000.00 and we bought it for $200.00 The bronze patinated tabanacle frame is now Barbara’s piece and cost us $280.00 . . .

Katrina and Graham can be contacted on mobile – 0487 917 340 or call in at 463 Vulture Street East Brisbane Q 4169

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From the Sally Wise recipe book we have in Tasmania, (from memory) ‘a year in a bottle’ – our first crop of apples made into “apple cheese” Saturday, Mar 23 2013 

Pat wants the recipe and Barb isn’t too sure about some amounts – we will figure it out

 

We are so delighted with studio sale results this year and I still have to deal with two emails from Texas Lady who is now back in the US of A Monday, Dec 10 2012 

. . .with a record commission and repair list for 2012 we have spent so much time working on client’s demands we despaired that we hadn’t given the retail range enough energy this year. Plus the fact that the three retailers don’t want to be robbed of sale opportunities (by us requesting consignment returns) but we slogged on. Thanks to so many supporters, many who just come once a year to snap up the latest makes. 37 emails in response to the mailout, 399 viewers on the blog the day before the weekend sale and now the paperwork. We are in the studio until December 21st December 2012.

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