Finished today – Commissioned © Bh Solitaire Dress Ring with a ‘renaissance table cut’ 12mm square cubic zirconia Friday, Jul 12 2013 

Barbara and Tricia have lusted together about this particular ring in the ‘cheapside horde’ – originally with a 16thC table cut diamond set with a foil back and enamelled in white and fine black brush work. Barbara’s ‘holbein knot’ or raised stitch work is evident in the design and the make. Our trusted gem cutter in Sydney; Tony Maynard sourced and cut the cubic zirconia after lengthy  discussions and tests and parcels to and fro to get it right. The final metal specification changed from 18ct Yellow Gold to Fine Silver which set particular enamelling issues which the studio overcame. Sans foil setting meant that the inside of the setting was eventually oxidised and then the stone was set. This time a perfect seat for the stone warped during the enamelling process.  All corrected now.  By way of lengthy disclosure, the job specification has been spelt out leaving only the weight of the stone 1=27.56ct

I shared this found pic with a friend and client, today was a big communications day Wednesday, Jun 19 2013 

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Big viewersite.wordpress traffic in prep for this weekend, half our highest ever amount of viewers . . .

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Two shots of John Waterman just before he passed away, April 2002 Sunday, Jun 16 2013 

His last 8 tracks come up on my iTunes ‘shuffle’ lots, his set of French copper saucepans are used every day. His last gift to me was a London printer’s coded contacts diary with every possible detail about sourcing, pricing and storage of metal, ink, paper and tools of the trade. He is still in our lives, daily . . . there is not a week goes by where an internet search for John collides with our viewer site

We have the table that goes with these two chairs in the Queensland Art Gallery Monday, May 6 2013 

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Glenn Cooke was offered the three pieces by Sharon at Lancasters in Toowoomba ages ago, he scooped the two chairs as they had wood and more particularly tooled leather work. He declined the deeply carved table from the set which shows her family crest by marriage, that of the Robinson clan. We are so fortunate to own this piece of early Queensland cabinetry using local timbers by an important female maker.

Anna Craig / Miss Lubke  was trained as a leather worker, was born Anna Charlotte Lubke in Hanover, Prussia, grand-daughter of the Count von Hartung. George Hulber of Hamburg had revived the ancient art of leatherwork and was accorded considerable fame in Europe at the time; Miss Lubke was one of his few students. She practised her leatherwork in Hamburg, then moved to London where she won awards, including a diploma for a leather-bound book at the 1896 East London Trades, Industries and Arts Exhibition. She was employed as private secretary to Princess Beatrice of Battenberg. Anna came to Australia in 1898 as companion to the wife of the owner of the Valley of Lagoons, a station on the Upper Burdekin, North Queensland. There she met, and the following year married at Ingham, Charles Baker Craig. She spent her early married years at the Valley of Lagoons. Housework was performed by Aboriginal servants so she had time to devote to her craft. Later Mr Craig acquired a property, Craigmore, in the Toowoomba district and the family moved between the two. Mrs Craig exhibited her leather and marquetry work with the Toowoomba branch of the Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland from 1902 to 1920; in 1914 her embossed panels included Phoebus and Apollo , Diana and Mermaid . In 1920 she received silver medals for her embossed leatherwork exhibits. She also showed leatherwork at the 1907 exhibition of the Austral Association. A leather screen and an album cover were exhibited in the preliminary Brisbane Women’s Work Exhibition that year; when shown in Melbourne the screen was awarded a first and a special prize in its class. She received a Queensland Jubilee Medal for her piano stool in leather work at the 1909 Queensland National Agricultural and Industrial Association (QNAIA) Exhibition at Brisbane and prizes for embossed leather work at the Rockhampton Agricultural Society Shows in 1917, 1918, 1933-36. In 1922 the Craigs moved to Waverley Road, Taringa, Brisbane, and Anna began to exhibit regularly with the QNAIA. Between 1925 and 1936 she was awarded several prizes for her leatherwork and marquetry staining. From Glenn Cooke’s biography of her in 1995.

 

I’ve now had 5 requests for Barbara’s opening remarks at ‘The Tasmanian Landscape’ show last Friday in Hobart Friday, Mar 22 2013 

I’ve prepared an A4 sheet – download here

I have followed Scott Schuman’s ‘the satorialist’ blog for years now on (ephemeral-male), now he has published mainstream as a Penguin Book Wednesday, Jan 9 2013 

‘closer’ weighs in over our gram scales’ capicity, 307 bleed pages and 43mm thick – one well dressed human after another. His old blog redirects itself to here. Barbara found a second hand copy when we were in Sydney last, nice find.

Remember that over at ephemeral-male you can follow my blogging by clicking to subscribe, two options. Then use my own listed blog favourites to see current blogs all arranged with the most recent post at the top. Go check out Scott’s latest people pics!

Wonderful short break – headed south but not to Tasmania retreat yet . . . Saturday, Dec 29 2012 

The other side of the entrance to the Bacon show, we loved it. The AGNSW show was pretty well the *John Russell viewpoint, to me – but that was my first view of Bacon’s work (until the first time I viewed them at the Tate). I hated the glass over the canvas, understandable but regrettable. Tony Bond’s video clip was a treat, especially his ‘void’ comments/observations. I have always loved Bacon’s constructed grounds, the doorways and the flat panels behind the figures, *Thames and Hudson published John Russell’s work on Bacon in 1971 which I read at the time. Alas the reproductions were so small but the friendships, the precursors, the sitters, the lovers were all recorded in his detailed chronology. Amongst John Waterman’s library was a new copy of ’7 Reece Mews’ – Francis Bacon’s Studio published in 2001 by Thames and Hudson and penned by John Edward’s – the sole heir to the booty, since gifted and spirited away to Dublin.

yep, no photography allowed – my movie of the day – HERE

Those Kaldor works are all wonderful, Jeff Koons and mal E and Bh

Playing around at Bruce McLeod’s shop in South Dowling Street, the three of us surprised him – he is my good friend and life-long dealer in special objects. Just celebrated his 83rd birthday.

Back at the Boulevarde where I stayed 1979–1984 while working with David and Leo at SSB

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.

Studio sale this coming Sat 8th and Sunday 9th December 2012 Monday, Dec 3 2012 

Wonderful feedback received so far, the printed invite we mailed to commission clients last week has resulted in post comments, emails and phone calls to the studio … lots of anticipation. Plus we managed to connect two old and dear friends in different continents. Jenny read through the list and emailed us to see if “young Alex” was in fact the daughter of Wendy, a client who resides in Hong Kong. So the client list is also a “friend finder” – I always knew that!  The .pdf is downloadable here.

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The French cabinet was originally all-over gilt but as its c1870 – it has been painted on the exterior maybe 7 times over its lifetime.
Originally purchased in London by the Brisbane antique dealer – Michael Allen for his own house . . . it proved to be too large and then was a wee bit too small for his shop. So we managed to procure it for the Jeweller to the Lost studio. We are being forced to have more articles to show the clients who visit to arrange commissions these days although we refuse to retail from the studio. It will double as a larger studio sale showcase and joins the other three period French wall vitrines that came from South America and were sourced from Salvage, ages ago. Here is a wider pic.

We managed to visit the fourth venue showing our Artisan touring ‘tinsmith’ show – Toowoomba’s Cobb and Co Museum Friday, Nov 30 2012 

Further two pics here and here. The show is now bumped-out and on its way to Gladstone in north Queensland.

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