Joy and sadness Thursday, Mar 9 2017 

“Baby in the Bath” is a birth marker that Barbara and I collaborated on in the mid 1980s. There were numerous commissions, all from friends and clients – this one was made for the Landon family for the birth of their son Theo in 1988. Steve Landon was a superb typographer who ran the tight Brisbane outlet of a Sydney firm called Typefounders. While on our Christmas break I had a FB message from Theo to say Steve had sadly passed away and this little marker had surfaced. I asked that he send it to the studio and we would clean and document it again. Remo Guiffré from the famous Remo store in Sydney commissioned another slightly different version for his store, this spread “Baby in the Bath”further into the world . . . and we still make these to order today.

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The bronze cast baby arrives into the world with a pink or blue anodised aluminium splash, the -place -time -date -weight and -baby’s name is hand punched into the patinated bronze base. © Jeweller to the Lost/Australia.

Cards, phone calls, emails, E-cards and tons of FaceBook wishes received today, thanks to the universe Friday, Jul 6 2012 

Peter & Christine Tyndall are always first in the mail with an art worked card – my piece of ephemera was another X for my collection (and subsequent post on ephemeral-male) while Barbara’s post card caught us both buy surprise. We opened the envelope together and she received her birthday wish for July 9 two days early. And what a cracker of a find, below:

Saint Eloi – Patron des Joailliers-Oftévres, Bronze du Maître Orfévre ANDRÉ SAGLIER (Exclusivité de la Chambre Syndicale B. J. O.) – This figure actually comes down to us from the early trade guilds of Barcelona in the early 14th C. Guilds often grouped together various trades, the had royal protection and each was placed under the protection of a saint. The argenters (silver smiths) or orfebres (those who worked with fine metals) received royal approval in May 1381 and St Eloi was adopted as their patron saint because of their connection with the work that this saint carried out in his youth. – Margarita Tinto {published in Jewellery Studies, 6/1993 – Society of Jewellery Historians}

. . . so excited, I’m now busy looking for an antique frame to mount and hang this is the studio downstairs. Also so synchronous because a goldsmith blogger friend in Melbourne recently posted another figurative sculpture of a Roman jeweller – here.