Sunday, November 18, 2012


Here are three pillows created with the antique Fortuny panel that I bought a couple of months ago. These sections of the panel were taken from areas that were not exposed to sunlight; so the color is more or less true to the original. This Fortuny is about 100 years old; so even these colors have muted somewhat. I detailed the pillows with antique 19th c. French metallic caterpillar (early 19th c.) fringe,  19th c. French silver fringe, and 19th c. metallic braid. Pam did an excellent job. Two pillows measure about 12" x 22" and one measures 9"/10" by 22". The smaller pillows is trimmed with antique braid only. Pretty decadent....


These are two individual pillows fabricated with a c. 1960-70 Fortuny "Moresco" pattern fragment. These guys are backed with a very high-end heavy silk and a tiny welt. The deep gold tone of the silk perfectly matches the gold of the Fortuny. The fabric is so beautifully stamped that not much is needed to make them perfect. The larger pillow measures about 18 x 22 and the smaller pillow is about 12 x 22 (I'll have to check the measurements when I get back to the shop. 

This is a cute pair of ethnic-inspired, "Moresco" pattern c. 1960-70 vintage Fortuny pillows. These guys would be perfect for a mid-century inspired room. They are backed with a top quality linen and tiny tiny welt. I think that they measure 20" x 22" (I needed to check).


Another pair of Scalamandre Silk Velvet "Le Tigre" pillows. I love Scalamandre--"Le Tigre" and "Il Leopardo" are woven in Venice and have the most amazing "hand"; the velvet seems to shimmer. These "Le Tigre" pillows are backed in a luxurious high-end gold with black shot silk faille (my photo doesn't show the detail accurately). An even larger pair of "Il Leopardo" pillows  is in the works. This "Le Tigre" pair measures approximately 18" x 22" and the "Il Leopardo" pair will measure a huge 24" x 24" and are backed in a gorgeous gold Venetian silk velvet. Unfortunately, my cost for the Scalamandre silk velvet has increased; so I have had to increase the cost (slightly) of the pillows. I can't wait to see the "Il Leopardo" pillows. There is another pair of vintage Fortuny coming--these are in tones of rusty red and renaissance gold.

And now for Thanksgiving cooking and baking.....
We are celebrating twice because my daughter and her family are going up north for Thanksgiving Day. Today I'm baking at her house where all of us will meet up for family time. Of course, I'm baking pumpkin and pecan pies and my cranberry chutney which works for turkey, ham, lamb or whatever--even over cream cheese for appetizers.

1 large package fresh cranberries
1 can jellied cranberry sauce
2 cups Granny Smith Apples peeled & diced
1/2 cup raisins
2 tangy navel oranges peeled and chopped
zest of 1/2 orange
1/4 cup vinegar
1.5 T. very finely julienned fresh ginger (or more)
1/2 t. powdered ginger
5 whole cloves
1/4 t. powdered cloves
1 T cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar (or to taste)

Put everything in large sauce pan and simmer until the apple are soft and the cranberries have popped.
Store in glass container(s) in frige or freeze.
This is best made a couple of days ahead so that the spices can blend and mature in flavor.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving surrounded by love and gratitude.

Jones stole David's chocolate donut yesterday and he still looks guilty whenever I mention the donut, but grateful. What a dog.

Be well.
Mary & Jones (& Cole)



  1. Mary I am enthralled! these are some of the most gorgeous Fortuny Pillows ever! I love the first and second group best; the details and trims are exquisite!

    Giveaway from Scalamandre!

  2. Hi Karena! Thank you so much!!!!!!! I agree, but the last ones would be great for a beach or country house. Just wait til I get the next pair in--they are gorgeous, too, with a rich jewel tone.
    Hope that you are busy with Thanksgiving planning and that you are becoming more mobile every day. Keep your chin up--this too shall pass. xoxoxo

  3. Oh how lovely. I am so excited as I found a new rug for my entry that is a similar le tigre pattern and it was marked "Safavieh" and made in Belgium. While it is not an antique it does add an exotic touch.
    Do you know Debra from Acquired Objects, take a look at her collections. Her recent post inspires me to want laurel wreaths.

    1. Hi Patricia, I love the rug idea--I just left a comment on Debra's blog-the love the wreaths. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.