I've been working on these guys for quite a while. I woke up one morning in June and thought "what if".... But the problem was finding a ready made pagoda. Finally found almost what I was looking for, and then they popped up on another site (and quite a bit less pricey--still expensive). And then, the first pagodas arrived damaged; so had to get a replacement pair--which I still had to rework and strengthen. Strip and paint and apply the touches of gold for that Chinoiserie effect. Of course, ordering the faceted rock crystal, coral and turquoise is another adventure: all of these semi-precious beads come from China. I know the photos don't show the scale: the pagodas measure 30" in height and those are 1.75" slices of turquoise. The larger faceted rock crystal beads measure over an inch and the coral beads are about an inch in diameter.
Here are some detail photos
Of course, the question now becomes: does anyone else think that these guys are interesting enough to buy? I'd love them on a period Regency credenza or a mid-century piece. Hollywood Regency?
Tomorrow I'll go to Michael's to purchase little votive candles for the four levels.
I've been busy--and I haven't gone to auction in three entire weeks--the withdrawal hasn't been too bad--and it feels great to finally push these projects forward.
I'm getting ready to cook--I purchased an organic, free range turkey. These premium turkery are so delicious--hope that we'll have left overs (turkey sandwhiches with lettuce and tomato--Yumm!!) I'm making my usual cranberry chutney and the pies in addition to the turkey (everyone else will do the rest). I can't help it--I just love to cook and bake.
Sending blessing for a gorgeous Thanksgiving--a little early in case I don't manage to get off another post.
I'm saddened by the death of the Duquesa de Alba--what a lady and what a gloriously well-lived life.
Mary & Jones & Cole