This Just In…

Here at Interior Images, Ltd, there are some Markdowns that require your attention!

Items from the Bassett Mirror Company are at a significant reduction; the Collette Jewelry Chrst, for instance, is now for sale at $1295.00

All Crystal (particularly the Badash) is at 40% off!!

The Proud Lady and the Dark Horse

Today I offer a juxtaposition of two rocking chairs with quite distinct personalities.

First, there is the Proud Lady, a strong-minded widow that remembers other days.

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Dressed in dark wood and dark blue velvet, she holds her age well. Madam believes in the old, heavy finery and grand, stately carriage, barely betrayed by slightly rickety joints.

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Very important in learning the qualities of a seat is to glance at the construction of the underpinnings. This proud rocking chair bears the scrutiny well – especially the neatly finished upholstery.

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Lastly, a profile of the rockers themselves, very informative of what the rocking experience will be like.

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Next, the Dark Horse. As you may know, that is the term for the horse that comes out of nowhere in the race and suddenly wins. It is a fitting appellation for this rocking chair, for, though it obviously has character and a past, it came to us with no information, no history, no pedigree. And it takes at least a second glance to appreciate its qualities.

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Smooth, flowing lines; a simple shape; unassuming lattice woven back and seat; all plain in itemization, but beautiful in summation. The age is only told by the cautionary ease someone must use if she should choose to sit on it.

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Its underpinnings show the work of care and detail. A lot of work went on, unseen, to bring this filly to the stalls.

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Now, with the profile of the rockers, we see why this dark horse may win. Note the simple yet elegant and shapely curve at the tips – where form and function meet. The gentle curve reverse is a safety catch for the rock-ee, and a touch of beauty that is, alas, missing from the proud marchioness.

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Both rocking chairs are going for “best offer.” Which do you think will win?

The Case of the Pink Tea Set

Let us avail ourselves of another glimpse into Poirot’s curio…

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And what do we see? Ah, Hastings, that striking cacophony of color you observe before you, of which a deep rose is in the lead, is a gentle reminder of a perplexing puzzle I solved many years ago.
Unfortunately, confidentiality agreements being what they are, I cannot regale you with the tale. Instead, let us speak of the tea set

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Note the intricate glaze design on the stone-heavy tray, with the clearly inscribed characters that only those fortunate enough to be able to read Chinese can decipher. (I am not one of those)

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Also, this design and these characters are carried onto the strong teapot

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And the delicately shaped yet exceedingly sturdy cups with their superfluous handles

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All with the insignia on the bottom…

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A tea set with a tale to tell, in care of Interior Images, Ltd.

Venice, and its Old-World Beauty

Venice is a city in many ways untouched by time. The stately buildings and jade-green canals stared passively as Charles Dickens planned a stop for his little Amy Dorrit, as Gaston Leroux gathered inspiration for his enigmatical Fantome, as Mark Twain took them in during his rollicking world tour, and as Mary, Eric, and Jonas Reyes strolled around, absolutely agog, just a week ago. This picture taken by Mary would have fitted in the albums of any one of her foregoers..

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How would it be if you could have a snippet of Venice in your own home, with more visual identity than a simple photograph? How would you like to have on your walls something so Venetian, people will think you chiseled it off a wall there?
You’d love it, of course.

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The John Richards company has just that – embodied in a pair of fascinatingly framed lithographic scenes of old Venice.

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Each scene is has been painstakingly hand-colored and surrounded generously by a gold beaded insert and a mat of cracked gesso (a plaster-of-Paris compound) to make the picture feel at home. The gesso, in turn, is glassed and framed by ornate black and gold. I can assure you that the frames are very well made, and the art object en masse is very heavy.

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The collection is named Barbarigo, after Signore Agostino Barbarigo, the late Doge of 15th century Venice.

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Make a connection with your inner gondolier and see the prices at Interior Images!

Faraway Places with Strange Soundin’ Names…

Have they always been calling to you? Or perhaps you let the world come to your home instead of vice versa?
Either way, you would enjoy the charming tableaux on this impressive chinoiserie screen.

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On a richly painted black wooden screen are the characters and scenes of a royal house. As you run your fingertips along the raised relief, you will feel the smooth coolness of the washed, colored stone that comprises the bulk of the buildings and people, with the exception of their heads.

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The simplicity of the props make it look like a stage set, with the actors pantomiming their parts…

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And the beautiful decorative border and back of the screen enhance, but do not distract, from the scene

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I might add that there is a sturdy solidity to this piece that indicates a certain high quality of make, as do the impressive hinges that unite the panels.

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They call me a dreamer, well maybe I am,
But I know that I’m burnin’ to see
Those faraway places, with the Strange soundin’ names
Calling, calling me…

M’seur Poirot’s Curio

A rather fascinating item as recently crossed the threshold of Interior Images – a beautifully painted chinoiserie curio cabinet, with lights and mirrors.

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Almost as intriguing are the contents of this cabinet.
A painted spoon from Russia,

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An exquisitely turned glass perfume bottle from Egypt,

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A charming sugar and cream set of the still more charming Delft Blue, with the classic windmill motif,

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An intricate mesh handbag from America, with its long-forgotten birthplace engraved inside (Whiting and Davis)

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And so much more! All collected, one may imagine, by a traveller with an eye for the simple, unique, yet identifying if everyplace he has wandered. Agatha Christie’s characters, chiefly Poirot’s, we’re forever finding themselves in the marketplaces of metropolises just such as these, no doubt using time (in between crimes) to add to their world collection of curios.

Open the Shutters, Let the Light Out

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In the case of this bit of faux fenestration, this statement is true – opening these shutters lets the trapped light out.
Allow me to introduce another brainchild of the Bassett Mirror Company.

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It is a two-tiered, shuttered, arched floor mirror with metal fastenings. A charming and filling bit of glass work, ordered new, for sale at the interesting price of $619.

Bedad, Am I Bedazzled!

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Here is a very shiny prize carried off from the High Point Market high.
This is a creation from the collective mind of the Bassett Mirror Company – a dazzling jewelry chest with the apropos appellation of Collette.

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Mademoiselle Collette has all sorts of finery and frills, such as the ornate shaping of the antique bronze finished legs, along with the charmingly sparkling handles…

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… Along with the mirrored lid, which, when raised, displays yet another mirror..

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…as well as the cunning little side compartments for hanging items (necklaces, scarfs, etc)

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And of course, mirrors, mirrors, mirrors!
M’mselle Collette is a fancy miss, with a fancy price – $1,719.

Homestead Steady

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A mental image of the down-home, Roots-with-capital-R, is nothing without the steady back and forth of the matriarchal rocking chair.

This rocker fits perfectly in the scene of homestead life. It is solid, all-wood, with a long, smooth, deep-swaying rock. None of that new-tangled finery here, only a simple twist to show that all form is not for function.

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It has a wide seat, smoothed out in ergonomic nicety so that a cushion is not a necessity for comfort.
Can you see it at your fireside?

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A Preface to IKEA

IKEA is an amazing establishment, there can be no doubt. A great deal of their fame comes from their ingenuity, particularly when they are giving a piece of furniture more than one assignment in the home.
However, as we have noted before, there is nothing new under the sun. And this little item from a company called Brickwede is a prime example.

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At first glance, you may see a decent looking dresser with a glass top cut to fit. And you would be right.

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“But that is not all,” said the Cat in the Hat, “that is not all!”

For one thing, one of the drawers has velvety lining and various compartments…

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And for a surprising other, tucked under the top is a pull-out desk, with finished wood so shiny you could see my face in it…

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Just goes to show what can be found by looking. Especially at Interior Images!

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