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!!

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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.

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.

Heralding the Herend

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I never really thought of Hungary as a source of finely crafted china, or porcelain. But then I suppose there are people who don’t think of juniper berries as the source of gin. Here to set us all straight (about Hungary, not juniper berries) is this fascinating consigned collection of Herend hand painted handiwork.

It is a set applied with the appellation “Coronation.” It has finely formed candelabrum in two styles, with removable fixtures…..

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…. A few lidded Containers, of the egg-shaped and round variety, and also two with more artistic and delicate details, along with a charming bell…

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Come see them for yourself, along with this Herend object of another denomination

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Coming soon is a new page about Interior Images’ fabric room – don’t miss it!

Les Bijoux

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This rather large objet d’art is entitle “Les Bijoux.” The exact translation varies, including such things as ‘jewel’ etc, but the connotative definition is ‘Precious Things.’
This lady, her bejeweled hand and neck, the music notes surrounding the soft figure, are obviously at least one person’s “few of my favorite things.”

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The matting and framing itself is quite regal, with a tooled look at one stage of the border, and the rich red, gold, and black.
The protecting glass made it difficult to take a proper photograph, but then it still would not do the same justice as seeing it in person.

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Market Finds

A few days ago, objects ordered during Market Week arrived! They are now unpacked and displayed.

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Each pottery piece had the tell-tale coating of dust that accompanies a birth place of clay and fire, water and glaze. It shows that it was not the work of your average machine, churning out vases like so much sausage. One can also see this evidence by the inside of the jars…

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Instead of a severely finished interior, one can see the undulating rhythm of the potter’s wheel.
They are just what is wanted for your chinoiserie corner. Showing here…

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The First Go-Round?

We’ve all heard the saying

“What Goes Around, Comes Around”

And nowhere does that apply better than the field of fashion, home or clothing.
Take, for example, this duo of side tables…

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At first glance, one places them as “Mid-Century Modern”, 1960’s, Rob and Laura Petrie furniture. Well, take another look, keeping in mind all the while the afore mentioned adage.

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If our sources can be relied upon, these two tables are from the 1940’s. The interesting product of the Roaring Art Deco’s gradual melt into the Arts and Crafts, modern meeting traditional by each of those day’s standards.
These consigned items certainly were a joy for me to oil and restore (see the page Timely Tips, Homely Uses) and admire the smooth grain of the wood used.
Something I found interesting is that, on the underside of each was stamped…

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I’m sure you will be fascinated as well!

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