David Roche

June 27, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, CRAFT, LIFE, Ulalume |
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Roche Museum, June 2017 The brochure for the David Roche Foundation notes that Roche (1930 – 2013) established it in 1999 “to be the recipient and custodian of the exceptional collection of antiques, paintings and objets d’art accumulated by him over his lifetime and to be preserved for future generations.” It is true that the museum holds some 3000 pieces, curated in the V & A style (one thing on top of another) with some strong pieces – porcelain by Chelsea, Meissen, Worcester and Sèvres, curious metal appliances, some Fabergé curios and pleasing period furniture… The Varnished Culture attended on a chilly…

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Black Lincoln Continental!

March 3, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | CRAFT, LIFE |
(photo c/- Joost J. Bakker)

(photo c/- Joost J. Bakker)

You can keep your puerile, Ian Fleming-wet dreams about Aston Martins. Stow that yellow Rolls Royce and those Gatsby-roadsters. Forget fleets of pink Cadillacs and MGs in British racing green.  My fantasy car is a 1973 Lincoln Continental Mark IV, with a moonroof and ‘opera windows’ (two little oval portholes in the back panels).  460 V-8 engine. Tinted windows; leather and cranberry-red Victoria velour interior.  So jet-black that (as Douglas Adams would say) light just falls into it. I don’t care that this hulking beauty may not be so easy to dock in a crowded parking garage.  I don’t care that the weight of the ’73 model (4,908…

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The Only Italian She Knew Was ‘Bvlgari’

December 6, 2016 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | ART, CRAFT |
Pain in the asp?

Pain in the asp?

(Bvlgari exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria, November 2016) Bvlgari was on show in a retrospective of necklaces, rings, tiaras, bracelets, watches etc., primarily from the 1940s to the 1970s. Actually, The Varnished Culture believes the statement headlining this post* to be apocryphal.  No one could spend as long in the Eternal City as Elizabeth Taylor did, making the film (Cleopatra) that almost bankrupted Twentieth Century Fox, without picking up at least a smattering of Italian.  At least the phrase, “Attenzione, Richard, ecco che arriva Eddie!“                 (What’s that rule against coveting, again?) Sotirios…

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This is Our Room

September 30, 2016 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | ART, CRAFT |
ArtRoom

Or at least, it would be, were we made of sugar, icing and cinnamon!  And it even features Peter’s drinks cabinet, disguised as a globe!  Good one, Lesley!

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Spring Crafts

September 28, 2016 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | ART, CRAFT |
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Spring means butterflies…bees, and sun:  

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