My take home pieces

October 28, 2008

Artistic Luxury is open, the exhibition is full of people, and as I’ve wandered through the galleries evesdropping, listening to how much everyone loves my exhibition, I’ve noticed a growing trend. Patrons are picking their favorite “take home piece.” In other words, a hypothetical piece they fall in love with and would take home if they could, without security and the law in tow.

Joining in the fun, I’ve picked three take home pieces. Hey, I’m the curator, I can do what I want.

Take home piece #1 – The Adam’s Vase.

Adam's Vase, c. 1893-95, Tiffany & Co., The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Adam's Vase, c. 1893-95, Tiffany & Co., The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Adam’s Vase (c. 1893-95) was designed by Paulding Farnham of Tiffany & Co. and created from American gold (nearly 23 pounds), gemstones (pearls, amethysts, garnets and tourmalines) and mineral specimens (gold-bearing quartz, rock crystal and petrified wood). The vase was displayed at the 1900 Paris World’s Fair as the crowning achievement of Tiffany & Co.

Take home piece #2 – Kelch Rocaille Egg.

The Kelch Eggs, done by the House of Fabergé for heiress Barbara Kelch, were Easter eggs meant to compete with the Imperial eggs (also done by Fabergé) for the Russian Tsar. Said to be gifts of Alexander Kelch (Barbara’s husband), Barbara Kelch actually purchased her own Easter eggs from the House of Fabergé each year for seven years.

Take home piece #3 – Jester Hand Mirror.

The Jester Hand Mirror (c. 1898-1900) by René Lalique shows a mocking jester confronting the user of the hand mirror, while stag beetles proclaim the true beauty of the beholder on the reverse. Lalique’s repertoire of subject matter ran the gammet from flora and fauna to the human form.

For more on why these pieces are my take homes and visuals, watch my video blogs for more curatorial insight.

Now what are you waiting for? Come to Artistic Luxury and pick your own take home piece, just don’t actually take it home of course.

Stephen

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One Response to “My take home pieces”

  1. christel mcc said

    My favorite will continue to be the Blue Serpent egg till I see the rest of the show – cm

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