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23 Feb


Lost & Found: Sherlock Holmes

February 23, 2015 | By |

A long-lost Sherlock Holmes story has been rediscovered more than a hundred years after it was first published. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the story, titled Sherlock Homes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by deduction, the Brig Bazaar, in 1904 to raise money for a bridge in Selkirk, Scotland.

It was unearthed by town resident Walter Elliot, 80, who discovered it under a pile of books in his attic. He believes it may have lain there for almost 50 years. The 1,300-word tale was printed in a 48-page book of short stories, Book o’ the Brig. It was put together by locals to raise money to replace a bridge over the Ettrick river that had been destroyed by floods in 1902. Conan Doyle, who was a regular visitor to the area, agreed to contribute a story.

Mr Elliot, a retired woodcutter, found the pamphlet tied up with string while he was clearing out his attic. He says he cannot remember buying the book and thinks he must have got it from a friend.


Source: BBC

{Sherlock Holmes, cover designed by David Pearson, White’s Books. White’s Books is a small, London-based publishing house of clothbound books featuring wrap-around cover designs. David Pearson is a former Penguin book designer.}

11 Feb


Buttons Up

February 11, 2015 | By |

10buttons-moroz-tmagArticle“Buttons can be made from just about anything, from elephant skin to raffia,” announces a text on the wall of “Déboutonner la Mode” (“Unbutton Fashion”), a new exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. And it’s true: The 3000 buttons on display, gathered by prolific collector Loïc Allio, include pearls, leather, fur, bone, wood, straw, plastic, Wedgwood and papier-mâché. Petite canvases though they may be, each button is a full-fledged artistic work, created by craftsmen ranging from embroiderers and ceramicists to jewelers and silversmiths.

“The exhibition is about understanding the role of the silhouette,” Véronique Belloir, its curator, explains. “It puts in context what buttons say about fashion, and beyond fashion.” As for the button’s place now, Belloir feels it has withdrawn into something “subtle and discreet.”

“Déboutonner la Mode” is on view through July 19 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107 Rue de Rivoli, Paris, lesartsdecoratifs.fr2012-48-437-ph1


Bouton, France, vers 1950, Pearls of glass
Bouton, Henri Hamm, vers 1910-20

Source: T Magazine

07 Feb


Les belles au bois

February 7, 2015 | By |

4566508_6_2149_ill-4566508-752b-ouverture-ferrari_730abf375da71a21a364ca3ba53a78abThe Collectors’ Car Department at Artcurial has discovered 60 collectors’ automobiles, all major marques dating from the early days of the motor car through to the 1970s. Found following fifty years of lying dormant, the Baillon collection will be sold by Artcurial Motorcars in the first part of the traditional sale at Retromobile Salon, on 6 February 2015, in Paris.

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Source: Le Monde

27 Jan


All about Alice

January 27, 2015 | By |

tumblr_mpio2vydOZ1ruvs3io9_1280 Alice in Wonderland Fashion Exhibition set at the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood

Lewis Carroll’s little heroine — and her personal style — will be placed under the fashion spotlight at the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood in London starting in May. The exhibition, “The Alice Look,” marks the book’s 150th anniversary, with a focus on Alice’s character and wardrobe.

From images photographed by Annie Leibovitz for American Vogue and book covers designed by Vivienne Westwood to Liberty’s spring 2015 Alice in Wonderland-themed fabric, the exhibition will showcase a range of items that reflect the character’s influence on fashion.

Some 40 objects will also be on display, including sketches, designs, illustrations, ad campaigns and film footage of pop videos, and runway shows featuring Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne and Aerosmith.

“Not only illustrators, but the world’s best-known designers, stylists and photographers have restyled Lewis Carroll’s Alice,” curator Kiera Vaclavik told WWD. “Versace named Alice as one of his heroines. Westwood returns endlessly to her in her work. We are excited to be showing Alice as a style icon for the first time.”

“The Alice Look” will run from May 2 to Nov. 1.

Source: Women’s Wear Daily

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Alice In Wonderland fashion editorial shot by photographer Annie Leibovitz with model Natalia Vodianova for Vogue US December 2003

04 Dec


Samurai Sale

December 4, 2014 | By |

Christie’s online auction of swords, armor and sword fittings! Happy browsing!

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26 Nov


Anabo Love!

November 26, 2014 | By |

1Taking inspiration from the past, the Anabo panoramic wallpapers papers are painted entirely by hand, then scanned and printed in their Bordeaux workshops. Have a look for yourself! 

356-gg Caudalie Bengale

14 Nov


Unbelievable Skeletons

November 14, 2014 | By |

VmIqxFsBack in 1578 came the fascinating discovery of a network of labyrinthine tombs, lurking deep beneath the street of Rome. The tombs were home to the decayed skeletons of early Christian martyrs – believed to be saints on account of their bravery & unwavering support of Christian beliefs.

Many of these skeletons (given the name ‘The Catacomb Saints’) were then distributed across Europe as replacements for the countless holy relics which had been smashed, stolen or destroyed during the Protestant Reformation.

Once delivered, each skeleton was then clothed and adorned into a variety of precious jewels, expensive cloth, crowns, armour and even given wigs. They were put on display inside their designated churches as a reminder to all who visited, for the riches and wealth that awaited them post death – providing they swore allegiance to the Christian faith.

It sounds like a tale straight from a Dan Brown novel doesn’t it? Yet it’s all factually accurate.

So fascinated by the discovery and indeed the story behind ‘The Catacomb Saints’ art historian (& self-confessed relic hunter) Paul Koudounaris travelled all over Europe trying to find and document the status of each Saint. Amazingly many of the skeletons were yet to be put on display, still stored in containers waiting to be dressed and revealed to the public.

His book ‘Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs’ looks at the gripping origins and history of ‘The Catacomb Saints’, posing such as questions as who were they? How exactly did they die? Who ordered them to be placed in the catacombs? And why had they laid forgotten in Europe’s religious institutions for so long?

His work serves as a compelling documentation of some of the most elaborate & forgotten relics from a by-gone era.

Source: So Bad So Good

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14 Nov


Picasso’s Family Photos

November 14, 2014 | By |

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Soler family, Pablo Picasso, 1903, Blue Period

Hundreds of previously unpublished photographs and some home movies of family and friends are to give a new insight into the life and loves of Pablo Picasso. The extraordinary personal archive has been released for the first time by Picasso’s grandson, Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, to Sir John Richardson, the British art historian and one of the world’s foremost experts on the artist and his work.
Richardson, 90, who was a friend of the artist, told the Observer: “It is a mass of hundreds and hundreds of photographs which have never been seen. They’re a revelation. They are of all periods – fascinating when you compare them to certain paintings or events in his life. It opens up his life. It makes it 3D. Absolutely astonishing.”

The archive includes a personal photograph album and images from which the artist derived ideas. Through photography, he was recording aspects of sculptures in development, trying out ideas and documenting their creation.


Picasso Playing with his dog

Source: the Guardian

11 Nov


Contemporary Masterpieces

November 11, 2014 | By |

Photographer / artist Louise te Poele makes contemporary masterpieces, reminiscent of realistic still lifes from the 17th century. Only they are painted with pixels. Poele tells stories that are not possible in reality, but which you begin to believe thanks to the composition, layering and the use of light. Te Poele called this serie: Banquet Still Life. We think this it’s marvelous!

Louise te Poele

3-Zwerm 4-Cheese 5-Rode-Poon 6-Mouse-with-Eggs

24 Oct


The House of Ensor

October 24, 2014 | By |

SONY DSCScreen Shot 2014-10-24 at 7.46.06 PMScreen Shot 2014-10-24 at 7.49.28 PMIn 1917 James Ensor (1860 – 1949) moved to this house after inheriting it from his uncle who had had a shell and souvenir shop in it. He spent the rest of his long life here. After his death the ‘Friends of James Ensor’ society devoted itself to preserving the house as a museum. In 1956 the Ensor House was handed over to the city of Oostende but it suffered from neglect and was even closed to the public. Moreover, there was talk of demolishing it, but things changed in 1973: the building was restored and the museum reopened. The Ensor House suggestively evokes the world in which Ensor lived.


James Ensor
Although all three of the Belgian Modernist artists have an international reputation, the work of James Ensor is not as recognisable in the same way as that of Paul Delvaux or René Magritte. Ensor‘s work is indeed especially varied and since the advent of Post-Modernism, surprisingly topical. Ensor is then also a genuine artist‘s artist‘.

James Ensor is not only an exceptionally talented colourist, but also one of the great 19th-century Realists. From 1876 to 1884 he was a radical, adherent to the plein aire movement that was pre-dominant in Europe-Realism, free from aesthetic, literary and moral conventions. The artist demonstrated this propensity in numerous, nearly empty seascapes, still lifes and in fifteen intimate interiors. His nearly pure pictorial importance appeared from the virtuoso manner in which he applied the paint with the palette knife.

Moreover, no one has examined light as a source of mystification like Ensor. From 1885 until around 1890, he practiced a creative method in his drawings and sketches, in which light experiments were combined with associative or surreal grotesques. Autobiographical motifs are mixed with societal ones.

However, the most striking realisations he produced as a painter were humourous masquerades and grotesque persiflages. For Ensor, the mask is an instrument of an expressionistic demasqué: he reveals the true malicious and ridiculous nature of humans. This emancipation from the caricature will be a source of inspiration for the German Expressionists.

By: Herwig Todts

Visit the James Ensor collection online