Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
Where do I begin? Well, the Spanish tapestry I mentioned in the last post nearly doubled its 2018 sale price. That’s some serious appreciation in a year’s time! The walnut sofa didn’t go very high, although considerably higher than the estimate. I’ve been working on a rather large Madonna. She needs my assistance because someone tried to give her coronavirus, or at least some form of hepatitis. See the colour of the hand on the left, well, her face and other hand were also that hideous colour. It’s seasickness-grey-green on the colour chart. People really need to stop trying “fix” pieces like this if they don’t have the skills. I know it’s generally well intentioned. BUT DON’T.
I’ve spent the past 10 days cleaning, and cleaning, and cleaning. At least it was a water based paint, so it wasn’t torture to get off, just tedious. I’m nowhere near done yet, but here she is.
In other news, are any of you surprised at your confinement spending? It’s given me a chance to look more closely at how much we spend at the supermarket. At the moment we’re making it on approximately 100€ per week for both of us. This includes a 15€ bottle of gin, so really it’s 85. That’s just 12.14€ per day for two people, which I think is fairly amazing. I have the impression that by not planning very carefully (as was the case before confinement) I wasted a ridiculous amount of money and also food that ended up being thrown out. Anyway, I think I’m sticking to this more regimented shopping even after things go back to normal.
Terrible state the world is in right now, but I’ll take the appropriately bourgeois route and not talk about it, because enough – right? 🙂
P.S. In case you’re curious, this sort of Madonna is dressed in very elaborate clothes before being placed on an altar or processioned. When displayed in a church they look like this: