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The Redemptive Power of Beautiful Things

A more light-hearted post since whenever one turns on the television all we hear are terrible things – so I give you some beautiful things:

I found this great little console d’applique (that just means it’s a console that hangs from the wall) in iron for the landing upstairs. It’s from the 1940’s and goes beautifully with the staircase. We got it for a fantastic price on Selency which is sort of like eBay was in the old days, with mostly vintage and antique items for the home. Without the large Madonna that went to live in California the space felt empty, so I decided to move things around. A bronze bust that was in storage has come out to join us; it’s by a Latin American artist.

I also got some very fun, borderline kitsch, 1970’s crystal wine goblets. Every day I use a different colour. Mike was also using them but he lost his crystal-use privileges for behaving carelessly.

On the work side of things, it’s been an amusing time. An exceptional 19th century painting is here for a little while. It’s titled Time Defeated by Beauty, Love and Hope, follower of Simon Vouet. The original is in the Prado and was painted in 1627. Our version is magnificently painted but much later. I’ve nicknamed it Killing Time.

Also in work this month: a glorious hardstone miniature with ruby eyes, probably from Idar-Oberstein, in the manner of Fabergé. Those who know me know I have a weak spot for Fabergé animals. We’ve been lucky enough to handle (the purchase then sale of) three over the years. The fox was the rarest, also a chick and a cat. Unfortunately none of the really spectacular pieces (yet!) like this griffon or this kangaroo. If I were wealthy, I’d collect them.

And, of course, let’s not forget the religious pieces which are my specialty. This month I’ll be selling a piece coming from Southern Spain, having belonged to a fraternal order in Malaga. An Our Lady of Carmen (Mt. Carmel), with period velvet vestments embroidered in gold thread and sterling silver crown. Btw, I’ve done business recently with the Ares gallery in Madrid, if you happen to be interested in very high end religious art, they have a truly exceptional selection.

Ares Anticuarios, Madrid

Finally, also in the good news area, our niece in Bristol (UK) is buying her first home. She’s saved for a good deposit, so we decided to give her a little financial push which she can either add to her deposit or use to furnish the place. Rent isn’t cheap in those parts, so putting money towards a mortgage is better for her in the long run.

Otherwise, all is well. We remain mostly confined, shopping once per week. Maya is making good progress, slow and steady. Her favourite part of the day is walk time by the river. At home her favourite spot is still next to Mike on the red sofa.

 

43 comments on “The Redemptive Power of Beautiful Things

  1. foolsmusings
    October 17, 2020

    It’s all beautiful stuff but my favourite photo is Maya. She’s beautiful:)

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 17, 2020

      Mine too! She’s an amazing creature. She’s teaching me more about myself than I learnt in all the years before her arrival. And finally she and Morgan have started to really bond, which is fantastic.

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  2. Diana MacPherson
    October 17, 2020

    Oooo I love all the stuff in this post. I especially like the shelf, the bunny, and those gorgeous crystal goblets…..funny Mike has been banned for careless goblet use. And that crown – must be a pain to keep it from tarnishing.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 17, 2020

      We’re thrilled with the shelf. It’s a difficult spot to place something because coming up the stairs one sees the underside of it, so it has to look good from below. Having tried a number of things, this was the first one that really worked.
      The crown is EXHAUSTING!!!! I was probably the first person to clean it in many decades and it was jet black. I spent a good two hours with a little toothbrush and polish to make it moderately presentable again 🙂

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      • Diana MacPherson
        October 18, 2020

        I think I’d lock that crown into a corrosion free vault!🙂

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  3. inspiredbythedivine1
    October 17, 2020

    Lovely stuff and a wonderful pup!

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  4. Helen Devries
    October 17, 2020

    You have done wonders with Maya…you have many beautiful objects, but for me the change in her outshines the lot.
    Not that I would object to housing and enjoying said beautiful objects, though…

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 17, 2020

      I can’t tell you how often things come through for work that I’d love to keep, but I have to be disciplined 🙂
      Maya is a lesson in every possible way. She has no intention of giving up the independence she had in the wild, so we’ve had to learn to work around it.

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  5. Anonymole
    October 17, 2020

    A lifestyle a world a way from my own. Lovely to see beautiful things and the aesthetic to present them in their best light. I don’t know how I’d react were I to live in such a cultivated environment. I rather think of my own abode as a self-made prison cell, three hots and a cot… And a computer as my window into the outside world.

    Griffon? That’s no griffon… This is a griffon/griffin:

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  6. acflory
    October 17, 2020

    Love the console d’applique, but it was your comment about Mike and the crystal goblets that made me laugh out loud. Poor Mike. Tell him we commiserate. 😉

    Glad to hear that you’re all well and staying that way. -hugs-

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 17, 2020

      I gave him the option of being more gentle, he refused!
      The console is great because it furnishes the space without making the passage look smaller, which is exactly what I wanted 🙂

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      • acflory
        October 17, 2020

        Yeah, the console looks as if it was made for that spot. So Mike…did he actually break one???

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      • The Pink Agendist
        October 18, 2020

        No, he didn’t break them but he puts them down on the table unnecessarily forcefully.

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      • acflory
        October 18, 2020

        lmao – you’re the Crystal Police! That said, I’m so glad you use your beautiful things. My Mum collected some lovely pieces too but they never came out of the ‘crystal cabinet’. Now that they’re mine, we use them and love them. 🙂

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  7. makagutu
    October 18, 2020

    All good stuff, Pink.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 18, 2020

      I am, I am! 😀

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      • makagutu
        October 18, 2020

        How are you my happy friend?

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 18, 2020

      I’m social distancing, which is perfect for me. Although slightly disappointed I’m not being paid royalties by the whole world since I invented the concept.

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      • makagutu
        October 18, 2020

        I don’t know why you are not getting royalties. That must be an oversight by some int’l body

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  8. Kris
    October 19, 2020

    Thank you for sharing your joy 😊

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 19, 2020

      We all need a break once in a while! How are things going in the icy north?

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      • Kris
        October 20, 2020

        It was 80 last week, the most beautiful fall we’ve had in years! It snowed today. It’s over that quickly 😩

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      • The Pink Agendist
        October 21, 2020

        We went from 30 C one week to 5 C the next… today was 20. Completely erratic.

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      • Kris
        October 21, 2020

        Yup. Summarizes 2020! Election years are the worst.

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  9. Susan
    October 19, 2020

    Beautiful! Thank you for the light relief x

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 19, 2020

      My pleasure 🙂 Hope you’re well!

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      • Susan
        October 20, 2020

        Meant to say, you’re a really good writer x

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      • The Pink Agendist
        October 21, 2020

        Thank you! Mustering the focus to do it is incredibly difficult. Most of the time inside my head it’s like there are 10 loud televisions on different channels throwing information at me, so to tune all that out to write takes a huge effort 🙂

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  10. midihideaways
    October 19, 2020

    Beautiful things!! My godmother had crystal glasses just like yours, I think hers came from Bohemia – they had a wonderful sound to them!

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 19, 2020

      I believe you’re right, the style of cutting is typically Bohemian. I think the original design was created by Nachtmann in Bavaria and called Traube, and that was then reproduced by smaller makers.

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  11. Steve Ruis
    October 21, 2020

    Dear Pink,

    Re “If I were wealthy, I’d collect them.” A favorite quote of mine was from a custodian at one of the colleges I worked at.” We like to chat a bit (more than a bit) and one time we were discussing our means and he said, quite earnestly: “Oh, I am rich already; I just don’t have the money yet.”

    You my friend are wealthy, wealthy in home, wealthy in home town, wealthy in loved ones, wealthy in friends … you are just not so wealthy you can afford a ridiculously expensive hobby. (I can’t imagine collecting Faberge anythings; I can barely afford to spell the word.)

    And I consider you one of my rich friends. (I like friends who are rich in good taste, rich in wisdom, rich in good advice, etc. The money … is optional.)

    Steve in Chicago

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 21, 2020

      I know you’re right! I can’t complain, life is comfortable 🙂 But I wouldn’t turn down a coffee table with, let’s say, 20 to 25 little Faberge miniatures laid out in symmetrical rows!!!

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  12. Martina
    October 22, 2020

    Why hello! Long time, no chat. Thank you for the beautiful things. And hello Maya!

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