Art Deco all enameled up by Frenchman Jean Goulden who lived into the 1940’s. Starting out as a physician, he took to enamelwork on decorative objects instead. So lucky we are that he did.

Multi-colored box. 1920's to 1930's.
Multi-colored box. 1920’s to 1930’s. Copper and Champlevé Enamel. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/boxes/jean-goulden-french-art-deco-copper-champleve-enamel-multi-colored-box/id-f_819247/
Clock. 1928.
Clock. 1928. Silvered bronze and colored champlevé enamel. Image © Cooper Hewitt Museum. Fair use license. via https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/907130271/
Box. ca. 1930.
Box. ca. 1930. Enameled metal. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/jean-goulden-1878-1946-a-box-circa-5644941-details.aspx
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An envisioning . . . 1930, Orrs Island, Maine and summer coming in.

Oh to be here.

July beginning and the tourists turning up looking for lobsters. The sun the same but the rest not. Well, a village here, too, but by the sea, not a forest.

Someone who fishes instead of someone who logs and no one even knowing what a smoke jumper is. Funny, trees all over Maine but not the catching fire every summer and burning up kind.

Brothers in law that work up in Bar Harbor for the rich people in the summer instead of growing wheat near Deer Park. Nieces that are maids and children’s nurses at the big summer hotels, the ones where they come up from New York and Boston to stay until the leaves on the trees start to change.

But all right. Life changing in an instant. Fellow out in Spokane just out of the service and visiting someone. Waiting for the bus and ended up on a date with the same fellow after sitting on the same bench. City Hall, a baby, and New England with a New England husband.

All right but yet . . . no mountains or fields of wheat . . .lobsters that jump out of the sea and fish that swim towards shore . . .but mountains in one’s mind . . . all that really matters . . .

"View of entrance to beautiful Manito Park, Spokane, Washington State.
“View of entrance to beautiful Manito Park, Spokane, Washington State. Vintage postcard. via https://postcardmemory.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/spokane.01.jpg

This is not my story. It is the story, rather, of my friend Georgia C. Growing up in rural Washington State in the 1930’s she met her husband who was out there in the army, followed him east and never lived near her childhood home again except for numerous visits.

Plates of Ancient Egyptian décor from when Egyptian Revival was the chicest style. This time from “Farbige Dekorationen.” Written by Helmuth Theodor Bossert, it was published in Berlin in 1928.

"Egyptian" Plate 2. Tell al-Amarna.
“Egyptian” Plate 2. Tell al-Amarna. Collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/encyclopaediaofc00boss/page/n42
"Egyptian" Plate 3. Page 45.
“Egyptian” Plate 3. Karnak, Luxor, and Zawiyet el-Metin. Page 45. Collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/encyclopaediaofc00boss/page/n44
"Egyptian." Plate 5. Page 47.
“Egyptian.” Plate 5. Thebes, 18th dynasty. Page 47. Collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/encyclopaediaofc00boss/page/n47

Cheerful tableware by the late English ceramics designer Clarice Cliff.

Teapot.
Teapot. Image © The Arts Society Birmingham 2018. Fair use license. via
"Biarritz" pattern tureen or biscuit tin. ca. 1934.
“Biarritz” pattern tureen or biscuit tin. ca. 1934. Designed by Cliff for Newport Pottery. Image © Premier Antiques. Fair use license. via https://www.premierantiques.co.uk/rare-clarice-cliff-bizarre-secrets-bonjour-biarritz-tureen-or-biscuit-jar-c1934-sold-981-p.asp
Crocus Stamford tea set for two. ca. 1931.
Crocus Stamford tea set for two. ca. 1931. Image © 2019 Andrew Muir. Fair use license. via https://andrew-muir.com/items/clarice-cliff-crocus-stamford-tea-for-two-c-1931/1412
Crocus design teapot. Undated.
Crocus design teapot. Undated. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/STUNNING-ART-DECO-LTD-EDT-WEDGWOOD-CLARICE-CLIFFS-CROCUS-DESIGN-TEAPOT/303097333146?hash=item469

Public (free) post for March 19 from my mid winter books of hours series now up on my patreon.com page. Link below.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/25438461

Several images, not just this one.

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April from Les  Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. Folio 4.
April from Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. Folio 4. 1412-1416. Limbourg brothers, illuminators. Illumination on vellum. Collection of the Musée Condé , Chantilly. In the public domain in the United States because makers have been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Les_Tr%C3%A8s_Riches_Heures_du_duc_de_Berry_avril.jpg

17th century paintings of Dutch churches interiors by Pieter Saenredam (1597-1655).Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

"Interior of the Church of Saint Bavo in Haarlem." 1636.
“Interior of the Church of Saint Bavo in Haarlem.” 1636. Oil on panel. Image © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. One of their images just made available for free download. Fair use license. via https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/rijksstudio/artists/pieter-jansz-saenredam/objects#/SK-A-359,1
"Interior of the Sint-Odulphuskerk in Assendelft." 1649.
“Interior of the Sint-Odulphuskerk in Assendelft.” 1649. Oil on panel. Image © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. One of their images just made available for free download. Fair use license. via https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/rijksstudio/artists/pieter-jansz-saenredam/objects#/SK-C-217,0
"The Transept of the Mariakerk in Utrecht, seen from the Northeast." 1637.
“The Transept of the Mariakerk in Utrecht, seen from the Northeast.” 1637. Image © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. One of their images just made available for free download. Fair use license. via https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/rijksstudio/artists/pieter-jansz-saenredam/objects#/SK-A-858,5

 

American silver teapots from the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Teapot. ca. 1790.
Teapot. ca. 1790. Silver with wood handle. John David,silversmith (1736-1793). Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cc0 License 0. via http://www.clevelandart.org/art/1946.424
Teapot. 1790-1810.
Teapot. 1790-1810. Silver with wood handle. Ebenezer Moulton, silversmith (1768-1824). Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cc0 License 0. via http://www.clevelandart.org/art/1940.237