Ancient, leather bird-flask

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This funny bird is long time companion of us, we bought it ages ago in our home town, Ghent.

Its a drinking flask, in which one could transport some brandy for his personal comfort during the longer walks or hunting party’s in wintertime.

Snow and cold wears one down and than a sip from the flask will brighten the spirits and lift up the moods.

On these walks it was not uncommon to meet some acquaintance, than all of a sudden the flask becomes a partner in a merry gathering.

The leather from the flask was shaped in the form of a bird, the screw plug is made in horn. There is a seal painted on the belly I believe it to be a brand but its unreadable.

The flask is painted in a superficial way yet not without artistry, to me the bird looks a little sad, maybe because he is out of use for such a long time?

Where was this flask made ? I think it could have been made any-where in eastern or northern Europe. I did as we all do nowadays, I googled along but google avoided my questions by serving me  obviously wrong answers. Google knows a lot but this time google was mute.

So the 50 pence question is there for you readers to ponder.

Where and When was this flask made ?  If you should have the answer to this enigma, or even the slightest hint that will help us forward, do not hesitate to contact me.

 

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Here a view of the seal of the brand
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A view of the parted horn made screw plug

Yours As Always

Fred

Rococo Dragon

A while ago we made two versions of a poly-chrome Dragon: one on a antiqued silvered ground with no background painting and the other one a poly-chrome panel on a silvered ground and the background painted in an aubergine colour.

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Here the version on a silvered ground
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And this one with the aubergine colour painted background

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As you can see from this picture the panel with the painted background was chosen.

This is the only picture I have form this project, probably taken with an I-phone, at least it gives us some idea of the final result.

It also illustrates how hard it is to get good pictures of interiors we supplied leathers for.

Though I regret it I also understand the meaning of the word “discretion” perhaps its the price to pay to be involved and work for high-end designers and their anonymous clients.

Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year                            May this blessed season engage the whole world in a conspiracy of peace and love.

Always Yours

Fred

Axel Vervoordt at the NY Tefaf

Few days ago Greet Lefèvre from Belgian Pearls published a posting about Axel Vervoordt’s booth at the NY Tefaf http://www.belgianpearls.be/

She sourced the pictures from Vervoordt’s Facebook page and I do just the same  https://www.facebook.com/axelvervoordtnv/?fref=ts

I’m indeed a great admirer of Vervoordt’s work. He has a way of selecting quality Art, objects, furniture and accessories and bring them together in an wonderfully complicated yet ordered way. All sits in the right place and its been thought of, even though it seems as if this is merely an accumulation of information and the result a lucky hand.

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Here a vue d’ensemble of Vervoordt’s booth

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Note: Alongside the central cupboard a gilt leather screen.

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Above the arches a faded wall paper blends in with the carved wood, this type of wall paper design is a great classic, we have a similar design in our collection the “Domino” as illustrated here under, with the right colour scheme it would be a close match.

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Unfortunately we have not been involved in this wonderful project, but we could have ….

As proves this amazing interior.

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We supplied Lauderdale panels for the walls, the panels are separated by Cabochon borders.  Inside the hidden bar they used the  Abondance and Marot border.

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The inside of the door is lined with Soleil panels, framed by Marot borders at the top and bottom of the door and cabochon borders alongside the Soleil panels to span the width of the door with embossed gilt leather.

As Always

Fred

 

Gilt Leather Alter for the St Peter church of Vic-Fezensac

Regularly we are asked to supply Gilt leather for alter pieces (Antependium).

As here in the St Peter church of Vic Fezensac.

The four sides of the alter are covered with leather.

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Front covered with Marot

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The back being covered with Abondance

The sides are covered with our Lauderdale.

This is a small alter which allows easy picking-up and re-positioning.

 

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Hope you enjoyed this

As Always

Fred

Contemporary Art Installations by Luttylux form Lutson Goudleder

“Resonance” by Luttylux

Lut works with various materials allowing 3d paint installations.

With a steady hand and ample harmonious movements, she creates

strong and vibrant works

 

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Lut cares a lot about the structure and the feel of the used materials.

Lut’s work can be seen at http://luttylux.blogspot.fr/

also at Saatchiart https://www.saatchiart.com/luttylux

As Always

Fred

 

Pieter De Hooch 17th century Gilt Leather Interiors

Pieter De Hooch

A remarkable painter of Dutch interior scenes of the 17th century.

He is often compared to Vermeer or at least mentioned in the same phrase, De Hooch being 3 years older than Vermeer.

However Vermeer’s paintings are more emotional. Vermeer is a master in  creating an atmosphere, the interior being an accessory to help express the feelings he brushes down so delicately.

De Hooch is more precise, making the interior communicate with the exterior by opening doors and windows, using tiled floors to accentuate the perspective. The interior scene an elegant way to allow painting elaborated surroundings.

Before 1660 De Hooch lived in Delft there he painted middle class interior scenes.
When he moved to Amsterdam his clientele being wealthier the interiors reflect this. High ceilings, rich furniture, paintings on the walls, elaborated tapestries and indeed gilt leather

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Theses paintings were painted around 1664

Fred

Gilt Leather collection at John Nelson Inc Miami (part 2)

Here than the second part of the collection we have at John nelson Inc Miami,

the first part of the collection as illustrated in an earlier posting was about fully painted gilt leathers designs.

for these designs John went for Silvered backgrounds and light colors.

Fleurance

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Lauderdale

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Faded blue’s on a silvered ground

Marot

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The last one with lesser silver showing

Moncla

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Monochrome and Polychrome

Plaisance

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Verentuil

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Wishes

Fred

 

 

Gilt leather for contemporary eclectic interiors

At Lutson we are known for our gilt leather reproductions.

Even though interior designers are our main clientèle.

What we try to do is to adapt this ancient craft to the demands of the designers,

this with out denaturing the essence of the craft.

And not loosing our soul in the whole process.

At the occasion of Maison & Object I had a long meeting with our Miami distributor

John Nelson http://jnelsoninc.com

At his request we made a set of samples which you can see in his Miami Showroom.

First originality, he asked for some designs for a solid painted background no metallic showing

combined with a mastered “ton sur ton” painting

 Here two Almohadon panels for the collection

The arches around the shelves have been painted in metallic oil paint

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The already popular design Eve from the Brinkmann Collections by Lutson.

Also a solid painted background, the embossed ornaments were painted

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The Lauderdale fully painted as well

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Soon to come the other samples ordered by John Nelson.

All this and so much more to be seen in John’s Miami showroom

As Always

Fred

Gilt Leather At Levens Hall, cuir de cordoue, goudleer, guadamecies, kinkarakawa

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Gilt Leather at Levens Hall

The Parrot Panel .

In the late eighties we were introduced to Michael Abbott who became our UK agent, a real gentleman and one of these few without whom we wouldn’t be around making gilt leather any longer.

Shortly after we met, Michael introduced us to a famous Pimlico Road antiques dealer and decorator, the man himself a nonchalant, laid-back, aristocratic aura.
The showroom, loaded with a mix of unusual objects and top antiques, a harmonious, calculated, masculine chaos.

All things I like. To me an interior has to have the three A’s, Antiques Art Architecture without these its … complicated to make something interesting, imposing or even joyful. Imposing as I believe one becomes humble and relax in the presence a genial mix of the three A’s.

We were asked to reproduce a design which he had in his archives, having agreed on terms we went happily to work.
Once the mould ready, cast in bronze and impossible to handle. The modest production started.
It was the first time we set eyes on this design, but than again there are so many designs dating from this period. And research in these days was …..well different, not with the click of the mouse !

When supplied, part of the panels were used to line the walls of the showroom window. No pictures available, yet for us something never to forget.

Working on the archive material provided by our client we noted some irregularities in the background ornament, so far so good.

Later we came across this design as it appeared in an article about a restoration of the ancient gilt leather of the Deanery in Zele Belgium a small town nearby our hometown Ghent.

A closer examination of the design in Zele allowed us to conclude that it was not only the same design but that the leathers were printed on the same mould as they have same irregularities. Thus originating from the same workshop. Besides this, one could see from the quality of the gilding and the way they were painted that they originate from the same workshop

All well, till this very same design appeared in several English movies and series  , “the Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Wives and Daughters and many others all shot at Levens Hall. Stylistically its the same panel from the same workshop, a closer look at the background ornament shows the same marks, they were embossed on the same mould ! http://www.levenshall.co.uk/

 

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Levens Hall gilt leather restored by the Leather Conservation Center Northampton UK

http://www.leatherconservation.org/

Remarkable here is that this design was issued by one gild leather workshop, as we know that some designs were produced by almost all the gilt leather workshops. The quality of the work makes this workshop a good one, this also is to be noted as some workshops were not very much regarding to the quality of their work.

At the end of the day the question that remains is where was this design produced.
Two locations in the UK against one in Flanders do not tell the story.
One thing is for sure, the workshop produced quality leathers.

The reproductions made for the eccentric antiques dealer ? Made in Ghent, Flanders.

 

Parrot 75 X 59 cmThe Parrot Panel reproduction by Lutson

 Left, the original panel, right the reproduction by Lutson

Tulips on Hodsoll panelThe tulips in this panel were painted in two different ways here the other version on a pale gilded ground

 

As Always
Fred