This to share some pictures of an order we have been working on lately. I took the pictures while the work was in process which means that what you see are unfinished panels. At least these pictures give en idea of what kept us locked in the studio for some time.
Meanwhile these have arrived at destination in Macau
And Ottoman panels with a mother-of-pearl metallic ground.
He came to the workshop with the idea to search the drawers for some forgotten leather panel he could use as a covering for Saint Fris’s new reliquary.
He came, He saw, He went (with a panel under the arm)
Jacques, here lecturing on marbles, one of his great passions, he is at the origin of the Marble Museum in Bagnères-de-bigorre which is soon to open doors
Ivory roof tiles comes from ancient piano touches, the woodwork form bits and pieces made and found in his workshop and a gilt leather panel from my drawer. All the work and intelligence by: Jacques !!
This reliquary reflects the spirit of the remote area I live in, small budget, great creativity, good will….. I love it.
Some pictures in situ at the Basilique St Fris will follow in a later posting.
Dutch scholar Eloy Koldeweij in his book “Goudleer-Kinkarakawa” states the border originates from Amsterdam around 1660. On page 123 there is a picture of this border form the collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
French scholar Henri Clouzot in his book “Cuirs décorés ” 1920 pictures on page XI of book 2 a Rose & Tulip border form the collection of the Museum “Vleeshuis” Antwerp. He dates the panel simply as 17th century and originating form Flanders. The border pictured by H. Clouzot is attached to a panel, when looked closely at one can see some putti and as central theme a fruit basket perhaps an allegory on the abundance ?
The Border we have was originally a reproduction made for restoration purposes by Van Herck Antwerp, a dynasty of antique dealers and restores. I was told the wooden blocks to reproduce the leather panels on cardboard paper were made at the end of the 19th century yet flipping a bend edge revealed a stamp of Van Herck dated 1925. This doesn’t proof the mould was made in the early 20th century yet I confess I would have expected to see 1892 for ex.
As you can see the border is framed by a cabochon and diamonds edge which we unfortunately have not on our border as the original panel we took the print from had a poor definition of this part of the sculpture event though it looks good on the picture.
Eventually it would be worth while to dig into the history of the Van Herck family in Antwerp …… maybe later……
Despite her classic education her art is resolutely contemporary.
Drawing and painting is a passion that never left Lut and its with constant renewed energy and vision that she explores unbeaten paths. In her work she mixes techniques and mediums.
She makes bas-reliefs, paints or draws with ample, strong and harmonious movements.
She uses charcoal and includes in her works techniques that escapes the control of her leading hand, thus reflecting the incertitude of our daily life.
Her architectural mind setting reflects in the way she builds her works, often with underlying geometrical patterns and by the use of construction materials. She pays great attention to perspectives and optical effects.
She claims her work is a reflection and expression of her inner self, showing ordered anarchy in a confined environment.
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.
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.
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.