A Photo A Week: Under Glass

Objet D’Art

17th-century Decorative Arts, Ewer, The Louvre, Paris, France

Most of the vases now in the Louvre came from the former French royal collection. This hardstone ewer, produced by 17th-century Parisian goldsmith Pierre Delabarre c. 1630-35, is made from a damaged antique carved sard vase.  Sard is a  brownish-red type of chalcedony. Missing parts are concealed by the enameled gold mount studded with semi-precious stones.  The lid is surmounted by a helmeted head of Minerva.

 

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Thursday’s Special: Imitation

Imitating Owls

One of my sisters transforms Alaskan rocks into birds and wildlife. Owls are her favorite imitation of  reality.

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A Photo A Week: Made By Hand

Hand Maiden

Saint Elizabeth Holding A Book, German, early-16th century, lindenwwood with polychrome and gilt, Morgan Library and Museum, New York, NY

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