After posting this earlier in the month, I spent more time exploring the work of photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo. I love how she captures gardens, food, and interiors (her close shot of John Robshaw's silver chair in a recently published Daniel Sachs project is now part of my latest screen-saving slideshow). But along with her magazine work, I'm also really drawn to the softness of her personal photography. It's easy to get lost in that section of her site.
[©Victoria and Albert Museum, London.]
Back to the silver chairs, I had to follow up with an antique. The V & A has a gorgeous early-19th-century rosewood armchair covered in sheet silver. From Lucknow, India, the museum describes it as partly carved and gilded with enamel reserves. The accompanying silver footstool pictured above was also made in Lucknow.
A little related reading:
[Image via Amazon.]
Amin Jaffer's book, shown above, isn't easy to track down. If you want to do your own investigating, here is the complete title: Furniture from British India and Ceylon: A Catalogue of the Collections in the V & A and the Peabody Essex Museum.
[Image via Yale University Press.]
Going much further back in time, there is a fascinating but just loosely related piece on Margrieta van Varick's East Indian goods over at The Magazine Antiques. And more on the 17th-century shop owner here and here.
[Bard Graduate Center film.]
FYI: Don't miss decorator Melissa Rufty's beautiful New Orleans home, also in the October issue of HB!