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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

9.26.2010

Silver Screen

[Image at left: Indian chair circa 1820 ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London; 
image at lower right by Ngoc Minh Ngo, from HB, October 2010.]

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. 


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.


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.


FYI: Don't miss decorator Melissa Rufty's beautiful New Orleans home, also in the October issue of HB!

2 comments:

quintessence said...

Wow - a lot of interesting info in this post. Firstly, stopped by Ngo's site- her work is really fabulous - I especially loved the architectural shots - just beautiful. Amin Jaffer's book looks fascinating. I own another fantastic tome of his I'm sure you would love, Made for Maharajahs, that I sourced recently for a post about the new Louis Vuitton trunk book. And lastly, only glanced at the piece on van Varick, but also looks very interesting - I grew up in a historic Dutch-settled town - their commerce and trading activities were legendary and resulted in wonderful collections such as hers.

Style Court said...

Quintessence --

Thanks for that wonderful book tip. I can't wait to check it out. Isn't Margrieta's story wild? Maybe wild is an exaggeration but a woman shop owner in the 17th century is definitely out of the ordinary!