[Brass rack via High Street Market.]
With help from a little elf, I've mailed all but two homemade holiday cards. (Saving gift tags and personal touches for the last minute.) But I do wish I'd had this vintage brass "toast rack" to keep things organized midway through the card project. Maybe with a slightly clearer mind I would've remembered to include in my recent cloisonné post news of the upcoming Bard Graduate Center exhibition, Cloisonné: Chinese Enamels from the Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties.
[Tripod large basin with bird handles
China, 15th century, Qing Dynasty for handles,
Cloisonné enamel of copper alloy. 4 3/4 x 3/8 x 10 3/8 in.
Les Arts Décoratifs-musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris, bequest of Charles Rochard, 1903, Inv. 10.975.]
The show is scheduled to open January 26, 2011 and is a joint effort between the BGC and Les Arts Décoratifs-musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris. To date, cloisonné from the distinguished French collection has not been exhibited alongside pieces from acclaimed U.S. public collections. So, this is a first. The Bard exhibition will encompass objects from the Brooklyn Museum, the Met, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Springfield Museums, Massachusetts.
See also: Sending Cards: Vogue's View.