This cool Liberty of London ad spotlighting Duckpond, a 20th-century textile design adapted from 17th-century Chinese lacquer-work, leads us to actual lacquerware at The Met.
[Seven-Lobed Platter with Scenes of Children at Play, China, Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), 14th century, Carved red lacquer; Diam. 21 7/8 in. (55.5 cm). Promised Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.]
Red & Black: Chinese Lacquer 13th-16th Century celebrates three recent gifts to the museum and is scheduled to open September 6, 2011. On view along with roughly 60 examples of lacquerware (gorgeous boxes, trays, plates, bowls, and a show-stopping painted screen from The Met's collection) will be the latest additions. As described by the museum, they are: the red lacquer Plate with Two Flycatchers and Hollyhocks; a black lacquer tray with mother-of-pearl inlay depicting flowering plums and birds of various species; and a carved red lacquer box, with a curvilinear geometric design often found in early Chinese lacquer.
Following up on Tuesday's post -- not to mention the rash of Songbird-related posts in 2007 -- look for a lovely use of the Bennison linen in Martha Stewart Living, September 2011. It's MSL editor-in-chief Pilar Guzman's brownstone photographed by Matthew Hranek. (Also check out the animated inspiration board included with the mag's digital version.) You can get a tiny glimpse, above, on my iPad.
This weekend, my thoughts are with everyone up and down the East Coast. Stay safe!