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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016

9.07.2007

Christine's Treasures




Since Africa and Peter Beard have been on my mind this week, Christine, owner of Florida's C. Bell, shared with me a few treasured books displayed in her stylish shop: Peter Beard: Fifty Years of Portraits, Osa Johnson's I Married Adventure and D.V. by Diana Vreeland.

She says, "Osa was undaunted...she and Martin led the most extraordinary lives. Her ability to go forward in the most outrageous of circumstances is an inspiration. Life can be an adventure -- I love it. I keep [Osa's book] with my Diana V books...Isn't this cover portrait of Peter Beard a show stopper. That's allure."



Above, on a quick visit to Portobello Road, Christine found this vintage Miao Chinese dragon robe, believed to be early-to-mid-20th-century. She says it has perfectly embroidered silk dragons on chocolate-brown fabric, and is lined with fine muslin.



That's Christine above. C. Bell is located on South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach.

11 comments:

robyn said...

Is that Peter Beard on the cover of his book? if so~ Wow, whoever it is... very handsome and a great photograph too. I've enjoyed your posts on this, thanks Courtney. :)

style court said...

Robyn, yes that's him :)

Thanks for your kind words!

annechovie said...

I have heard C Bell mentioned quite a few times before, but never seen her website. This lady has style and I am going to have to visit her shop soon! Just my kind of place......Thanks for the tip, Courtney!

style court said...

Anne,

You'll love the shop. Hope you can go soon!

ALL THE BEST said...

Wow that robe is great!

frances said...

dv is a great book, so fun. and for another great africa book, have you ever read west with the night? it is another great female adventure story...

franki durbin said...

it appears you've set off a frenzy on eBay for these books! very fabulous indeed. Ebay will just have to do in lieu of making it to the shop. ;)

Style Court said...

Franki,

I'll have to take a look and see what's happening on eBay :)

Bueller said...

Great post!

Style Court said...

thanks bueller :)

Style Court said...

frances,

thanks for the tip!