[Alkemie cuff via Church.]
When I first shared images of sculptor Elizabeth Turk's work, Janet Blyberg commented that Turk, who carves incredibly fluid and delicate forms out of heavy marble, is like a modern-day Grinling Gibbons. In particular, his 17th-century carved limewood cravat given to Horace Walpole came to Blyberg's mind.
[Carved Cravat, Strawberry Hill circa 1690. Attributed to English woodcarver and sculptor, Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721). Limewood, with raised and openwork carving Victoria and Albert Museum.]
So, I've been meaning to follow up with related links and images of master carver Grinling's work. But it took a metal "lace" cuff spotted recently over at Taigan to give me a nudge. The V & A notes that Gibbons' cravat was displayed in the Tribune Room at Strawberry Hill, part of Walpole's collection of special small objects.
[The tribune at Strawberry Hill, circa 1789. John Carter (English architect and antiquary, 1748-1817) Edward Edwards (British painter, 1738-1806) Drawing, Watercolour on laid paper, The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.]
The images below are from an article about restoration to the Grinling Gibbons carvings in the Quire at St Paul's Cathedral.
[Repairs to Grinling Gibbons carving from the Quire in progress (limewood). Photographs by Hannah Hartwell.]
BTW: Fans of Carolina Irving may remember that her NYC apartment is somewhat inspired by Strawberry Hill.
See Gabrielle Bratton's brass lace creations here.