[Unless noted otherwise, all images ©Julia Lynn and posted with permission from the photographer. Please keep reading to learn about prints available for purchase.]
Each day this week over at Enfilade, editor Craig Hanson is sharing holiday gift ideas with an 18th-century bent. Aided by Janet Blyberg, I had fun making some modest contributions to the offerings. So, if you're in the mood, please pop over to see everyone's picks.
Janet and her husband, Joel Lefever, are D.C.-based museum professionals with a serious passion for good food and drink, as well as historic architecture. While brainstorming gift ideas, a theme emerged: purchases that benefit museums or historic foundations as well as local workers.
For example, in South Carolina, the Historic Charleston Foundation sells aromatic brown rice -- an authentic 18th-century staple still grown locally.
[Image via the Historic Charleston Foundation.]
On its own, the rice makes a terrific hostess gift but it pairs nicely with this Gullah cookbook or a Charleston rice spoon (essentially an English serving spoon dubbed a ‘rice’ spoon by Charlestonians, this piece can be found in many incarnations ranging from Georgian sterling to the Gibbes Museum of Art's budget-friendly recycled metal version).
[Image via Bell'occhio.]
Or what about tickets to the Charleston Food & Wine Festival or the 9th Annual Charleston International Antiques Show tucked inside Bell'occhio's hand-painted oyster box?
For me, though, the pièce de résistance is Julia Lynn's photography. In a past post, the Sewanee alum told us that when she is on her own she tends to seek out uninhabited, weathered sites.
Drayton Hall, captured in the first two images above, certainly shows the passage of time. Students of architecture and design appreciate Drayton as the oldest surviving intact example of Georgian Palladian architecture in the U.S., but this National Trust property is also an important archeological site.
Signed, professional prints of Julia's Drayton photography may be purchased with fifteen percent of the proceeds going directly to the Preservation of Drayton Hall.
Prices and sizes are as follows (one image is an 8x10 dimension and the other is a 4x6 dimension; they were shot with two different camera formats):
11 x 14 / 10 x 15: $105
16 x 20 / 15 x 22.5: $158
20 x 25 / 18 x 27: $220
25 x 31.25: $280
The pictures are printed on archival, fine art matte paper. Her lowcountry landscape photographs are also available. She ships prints in a tube via UPS for $15.
[Book images via Phaidon.]
My next suggestion only dates back to the Mad Men era -- a book I discovered just this week, What Color is Your World? by illustrator Bob Gill. Originally published in 1962, this children's book was created to get kids and parents thinking about color in their surroundings. According to the Nasher Museum of Art, the reissue is a combined UK/US edition that highlights our different approaches to spelling. I'd pair it with a big box of crayons.
Jumbo triangular crayons via Sam Flax.