Thursday, July 23, 2009

Object of the Day





I have never been much of a newspaper in the morning kind of guy. Instead I enjoy reading everyone's blogs and perusing the newest wares from my favorite antique dealers. I find such pleasure in starting my day by looking at beautiful things.

This morning my breath was taken away by this extraordinary object. It is a late 19th century hand carved ivory dove from the Meiji period in China with inlaid eyes and bronze feet. Look closely at the delicate carving. It is hard to tell from the photo but it is quite small at 4" wide x 7" high. One can almost feel the softness of his feathers before flying away. I am always so inspired by such artistry in creating such a refined and beautiful object.

This piece is being offered by H.M. Luther in New York. Hopefully it will find a deserving home from someone who can appreciate it's beauty everyday. http://hmluther.com

6 comments:

Michael Hampton said...

Please forgive my previous version of this post. I had noted the object as an ivory duck instead of a dove.

Style Redux 2 said...

Michael-You wouldn't believe how many of us begin the day with blogs instead of the newspaper-no wonder newspapers are in trouble. This is so beautiful. I would love to know how and where you would display it.

Michael Hampton said...

First I would have it located where I could see it every day. I would want as little clutter around it as possible. Either on a cocktail or console table. Somewhere you could see it from all angles.

Janet said...

Beautiful and extraordinary.

Emily Evans Eerdmans said...

one just about hear his cooing and see his breast puffing in and out... exquisite

Meade Design Group said...

Stunning!