Gorgeous and Stunning comes in two basic shades. There's Gorgeous and
Stunning ... and there's Gorgeous and Stunning. The second one--for
those of you who have an ear for these nuances--surpasses the first
by far. Which brings me directly to that time--Opium Wars aside--when
the China Trade was flourishing partly due to Tea being introduced to
a western world hoi-polloi who had never before experienced this
Which brings me to my little image for the week ... and the
incredible craftsmanship that grew out of that time. I can not laud
or exalt or glorify or extol or even magnify enough the
magnificence or even the splendorositousness of the item you are
about to see. It's a China Trade ivory sewing box with workmanship
such as you will most likely never again see. This my friends is a
literal statement ... and so secure am I in this utterance that there
exists not a twinkling of worry that I might be overselling the item
... leading you--dear reader--on to an ever descending slope of
disappointment which will only lead to a black hole of anti-climax
after viewing this box. Nay nay dear souls ... this is a must see for
you will never see this quality of workmanship again. Unless of
course you do ... but that's another story.
Our hand-carved ivory sewing box depicts Europeans in scenes of
daily life. I do not have a value on it. I do not even know if there
is a value on it. To the highest bidder and all that. I will show
you two images. One of the box ... and one of an enlarged panel on
the box. The artist--whoever he was--has my complete and total awe.
Was he a genius ... or was he insane? Perhaps one needs a little of
both plus an inordinate amount of patience in order to achieve this
level of art.
So ... I've said my piece. Go ... take a look ... and get back to me
... and let me know if you think I was exaggerating. A quick aside.
This is a rather large image and may take some time to load. I did
this in order to give you a closer view at the detailing. Forgive
the insufferable wait-time which I'm sure could have been better
spent doing other things ... though I can't image what.
For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits...may I
direct you to my home page at www.tyler-adam.com
where you will
scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that says
Tidbits Graphics ... and then click on the link that says: China ...
where you'll see an image of the China Trade Ivory Sewing Box.
And there ya have it.
That's it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.