Art Nouveau--A Bat--Some Lore--and More
New Art: A period between 1895 and 1905... represented by a movement
that bridged the psychological gap between old and new ... dominated
by the fields of Arts and Crafts ... a transitional time between the
influences of old and new ... a time when creativity reigned and
imagery presented itself to the world in charismatic boldness.
The Bat -- A Fact: The only species of animals on this earth that
are in their entirety a flying group. There are insects that can not
fly. There are birds that can not fly. However ... there are no bats
that can not fly. Verry eenteresting ... eh wot?
New Art: Late nineteenth century ... early twentieth century. It was
the time of Lalique ... and Fouquet ... and Gaillard ...and the
Vever brothers. It was also the time of an unknown -- unknown to me
that is -- of an unknown artist who created this strange and weirdly
beautiful Bat Necklace ... made of base metal and Plique-A-Jour
enamel. I love it ... but then again ... I love the off-beat.
The Bat -- Some LoRe: Take the heart of a Bat ... dry it ... bring
it down to a powder ... carry it in your front pocket ... and you
will be able to deflect bullets. Please pass this on only to crime
fighters. We don't want this to get into the wrong hands
... do we now? Want to see in the dark ... wash your face in Bat
Blood. There is a superstition that states that if you want good
luck you have but to kill a bat with a gold coin. And how does one
go about doing that I wonder. A quick Bat Fact. Of all the
anti-coagulants known to man ... the chemical in Bat saliva is the
most potent known to modern medicine.
Art Nouveau: One of the interesting aspects of New Art was in its
rich treatment of surface texture. It is in this aspect that our
little furry flying fellow is quite distinct ... for his little
mammalian textured bod is quite striking. He is worth ... by the way
... about $4000.00 in today's market. Not bad for a non- precious
metal creature about fourteen inches wide.
Bat Fact: As we plod along on those paths whose trails will one day
demarcate the history of our lives ... we occasionally come across
the ridiculous. I pass one of these ridiculous items along to you
dear readers ... as my final refrain to this Tidbit. In 1962 ... in
New York City ... an edict was passed by the City Council
prohibiting the sale of Voodoo drugs. Bat's blood was one of the
items on the prohibited list. I wonder who it was that hired the
person who had the incredible acumen to think up that one.
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: Le Bat
... where you will see a graphic of our necklace.
And there ya have it. That's it for this week folks. Catch you all
next week. Benjamin Mark
TYLER-ADAM CORP.--Jewelry Manufacturers
Tel -- 1-800-20-TYLER