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[Tidbits] How Many Arms are Enough?


Real quick … for those who felt extremely saddened by the lack of
Tidbits last week … I apologize. I was out of town … was not
able to get to my computer before leaving … all that stuff.

And now … how many arms are enough arms? When is it jewelry and
when is it not jewelry? What is the meaning of life? All of these …
important questions. I can and will answer all three. By a show of
hands … who out there doubts this ability? Gedoudaheah. All of
you? Nahhh …

Johann Joachim K=E4ndler … born June 15, 1706 in Fischbach, Saxony,
Germany. A name–I would venture to say–known by only a few. And yet
… the product of his brilliant efforts is easily known world- wide.

He was a major originator of porcelain sculpture in Europe. He
worked till his death at the court of Frederick Augustus I. Freddy
was also known as King Augustus II of Poland. The factory was
located in Meissen, Germany … and it is singularly because of
Johann Joachim K=E4ndler’s genius that Meissen Porcelain gained the
world renown status it enjoys today. Which answers question number
two. It is always jewelry when it has such incredible beauty that it
can be called nothing else. I’ve seen plenty of “real” jewelry that
should not be called jewelry under any circumstances.

And so Johann Joachim K=E4ndler one day–circa 1736–made a
candelabrum. An incredible piece which–as of circa 1994–resided in
the Dallas Museum of Art. The candelabrum is considered one of the
great monuments in the annals of European porcelain. It is a
figurine of a lady holding receptacles for five candles … one of
them on her head … four in each hand at the end of four arms …
with the last two arms used to hold the connecting base to the
receptacles. And so … the answer to question number one … six
arms are just the right amount of arms for a candelabrum.

As to question number three: What is the meaning of life? The
meaning of life is a vanilla hot fudge sundae with a double scoop of
hot fudge topped with a double scoop of strawberries in syrup.
Philosophers the world-wide who have been searching for this elusive
answer need search no longer.

For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at 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: Porcelain
… where you’ll see an image of Johann Joachim K=E4ndler’s
magnificent Candelabrum.

And there ya have it.
That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.
Benjamin Mark