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  • Trunks and chests, feature image pt 2

    Trunks and Chests, pt-2

    Chests Wooden chests. The first thought to many when they think of “Chest’s” is the popular Hollywood renditions of the fabled “Treasure Chest”. Indeed, many chests did contain treasure, but not in the sense distilled in cinema. The main function of chests also known as “Coffer”or “Kist” is for storage, usually winter blankets and clothing. …

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  • The great door arrival.

    The great door arrival.

    The great doors arrival.     The great door. We are always searching for exceptional items for our collection, many don’t make the grade, but every now and then something very special is found. This was the case with this door from the Rajasthan state of India. Its presence commanded the space it occupied, not …

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  • Lotus leaf and gold, part 2

    The lotus leaf and Gold, pt 2

    The lotus leaf and Gold, pt 2 In part 1 we looked at the process from harvesting, leaf layout and drying. Now that the leaves and frames have dried we will continue the evolution of these beautiful works of art to the finished product. Some silver   Certain frames move from here for extra treatment …

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  • Lotus leaf artwork

    The lotus leaf and Gold, bringing the shapes and forms of nature to art.

    The lotus leaf and Gold, pt 1 Bringing the shapes and forms of nature to art. Something special happens when art works with the natural forms of nature. Such is the case here; it didn’t happen quickly, it’s been a long and difficult road of over 10 years for this skilled Thai artist. But the result is …

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  • The story of Antique Indian doors, part 2

    The story of antique Indian doors, pt 2

    The story of antique Indian doors,   pt 2 In part 1 we looked at the meaning behind some of the carvings and influences in Indian doors. Continuing now with the Elephants role in door design. Elephant’s and their role in door design. What role did Elephants play in Indian doors design. Most people are aware …

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  • Antique Indian doors

    The story of antique Indian doors

    The story of antique Indian doors, part 1.. Without question some of the most beautiful antique doors in the world come from India. We’re going to delve a little into the fascinating significance of some of their decoration. The Elephant’s connection to door design. And we will look at the new life being given to old …

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  • Trunks and chests, feature image pt 1

    Trunks and Chests, pt-1

    Trunks and chests Trunks and Chests. Often the two get mixed up as to which is which, but the distinction is a pretty simple one.           Trunks are usually much more sturdily made; their primary role is for travel. Long excursions and trips,  many specific styles evolved for the different kinds of …

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