Wednesday, January 17, 2007

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A Chinese snuff bottle with a pink peony design, 340.00€

For a limited time, Lanel, the Paris-based embroiderer for such couturiers as Dior, Chanel and Givenchy, is offering special editions of elaborate beadwork pictures that showcase the firm's mastery of the art. Picture subjects include Chinese bottles, flora and fauna, as well as nursery images. The incredibly-detailed designs highlight Lanel's delicate technique of combining fragile silks and organza with semi-precious stones, crystals and other rare beads. Pictures are mounted in 18.5 x 21.5 cm gilt-wood frames and numbered in editions of 100.

A brightly-coloured fish with organza fins, 450.00€

A Chinese-style bottle with a flowering tree and bird, 675.00€

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