Monday, May 21, 2007

Waste Not, Want Not

A pair of modern brass mounted two tier tables, the tops inset with panels of late 18th century Chinese black and gold lacquer decorated with pheasants resting in flowering branches, the lower shelves with gold bordered black lacquer panels.

As a follow-up to the January post, Mallett goes Modern, herewith are several images from the new furnishings produced by Mallett with the help of the London-based restoration firm H.J. Hatfield & Sons. Together they've begun creating new pieces from old by mounting what are presumably bits of objects that were damaged, or in some way unsalable, with modern frames. The resulting tables are one-of-a-kind and a beautiful means of giving new life to things previously destined for the bin.

A large panel of 19th century Coromandel lacquer, with incised polychrome decoration of vases of flowers, branches of blossom and a variety of artefacts, all arranged in two columns and on a black background, now mounted as a low table on modern base of Cobham leg design painted in sea green.

An unusual late 18th century printed bed coverlet made in India for the export market, the cotton ground elegantly decorated in reds and greens with a densely filled basket of flowers with sprigs, alongside a tree trunk and scrolling foliage.

A very unusual pair of 1860 eglomisé floor tiles decorated with polychrome floral ornament within a shaped cartouche with butterflies and flowers in the corners. Now mounted as end tables in gilt craquelle.

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