7 Nov 2010
avatar Author: Nicky Haslam

Inner romantics indeed…I’m weak in the knees for this topic.

One of my most charming personal effects is a delicious ruination I display on a mahogany shelf, and which was dug up after years spent in the depths of the French countryside.

French Treasure Box owned by Nicky Haslam

It is an 18th Century buried treasure box, surely a woman’s, lined in Mauny wallpaper.  It was lovingly created and I suppose would have held important documents etc, as it was wrapped in lead before being buried during the French revolution….or this or that war. Whoever found it brilliantly and carefully pealed back the lead, but kept it relatively in tact so the box remains nestled within the furls.

Bouke de Vries

Similarly, Bouke de Vries creates modern works from the shattered remnants of broken porcelain…and Meissen was creating broken patchwork painting on their porcelain back in 1740 – Positively delightful.

Meissen Porcelain

4 Responses to “Resurrected Beauty”

  1. avatar Karena says:

    Nicki, I love the buried lead box. How fascianting and very very special!

    Art by Karena

  2. avatar p gaye tapp says:

    the Meissen looks absolutely new. it IS positively delightful!

  3. I’ve been waiting for twenty years to inherit a spectacular red-&-gold Miles Mason porcelain tea service that’s been passed down in my family for exactly 200 years, but after a recent fire at my dad’s house, I am now the proud owner of a box of elegant shards. Thanks to you–and Bouke de Vries–at least I have an idea.

  4. avatar colette says:

    oh no! so sorry to hear the news…well done on your sense of humour. very best. colette

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