Saturday, August 12, 2006

Greta Garbo

"Greta Garbo was the Hollywood star who had the biggest influence on hat trends. She started a trend for berets by wearing them in The Kiss (1929), she wore jewelled skullcaps in Mata Hari (1931) and pill boxes in The Painted Veil."

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Scanned from "Decades of Fashion" by Harriet Worsley.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Club Little House swap goodies

Club Little House swap goodies, originally uploaded by *jenny b.

From the flickr page:

Tiny lunch items made by Amy of Inspireco.

In Paris

who? ...and where?, originally uploaded by mmbooklover.

Maria Keil, "O cantar da Tila," book cover, 1967

Poems by Matilde Rosa Araújo, illustrated by Portuguese artist Maria Keil, published by Livros Horizonte, Lisbon, 1967.

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Jazz age dress

Jazz age dress in the Museu Nacional do Traje e da Moda (National Museum of Dress and Fashion) Portugal.

Scanned from the book "Grandes Museus de Portugal," Editorial Presença.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Louis Gudebrod, Mermaid Tiffany Desk Lamp, 1885/1920

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Louis Gudebrod, Mermaid Tiffany Desk Lamp, 1885/1920.

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From the site:
"In an effort to reach the interiors of a greater population, Tiffany began to design lamps to allow more people to enjoy art and beauty in their own home. Colored glass, Tiffany’s lasting love and challenge, found fresh scope and inspiration. While the windows served to transmit the light of day, the lamps represent a new source of illumination independent of daylight.

Fabrication of the lamps began in 1885, with the majority of them being made between 1895 and 1920. Louis Gudebrod was a well known American Art Nouveau sculptor whom Louis Comfort Tiffany retained to create a limited production lamp base of a lovely mermaid holding above her head a lighted nautilus shell. The resulting Mermaid Desk Lamps were some of the earliest electrified fixtures produced by Tiffany Studios.

Sitting atop the marked Guderbrod mermaid base, this lamp was produced with both natural nautilus shell as well as a stained glass version. Both types were extremely difficult to manufacture for different reasons. Natural nautilus shell is inherently very fragile, making it very difficult to polish and drill for the lamp fixture holders. The stained glass nautilus shell was even more challenging, requiring the leaded glass shade to wrap back upon itself and curl underneath to almost disappear within. As such, the mermaid desk lamps were produced for only a few years and in very limited numbers, and few of these beautiful lamps still exist today with most in permanent collections.

The lamp measures 16.0" high and 10.0" long. The base is inscribed "Gudebrod" and marked Tiffany Studios New York."

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Joan Crawford, dress by Adrian, 1932

"Joan Crawford wears a streamlined dress as Letty Lynton in 1932, designed by Adrian. It demonstrates the fashion for classical drapery with its bias-cutting, draping and wrap details."

Scanned from "Decades of Fashion" by Harriet Worsley.

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Monday, August 07, 2006

Sonia Delaunay, Boutique Simultanée, Paris 1925 Exhibition

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Sonia Delaunay's designs displayed in her Boutique Simultanée, Paris 1925 Exhibition.

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Scanned from "Art Deco 1910-1939" edited by Charlotte Benton, Tim Benton and Chislaine Wood.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Death Of Tom Thumb

Death Of Tom Thumb, originally uploaded by normavalentine.

Paul Bonet, Book Cover, 1930

Paul Bonet, binding for Guillaume Apollinaire, "Calligrammes: Poèmes de la paix et de la guerre" (1913-1916), Paris, Gallimard, 1930.

Green morocco, lacquer and aluminium, French, 1932.
Private collection. Photo: David Heald, 2002.

Scanned from "Art Deco 1910-1939" edited by Charlotte Benton, Tim Benton and Chislaine Wood.

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