I realized shortly after posting Part #2 that some inspirational pictures might go a long way towards illustrating my point (like the pun?). After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Last summer we visited the Chicago Art Institute. Wow what a place. We saw plenty of major works of art. This one might be familiar:
Of course there were plenty of other Masterpieces. Then, towards the end of the day we sauntered into a gallery that had furniture in it. I immediately spotted a Greene and Greene chair and table. I could have spent hours just looking at all of the amazing details in the furniture and the other pieces, like the Grueby pottery you can see in the left side of the picture.
I almost got thrown out of the gallery because I was leaning too far over the yellow board on the floor to look at the details. The guard was not amused. I even promised I would not touch anything. No humor at all.
There were also some Stickley pieces
This settle includes some Harvey Ellis inlay – spectacular
More Gustav Stickley with Ellis inlay
There are plenty of plans out there based on this authentic Gustav Stickley Grandfather clock. Gorgeous!!!
Stickley still makes a version of this today. Our local fine furniture store has one on display.
I really wanted to get a closer look at the joinery details and the top but the same guard was basically walking right behind me with a huge scowl on her face and her radio in hand. Sorry about the poor quality, I was rather excited and the battery was starting to die so I was snapping quickly.
A Tiffany lamp
I tried to find some of the Gustav Baumann woodcuts that were supposed to be in one of the galleries nearby but never did find it.
This Monet doesn’t really have anything to do with the desk but I like his work.
So there are some pictures of things that inspire me. I have a huge catalog of on-line pictures of various pieces I have seen and saved. Each one has something special about it that I find interesting.
-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"