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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 11-26-2017 09:21 AM 636 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This Thing had an unbelievable amount of things going on in it, beyond its otherworldly aesthetic. It was too much for me.

Boulle? Paul?

Roentgen? Patrice?

The gorgeous city I love, about sixteen miles distant.

This guy I’m very familiar with. Did you know that, when he was twelve and thirteen years old he composed a dozen string symphonies that were, and still are, far beyond his years? His name is Felix Mendelssohn. Who carved the bust, I do not know.

Paintings whose realism fairly sends my wonderment to the moon and back.

This life-size carving that I spied on the way out of this gallery perplexed me. He’s a shepherd cradling a lamb, to be sure. But, what is that thing at his feet?

A dead wolf, I think. Did I say something about art properly being uplifting? A shepherd protecting his lamb and slaying its enemy. Packed, I say, PACKED with edification.

There were Ivory carvings.

And Marquetry, or, I suppose, more properly, Intarsia, built of stone, tortoise shells and whatnot.

And a picture, in a frame, made of stone. I blew a circuit over this.

And a pair of very tall candle stands that looked for all the world like they came straight out of someone’s LJs Gallery.

Yeah. If I could have a wish, or a dream come true, I’d be an artist of this order. I have little by way of a delusion that it’ll ever happen.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

I’ll ask Herr Felix to play us out. Geeze, I hope this works for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhhEIEHfIks

-- Mark



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robscastle

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#1 posted 11-26-2017 09:31 AM

Hello Mark,

Is this the same place thats home to Roentgens berlin secretary cabinet?

-- Regards Robert

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#2 posted 11-26-2017 03:20 PM

For me, art in its’ many forms holds little interest. What does interest me about it is “how” it was created.

Never been to Los Angeles, but if I ever get there I’ll be sure to visit the museum.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 11-26-2017 04:01 PM

I envy your proximity to such magnificent creations. Thank you for sharing.

And now for another dose of reality – don’t sell yourself short on the creativity – tastes change, 500 years from now you and I might be recognized as great masters who inspired and influenced others. You cannot predict what will stand the test of time, so create for art for the joy it brings you today and let the future decide what is important. Two of the most famous Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt are the ones that their successors tried to erase from the official records.

Take care,
John

-- Leafherder

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Mark Wilson

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#4 posted 11-26-2017 06:08 PM

Thanks, John.
Lew, I don’t think so. I looked up that extraordinary piece. I hadn’t seen it before. There was mention of it in a few different places. Some Things move around. Who’s to know to whom it “belongs?”

-- Mark

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#5 posted 11-26-2017 07:53 PM

Awesome, what craftsmen they were & didn’t have the tools we have today.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 11-26-2017 08:41 PM

the getty is an amazing place filled with the greatest art work of all time, we are very fortunate to be able to visit whenever we want.for those of you that ever visit L.A.its a must see.thanks for sharing your pics mark.gotta get back myself.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 11-26-2017 08:56 PM

When we didn’t measure by time and money? Spectacular marquetry. I understand how it could be overwhelming.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 11-26-2017 11:07 PM

Mark, when I was there last, this desk from above was positioned so you could walk around it. I thought it was wonderful craftsmanship and artistry. Doc has a point, but I think the problem now is that we measure our time by money. Have you been to the Getty Villa in the Malibu area?

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 11-27-2017 12:04 AM

Amazing work. Thanks for posting.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 11-27-2017 02:32 AM

Thanks again for the tour Mark. .... and if you were asking about the coffer above the question, yes, I believe it is attributed to Boulle although I have heard Pierre Gole’s name associated with it as well. If you look closely at the front panel you can see that it is the source for the motif I used on the top of my jewellery box. I did make a few accommodations to fit my shape of course.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Mark Wilson

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#11 posted 11-27-2017 09:15 AM


Mark, when I was there last, this desk from above was positioned so you could walk around it. I thought it was wonderful craftsmanship and artistry. Doc has a point, but I think the problem now is that we measure our time by money. Have you been to the Getty Villa in the Malibu area?

- Boxguy

No, Al, I haven’t. But, one of these days, someone will drag will to Malibu early enough in the day to do so.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 11-27-2017 09:22 AM



Thanks again for the tour Mark. .... and if you were asking about the coffer above the question, yes, I believe it is attributed to Boulle although I have heard Pierre Gole s name associated with it as well. If you look closely at the front panel you can see that it is the source for the motif I used on the top of my jewellery box. I did make a few accommodations to fit my shape of course.

Great, Paul. Yet another master of the craft I get to be envious of. Speaking of jewelry boxes, here are some photos I left out, for space’s sake (the loading was getting extremely slow):

- shipwright


-- Mark

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