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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

DESIGN: 'Tablescape'

These show what David Hicks called a ‘tablescape’: there is an Indian ivory carving of palanquin with figures in a glass box; a British Colonel’s fly whisk with a Sphinx’s head; four ivory and inlay ‘mahout’ sticks used to prod elephants behind their giant, floppy ears; two tortoise shells of great antiquity and, next to them, an Etruscan eye;  a mother-of-pearl gunpowder casket and, behind, a pink and cream fan with a tortoiseshell centre – a treasured gift from the South Pacific.   A Japanese Art deco lamp lights the scene that often makes me smile and remember my travels.

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