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Description Sculptures produced of burnt red clay, with subjects from the ancient myth of the beautiful Psyche and of the god Eros (in Latin Amor), who fell in love with her, were made as bozzettas, i.e. modellos for the sandstone sculptures in the garden of the chateau in Slavkov near Brno. They were commissioned by Count Dominik Ondřej Kounic (1655–1705), who as imperiál Vice-Chancellor lived in Vienna. There he may have seen the workshop products commissioned for the baroque garden in Slavkov, a cycle of sandstone sculptures on the themes from the mythology of the Antiquity. However, over the centuries, many changes were made in the garden so that now its original baroque appearance is hard to reconstruct. The sculptures of Amor and Psyche and of Jupiter with Amor are among the few still remaining in their original places. Both modellos are masterful pieces of sculpture, with lively, spontaneous modelling, which is absent from the final workshop realization in sandstone.
Description This Crochet Chair prototype is one of two prototypes made for the Crochet Furniture series launched in 2006 (also offering lamps and coffee tables). It was first hand-crocheted, then dipped in resin and placed on a chair mold to dry. Finally the mold was removed, rendering the form a fully functional seat. This object debuted at Design Miami/ 2006, where it was exhibited in Smart Deco, a collaboration between Barry Friedman, Ltd. and the highly influential Dutch design group Droog. Only twenty were produced in the subsequent production edition. By combining the traditional craft of crochet with contemporary design, Wanders has created an object that offers a contemporary twist on hand-sewn “upholstery.”
Description Bronze figure of Bastet: this solid cast figure of the goddess Bastet represents her as a woman with cat's head wearing a heavily patterned long garment. Her eyes have gold inlays and her ears are pierced for earrings. Of all the maned lion goddesses who were revered for their ferocity, Bastet alone was later transformed into the less terrible cat. The female cat was particularly noted for her fecundity, and so Bastet was adored as goddess of fertility and, with less obvious logic, of festivity and intoxication. As evidence of her fecundity no less than four kittens sit at her feet. Another perches inside the sistrum or Egyptian rattle, which she carries in her hand to symbolize the other facet of her personality, for it is a musical instrument connected with merrymaking. Originally there were two horizontal rods inside the hoop bearing metal discs intended to make a clashing sound when the instrument was shaken. The face of the goddess Hathor, who was also connected with music, appears on the sistrum's handle. Across her chest Bastet carries an aegis or broad collar, surmounted by a lion goddess' head wearing a sun disc, perhaps representing Bastet herself in her original fierce manifestation. The 'aegis' is probably to be interpreted as the top of the counterpoise to a 'menyet' collar of loosely strung beads, another musical instrument connected with merrymaking; when shaken the beads would clack together. There is a hieroglyphic text around the edges of the plinth, largely eroded or erased.
Description This plate by J. Chapman depicts examples of early huts, and the imagined African, hermit, and monk that would dwell within.
Description Entitled , this work presents memories of clouds that exist between the past and the future. All these works have begun from traces of people. Kim's representations of the traces are scattered and remain in the layers of time.
Description This cabinet was made by a Dutch craftsman to imitate the expensive lacquered Chinese and Japanese chests imported by the Dutch East India Company. The painter adapted some motifs, such as the pagodas on the drawer fronts, from Chinese porcelains, but the figures are only Asian by virtue of their long embroidered coats with sashes. The headwear, including feather headdresses, is completely fanciful. Some figures are actually Native Americans, adapted from engravings of 1584 reporting English explorations of Virginia. On the exterior side panels are remarkable adaptations of engravings recording a French expedition of 1564 to Florida. Young "Floridians" play competitive games while beautiful birds imaginative renderings of the bird of paradise from the East Indies swoop around them. The maker surely hoped that his customers would just enjoy the exotic details.
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