Archive for March, 2010

Good Shabbos chair, kinda, sorta, week 6

Posted in 1851 Great Exhibition, 19th cent., chair, overfussy tastes on March 31, 2010 by babylonbaroque

As it has been a mad mad week, and ending early as I need to spend Easter with family, I am doing a lazy man post for my Shabbos post. My EARLY shabbos, pre Easter post.

Instead of pretentious musing, how about some pretty pictures of chairs.

Unidentified (save for the State Chair from the 1851 Exhibition) and beautiful.

I will be shopping for new seating shortly, unfortunately my depleted budget allows for IKEA, I don’t remember an assemble your own State chair.

Wishing all a Good Pasach, Good Shabbos, and a Happy Easter.

Good night.

Good Shabbos chair, week 5

Posted in Aesthetic Movement, chair, Chas. Tisch, furniture on March 26, 2010 by babylonbaroque

My thoughts this week have been of home, I am currently taking a U.S. History course, and my beloved Philadelphia continues to pop up.

When I think of Philly, Federal architecture of course comes to mind, but I also recall the wondrous beauties of the American Aesthetic/Queen Anne movement.If you wander along Pine or any little side street  behind Rittenhouse Square you will stumble upon jawdroppers. The Centennial influenced much of this nostalgic architecture, but I imagine fashion, fashion from our Mother country, Great Britain held greater influence.

With that said I present this broken pedimented beauty by Charles Tisch

Side Chair

Charles Tisch,  active 1870-90

Rosewood, misc. woods, brass, silk upholstery

Possible Place Made, NY, NY

ca. 1885

approx. 39x23x20

Brooklyn Museum

I love this period, it’s rigid interpretation of Queen Anne, the ebonized Aesthetic Movement influence. This is a very American spin on the Aesthetic Movement, it lacks the grace of Godwin, but what it lacks in poetry it compensates with comfortable proportions.

There is a vulgarity to the chair, but of course that is what draws me to it.

A really wonderful book exploring both English and American versions of the Queen Anne Movement is “Sweetness and Light, the Queen Anne Movement 1860-1890”, by Mark Girouard, published by Yale Press. It is a marvelous resource.

Well, I must return to my studies, curious as to how this Revolution thing turns out.

Good Shabbos

Good Shabbos chair, week 4

Posted in 19th cent., bergere, chair, Egyptian Revival, furniture, P.E. Guerin on March 19, 2010 by babylonbaroque

This frankly forlorn looking Egyptian Revival bergere may seem an unlikely candidate for a Shabbos chair, but I am a sucker for faded beauty.


Pottier & Stymus


mounts, Guerin, New York

Rosewood,burl walnut, gilt, and patinated metal mounts, original upholstery

ca. 1870

approximate dimensions:38x30x29

Brooklyn Museum

This chair, also manufactured by Pottier & Stymus(last weeks Neo-Grec by P&S) has mounts made by (P.E.)Guerin, and original uphostery. The Brooklyn Museum, seeing the value of the original covering is treating it as an upholstery document. It is worthy of such archival care. The unfigured green silk is to compensate for losses. The green silk damask is original (cleaned in place if you were concerned). The trim is modern but era appropriate.

I wish I had access to the mounts, P.E. Guerin and their wonderful workshop on Jane St. is a wonder. I am so happy there is still room for the quality and beauty they offer.

In keeping with the Egyptomania theme, I close with this sweet image of baby Moses and his adoptive parent.

Good Shabbos

Happy St.Patricks Day

Posted in St. Patrick on March 16, 2010 by babylonbaroque

Remember, wear a touch of green ( or orange if you are a grumpy Protestant).

Have a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

good night.

Recquiscat in Pace Julius Caeser

Posted in R.I.P. on March 14, 2010 by babylonbaroque

Beware the Ides of March!

R.I. P.

Julius Caeser

15 March 44 B.C.

Good Shabbos, chair 3

Posted in 19th cent., chair, furniture, Pottier & Stymus Mfg. on March 12, 2010 by babylonbaroque

In my continued effort to find the perfect chair for Shabbos I present this neo-Grec beauty.

Side Chair


attributed to Pottier& Stymus Mfg. Corp.


walnut, mahogany,

rosewood, cedar,

enameled porcelain medallion

approx. 37x18x18

Metropolitan Museum of Art

This is an old favorite of mine, I always look for it when visiting the Met.

I have long favored 19th century Neo-Classical designs for the very reasons  that they are disparaged. I love how the initial plan was for some Grecian purity, then the designer’s mind wandered over to the Egypto palm designs. Owen Jones made it way to easy to pop over from one century and country to another.

For that I am thankful.

I first came to love the prettiness of pale pinks and blues because of this lovely medallion.

I love the lotus patterns, picked out in gilt, the incised decoration lending a refinded barbarity to the chair.

Really, it’s just a fantastic chair.

Good Shabbos.

Alexander McQueen, how did we lose you?

Posted in Fashion-art, Mc Queen on March 11, 2010 by babylonbaroque

Alexander Mc Queen’s last work was revealed today, and it is of course stunning.

I welled up when I heard the descriptions of his work on NPR. How he referenced Old Master paintings. the lavish beautiful complicated construction.

Such a thoughtful , deep souled artist.   I will miss the beauty he didn’t have the chance to create.

stunning, fit for a czarina.

Love the Lions of Judah rampant.

Fit for an Empress.

Beauty beyond belief.

Not much more to say, just ponder the wonders left to us.

Good night.