Sunday, December 26, 2010

Decorative Indulgences

Dalvabrothers photo
Decorative artists take ordinary objects and elevate them into works of beauty. This baroque footstool is a fabulous example of what ornate decoration can produce.

As cultures evolved, the desire to decorate their daily lives also evolved. The elite and courts commissioned artists to transform their worlds with ornate interpretations of common objects.

Dalvabrothers photo
Decorative footstools amaze me. This is a rare set of four stools, the first photo is a detail shot of one of them.  They are Italian circa 1700 and have their original crimson velvet with silver applique' on them. They may be purchased here.

Not as comfortable, but just as beautiful is this stone carved stool.

Simpler in design, this neoclassical  footstool has lion heads at each corner.

objectsplus photo
This neoclassical tabouret( a stool without a back or arms) is partial gilt italian 18th c. I love the shade of blue against the gilt flowers. You may purchase it here

Tara Bradford photo

Blogger Tara Bradford featured this stool in her blog.

Italian artist Pelagio Pelagi worked for noblemen and kings creating mostly paintings but also worked with sculpture and decorative furniture. Look at those fabulous cabriole legs and winged angels!  I am now on the look out for a fabulous tabouret!


Cashon&Co said...

You always post the most interesting things. I love antiques so of course this is very interesting to me!

Gina said...

Dear Theresa, Yes, you do post the most interesting things. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us in the New Year. And speaking of the New Year, I wish you health and happiness for 2011.

Vernita Hoyt said...

I love your blog! You always have the most interesting objects on display.

Brillante Interiors said...

All the best for a sparkling New year full of joy ...and art!

patrickgracewood said...

Theresa, this post makes me want to put my feet up! But first I guess I'd have to carve something fancier than my camel saddle stool.

Anonymous said...

oh - I want the tabouret! I clicked on "you may purchase it here" and realized, once again, that dreaming is free.

thanks, Theresa, for a lovely post! and the Happiest of New Year's to you.


Theresa Cheek said...

LOL! Cleta! My cats would think it was for them! I don't think I will be purchasing one any time soon.

home before dark said...

Love the artistry...and, of course, the eccentricity of it all. Sure makes an upholstered ottoman look like a fur ball.

ceecee said...

Dear Theresa,
I hope you're beginning the new year with your feet propped up like a queen. Wishing you a very Happy 2011!
Catherine xx

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