Saturday, 27 August 2011

Mark to marquetry

In recent posts we’ve featured cities and souvenirs – now here’s something related to both. This incredible olivewood, bone and mother of pearl model of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is perhaps one of the earliest ever souvenir buildings – it was probably based on drawings by Bernadino Amico in the 1590s to record the rebuilding of the church. Models like this were made under Franciscan supervision as gifts for diplomats, as well as souvenirs of the Grand Tour.

We’ve previously mentioned that marquetry and mosaics are emerging trends. But if you want to ‘get the look’ for a lot less than the £39,000 this collectable item sold for at Bonhams auction house recently, we’ve got just the thing at ShopCurious.

Check out our selection of reasonably priced mother of pearl and bone inlaid wooden souvenir boxes. They’re great as unusual gifts – and they’re curiously useful too.

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David said...

That is indeed a delightful little box you have there Susan but would it be big enough I wonder to keep my collection of pre 1970 bicycle inner tube valves in?
By the way - how about a few more photos of you hob-nobbing with the rich and famous of 'that' London to bring a touch of metropolitan glamour to our (my) humdrum life? As you know I particularly enjoyed your close encounter with the great Mr Redgrave being a bit of a devotee of the boats with blades myself!

Susan said...

I'm sure we can find a box big enough for your inner-tubes, David - sounds like you need our personal shopping service - can deliver metropolitan glamour anywhere in the world. Love your new website, by the way x

Profoundly Superficial said...

Syria has a wonderful marquetry tradition. Boxes but also frames and mirrors.