Saturday, November 22, 2008

Just pictures | No Words Required . . .

I hope these amazing images will inspire you and get your weekend off to a great start. Each one can be enlarged. Enjoy!

My recent saves from Pixdaus.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

René Magritte | 110th birthday today . . .

When I clicked on Google today, this is what I saw.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA Google is celebrating the 110th birthday of Rene Magritte by incorporating some of Magritte's masterpieces with the Google logo. Ever so often, Google adds a "doodle" or a decoration they make to their logo. Over the years doodles have become one of the most beloved parts of Google. The doodle selection process aims to celebrate interesting events and anniversaries around the world that reflect Google's personality and love of innovation.

Today is René Magritte's 110th birthday.

Painting in the Museum of Modern Art.

Painting Sold November 5-6, 2008 in NYC
Christie's ~ Price Realized ~ $3,544,500.

René Magritte (1898-1967)
L'Empire des Lumières
Signed 'Magritte' (upper left)
Gouache on paper 11 5/8 x 9¼ in. (29.5 x 23.5 cm.)
Painted in 1947.

Happy Birthday to
René Magritte Belgian surrealist artist.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Rare pair of pocket watches circa 1815 reached over $2 million . . .

Geneva, Switzerland: Watch auctioneer Antiquorum set new two new auction records with its important collector's wristwatches, pocket watches, clocks and horological tools auction last weekend, November 15–16.

The star of the sale was "The Royal Presentation Mirror-Image Pair" of gold and painted on enamel and pearl-set, rare pocket watches made circa 1815, which reached a worldwide auction price of $2,177,554.

A Patek Philippe pink gold perpetual calendar chronograph, saw enthusiastic bidding that also propelled it to a world record price of $1,148,891.

"The extraordinary results indicate that the passion for rare and important watches continues despite worldwide economic concerns," said Robert Maron, chairman of Antiquorum. The entire auction totaled $12 million.

All prices have been converted from Swiss Francs to US dollars.

When you go home for Thanksgiving, check all the jewelry boxes and ask all your relatives if they have any old family timepieces.

Take care of your antiques and they'll take care of you.

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Wine for Thanksgiving Day . . .

Wallace Church Thanksgiving wine.

I found this a while back at The Dieline, a great package design website. Look closely at the graphic. So clever and simple. One bent tine with a dot instantly transforms a fork into a turkey.

I have no other information about this timely wine. I don't know whether it is conceptual or actually available. You will have to inquire at your local wine merchant.


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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Thanksgiving Turkey Illustrated Quote . . .

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T H A N K S G I V I N G . . .


I can't believe Thanksgiving Day is one week from tomorrow. It is my favorite holiday; no presents...just food...what could be better than that?

I am still mowing the grass! I saw pictures on the news of a big snowstorm in upstate New York that is probably headed my way. I am using my walk-behind mower because of a problem with the rider. It's always something, isn't it? I should finish today...after 3 straight days. It looks great; nice and short with no leaves!

I have to get busy and start polishing some silver. I will use this Georgian silver food warming domb to cover the turkey on my early Staffordshire well and tree platter.

The best part of this great North American holiday is the leftovers. Everything tastes better to the cook the second time around. I made the first graphic long ago. I still love it. The scan is from one of my antiquarian books.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Coldplay | Viva La Vida | three versions . . .

With Chris Martin:

With Lyrics so you can sing along:

PS22 Chorus .. Thanks to Deanna.

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Benjamin Franklin Money and Lending Quote . . .

If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he would definitely be blogging about the financial crisis and the credit crunch!

This quote is from Poor Richard's Almanack. Very timely, isn't it?

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