I’ve been actively avoiding wordpress and non-business emails this whole year! WordPress because I still hate the blue and white ‘simplified’ thing- but now I’ve found a way to get to the regular add new post by going to the dashboard. I also hate the new reader. It’s confusing. Hard to see who wrote what. I don’t like change. I’ve just gotten comfortable with the old format, I don’t want to waste my time learning a whole new thing.
I’ve been working a lot lately. Much more than usual. I still have mirrors and side tables and an outdoor table and a number of other things to find for that project that began in December. Someone brought me a coffee-pot they want to sell. It’s tiny, under 6 inches. Probably modelled by Johann Jakob Irminger circa 1712.
It’s got some issues. The lid doesn’t appear original (although of the same period). It’s also got three tiny chips. The gold mounts are quite beautiful. There’s an almost identical piece with darker glaze at the British Museum. In perfect condition it would be worth around 50,000 euros (US$ 66,845). Alas, it is not in perfect condition. It’s going to have to go to London to be inspected by someone who knows more about this than me- then my job is to select the best venue/method of sale and wait for a commission. I hate commissions. It seems so undignified to take them.
A cousin contacted me a couple of days ago. Not a close cousin (those, I avoid). He’s French. His name is Jean and he’s always been exceedingly kind to me. His wife had a stroke a few months ago and they need a break, a few days in the sun. So they’re arriving on the 1st of February for a week. He’s from a rather grand and interesting part of the family (I won’t deny I’m a bit envious of his history). In the portrait below you can see his great-grandfather, N. Thiebaut (furthest to the right, standing up), at the signing of the peace treaty that ended the Spanish-American war (circa 1898?). The painting is hanging in the White House.