Thursday, February 21, 2008

It's in the Shadow

This is one of my most favorite small tables. Not only is the color really neat, but the size and shape lend it to being placed just about anywhere you want to see it. And the carving detail is what really captures my eye. As the light changes during the day, different shadows are cast and the design takes on a life of its own. I can imagine this piece having lived in the overcast day of early Spring somewhere in Stockholm or in the outer fringes of Seattle. I can just as easily picture it supporting a spring bouquet somewhere in south Louisiana or the high country of Utah. It is at home in a modest dwelling, but would be just as perfect in the entry or back hallway of a grand domain. Lamps, books, a cup of tea, a small display of antique silver, the prize specimens from a stamp collection -- all are perfect for such a welcoming stage. Utilitarian as well as decorative, this table is a "must" in the list of those things that can make our everyday special. Just to glance at it as you pass through a room is a delight for the eye!

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