Wednesday, June 25, 2014

the house I call "home" now . . . (4)

Jou kombers en my matras

Our study is a Colonial combination; from the English claw-and-ball desk and bankers desk lamp to the Indian sari that became a curtain drape.

The inspiration for the design of the claw-and-ball foot came from a Chinese motif of a dragon’s claw clutching a pearl or crystal ball.

Chinese dragon claw-and-ball design
The lion claw-and-ball foot made its appearance in English baroque furniture designs.
Victorian lion feet bathtub claw-and-ball feet
In America an eagle’s talon replaced the English lion claw.

Cast iron eagle claw and glass ball design of 1890

Christo had his desk made with 8 curved claw-and-ball legs.
Bankers desk lamps are rich in history and the basic idea of the design can be traced back to the Renaissance and the Baroque periods. During the Edwardian style, the advocate or bankers lamp and shade became popular. The green shade protected the office workers from the harsh light of the first electric incandescent globes.

I made the cushion on the Victorian two-seater from an embroidered lappie I bought in the old city of Yerushaláyim (or Jerusalem) at the end of 2006.

Christo bought the sari at Little India on our visit to Singapore in 2012. A sari is associated with grace and is widely regarded as a symbol of Indian culture. I love this room, and the sari has a lot to do with my affection!

A full view of the study is not available, because the plastic crates full of books will spoil the illusion of a stylish room!