A Day

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Scene 1:

It was a bright cold day with glassy surfaces that looked hard.
Into the square frame he stood as if in a dream.

What emerged was precisely what he expected to find: a reflection of memory images. Contemplating his face in the photo frame he waited.

1960s lucite and chrome 3 image photo frame

By the steady hands of his watch, he listened to time. Every day for the past sixteen days he saw her. Silver lingered in the crease of
an open book.

Rolex burlwood dial, Jubilee bracelet Miniature
oar English university trophy, sterling silver.

So absorbed in his thoughts
he hardly saw the platinum catch-all, the key, or the revelation locked inside those lapis lazuli cufflinks tossed unmistakably in cold blue.

Hans Hanson catch-all. Mid-century, Danish sterling silver. Stirrup money clip, by Hermès. Padlock keyring, sterling silver " Tie bar-slide " Round lapis lazuli cufflinks" Square cufflinks, two tone rose and yellow gold, diamond."

Only by whirling on his heel could he hope to comprehend
the panorama.

Shoe horn, circa 1930. American sterling silver
Scene 2:

He remained.Trapped in that enormous room,
unmistakably familiar in feeling yet so peculiar.

Above the mantle was
displayed an Austrian hound
of impeccable integrity.

Hagenauer sculpture, 1930

His gaze fell on the letter opener. By accident she had learnt more about his life from the contents of that letter than anywhere.

Dunhill letter opener with lighter top, circa 1950

Cleopatra’s eye reflected
the sun. Through the hypnotism
of precious metals there
emerged a dark slender shadow.

Cleopatra’s eye magnifying glass. Mid-century, gold plated
Hermès weighted pen. Silver plated.

A lighter presented itself, smooth to the touch
it gave the impression of
intelligent company.

Table lighter St Dupont, circa 1960. Gold plate
Scene 3:

All this time light was receding from the room.

“I should explain why I spend so much time here”, said the silhouette. Leaves moved like shadows across her eyes.

Hermès rope bottle opener. Plated silver.

It’s not too late to turn back. Time moved with faint sounds.

Venini hourglass. Hand-blown lurid Murano glass.

He unscrewed the telescopic cup, rolled and remained still. Black eyes on the dice prophesied a new cycle.

Telescopic cup, J. E. Cauldwell. Gold plated. Dice,
Cartier for America. Vitreous enamel glass, silver

Staring down at the varnished surface her mouth worried him while her eyes examined the gold cufflink.

Audemar Piguet evening watch. gold plated, Roman dial, alligator strap
Scene 4:

Everything went crashing black.

Pale graceful hands placed
the gold stud box delicately
on the table.

Men’s Edwardian jewellery box, 1910. Gold plated.
Mid-century British cigar ashtray. Sterling silver and crystal.

He lit a match to make sure the watch had really stopped. Smoke lingered from its vesta case.

Realist wrapped tobacco leaf march vesta. Silver.

As the travel clock neared
one the figure vanished into dappled shadows.

Art Deco Jaeger LeCoultre travel clock.
Gold and silver plated. Retailed by Aspray.

On the newly varnished table two bronze shot cups sat alive like in a dream.

Tooth shot cup by Foundwell. Bronze and silver plated.
Set of 4, 3 silver 1 gold. Heath & Midleton champagne decanters circa 1900.
Sterling silver and glass.
The End

A story by FOUNDWELL
Photography Matthieu Lavanchy, creative direction OK-RM,
notes by Kate O’Brien and objects selected by Alan Bedwell

A story by FOUNDWELL
Photography Matthieu Lavanchy,
creative direction OK-RM
notes by Kate O’Brien
and objects selected by Alan Bedwell

Early and Rare Sterling Silver Gorham Martini Mixing Bucket

Golf Cocktail Shaker
and Matching Golf Bag Cup

Sterling Silver Woven Bottle Coaster



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A Carlton Ware ceramic hand painted tobacco jar made for Dunhill.  This is a rare companion piece for the Dunhill table lift arm lighter of the same pattern.  They partnered on a special version of the classic petrol 'lift arm' table lighter model which was introduced by Dunhill, first appearing in their catalogue in 1957.  An example of this is also for sale on this website. 

The body of the jar features the classic Japanese imagery of cranes flying, a pagoda, and a stunning example of classic architecture, all meticulously hand painted to the beautiful deep metallic burgundy glaze base.  The lid also features more beautifully hand executed images.

Carlton Ware was founded in Stoke on Trent, the Victorian pottery capital of England, in 1890.  They are perhaps best known for making the ceramic figures for the Guinness Brewing company, along with their work with Dunhill.  They made a number of jars similar to this that perfectly accompanied the decorated lighter bodies made and decorated by the ceramic artists.  It is therefore unusual for an example such as this to appear, as research has not turned up a lighter with a body decorated like this, and signed Dunhill.

The signature that featured on the base was one that was used by Carlton Ware from 1925 all the way up until 1970.  It is difficult to accurately date the piece, but knowing that the two companies were working together from the 1950's, it would be fair to assume this piece dates circa 1950's.  This would tie in with the introduction of the matching lighter.

The jar is in excellent fully original condition.  The original rubber seal around the interior rim of the lid is still in tact.  It has dried, but still helps to keep a good seal.  On the inside of the larger lid is a piece of natural sponge which can be soaked in the distilled water and propylene glycol blend. This piece could still be used to keep plant derived products in, and keep them fresh.  Made in England, circa 1950's.

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Item Dimensions
5.25 inches (13.335cm)
6 inches (15.24cm)