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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Dunhill Carltonware Set

Dunhill Carltonware Set

In 1907, when Alfred Dunhill started offering custom blends of tobacco for London’s most discerning gentlemen, few could have predicted that his company would one day sell everything from briefcases to bespoke suits around the globe. But in short order, his operation became something of an early-20th-century English answer to Hermès, creating quotidian luxuries produced by the best of Britain’s craftsmen. Whether essential tools for the motorist or elegant accessories for the man at leisure, Dunhill had British high society covered.

What is presented here epitomizes this esteemed position: a possibly unique cocktail shaker with corresponding cups and an exceptionally rare table lighter, offered by New York–based vintage dealer Alan Bedwell.

Like all of the pieces in the group, the silver-plated shaker—which has a vibrant red-lacquer finish and depicts a hummingbird in flight, hand-painted in gold—was made by a firm called Carlton Ware, located about 160 miles northwest of London in Stoke-on-Trent. The company was a frequent partner in Dunhill’s efforts, and though the shaker itself is not signed by the tobacconist, the other items in this grouping bear its trademark. (Bedwell, whose business, Foundwell, specializes in vintage barware, says the items were made in the 1930s, at the height of Art Deco mania.) The lift-arm lighter, crafted from brass and plated with gold, is based on a design introduced in 1928. With its similar burgundy finish and hand-painted pagoda, it serves as an ideal companion to the shaker, and its solid construction underscores the company’s position as a preeminent maker of these elegant artifacts. Despite nearing its centenary, it works perfectly with modern lighter fluid. The ceramic cups feature an emerald finish, and their interiors have been washed with gold.

“[Dunhill] became famous for making exquisite pieces such as these to furnish the urbane gentleman’s lifestyle,” says Bedwell. “I have similar items in my personal collection, because they’re just as appropriate—I’d say essential—now as they were then.” Justin Fenner

Price $5,800.00