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A Day
Observed

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Scene 1:
‘Morning’

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:
‘Noon’

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:
‘Evening’

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:
‘Night’

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

‘A DAY OBSERVED’
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

Foundwell

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A solid eighteen carat yellow gold honey bee with paveé set sapphire body and ruby set eyes.  This stunning little, highly detailed and beautifully made study of the honey bee.  The level of attention to detail is wonderful on suxh a small pin. It is really close to actual scale of the winged insect, if not exactly to scale.  All of the detail to wings, the feet and the head all combine to make this a very lifelike pin.

Bees are critically important pollinators responsible for pollinating a remarkable 80% of all flowering plants and 75% of all fruits, vegetables, and nuts grown in the United States. Of the approximate 4000 bee species in North America, it is the hive forming domesticated honeybee that collects sugary nectar and converts it to honey to be stored as a food source for the colony and the Queen when the weather turns cold. Hives are the epitome of organization with the Queen, drones, and worker bees each having designated chores and responsibilities that keep the colony alive and well. 

The first people to keep honeybees in hives and harvest honey were the ancient Egyptians. They kept honeybees in upside down woven baskets called “skeps” which are still produced today. Ancient Egyptians believed that honeybees were born from the tears of the Sun God, Ra. They believed that honeybees represented the Pharoah’s sovereignty over Egypt and therefore were a symbol of royalty.

In ancient Judaism, bees were symbolic of a peaceful and successful community with individuals working selflessly for the benefit of all.

In ancient Greece, bees represented celebration, prosperity, and figured prominently in Greek Mythology. It is said that when Zeus, King of the Gods, was born his father, Kronos, wanted to kill him. His mother hid the infant Zeus in a cave that was home to sacred bees who fed the infant honey until he was grown and dethroned his father to become King of the Gods. Zeus rewarded the bees by making them bright gold in color.

In the 1800’s Napoleon Bonaparte was named Emperor of France and needed a heraldic animal to adorn his new coat of arms. After much discussion with his advisors, it was decided that the symbol would be the “Napoleonic bee”. The idea came from the unearthed tomb of King Childeric (436-481) of the ancient Merovingian dynasty. Within Childeric’s tomb were found three hundred golden jeweled bees each inlaid with garnet wings. The three hundred jeweled bees resided at the Louvre in Paris until 1831 when they were stolen and melted down (only 2 bees survive). These Childeric bees so caught the imagination of Napoleon that he and Josephine both wore coronation robes covered in jeweled bees. The rugs, upholstery, wallpaper, and dishes in their home were adorned with bees. And of course, their jewelry depicted bees as well.  

Fast forward approximately 150 years, and a jeweler in New York, Herbert Rosenthal, made bee jewellery  fashionable. The Herbert Rosenthal Jewelry Corporation was founded in 1945 in New York city and originally manufactured decorations for Christmas trees. It was in 1962 that Rosenthal registered 2 jewelry trademarks. The first trademark was “accent on value” and was active from 1962 to 1984. The second trademark was “HR” and was active from 1962 to 1987. The business manufactured rings, bracelets, earrings, and brooches using 18K gold, silver, precious and semi-precious gemstones. It was in the mid 1960’s that Herbert Rosenthal created his iconic bee pin under the “HR” trademark. These bees were so intricately designed and meticulously crafted that they looked like live honeybees about to take flight after having rolled in a pile of gold dust, diamonds, and gemstones. They were so cute and adorable that Herbert Rosenthal became famous in the jewelry industry and his business enjoyed even greater success than before. However, as if often said, fame can be a double-edged sword. The extraordinary success of the Rosenthal bees led other jewelry manufacturers to copy his designs. And while imitation may be flattering, Rosenthal believed that the copying of his design would have a negative financial impact on his company, so he sued. It was a long and complicated court battle that resulted in a mixed verdict. The court ruled that Rosenthal’s design had been infringed upon, but that his trademark was invalid. However, the popularity of Rosenthal’s jeweled bee designs and the notoriety of his court case caught the attention of executives at Tiffany & Co. who hired Herbert Rosenthal to be the official designer of bees (and other insects) for Tiffany. The bees he designed for Tiffany & Co. did not bear the signature of Herbert Rosenthal. Only a handful of designers (Elsa Peretti, Paloma Picasso, Jean Schlumberger, etc.) have had the honor of signing their names to pieces they designed for Tiffany & Co. Nevertheless, New York jewellery designer Herbert Rosenthal continued to manufacture his tiny jeweled masterpieces under his signature “HR” trademark. Today, Rosenthal bees are highly collectible and sought after by both bee lovers and jewelry connoisseurs.

Perhaps even more important that owning a Rosenthal jeweled bee, is wearing it. Traditionally, women wear brooches on the lapel between the shoulder and the neck, as seen in almost every photograph of Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. However, wearing brooches in unusual ways can highlight the brooch and add a touch of whimsey to any outfit.

The pin is signed on one wing "18k" for eighteen carat gold, and "H R" on the oppposite wing for American jewellery Herbert Rosenthal.  Rosenthal is known for his bee pins, and they are wonderful pieces.  Rosenthal made his exquisite jeweled bees throughout the 60s and 70s. Often imitated, you can tell a Rosenthal bee by its superb quality.  This example features nineteen brilliant cut, bright blue, clean sapphires with an average diameter of 1.25 mm, and two ruby eyes (apprx. 1.4 mm each) all set in this solid gold body. The piece is approximately 18mm long with a 20mm wing span.

The bee fastens via a pin on the back of the underneath of the body. It secures with a locking C-clasp. The condition overall is excellent with no condition issues at all.  It is believed that this is an earlier example of his work.  Made in New York, circa 1970's.


Price $2,250.00

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