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 very large plaster model of a 1930's Hudson car, painted in a metallic sky blue by auto car paint manufacturers; Ditzler.  This very rare, potentially unique display model,  would have originally found itself either in a car dealership, or an auto paint supply store. Its purpose, to more visually showcase the range of paint colours available for respraying cars.  A number of these lined up, painted in a spectrum of colour would have been quite the sight.  Formed in plaster and then hand painted, including small trim details, the model is a fantastic piece of art, as well as useful promotional tool for this, and other fabulous paint colours.

This car has been modeled on the Hudson car company's "Super 6" line, which was originally launched in 1916.  Judging by the styling of this example, it is likely to be from the third or fourth generation of cars produced from 1933 all the way through to 1951.  With its very distinctive, almost boat like lines, these cars was very popular with the American public during the twentieth Century, based on both value and eye catching design.

The more exposed front hubcaps of the model are stamped "Ditzler".  The Ditzler Color Company was established in Detroit, Michigan, in 1902 as a specialist in auto paints.  Eventually being bought out in 1928 by the Pittsburg Plate Glass Company (now PPG) they helped paint some of the period's most distinctive and recognizable vehicles.  On the inside of the model are two numbers: "#145" and "Dye 10345". One would imagine that "145" was the model number for this car, while the "dye" number would be for this metallic blue paint, which the customer could order from.

Due to the fragile nature of these models, they are very rare, and only a small handful have ever come up for sale.  There is a little crazing to the paintwork in places, and a fe w touch up points to the details of the bumpers etc, but nothing that detracts to the overall rich visual impact this model has. Perfect for any car collector's garage, or for a fan of the heyday of American car design.

Price $3,450.00


Item Dimensions
26.5 inches (67.31cm)
9 inches (22.86cm)