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A Day
Observed

A story presented by

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 pair of sterling silver necked, heavy cut crystal decanters that sit in a sterling silver locking stand.  This is an exceptional piece in both quality and design.  The thickness and quality of the cutting in the crystal decanters themselves is superb, but this is matched by the design and quality of the locking stand that they sit in.

The idea of a locking decanter came about as more exotic and expensive spirits became available throughout developing households across the planet, the need to secure them from unwanted attention did also!  Bottles, for the most part were unattractive, and often not sealed particularly well.  So, spirits that could be kept for longer, were decanted into more highly decorative and expensive vessels that were sealed tightly, and then displayed as a show of wealth and sophistication in the burgeoning middle and upper classes.  This is an excellent example.

This set is made by the American company; Hawkes.   After immigrating from Ireland in 1862, landing in Brooklyn, he began working for Hoare and Dailey Cut Glass Firm.  Upon learning the trade he decided to embark on his own venture, establishing Hawkes Rich Cut Glass, which then incorporated into T. G. Hawkes & Company in 1890.  A year before incorporation the Hawkes company displayed its wares at the Universal Exposition, in Paris, where it won acclaim and a Grand Prize. Hawkes went on to become the one of the leading names in glassware in America, if not the world.  His glassware was a permanent fixture in the White House from 1885 until 1938, and adorned the American Embassy in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  In the company's prime, in the early 1900's, they were at a staff of around four hundred employees, and were up to three locations.  Corning, NY, was nicknamed the "Crystal City".

The sterling silver mounts and holders were also made by Hawkes, as they had taken this into the workshop by 1913, after usually outsourcing silver work to the likes of Gorham and Durgin.  However, there are a number of pieces that were made for Tiffany & Co. and retailed by them using Hawkes glass.  There is a flask on the website that is exactly the same type of cutting signed only Tiffany & Co., earlier than this, that would have more than likely also been made at the Hawkes factory.  

The design of the piece is superb.  The two bottle stoppers are incorporated into the body of the frame, that once unlocked, and pulled up, turn to free and, at the same time, open the bottles.  The bottles can then be removed from the frame.  The condition of the entire set is superb.  The frames and bottles are all signed Hawkes, and there is a product restoration number stamped into the base.  A superb piece of American design history, produced in the 1920's.


Price $3,795.00

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Item Dimensions
Height
10 inches (25.4cm)
Width
9 inches (22.86cm)