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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 set of four sterling silver side dishes in the shape of four leaf clovers. This exceptionally rare and beautifully made set of dishes were made in the Cartier workshop in London, England. Not known for a large number of pieces to be produced, the London workshop was world renowned for making pieces of exceptional quality. Recently celebrating its one hundredth anniversary, the London workshop has moved back above the flagship London store at 175 New Bond Street, and is slowly working to produce items of exceptional quality and rarity.


The origins of Cartier being in London owes some debt of gratitude to King Edward VII. One of his first acts as King was to suggest that Cartier open a London branch. A very good reason for the being Cartier received orders for 27 tiaras for his Coronation! From that point on, Cartier was always a destination for the upper echelons of English society and a host ofRoyals to furnish either their homes, or themselves.

The supposed future King Edward VIII proposed marriage to Wallis Simpson with a Cartier ring featuring an emerald of more than nineteen carats. That same year the Duke of York (later George VI) presented his wife, later the Queen Mother, with the celebrated London-made “Halo” tiara which was used by the Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day.It was not just limited to English royalty either;The Queen of Hyderabad,  Maharaja of Nawanagar were amoung a host of others notable dignitaries that frequented Cartier's London workshop for magisterial jewellery.  Not to mention being the home of some of Cartier’s great watches; The Pebble and of course the London ‘Crash’.


A story that is both fabulous, and a great advertisement to the quality of the workshop comes from an extract from an article written to recently celebrate the London workshop's one hundredth anniversary by Mr. N. Foulkes for the Financial Times;


"Peter Wilding was a historian, author, aesthete, collector and friend of Ian Fleming. One day he and the creator of 007 were strolling along Bond Street when they stopped to admire some Fabergé boxes. Fleming said to Wilding, “I bet you couldn’t get boxes made like that again.” Wilding took up the challenge and began what jewellery historian Judy Rudoe described as his extraordinary collaboration with Cartier: 17 gold, enamel and gem-set cigarette boxes of such beauty that they are now in the British Museum. Wilding felt the connection to Cartier London deeply, referring to it as “my little jewellery shop”. "


This lovely hand made set of four matching side dishes were also perhaps a custom piece, and perhaps share a wonderful history. The dishes sit on three ball feet, and have a small curled handle where the stem of the clover would be. Each of the four dishes has the unique stamped Cartier serial number for production, and the full English assay hallmarks for the London workshop, having been made in 1937, shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War that would forever change the landscape of Europe. The set is in superb condition, with no issues. They are presented in their original, leather and gilt, hand-tooled Cartier box. The inside of which is no longer present, but the original box nonetheless. Rare in its own right. A spectacular piece of history, as well as being a beautiful set of matching  dishes.


Price $6,595.00

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