Monday, March 31, 2008

NEVER PASS UP A TREASURE............




This advice came from none other than British actress Brenda Blethyn who recently played the role of Grace Turner(mother of James McAvoy's Robbie)in Atonement. Brenda was an avid collector at one time(perhaps she still is)and it seems several years ago she especially enjoyed antiquing when she was in Australia filming In The Winter Dark. I found an old issue of BBC Homes & Antiques where Ms. Blethyn told of the one that got away....... As Brenda passed the same quaint little shop in the Blue Mountains each day, she discovered a wonderful treasure; " And I fell in love with the most exquisite Art Deco dancing lady holding a ball. But I dithered. We were two hours from Sydney and that long flight home. The piece was heavy and quite expensive, too. On last day of filming, the chief make-up artist invited the cast to her home for lunch. And there, in the middle of the table was my dancing lady. I couldn't say anything, of course, except how lovely she was. But oh, the regret..."

Can I ever relate to this. I've lost count of how many times I've seen something that I really wanted but for some reason just didn't buy it at that moment only to literally return to the store a week or sometimes even only a day or two later and of course it would be gone. I've learned my lesson about this and one of the last really good purchases I made I only pondered on for about an hour before taking the plunge and buying an older edition of John Ruskin's Modern Painters. Just how old the book was I wasn't sure of because the description on the ad didn't say. I wasn't particularly looking for an old edition of this book but wanted desperately to read it and was perfectly content to buy a modern version when I found this great little book on ebay. I was so taken with the Art Nouveau gold floral design and loved the flowers wrapped with a pale blue ribbon on the cover. I decided to take the plunge and make the purchase. I'm so glad that I did because when the book arrived,the first thing I saw when opening the cover was an inscription to one Nanna Morton with the date December 25, 1900. I wonder what Ms. Morton thought of her treasure that Christmas, how often she read it, and how it possibly changed her life in some way. This book was indeed considered "The Bible" for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of artists based out of England in the mid to late 1800's, whom I happen to have a rather unhealthy obsession with. I knew the read would be very engaging and it certainly has been. Yes, I'm so glad I followed my instinct and made this purchase.

7 comments:

DeeDee said...

I can completely identify with this...I have passed up wonderful things I just knew I could not live without, to find that indeed it was hard to live without! Perhaps the other side of this, is that I have become quite impulsive in my buying habits which sometimes has it's downside...Good post...Dee Dee

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

This book looks like an absolute treasure. I'm glad you followed your heart and picked it up. Please, share more pictures of its pages with us, I would love to see more....

Lavinia

Rebecca said...

Thank you Lavinia. I just grabbed my camera to attempt a retake of the inscription to Ms. Morton. The calligraphy is so beautiful. I truly love this book.

Rebecca

rochambeau said...

So happy to find you here in blogland Rebecca. You look marvelous in your hat!! Maybe someday we can take tea. It is such a marvelous pastime! Glad you were able to get the great Pre~ Raphaelite book. Did you ever read Pre~Raphaelite's in love by Gay Daily? That taught me so much about the period.

I'm going to link you now.
Constance

Rebecca said...

Constance,

I'm so glad you could stop by. Yes, tea would be wonderful!

Pre-Raphaelites In Love is very interesting. I remember getting that from the library once. Rossetti and Burne-Jones are my favorites from the period.

Thank you for the link...will certainly do the same...

Teafully,
Rebecca

blushbutter said...

your sight was a lovely find, on my search of the wonderful artist ~ Harrison Fisher

this book is absolutely stunning thank-you for sharing your photos with us, and I echo a previous poster, I too would love to see more! beautiful hat's and writing thank-you!
blushbutter
from www.blushbutter.com

Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for your kind comments, Blushbutter, and welcome to the Tea Society! You know, there aren't any more illustrations in that particular book but I need to try and photograph the inscription again. My earlier attempts didn't really turn out.