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ColoradoLady hosts Vintage Thingies Thursday and this is the second week I’ve remember to play along. Wonders never cease! -smile-
~ kitchen mantle ~
The two pieces between the old Aladdin lamp and Grandmother’s green pitcher are Bedouin made. Dave bargained for them in a small shop in Marrakesh and, when the deal was completed, both Dave and the shop owner were well pleased. I think the shop owner was well pleased because Dave did pay Something for the pieces; the shop owner was adamant food was being taken from the mouths of his children but Dave held firm. As in a lot of world areas, bargaining is both a skill and an art in the Middle East and Dave has always “done himself proud” as they say around here. He’s good at bargaining, some call it haggling, and to watch him in action is a thing of beauty indeed. Well Done!
The Aladdin lamp came from Daddy’s side of the family but I can’t remember where. I do know it’s old, early 1900’s, perhaps late 1800’s, I’m really not sure.
Above the mantle is a copy of the The Gleaners by Jean-Francois Millot. Although the 1857 original is an oil painting, this is a sepia lithograph and the original now hangs in the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. It drew fantastic criticism when first unveiled because it offended the middle and upper classes. Perhaps they didn’t realize even cake comes from flour…? I adore our lithograph and think it’s totally appropriate in our farmhouse kitchen.