Marie Antoinette's gold Breguet pocket watch, ca. 1827. It took 44 years to complete after it was first commissioned in 1793. Marie
Breguet company was founded 225 years ago, one of the oldest watch companies in the world. Breguet is now part of the Swatch Group Company. Pocket Watch 1907BA/12 is a luxurious watch, which is made of 18 carat gold. The movement is hand made.
The Cafesjians Carousel at Como Park in St. Paul, Minnesota. Built in 1914 at a cost of $8500, it was commissioned for use at the Minnesota State Fair where it stood until 1988 when it was put up for auction. At this time and organization called "Our Fair Carousel" formed to preserve the iconic landmark. After a 10 year restoration project, it was first housed at Bandanna Square in St. Paul and eventually was moved to its own pavilion in St.
Gustav Klimt: Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907. Oil and gold on canvas. It took three years to complete the portrait, which was destined to have a complicated history. Purchased by Ronald Lauder for the Neue Galerie, New York (where it has been on display since 2006).
I'm with the BAND
It took me years to train this duck. And it was all worth it! Muaaahahaha!
I was so confused at first. took me forever to see it right
A silk purse embroidered by Marie Antoinette while imprisoned in the Temple. This too was formerly owned by Madame de Tourzel and as a nice touch, it was listed with a replica of Marie Antoinette’s final letter, sent to her sister in law Madame Élisabeth on the 16th October 1793. This purse was expected to sell for €12,000 – €15,000 but went for €97,700.
Interesting 1955 article about the transition from kilt to Aboyne dress. It took a few years... transition was not made in one shot.
fun with photography
Pair of hammered, gold chalices; ca. 2200-2000 BCE NE Iran. Gold was not indigenous to N.E Iran but in Sumerian creation myths it came from the mysterious Dilmun “the place where the sun rises,” and considered the site at which creation took place. The gold was probably mined in Anatolia (Turkey). Gold was often recycled in ancient Mesopotamia.
Marie Antoinette's bedroom in Versailles...if only....
"I remember in the first film there was this amazing big golden dragon egg that opened up and was crystal inside. One afternoon I just put it in a pillowcase and smuggled it home. But a few days after, Warner Brothers started this massive hunt to find out who took the dragon egg, so I had to anonymously hand it in and hope no one would guess it was me." - Rupert Grint.
Still can't believe it took me 5 years to realize that Channing Tatum was the love interest in this one :-P
Movies I love
Marie Antoinette's watch, perhaps the one sent to her by her mother, her most prized possession
home and decor
Elspeth Beard, shortly after becoming first Englishwoman to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle. The journey took 3 years and covered 48,000 miles
People who inspire me
Duplex Watch, 1800, Museum of London. This duplex pocket watch was made by William Ilbery, a watchmaker who specialised in making fine enamelled watches for export to China and the Far East. Ilbery was one of the first London manufacturers to produce watches in the style known as 'la montre chinoise' ('the Chinese watch'). His original workshop was located on Goswell Street in the City of London. At some point during this period Ilbery took on his son as a business partner...
The Crab Nebulae a supernova that was first observed by Indian, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese astronomers as a new "star" in the sky on July 4, 1054. The supernova was visible to the naked eye for about two years after its first observation. It was happened the same time and year of the Great Schism of the Catholic church. Crab Nebulae is currently expanding again.
This baby was three weeks old and was resting comfortably in her car seat when the mother took a picture - After the picture was developed, she saw the gray image next to the baby that appeared to be another baby - The mother had lost her first baby due to a miscarriage and thinks that this was her lost baby coming to watch over her newborn sister.
Photo postcard showing the dog cemetery on the north side of Hyde Park, near Victoria Gate, the cemetery was in use for nearly 40 years, around the end of the nineteenth century. Packed tightly together in a now neglected patch of ground behind Victoria Lodge lie the graves and memorials of some 200 cherished pets. It is thought that the first burial took place here when a dog belonging to the Duke of Cambridge died in the lodge, and it later became fashionable.