Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My Nineteenth Century Dining Table

Description read:
A 19th Century Louis XVI style, mahogany and marquetry dining table, attributed to the famous Parisian cabinet maker Haentges Frères. The frieze is beautifully inlaid with entrelac and paterae marquetry of tulipwood, boxwood and amaranth, and the legs have finely cast gilt-bronze mounts. The brass catches underneath are stamped E.T.S.C.D.G.V.F. A PARIS. The two central leaves have been replaced with new leaves which have been made by hand to a very high standard and which are almost indistinguishable from the original sections. 292cm wide x 129cm deep x 74cm high,(115" wide x 51" deep x 29" high)
Photo provided by Willow
To Write Your Own Magpie



A historical masterpiece 
 Covered in oil cloth  
Expected to protect
One on top of the other
Forming a sticky seal,
 Leaving its residue.

Peeling and peeling
Each layer exposing
Obscurity and toil
Years of covering up
postures and impressions
Hoping to find 
Beauty beneath unspoiled .

And if spoiled praying that
Restoration is possible.

31 comments:

Myrna R. said...

Kristen, this is beautiful, it has layers of meanings as well.

Thank you for your wonderful comment to me on my blog. (I kept meaning to respond sooner but...) Yes, I cheer you on my friend.

Alakaline said...

This is lovely Kristen!

jabblog said...

I like the image of peeling back layers to find the beauty - the truth - underneath.

Kay L. Davies said...

I like it. I feel like that about my grandmother's dining table, hoping restoration is possible.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Maureen Newman said...

This poem morrors some lives. After many years of abuse or storage, it can require revisiting or resurfacing.

thingy said...

Oh, nice.

So many layers.

willow said...

So many layers of time to peel away. Restoration on so many levels. Nice, Kristen.

The Hausfrau said...

I like the layers. Nicely done!

Strummed Words said...

Nie images of refurbishing!

Helen said...

Restoration is always possible ...

Jinksy said...

And all this from a dilapidated clock face!

kaykuala said...

Kristen, a masterpiece your poem and the object for restoration.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Very nice- layers of life can hide the beauty within.

Glenn Buttkus said...

Good read, Kristen, and I love
the texture of it, something always
alluring of how antiques become
nostalgia that we can live with,
share daily, relate to, connect
us to yesterday, to yesteryear,
and then the double pleasure
of stroking and eating on
mahogany. Then you take
us further, into that need
we have to know more,
our anthropological bent;
and even more to what
is beauty, and how do we,
or should we preserve it.

Tumblewords: said...

It's always nice to read about the search for beauty within! Nice work!

signed...bkm said...

restoration of art, be it a painting or the art peeling though layers of who we are...nice write...bkm

Cad said...

I often feel I could do with a little restoration myself!Though I might not relish the thought of peeling away layers of me in the physical world! LOL

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

just be careful...I always gag when I watch Antiques Roadshow and the appraiser says "Well this would have been worth significantly more if you hadn't restored it!"

seriously, this was wonderfully written.

Kristen Haskell said...

Rene- I watch that too and I agree completely. I really don't own this table it was all made up for the poem. Thanks for your words of encouragement. :)

Reflections said...

Beautiful take on this prompt... and beneath the layers lies so many mysteries...

artswebshow.com said...

This is cool.
Well thought out.
Nicely executed

Jingle said...

love your wonders based on the prompt.
insightful magpie.

Jingle Poetry said...

keep it up.



hope to see you at our week 11 potluck tonight.

any poems are welcome,
linking in early would be of most beneficial to have your work read and commented by fellow participants.

kavisionz said...

Oh.. this was rich and textured, and with an almost sad undertone to it...
And the description before the poem was just WOW - I mean the attention to detail there was absolutely amazing! Subsequently, the poem you have written adds to the underlying significance of the piece in question...
Both the parts were really well done indeed! A 10/10 take on the Magpie!!

Carrie Burtt said...

Kristen restoration is such a necessary part of our lives...this poem is truly lovely and profound. I love it! :-)

razzamadazzle said...

This is a beautiful poem on so many levels. Excellent!

Teresa

Steve said...

A restoritive piece. Thank you.

kathew said...

scratch the surface to find tue beauty-nicely written

ninotaziz said...

Beauty beneath unspoiled .


This alone is a poem in itself. I loved the whole flow, Kristen - but this line - will be a classic gem.

Jingle said...

My Magpie

has some awards/treats in it, have fun and enjoy the blog love.

Happy Thanksgiving.

kickoutthejams said...

Lovely piece Kristen, layers upon layers of meaning...