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When I was writing the descriptive paragraph for the Travel Journal Box,
below, I was thinking about how different it is for those who travel today.
Preparing for a trip to France and Italy I have been doing considerable
reading. Not novels, not historical tomes, not reports of someone else's
travels but travel books that provide the most detailed kind of information
beyond anything you can imagine. Did you know that travel guides are a
relatively new phenomenon. Thirty years ago there were none to speak of.
Today there is a new series called Eye Witness Travel Guides that are
filled with the most minute and exact information about even the tiniest
cities and towns of whatever country in which you have interest. I have
never gone to Italy before. I am not particularly interested in religious
paintings of which Italy has a proliferation and with the exception of
a an occasional church here or there I have had my fill of looking at
churches. But this little book speaks of towns where I can see villas
designed and built by Andrea Palladio in the 16th century. Takes one street
by street through each town showing the exact location of each building
with a fair amount of information about both the architect and his designs.
Reading it, seeing the drawn street maps with facsimiles of the building
facades, and seeing photographs of many of the most important places of
interest is almost like being there with a tour guide.
In any case, my reading has changed my itinerary. I am going to visit
Venice and then Padua, Vicenza and Verona. Palladio was born in Vicenza
and his beautiful villas fill the surrounding towns. And if his name sounds
a bit familiar to you; those windows you see everywhere today, paned with
arches of panes over them, those were designed by and named for him Remember
his name. I will have more to tell you about him when I return.
K. The Rickshaw Box. (Also spelled Ricksha.) This is the
latest version of a Rickshaw and quite different than those we had before.
me of an English Chaise which was a type of conveyance used in the 18th
and early 19th centuries. This Rickshaw, as opposed to the others we
have had, is more like something that would have been privately owned
not used for public transportation. It is very elegant and lined in what
seems to be a deep rose silk, or velvet. It is obviously meant for a
lady of high rank. Done in ebony lacquer and gold with very graceful
back and shafts, it projects an appearance of great wealth. In it is
the Lady of the House, dressed in an exquisite kimono and she is cradling
a lovely bouquet of roses which match the trim of her costume. Inside,
a Banzai Tree, painted, and the clasp is an Oriental lady with her parasol.
Retail: About $255.00. Our price: $229.90. NEW and an elegant reminder
of a trip to the Orient.
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L. The Rickshaw Box #2. As it was in the Orient prior to World War
2 when coolies were the means of locomotion. Inside the Rickshaw, two
oriental ladies, one carrying a fan. The wheels and shafts are antiqued
metal. Notice the posture of the coolie, it's called "putting your
back into it".
Inside the box can be seen "The Teahouse of the August Moon".
The clasp is a Geisha with Parasol. Retail: About $275.00. Our price:
$248.90. NEW Very authentic.
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M. The Japanese Bridge with Geisha and Parasol Box. She is carrying
her fan in her hand, folded, and her obi is clearly detailed on the back
of her kimono. A charming scene that really could take place in Japan
as well as Monet's Water Garden. (The box is reminiscent of The Water
Garden paintings of Monet.) Inside, a water lily with a visiting dragon
fly, painted. The clasp, a Geisha with parasol. Retail: About $285.00.
Our price: $256.90. NEW and truly beautiful!
M1. The Geisha's Garden Pagoda Box. I looked at this box and knew
instantly that it belonged with The Water Garden Bridge with Geisha and
Parasol Box. The clasp is the lady crossing the bridge and the feeling
of both boxes is that they are two different vistas of the same garden.
This lovely piece is set on a tiny rise with steps leading up to it and
it is more of a teahouse than a religious structure. It brings to mind
a French or English Folly rather than a real Pagoda. It would do beautifully
in any garden that had an oriental feeling to it, something using river
stones to indicate water, perhaps. The box is done entirely in relief
and there is lots of detail to it; the fence, the greens, the roof tiles,
the steps. Inside is a view of it from a distance away. The clasp is the
Geisha. Retail: About $$225.00. Our price: $202.90. NEW and extraordinarily
The following item is by Special
N. The Travel Journal Box. An open book with the day's writing
and a nib point pen, you dipped it in ink to write, laying across it.
The underside of the box is a "leather bound" cover and the clasp is a
quill. Many years ago when people traveled they kept journals, writing
in them daily with very detailed accounts of their experiences. Often
these were published because newspapers did not then have foreign bureaus
and radio and telephone did not come until later, so journals were often
what brought information about other countries to the reading public.
Of course, because travel was not then as easy as it is today, very few
people traveled in the 19th century or even in the early 20th century.
It was very costly and the time required, because of the differences in
transportation, made it all but impossible for any but the very rich.
It was not until the advent of the airplane that world travel became a
reality for anyone who wasn't wealthy. The airplane brought it into the
reach first of the middle class and then of almost everyone. Mark Twain
paid for his travels by writing several books, "The Innocents Abroad"
being the most famous. He "journaled" his travel and that, along with
letters written to his sister, are what formed the basis of his classic.
Our price: $182.90. NEW The maker of this box has asked
that we not discount it.
O. The Japanese Geisha Box. This elegant looking young woman
studied for years before she was permitted the title of Geisha. Contrary
thinking in this country, in Japan Geishas were not sexual objects. They
were very carefully schooled in pleasing men, but not with sexual favors.
They entertained and soothed them and pleased them by creating an atmosphere
of complete relaxation but sex was not involved. Their charm, beauty
grace was legendary. Their schooling included music and dancing as well
as conversational skills, hostessing and every nuance of how to please
but sexual pleasure was not part of it. Being a Geisha was an honorable
profession and they were treated with great respect. Geishas often performed
in plays. They really were almost like actresses who performed a stylized
ritualistic service for their individual customers. Here our Geisha
wearing a magnificent kimono with a lavish obi that matches the trim
on the kimono sleeves and neckline. Notice that the sleeves are faced
a contrasting color. The hairstyle is typical of the style affected by
Geishas. Their dress, as their behavior, was dictated by tradition.
is carrying a fan and inside the box is another fan. The clasp is unimportant.
Our price: $214.90. NEW A lovely representation.
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