Antiques for Today's Lifestyes
Submitted by VickiD on Sun, 10/03/2010 - 11:25am
Chinese antiques paired with contemporay art adds impact.
Antiques For Today's Lifestyle
By Howard Wiggins
Many customers today enjoy a wide range of choices when it comes to furnishing and accessorizing their home. Yet oftentimes, pieces from different eras or generations are overlooked. Why not choose items from the past? Using treasures from the past connects you with your family or heritage or, shows special interest in those items which can be shared with others.
Howard Wiggins Interior Design had the recent challenge of creating interest on the shortest wall of a bedroom which was interrupted by a doorway. Using the concept of asymmetry to offset the doorway, a new style oriental bird cage with a long carved stem was placed beside a Chinese storage trunk adorned with cloisonnes fittings and hardware. Next, an oil portrait by artist Jennifer Bailey was hung above the trunk to bring the eye upward and emphasize this as the focal point of the wall. A Chinese terracotta burial figurine from the 4th century B.C. was then placed on top of the storage trunk, further adding a stair step effect of flecked gold cloisonnes covered jars and Imari dishes on stands to complete the vignette. In order to counterbalance the height of the bird cage, a pairing of oriental vases were next added to the opposite side of the storage trunk. To achieve a greater sense of weight, Howard Wiggins Interior Design had the vases placed within a bronze container. Finally, the vases were filled with leafy bamboo shoots to give a feeling of airiness and height, without interrupting the line of sight from the intruding doorway.
Each month, I will highlight new photos, in the hope of challenging you to think outside the box, as well as, to encourage you to purchase an antique or add to your present collection, for the express purpose of giving it new life in your home!