Monday, May 10, 2010

Architectural Accessories

You may have noticed in previous posts we have a penchant at Knickerbocker Antiques & Vintage for elaborate birdcages as decorative accessories. People often assume we must keep birds as pets, which isn’t the case at all, my interest in these fanciful structures is purely an aesthetic one. The miniature domes, columns, and arches utilized on these thoughtfully designed pieces make them something like a classical architectural model.

Pictured here is a lovely example crafted of Indian rosewood and iron with gilded details featuring a wealth of classic architectural design elements including a row of columns surmounted by urns and an intricate copula atop the dome. This beautiful piece including the elegant stand is to be auctioned tomorrow at the Christie’s Interiors sale in London.

Also up for sale in the Christie’s auction is what may very well be the ultimate architecturally inspired home accessory. This show-stopping conversation piece is actually a cupboard designed in the form of an English Palladian townhouse complete with brick detailing, fluted pilasters, individual window mullions, and a columned entry beneath an arched fanlight.

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