Outtakes from The New York Times

Nearly 3 years ago Andrea Codrington Lippke wrote an article about me and my collection which appeared in The New York Times. The result of that amazing exposure was overwhelming and I still get emails from collectors and curators worldwide who read the article. I was thrilled to be on the cover of the Home & Garden section and ended up with a 1-1/2 page article with photos, as well as an online slideshow which included 10 more images. But a few photos never saw the light of day. Please take a look at this trio, which were shot for the article but ended up on the cutting room floor.

The assembled items for this monochromatic still life include a silver mounted Jackfield teapot, “Scottish Thistle” crystal cordialetched glass celery vase and silver resist lustre jug. The cluster of 3 objects on the right are metal chisels made from engine parts, “made-do’s” in their own right, which Mark found in a recycling shop in Mali.

These pieces all have sterling silver repairs, some with rare hallmarks. As most items with inventive repairs are unsigned, I yearn for anything showing a repairer’s mark. The helmet form cream jug, out of focus in the back, has a uniquely repaired handle made from a silver spoon. The sparrow beak jug in the center has a simple loop handle with silversmith’s hallmarks, and the Chinese Imari mug on the right has an exquisitely crafted replacement handle. Stay tuned for information on the cut crystal goblet at the far left, which I will post in the near future.

And this is the vintage medical cabinet where I keep some of my favorite pieces in my collection, on perpetual rotation. If you look carefully you will see early Micky Mouse collectibles and unusual miniatures mixed in.

Thanks again to Andrea Codrington Lippke and Ira Lippke for their beautiful writing and photography!

Photos courtesy of Ira Lippke for The New York Times.

6 Responses to “Outtakes from The New York Times”

  1. Wonderful! Looks like you might have to add on a room?

  2. Diane says:

    Another of your followers drawn in by the NYT article. So glad you posted these wonderful photos. Just a beautiful, imaginative collection.

  3. Jonathan Rickard says:

    It was this article that brought you to my attention and, subsequently, the invitation to speak about your collecting at the 2012 annual Eastfield Village “dish camp.” My chagrin that I missed the weekend while hospitalized so have yet to meet you!

  4. Dave says:

    Another follower from the NYT article. I eagerly await your weekly posts.

    Thank you


  5. Susan Adler Sobol says:

    Me, too! I found you through that New York Times article. I was so pleased to find someone who found beauty in the imperfect. Oh, the stories your pieces could tell!

  6. imogen88 says:

    Glad to find out about the article and see these photos of these rescued objects. They come up so well in the cabinet too, just really brilliant. They must bring daily joy!

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