Friday, 3 July 2009
A Pretty Couple.. Who Are They?
This is one of me after a good night out nursing a massive hangover.
... and of me having problems with my computer.
More seriously, can you tell me where these carvings come from?
On my travels through life I love to collect things along the way, things that remind me of my experiences and of the special qualities of the place.
This often means buying attractive artefacts and handicrafts, though it's increasingly dificult to find something that's old but not just made for tourists. Anything that's more than a few decades old usually comes with a high price because the locals know its worth.
Strangely some of the nicest ethnic antiques that I've found have surfaced not in their place of origin but in Europe. As a result they weren't so expensive as nobody knows what they are or where they come from.
In an antique shop in Topsham, Devon I bought a delightful pair of wooden carvings of a husband and wife in traditional dress, at a broccante in Auray in Brittany a baleful red mask and at a car boot sale in Taunton, Somerset a fine tribal mask.
All are old, all are of good quality and none of them is mass produced for tourists as far as I can tell. My problem is I don't know exactly what they are or where they came from.
Of course I do have some idea, but can you please add a Comment telling me their origins. Someone out there knows or can suggest where I could send the images to have them appraised.
They are all beautiful things but they would mean much more to me if I knew exactly what they are.
They might even be worth something!
Andrew Hicks The "Thai Girl" Blog July 2009