Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Rekindling old flames
By sheer coincidence, my buying the expensive fake candle, 'My New Flame' corresponds exactly with me buying this fake candlestick - proof, if it were needed, that I was not lying when I said I had a paradoxical love for all things pastiche.
Well, to be honest, I bought this stick in the slim hope that it might be an original Dutch, 17th century one worth about 100 times more than I paid for it, but the seller was not lying either when he described it as an early 20th century copy made as an electric lamp.
I had already made up my mind to be honest about it's restoration if I thought that it had been made in around 1920, and now I am rewiring it (using a couple of yards of rather expensive, silver cloth-clad retro flex running through the original Bakelite grommet) and fitting it with one of those flickering light bulbs that I (for some reason) love so much.
My clients hang on every word of advice I give them about good taste and classical decor, but I wonder if they would ever see me in the same light again if they happened to see this little interior decor project.
Tasteful, or just crass? What (as Molly Golver would ask) do YOU think?