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December 12, 2011

So, after last week’s flirtation with walking pneumonia, which included zombifying cough syrups and long stretches of daytime napping, I decided to spend today out in preparation for work on Monday. This meant spending most of the time at the antique malls and stores of Orange’s Old Towne … specifically the Orange Circle Antique Mall … specifically space no. 114, which specializes in Mid-century and Danish modern furniture and decorative objects. I love space no. 114 because the vendors never fail to offer an amazing mix of items, including furniture, decorative items and artwork, even lighting, in a variety of materials. Specifically, I appreciate their obvious affection for animal figurines. Whether in crystal, wood, ceramic or metal, their offerings always convey a sense of whimsy and fine design. Here’re the feathered and furry creatures I bagged today, joined by objéts and succulents from my own collections:

Boulders + Bison

Two boulder-like ceramic vases (sporting cool echeverias) mimic the dynamic curvaceousness of this ‘Bison’, signed by Jage. Finished in both matte and shiny glazes and mounted on an attractive slice of limestone, this is one striking buffalo.

Cattle + Catnapper

Horizontal striations decorate a cylindrical Japanese vessel (planted vertically with spiky aloes), its purity of form the perfect foil for the highly stylized creatures at its base. A glossy ceramic cousin of Pooh’s Eeyore grazes calmly, while a true fat cat indulges in an extended desktop snooze.

King + Kurves

Handmade, this earthenware King of the Jungle sports a smile so amiable it’s hard to imagine him roaring a threat … He’s crowned by a sunny ’50s-era ceramic piece planted with playful succulents that echo his petaled mane.

Hummer + Hedgehog

Two final creatures, both wood and both reduced to their most basic forms: a honey-colored hedgehog and a sweet little hummingbird. The hedgehog’s quills are etched graphically onto its curved back, while the hummer sits pensively on a swirling mound of driftwood. Both creatures contrast warmly in the company of gray-blue echeverias and senecios.

I hate to leave them but my new creatures will have to fend for themselves … it’s back to commuting and deadlines in the morning …

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2011 3:16 pm

    So glad to hear you’re improved. Eeyore needs to accompany you to work, to remind you to take it slooow.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 12, 2011 3:51 pm

      Today I am my own Eeyore! Thanks, Denise

  2. Pearl permalink
    December 13, 2011 3:42 am

    Love the photography and your new treasures. Must visit space no. 114!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 13, 2011 4:11 am

      Great, let me know what you come away with!

  3. Britney Judge permalink
    December 13, 2011 1:32 pm

    So beautiful, Reuben! Of course I love everything, but especially the tall circular, tubular thing with the aloe plant… very nice. Tell Inky and Frito that I love them.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 13, 2011 1:39 pm

      Thanks, Brit… Frinky return the sentiment!

  4. Guida Quon permalink
    December 14, 2011 6:05 pm

    Simply FAB!!!!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 14, 2011 7:31 pm

      Thanks, Guida… and I’m sorry we didn’t think of it until we were almost to Orange, but we should’ve brought your amazing technicolor umbrella to you!

  5. December 21, 2011 2:09 am

    I love the hummer–I’ve seen the living ones strike that very pose.

    Glad you are feeling better!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 21, 2011 2:11 am

      Now if only I could find time to post again: I hate the holidays!

      • December 21, 2011 10:36 am

        Me, too! I hope you’re having a great holiday season, but I miss your posts!

      • reubix1 permalink*
        December 21, 2011 4:09 pm

        Hey, there! I’m having an okay time but still sickly (Paul now, too)… We’re missing all the great parties as a result … New posts coming soon; thanks for missing them!

  6. Vickie permalink
    December 22, 2011 5:39 am

    You and Paul find the most amazing things…And inspire so many… Thanks to you guys I sold a couple more planters today. Another truck and the first trike wheel. I was afraid you hadn’t kicked the bug yet with no new posts. And you just had to give it to Paul. Hope you don’t trade it back again.. Hope you both will feel better very soon. Wishing you and all the others who comment all the blessings of the holidays.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 22, 2011 5:57 am

      Hi, Vickie, you’re sweet to think of us… I don’t know what’s harder for me at this point: surprise coughing jags or no-new-posts blog guilt! I hope to send a decent holiday post by this weekend … hope you and Tom are doing well and congrats on selling your great planters!

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