I really like this lamp. It could go in a Hobbit or Fairy House. I didn’t make the base of the lampshade wide enough in my sketch.
by Dirk Van Erp, California circa 1912-1915; Copper base, mica and copper shade
Sketch 095: Copper Lamp by Dirk Van Erp (1862-1933), Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Charles L. and Jane D. Kaufmann, 1989
I sketched the chair seat a couple of times, working on the angle. I still think it’s off a bit.
Egypt, circa 1450 BCE; Wood, ebony, ivory
Description from the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
The back of this wooden chair, which belonged to the scribe Reniseneb, is handsomely veneered with ivory and embellished with incised decoration showing the owner seated on a chair of identical form. It is the earliest surviving chair with such a representation, and it is the only non-royal example known. The scene and accompanying text have funerary import and may have been added following Renyseneb’s death to make the chair a more suitable funerary object. The high quality of its joinery and the harmony of its proportions testify to the skill of ancient Egyptian carpenters. The mesh seat has been restored following ancient models.
Sketch 087: Chair of Reniseneb, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Patricia R. Lassalle Gift, 1968
It’s been two weeks since I used an artifact from the Metropolitan Museum of Art for my sketches. I wonder if they missed me.
You may have noticed that a lot of my sketch objects are from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They have quite the collection of practically everything! But, as I do have shoes of my own, I thought I’d include at least one pair in my Shoe Series.
I have two pair of Crocs: a summer pair (the green, with holes) and a winter pair (black, no holes). I only wear them in the yard. The green, hole-y ones are too cold in the winter and the black, solid ones are too hot in the summer.
Summer Crocs, with the holes for air ventilation
Sketch 072: Summer Crocs (not the Metropolitan Museum of Art, although I did search the online collection after I sketched mine, wondering if, indeed, they had a pair. None showed up. Maybe I should donate mine. Hmmmm . . . )
Here are links to some of the museum’s shoes that caught my eye.
Rosenbloom’s Slippers red, with tassels
Shoes by Steven Arpad, with quite the upturn at the toe
Shoes to wear in the forest by Beth Levine
Gold leather evening Oxfords by Alfred J. Cammeyer
A good design lives forever
I worked this sketch twice trying to get the angle right; it’s still not aligned to the photo.
circa 1580-1479 BCE; Egypt; Papyrus
Sketch 071: Pair of Papyrus Sandals; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1922
Fascinating that this shoe dates from the early 1700s. A lasting design.
early 1700s; European; silk, linen, leather
Sketch 070: Silk Mule; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Herman Delman, 1954