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rhineisfine

British Columbia, Canada

tl;dr: I love sparkly things! I'm a happily chaotic collector of "stuff that I like". At the moment, that includes vintage rhinestone jewellery (mainly Sherman),tl;dr: I love sparkly things! I'm a happily chaotic collector of "stuff that I like". At the moment, that includes vintage rhinestone jewellery (mainly Sherman), vintage fountain pens, Buddha statues, old handkerchiefs, furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloths - not necessarily old ones), incense paraphernalia, , Japanese pottery and other items for use in sake-drinking, everyday tea-drinking and Chanoyu (tea ceremony), nicely carved wood things, kimono, and the odd religious medal. Functional beauty is my great love. I enjoy using the items I collect, although I strive to keep them all in beautiful condition so that they'll last and last. Because I live in an apartment, I can't go too nuts with collecting so this is the perfect place to show what I have *and* express my joy in the treasures you've found. Shared enjoyment is the best kind. (Read more)

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Green-teal starburst Sherman brooch and earring set - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
My mother's "emerald" Coro bracelet - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry

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  1. P.S. The word that appears in my comment as "Day?" should actually be "Dayu", with a macron (straight bar) over the 'u' to indicate that the vowel is pronounced extra long. The word - meaning courtesa...
  2. @steviej, I found out something about the subject matter of your scroll. The subject is a "Hell Courtesan" (to use the common English translation), or Jigoku Day? in Japanese. The Hell Courtesan seems...
  3. Wow, super stunning Sherman demi-parure! Those bluebell/lavender colours are gorgeous, and the design is really unusual. Wonderful find.
  4. Wow, a really dazzling piece!
  5. Such glittering clear rhinestones, gracefully arranged - truly there's nothing like Sherman! Congratulations on your find :)
  6. This is just a guess (so take with all the salt), but to me this feels distinctly Art Deco. It has a real elegance about it. Also, it really reminds me of old-style microphones! Such as this one: ...
  7. kwqd, yes it definitely can be high maintenance! Some Hagi ware is very porous and sometimes "crackly" - I think usually when made with rougher, more particulate clay. Once I bought an unused Hagi ...
  8. kwqd, just wanted to add that if you're curious about senchado, you can try to find a copy of the one book in English (to date) on the subject, which is: "Tea of the Sages: The Art of Sencha" by Patri...
  9. You are right, my wording was incorrect, my apologies. I shouldn't have said all Hagi wares, as that's patently not true. What I meant to say is, the notch is typically found only in Hagi ware - I don...
  10. Hello Bill, those are both awesome finds! I did a quick Google and found another example of your brooch - the seller says it's from the 1930s and is selling theirs for close to $700, so assuming yo...
  11. This is a very sweet little brooch! The colours are beautiful. I did a little cursory Googling, and it very much resembles a number of rhinestone brooches (variously described as "bee" or "fly") ma...
  12. This is an utterly charming piece. The Scottie dog's pose is adorable, the floral/leaf design is very pleasing, and the red (paint? enamel?) beautifully complements the brass lid. Wonderful find! Y...
  13. Ms.CrystalShip, thank you so much for that tip on the costume jewellery site, and for the info on the bracelet's age! I had no idea it could date as early as 1940. My mother could have been very young...
  14. Ms. CrystalShip, thank you for your lovely comments, and for your kind welcome. I'm glad you like the set. My little "shoulder devil", ha ha - I wouldn't have given in to it, honestly - I couldn't ...
  15. The deliberately cut notch in the kodai (foot) is characteristic of all Hagi wares: https://kogeijapan.com/locale/en_US/hagiyaki/ These are almost indended for sencha, but I am not sure they would...
  16. Gorgeous piece with a magical play of colours. Thank you for sharing it :)
  17. Very elegant! I love the different blues, and the rhodium plating is very crisp. Such a beauty.
  18. What a brilliant piece! I'll bet it looks fabulous on your black cashmere. Great find!
  19. What a stunning set! Yowza!
  20. Looking at some of your "oldies but goodies" and I just fell in love with this set! These topaz/citrine combos are true beauties, aren't they? Amazing how Gustave Sherman could create pieces that ar...
  21. Love the starburst especially! Those pastels are very pretty.
  22. The Kawai US website has an (English-language) FAQ that provides some information on the history of their pianos: https://kawaius.com/faqs/ Why not see what you can learn from that, then contact t...
  23. That is so interesting! My kanji are almost nonexistent, but for what it's worth... in the first photograph, the 3 characters on the left (from top to bottom) are Ueda Nishi. Ueda can be a family ...
  24. BebeOne, thank you for your kind comment. Yes, I do indeed like black Sherman pieces, but I don't actually own any yet. The only jewellery I have that even remotely resembles that is an unmarked pinwh...
  25. BebeOne, just did, please enjoy. * Brooch has a rectangular cartouche with 'Sherman' in script. * Earrings have no Sherman stamp or mark, but they both share the same patent number. It's very hard...
  26. Ack, I meant to say antimony - not antinomy :D Sorry! A Japanese ANTIMONY box :) You can read a thread about this topic on the Asian Art Forums here: http://www.asianart.com/phpforum/index.php?...
  27. It looks very much like a Japanese antinomy box, with the lid depicting a number of iconic places: Mount Fuji, the Great Buddha (Daibutsu) of Kamakura, and what I *think* might be the Yomeimon Gate at...
  28. That does look very much like Toby the Dog of Punch and Judy, with his characteristic ruff :) My English-born husband, who grew up with P&J, thinks so too. Here's an example: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ah...
  29. kwqd, that's a pity about not being able to taste (smell) the tea. Are you able to taste sweet things, by any chance? I'm thinking that even if you were able to attend a traditional Japanese tea cerem...
  30. Phil, thank you so very very much for your generous sharing of information, and also for kindly contacting Sandra on my behalf and relaying her comments. That is very interesting about the colour comb...
  31. Alan2310, thank you for your lovely feedback!
  32. Gorgeous pieces, kwqd! I believe this beautiful set is intended for use in Senchado, "the Way of Sencha" (steeped tea). It is similar to the Way of Tea (Chado), a.k.a. Japanese tea ceremony, but be...
  33. Some of these modern Chinese netsuke are very sweet. I have one myself (a small mouse drinking out of the spout of a teapot). The nice thing about these affordable pieces is that you can enjoy them wi...
  34. Ha ha, thanks, now I understand! Unfortunately I don't have a black light bulb to check this with. I'll see if I can buy one locally. That would indeed be a wonderful discovery!
  35. (Me refiero a la estatua en el extremo izquierdo :)
  36. La pieza de marfil es especialmente hermosa. ¿Tiene Ud. alguna información sobre su origen? ¿Y hay más fotografías? Me pregunto cómo se verá la parte posterior o si hay alguna marca.
  37. This radio has tremendous character! I love the style of the numbers on the dial. Wonderful find.
  38. Such delicate beauty... and that aqua is heavenly! I think the pendant on its chain is perfection. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photographs. I'll have to look out for Coro more often <3
  39. Daisy1000, to me it does! In my corner of Canada, Sherman does show up occasionally in thrift shops, but not as often as you might think. Maybe I'm just not thrifting often enough? Mostly I see the...
  40. That is such a supple and beautiful octopus! Nice one <3
  41. OK, what I'm about to say isn't enough to really help, but maybe it will get the ball rolling, especially if someone else can come in and correct any mistakes I'm about to make :) The first 4 chara...
  42. OMG, this {mouse/rabbit} is utterly adorable, chunky and innocent-faced! (I am OK with it being a mouse. Mice don't get enough love. Maybe it's sitting on its tail ;)
  43. kwqd and valentino97, thank you for your sweet comments! And kwqd, thanks for kindly mentioning racer4four. I haven't even dared to really dip a toe in Japanese art glass (yet) - so far it's mostly...
  44. What an extraordinary Sherman creation. That gradation from clear to dark gives the brooch and earrings an distinct air of sophistication. (I mean, even more than is usual for Sherman!) I'm not normal...
  45. This is just a guess, but to me this really looks like Asian-inspired western art pottery. Leaving aside the signature script on the bottom (which I can't make out, but it sure looks like cursive!), t...
  46. Thank you, Manikin! And a belated extra thank-you to Phil - I can mark this "mystery" as Solved thanks to his generously shared expertise :)
  47. The Japanese are soooo serious about making beautiful drinking vessels, for sake and everything else for that matter. It sounds like you've tumbled down a very seductive rabbit hole (I'm already down ...
  48. Very nice piece of cast iron work! The lid depicts a hou-ou or phoenix, which certainly implies it held something hot ;) I think it could indeed be for burning incense. Personally I'm a little dubious...
  49. What beautiful pieces!
  50. What pleasing yunomi! I wonder if the design is meant to be pomegranate (zakuro). I do think this is likely to be Japanese-made, judging by the tomobako. Meoto-yunomi are one of my weaknesses also...
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