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Through the Mind of Salvador Dali

By Deborah Mayumba

I was staring at Dali's Cosmic Rays Resuscitating Soft Watches and thought to myself, "what is the meaning of this?"  Dali was known for incorporating many symbols and ideas into his works of art and this one in particular has his famous soft watches.  Knowing that Dali's soft watches are timeless and time is irrelevant in his dream scapes, I wonder what he had in mind with these watches.  Are the rays resuscitating the watches by helping them lean up on the rock formation?  Are they up against the rock in order to combat the incoming dragon from behind and the shield holding horseman from the front?  Could it be that the rays are helping the watches fight reality as represented by the horseman and dragon?  Who knows and we'll probably never know but I'm interested to see what your thoughts are on this.  Please feel free to leave a comment with your interpretation of this piece below.  

DALI, Salvador (Artist). "The Cosmic Rays Resuscitating the Soft Watches". 1965.

Life Imitating Art

By Deborah Mayumba

Images from Les Choses de Paul Poiret vues par Georges Lepape, 1911 and Les Robes de Paul Poiret, by Paul Iribe, 1908

One of the great things about working in a rare art book and fine art gallery is that I get to do tons of research on the artists, styles and time periods we deal in.  Right now, I am in the process of researching Georges Lepape and Paul Iribe's influence on modern fashion illustration and stumbled upon a great blog post found at The Art of Dress.  In this post, Cassidy Zachary tells us more about the birth of modern fashion photography and how Lepape and Iribe were a major source of inspiration to Edward Steichen--the photographer who is considered to be the father of modern fashion photography.  

If you know of any other facts pertaining to Iribe, Lepape, Steichen or fashion history in general, please leave a comment!  We'd love to hear from you.  And remember....

We currently have in our inventory, many fashion illustrative books including Lepape's Les Choses and Iribe's Les Robes.  If you are interested to learn more about our current offerings, drop us a line or come and visit us!  



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Friday Nite Cocktail: Poop Deck Cocktail

By Deborah Mayumba

We here at LFL have many rare book treasures.  One of them being, "The Savoy Cocktail Book" by Harry Craddock.  Craddock, born in 1876, worked at London's Savoy Hotel in the 1920s.  In 1930, he compiled a slew of drink recipes and published this book.  

Because many of us like to loosen up on Friday night's and have a drink or two (or more), we thought we'd give you a little glimpse of Craddock's compilation and post a different recipe each Friday.  So, for this first installment of Friday Nite Cocktail, we'd like to share with you the Poop Deck Cocktail as found in Craddock's book.

1/2 Blackberry Brandy

1/4 Port Wine

1/4 Brandy

Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

If the measurements confuse you as they confused me, don't worry.  I found a video.

Drink up and enjoy.  


The missing "soul" of art reproductions

By Deborah Mayumba

Whilst sitting here at the gallery, I wanted to find out how the digital landscape has influenced the way people perceive and purchase original art.  Well, our friends at Smithsonianmag.com have written an eloquent post on this very topic that I think answers this question many of us dealers have combatted.  Click HERE to read the entire article.    

Fashion history's influence on today's fashions

By Deborah Mayumba on September 6, 2016

On this eve of NYC's fashion week, let's take a look at how yesterday's fashions influence todays trends.  First image:  fashion plates from 1920s fashion magazines, "Art. Gout. Beaute." and "Gazette Du Bon Ton."  Second image:  Reem Acra's Fall 2016 Collection.  

To say I am excited about what is going to come down the runway this next week is an understatement.  I am giddy like little girl each time I notice a reinvented piece of fashion history coming down the runway.  If you too feel the same way, yet cannot commit to catching all of the vintage splendor sure to be trending these next few fashion filled days, pop back on over here as we will keep you updated on what oldschool details we catch down the catwalk.

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