Mar 16, 2010
gold, marble and vinyl
I found this collecting dust in a box. I'd found it years ago in a thrift store and despite its tackiness, had to buy it. Seems to have been a store display for some perfume maybe in the 50s or so. It had a black base at one time. It's good solid vinyl (I think)...and thus survived Katrina's waters intact.
I found this up in my mother's attic recently. I remember it from my earliest childhood, before it was banished to the attic in favor of the (hideous) "Spanish look". It used to have an interesting tall skinny barrel shade with a kind of nubby texture. Exposure to 100,0000 degree New Orleans heat for the past 40 some odd summers has destroyed that, however. All that's left is the base. I'm sure this was the first exposure I ever had to marble. It initiated a life long love of the stuff.
I keep looking for some sort of shade to replace it. It's not been easy to find just the right one.
Before my aunt Dolores died a few years ago, she left my mother some of her stuff, including this clock, a gift I believe from her much hated third mother-in-law. It doesn't work, but being a sucker for anything shiny and ersatz gold, I decided to hang it up on for a while. I'm aiming for a kind of francophile's-apartment-in-1960 kind of look here.