Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Beautiful Autumnal Light @ NEW YORK CITY

Beautiful Autumnal light in 

'We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, 
but rarely admit the changes it has gone through 
to achieve that beauty.' 
― Maya Angelou

'Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, 
is always just beyond your grasp, but which, 
if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.' 
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

'We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. 
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.' 
- Marianne Williamson

Monday, October 7, 2013

A French Writing Table

"If your desk isn't cluttered,
you probably aren't doing your job."
-Harold D. Green

A French Bouille style ormolu mounted writing table
late 19th/ early 20th century
31" H 51" W 31" Deep 

“To our Creator, a small detail is a big deal.” 
― Todd Stocker
Details on this desk is amazing!
This desk need a spectacular room.
At the right place, it makes a great statement!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fine Art

These 2 paintings caught my attention at an art auction house in New York City.

"The world always looks brighter from behind a smile." 
André Brasilier (French, b. 1929) 
- Village aux toits jaunes.
Oil and pencil on canvas. 51¼ x 38¼" 
Painted in 1972. Seen @NYC.

 My Fair Lady
"The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain"

Paul Augustin Aïzpiri (French, b. 1919) 
La Chapeau de Paille. 
Oil on canvas 25¾" x 21¼"
Seen @ NYC.


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Petrossian @ New York City

Living or visiting New York City, one must visit Petrossian at The Alwyn Court; it is a must experience especially during holiday season.

The Alwyn Court is a 12-story apartment building, built between 1907 and 1909, designed by Harde & Short in French Renaissance style, with elaborate terra-cotta ornamentation in the Francis I style covering the entire facade. It is a distinctive building, so much to see and take in.

Petrossian is introducing "The Petrossian Fleur de Vers" - it is a mixed drink with caviar powder. You have to sink the "Titanic Caviar" to get the aroma and flavor of the drink. I was skeptical about it but it was really a sensational drink (recipe is below)
I was sipping the drink with good friend from IN New York magazine's Anna Ratman .... glorious caviar hor d'oeuvres were passing around and later Caviar white chocolate! The art deco interior always elegant, I found the bar area was intimate.

In New York City, you want caviar, Petrossian would be the place to go!
For more info on Petrossian, 
“The More The Merrier”

Monday, September 23, 2013

Inspiring Morning in Manhattan

My daily morning walk in Carl Schurz Park @ Upper East Side.... I find its refreshing my energy and spirit; and it inspired me to pick up photography 
a few years ago.

'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,' - that is all ye know on earth, 
and all ye need to know.' 
- John Keats 

"Every morning It stands for hope which gives us another start at what we call Life.  
Have a good morning and great day!"

 “Hope, like the gleaming taper's light, Adorns and cheers our way; 
And still, as darker grows the night, Emits a brighter ray.” 
- Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Mixed Culture

French & Japanese


“Instead of being afraid of the challenge and failure, 
be afraid of avoiding the challenge and doing nothing.” 
-Soichiro Honda

A pair of bronze vases with French ormolu mounts Meiji period (late 19th century) Each vase finely cast and chiseled with a central encircling band of roundels of the twelve animals of the zodiac. Mounted with fine French gilt top and base supported by four demons holding hammer and chisel. 14¾" High.
seen @ NYC.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Late Summer Flowers

These small flowers I came across 
in the garden at Upper East Side
during my morning walk.

“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. 
Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi

 “A picture is a poem without words” 
- Horace

 "You have made known to me the paths of life; 
you will fill me with joy in your presence." 
- Acts 2:28

“It is beautiful to talk about beautiful things 
and even more beautiful to silently gaze at them.” 
― Dejan Stojanovic

"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege
 it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."
- Marcus Aurelius


Monday, September 16, 2013

Queensboro Ed KOch Bridge

"Don't burn bridges. 
You'll be surprised how many times 
you have to cross the same river." 
- Unknown

The Queensboro Bridge, also known as the 59th Street Bridge – because its Manhattan end is located between 59th and 60th streets – and officially titled the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, is a cantilever bridge over the East River in New York City that was completed in 1909.

view of Queenboro bridge from Long Island City, Queens.


Friday, September 13, 2013

Huanghuali Cabinets and Chairs - 17th Century

These groups of Huanghuali 
were seen at New York City.
“The simplest things are often the truest.” 
- Richard Bach
source: Christies New York City

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

New York City - Sept 11, 2013.

“September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter.” - Deepak Chopra 

On this 9/11 morning, the golden orange sunrise in NYC 
was spectacular @ East River
"Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. 
Cultivate peace and harmony with all." 
- George Washington 

Sunrise behind the Robert Kennedy Bridge
New York City
"9/11 was a reminder that the bonds of family can be severed in an instant. They are essential, crucial, valuable, fragile." 
- Peter Jennings