A Special member of staff
Step into the reception of any World class hotel and you will be invariably greeted at the desk by an attractive young woman or handsome young man, always eager to help and make your stay as pleasant as possible, in the hope that you will visit them again or recommend the hotel to family and friends, was the room comfortable, the service and food good, all questions to make your stay as pleasant as possible. The facilities vary from hotel to hotel; some rely on Old World charm with a magnificent location, others modern and stylist, it’s a very competitive market.
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17th and 18th Century Ship Models from the Kriegstein Collection
Second Revised and Expanded Edition,
By Arnold and Henry Kriegstein
If it is possible to say that a good book can be savored like a fine wine or a wonderful meal, then this book is such a feast, a delight to the sensors in so many ways, like a good meal the first impression on this book is sumptuous, one is more than eager to dig in. This second revised and expanded edition is a fascinating account of how twin brothers Arnold and Henry Kriegstein embarked on a remarkable journey to acquire the Worlds largest private collection of authentic British Admiralty Models from the seventeenth and eighteenth century, this was achieved over many years through a combination of sheer determination and rugged perseverance, between the two of them they have been rewarded with a collection of International importance.
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The art of Lloyd McCaffery
Standing in front of a massive ships Figurehead one is in awe of the skill, effort and time that went in to the creation of such icons of the sea, size and weight held little fear for the eighteenth and nineteenth century carvers, the original Figurehead of HMS Victory when she was built in 1765 stood a staggering 24 feet high and over 18 feet broad, the shear weight of wood needed to create this monster of a carving is difficult to imagine, if we turn the time clock forward over 200 years, we find a modern day craftsman keeping the skill of figurehead carving alive, only this time the amount of materials need in wood and the size of workshop is staggeringly small, the American Lloyd McCaffery has a skill equally as astounding as that given to our ancestors, only this time in reverse, his creations are figureheads in miniature, breathtaking gems of the carvers art, that take weeks and months to create Lloyd offers an insight in to creations.
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Six of the Best
Figureheads sold at Anderson & Garland.
The Second week in December from the 7th to the 10th saw the last sale of the year for Anderson & Garland the premier Auction house in the North East, broke all known ecords with four days of spectacular lots covering every facet of fine Art and Antiques, of particular interest has been the incredible private Maritime collection of a local Sunderland resident, built up over 60 years this had something for everyone.
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New Nelson Figurehead
This years London Boat show held at the ExCel Centre in the London Docklands between the 8th and 12th January saw the first public appearance of the Hampshire based carver Glyn Foulkes new figurehead of the iconic British Naval hero Horatio Lord Nelson.
Well known for his original three dimensional artwork across a wide range of media and styles,for the unique carving Glyn has spent a considerable amount of time in the galleries of the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth researching the numerous images of Nelson, from the museums major collection of related paintings, decorative arts to the evocative life and death masks, building up a feel of how the real Nelson looked, the man behind the legend, once this essential research was completed a half size clay model of the figurehead was made, historically cavers of such an important and significant commission produced a small Maquette for the client showing how they hoped the finished carving would look, these models also served as a three-dimensional guide for the finished carving with a number of minor changes.
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