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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Good news, bad news

Awhile back I blogged about the barrister bookcase that I scored for a song missing its top and base; well, the new top and base arrived in the mail today (it only took a total of two weeks from start to finish, and a chunk of that was postal time). I excitedly unpacked the giant box to examine my new goodies and realized that one of the legs was damaged and cracked. Now if it had been a bump or a scratch, I wouldn't care at all (I grew up surrounded by a scratch and dent aesthetic), but this is more than just a superficial matter. Crap. So that's the bad news part. (I figure the Antique Repair Guy will fix things, though, so it could be worse). Now on to the good news...

This afternoon I was the successful bidder on this little gem:
I know I'm going to sound like a crazy cat lady, but that's Trish on the left and Josie on the right. Right? Someone please tell me I'm not nuts (ok, you have to imagine the cat on the right with a nubbin' for a tail, but still). The painting, which is an oil on canvas from about the 1850s or 60s, couldn't be more perfect if I had commissioned it myself. What makes it even more fitting is that I found out about the auction the day after deciding that the best thing to do for Josie was to put her to sleep. Seeing this painting lifted my spirits and gave me something to look forward to. And soon it will be gracing my home, so that whenever I look at it I'll think of Josie and Tricia and the short, but sweet, time that we shared together.

4 comments:

Christine said...

That is such a perfect painting, at just the right time! And it does look like Trish and Josie. Really a sweet, heartwarming memorial. Hope you are well and best of luck w/the broken bookcase leg.

L. said...

The hard part is going to be deciding where to hang it! And the broken leg is going to be replaced with a brand new base, so all will be well in the office.

G. said...

Where did you find it? At Garth's or somewhere else? Very cute and I agree with Xine - a very nice memorial.

L. said...

I just saw the one at Garth's, but mine came from Cyr Auctions in New England. Apparently there's a print source for this scene floating around out there somewhere!

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