14 January 2018

Everything you wanted to know about—David Hicks

David Hicks left the very best of legacies—two of his children are carving out their creative lanes individually and together by presenting their colorful father's copious scrapbooks in a new book—DAVID HICKS SCRAPBOOKS.

More than any biography, these scrapbooks give Hicks devotees an inside look at what made the man tick—and keep on ticking. India Hicks and Ashley Hicks are both powerhouses, expanding the boundaries of their father's design lexicon in their own endeavors.

the Hicks alphabet above, below the family's luggage tags



If you are a fan–and HICKS is one of these "modernists" that has endured, and will continue to do so. It's his ability to mingle the old, the antique, the ancient with color, geometry, masculinity (& without a hunt scene in sight) that has made his work Endure.

The book is a Chronology in HICKSIAN BEAUTY & STYLE in 1 weighty tome.

07 January 2018

just past Twelfth Night

"In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship and never in want."

To thank everyone for their grand support of my book this year—it means the world that you've stuck with me since the inception of this blog New Year's Eve, 2007. Though I am not here as often as I should be or would wish— thank you too for continuing to check in on occasion. I manage a post—albeit most often a brief one every day on instagram. Find me there if you'd like here , and continue to see what's what on my website this year. There are several things in the works this winter so check Press, Events, and a new aspect of the site that I am just beginning to set up, CACHE, a collection of objects for sale, here.

 ( Allan Ramsay portrait of Lady Susanna Campbell in detail)

20 December 2017


So pleased to have Diogo contributing to this holiday's Little Augury list of special things to Give—or Get. Diogo has been a longtime blog friend and he has parlayed his successful blog SCALA REGIA into a simply stunning magazine. It's something to keep and revisit—my latest copy of the magazine holds pride of place in the living room. It's quite an achievement—each page beautiful, meaningful & memorable.

This is a wonderful novel by my favourite Portuguese novelist, Eça de Queiróz. I must have read and reread it about 5 times since I was 16 years old. More than being overflowing with dashingly visual passages, the pages of "A Cidade e as Serras" (The City and the Mountains) are bursting with fine irony and sense of humour. The rest I leave you to discover... Mine is a very worn-out edition from the 1950s that before belonging to me belonged to my mother and before her to my grandfather. It can, of course, be found on Amazon here.

I've been coveting this series of engravings - "Roman Heroes" - by Hendrick Goltzius for a few years now. Although his main work can only be found in museums around the world, his engravings, very popular in his day, can easily be spotted in galleries and antique shops. In case there's someone out there asking for the perfect Christmas present to me I will leave a link here...

Claus Porto is a centenary Portuguese brand that sells the most wonderful creams, soaps and colognes in the world. I am addicted to their colognes— "Oriental Bloom" is my current scent but their entire range of products is irresistible. Find Claus Porto here.

If you think that listening to "La Traviata" is already a staggering experience, you should try it with the voices of Teresa Stratas and Plácido Domingo with the spectacular, really SPECTACULAR, sets and costumes that Franco Zeffirelli conceived in 1983 for his jewell-like film rendition of Verdi's masterpiece. Find the DVD here.

I am a collector of Vista Alegre porcelain and the happy owner of several of their biscuit figures. Of course, there are still a lot of pieces that I lust after. Just in case...find it here

Diogo's own collection—Perfection.

As the actual date—hurtles toward us. Amazon is more than willing to "get it there fast," so you should be good on a number of Diogo's suggestions. Since books are irresistible—I'll start there. Another suggestion couldn't be easier—GIVE Scala Regia, here.


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