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Tribute to my Father

He was a mischievous character sometimes; so when he saw this sign he absolutely wanted a photo. Funny thing- this description described him pretty closely! We celebrated our Annual Mass for the Relatives and Friends of Trinidad and Tobago and other West Indian islands this last Sunday. It was a very successful day despite the rain. The following is a tribute to my father. "Thank you to you…

Bruce and Odette McLeod

My parents Bruce and Odette McLeod It was fifty-seven years ago today that my Mum and Dad were married. Dad was a foreigner to Trinidad and Tobago,?? so he had to get consent from the Archbishop to marry my mother. However, that was insignificant to the consent he had to get from my Grandfather. It took over three months before my Grampa responded to his request. Now that was a commitment that…

The Phoenix and The Dragon

An exquisite hand-carved Chinese sculpture featuring The Phoenix and The Dragon. A beautiful patina wood and in excellent condition. Approximately 35cm high. The Chinese Dragon is often seen as the heaven's supreme symbol of vigilance and incredible strength. The Phoenix was only supposed to appear in times of peace and prosperity. It is the second of the supernatural creatures. The first b…

Foo dogs

A beautiful pair of "Foo dogs". Originated in China they actually represent lions and have been referred to as Chinese guardian lions, guardian dogs or stone temple dogs. Originally made of stone, they were often very large and used outdoors guarding the front of palaces, temples and the homes of important families for hundreds of years. These impressive statues are greatly symbolic in so m…

Staffordshire Dog Figurines

Here is a lovely example of a pair of Staffordshire Dog Figurines. Originated in early 18th-century England and used as symbols of protection and status, they were typically a matching pair of earthenware Spaniel dogs, standing guard and flanking the mantelpiece of many a well-to-do British household. Their popularity is credited to King Charles who favoured the Spaniel breed. Seated in pai…

Bourgeois de Calais

One of six figures of the "Bourgeois de Calais" (1884-1886) in the Louvre museum by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). This figure represents Pierre de Wissant one of the hero's of Calais who surrendered himself in 1347 to save the citizens of Calais from the English laying siege to the city. Rodin wanted to present the hero's with their "pain, anguish and fatalism"; this was to represent the heroi…

Chinese Goddess of Mercy

Kuan Yin; often known as the Chinese Goddess of Mercy, also the Goddess of the Southern Sea. There are numerous representations of Kuan Yin, but frequently she would be seen riding a mythical animal known as the Hou which symbolises the divine supremacy exercised by Kuan Yin over the forces of nature. Circa late 19th century.

What a Goldmine!

What a goldmine! Incredibly authentic & historic antique store, rich in life and unique worldly stories just like the remarkable owner- a woman of the world! Chinese x Mulatto descendent and how unbelievable finding out Odette is 91! Thank you for sharing your stories and wisdom from another mixed Eurasian child of the universe ❤️ See you soon!

What is Cloisonné?

Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects. In recent centuries, vitreous enamel has been used, and inlays of cut gemstones, glass and other materials were also used during older periods. These objects can be called cloisonné. The decoration is formed by first adding compartments (cloisons in French) to the metal object by soldering or affixing silver or gold wires or t…

Original Illustration of a Donkey bearing a Coconut Cart

An original illustration of a Donkey bearing a Coconut Cart, by Al Akong; an artist from Trinidad and Tobago on scraper-board, circa 1971. Educated at the Camberwell Art School in London and later did some study at London's National Portrait Gallery. He spent much of his youth going from one small Caribbean island to another absorbing nature and friendship at its best. During his training a…

A lovely pair of Chinese Oxblood Foo Dogs, circa 1890.

Dogs are an important motif in Chinese folklore. They symbolise honesty and loyalty. People who are born in the Year of the Dog are said to possess the best traits of human nature. Among them are honesty, friendliness, intelligence, faithfulness, loyalty, integrity, straightforwardness, vulnerability and they also have a strong sense of responsibility. The Chinese Lunar New Year festival is ce…