Muses of Ancient Greece were Goddesses who inspired the Arts and Sciences. Mortal muses have also influenced artists. Marie Spartali Stillman (1844 –1927) was known as one of "The Three Graces" of London. Along with Maria Kassavettiand Aglaia Ionides she was celebrated in artistic and intellectual circles for her classic Greek beauty. The trio modeled for The Pre-Raphaelite artists including Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones who painted them dancing as the Graces in The Mill accompanied byApollo. Stillman chaperoned her sister ChristineSpartali when she sat for James McNiell Whistler'sThe Princess from the Land of Porcelain. Around this time she began her own art studies with Ford Madox Brown. PhotographerJulia Margaret Cameron captured her asZoe,the Greek heroine. Stillman went on to become the best known of the Pre-Rapahelite women artists. producing over a hundred works.
My writing career began during the Great Recession. Before the downturn in the economy, I worked in sales and marketing for elite San Francisco antique dealers and top To the Trade furnishing showrooms. I now utilize my knowledge to write for and about the interior design industry. In addition to being Editor at Large of California Homes Magazine, I contribute to other trade publications and create content and marketing material for busy design professionals. This blog highlights my published work along with random musings.
Lovely musings, peacock images of course perfection. As I have read more of your older posts, I am honored that you are fond of my own.
Iam so pleased to have discovered your blog! Your blog is wonderful! I love to learn more about antiques! Antiques are my real passion! I love to come back to visit your blog! And thank you so much for sharing your knowledge about antiques!
The Blue Remembered Hills™:
Kendra, you find the most beautiful images for your posts. If you don't mind I shall (and maybe I've said this before) I shall have my students link to your blog. Blue
What an interesting, fascinating blog! Thanks so much, I will be following you now and will add you to Chic Provence blogroll!
Just wanted to let you know how much we are enjoying your blog - a truly lovely presentation. Also, the peacock images are luscious...We will be back again soon.
Seraph + Splendor
Holy, Holy, Wholly fulfilling. I'll never leave you unopened, I'll never delete you, no matter what you find, say or show. I'm above board--and never down a hole.
It's About Time:
Just took your blog off my list of blogs about antiques & art and put it on my blogs "just for joy" list. It is a short list, but each blog on it makes me happy & teaches me with each posting. And that is what you do.
Kimball + Company:
"Belle Époque", so aptly named, is what you evoke Kendra, time and time again.
Kimball S. Diamond
Where ever you take us, I will always be trailing along.
ROSE C'EST LA VIE:
Kendra, this is one of many of your posts I've just been reading. I can't put you down! Your erudite and concise lessons on art history are a real joy. Thank you.
San Francisco Magazine:
Kendra Boutell’s decorative- and fine-arts blog offers erudite posts about a range of topics, from obscure artists and architecture to Louis Cartier’s Panthère brooch and artist Leonard Tsuguoharu Foujita’s cats. Any flights of fancy are balanced out with in-depth research and beautiful pictures. Diane Dorrans Saeks
le style et la matière:
I see we have some of the same obsessions and I will certainly be back for more!
le style et la matière
And From My Cousin Carole:
Wherever do you find these wonderful things? I am still being dazzled, in quiet moments of reading; your writings that teach and invite little mysteries of knowing.