Designer Sara Ebert’s In Case Vase (which shatters to expose a series of sharp serrated cutting edges) – one of many dual purpose furnishings on show at ‘Threat: Objects For Defense And Protection’ an exhibition at Present Company in Williamsburg by the American Design Club.
Kiel Mead, one of the founders of the club, jokes, “This show is evil, but there’s also something so playful about it.”When asked to explain the inspiration for the Threat theme, Mead describes the sudden moment of fear and suspicion that an intruder has entered the home. “You’ve just heard something in the other room. What would you want to grab to defend yourself?”
This rare Chinese vase that was found in an attic was recently sold at auction for €50,000,000.
Mystery surrounds the identities of the brother and sister who sold a rare Chinese vase they found in their parents’ loft for €50m.
The pair were clearing out their parents’ house in Pinner, Middlesex, after the elderly couple’s death, when they found the vase.They put it aside, on top of a bookcase, as they continued to deal with the rest of their parents’ property.
They took it to the local auctioneer Bainbridges, in nearby Ruislip, who were in turn excited by the find and valued it at between £800,000 and £1.2m.
However, no one expected the reaction from Chinese buyers, who pushed the bidding up over 30 frenzied minutes to a world record £43m.
By the end of the auction, the price was increasing in £1m chunks as the final few bidders – understood to be mainland Chinese businessmen – vied for the vase
Imagine how many gold toilet brush holders you could buy with that!