by Lillian Csernica on April 5, 2017
Another common motif in Art Nouveau is the dragonfly, particularly in the creations of master jeweler Rene Lalique. His name is synonymous with all that is best in Art Nouveau.
From The Jewellry Editor:
The dragonfly embodied many of the themes that the Art Nouveau style evoked: nature; sensuality; metamorphosis from one physical form to another; and a more fantastical approach as in the case of Lalique’s dragonflies turning into women.
Sterling silver art nouveau dragonfly ring.
Gold and blue sapphires.
A small, round, moulded-pressed opalescent glass box.
Tiara: enameled dragonflies all flying toward a large aquamarine.
Detailed view of the aquamarine and dragonfly tiara.
Gold dragonfly pitcher by Emile Galle.
There are so many lovely examples of dragonfly art in the world of Art Nouveau. I have room to show only a few. I hope these will encourage you to explore the world of Lalique and his talented contemporaries!
by Lillian Csernica on April 6, 2014
One of the best combinations I can think of is chocolate and champagne. They are brought together in this flute:
Available from chocolarte.com
If this isn’t fanciful enough for you, then feast your eyes on this fantastic creation:
Rio Rancho Observer, March 10, 2013:
SANTA ANA — Chef Charity Teague, pastry chef at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, received top honors at the 21st annual Chocolate Fantasy, a gala fundraiser event to benefit the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation.
Teague’s chocolate sculpture, “A Green Fairy Tale: An Absinthe Fantasy,” received first place in the “Hotels and Casinos” category of “Most Artistic Sculpture” as well as second place for “Best Tasting Truffle Samples.” The sculpture was inspired by this year’s Chocolate Fantasy theme of “Once Upon a Time, an Enchanted Chocolate Fantasy.”
Standing at 2 1/2 feet tall, the sculpture was made using Callebaut 53 percent dark chocolate and given a mahogany wood finish using painting and buffing techniques. The green fairy on the sculpture was created by hand using modeling chocolate, sugar cubes and isomalt.
Teague was also recognized for her truffle samples. She created “The Absinthe Truffle” made from Callebaut 53 percent dark chocolate which envelops a ganache infused with Lucid Absinthe Superiore. For the finishing touch, the truffles were adorned in sheer layers of green and gold glitter.”
Do you have a chocolate fantasy? Perhaps a fantasy where chocolate plays a key role? Share if you dare!