Inevitably, when you’re roaming around some of the world’s great places researching your epic fantasy novel, you’ll stumble across cool stuff that doesn’t actually apply. But because it’s so great, you take a photo anyway! And here’s some of what I saw …
See all the animals on this platter? They were moulded from real life specimens that were drowned in urine then cast, so they could be added to the platter. This one is in the Victoria and Albert, but I saw them in France as well. Ick. Seriously, couldn’t they have just taught themselves how to sculpt?
So over the top!
I love the Art Nouveau period. This vase is in the Museum of Decorative Arts, in Paris.
As is this stunning Art Deco staircase. Another favourite period.
Detail of a Roman mosaic.
On a Canterbury street.
French patisserie. Many of these are called ‘entremets’ and are fiendishly difficult to execute. This patisserie was in Angers. Confession: I had a wonderful tarte citron!
Detail of an astonishing painting inside Tours Cathedral. I want the horse!
Mesopotamian art, at least 2000 years old. Gold and lapis lazuli.
Carved ivory, Japan.
Horse head from the Parthenon in Greece.
Another Roman mosaic
A Paris fountain
A Persian bull
A bowl, in the Nouveau style.