Photo essay: Other stuff

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 …

platter

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?

bowl

So over the top!

vasenouveau

I love the Art Nouveau period. This vase is in the Museum of Decorative Arts, in Paris.

stairsdeco

As is this stunning Art Deco staircase. Another favourite period.

romanmosaic2

Detail of a Roman mosaic.

peeingdogyork

On a Canterbury street.

patisserieA

patisserie2A

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!

paintingtours

Detail of an astonishing painting inside Tours Cathedral. I want the horse!

Mesogoat

Mesopotamian art, at least 2000 years old. Gold and lapis lazuli.

japanskulllizard

Carved ivory, Japan.

greekhorsehead

Horse head from the Parthenon in Greece.

fishmosaic

Another Roman mosaic

fountain

A Paris fountain

bull

A Persian bull

bowlnouveau

A bowl, in the Nouveau style.

 

 

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