I though it would be interesting to see an angle of decorative arts that we don’t always see: the extreme close-up. I’ve pulled out my new macro lenses and have taken some close-ups of pieces that I own and will be sharing them over time in a new series of macro photography. My antiques aren’t in the truly rare echelon so I can’t close up on some Herter inlay or Allen & Brother carvings, unfortunately.
The first images are from a John Henry Belter Rosalie with Grapes Chair. The intriguing thing I learned from these shots is that it appears there are small dimples in the wood that create texture. I haven’t decided if Bellter’s shop added those or whether they are natural to the Rosewood. Notice the laminations layers. [Click a few times to get largest version]