Gargoyles ... Grotesques ...

+ Comments (0) Gargoyles ... Grotesques ... - 2006-09-04 19:25:47
I'm not completely sure how these should be 'classified'. I saw them on a table at a place billing itself as an Antique Market. And that's not strictly true. There was an old (very old) wagon of the sort a medicine show might have operated out of. Or a Gypsy fortune teller. Or a carnival on a small scale. And on this wagon was the word ''Antiques''. We noticed it and turned around and went back and were dumbfounded at the presentation of artifacts. Not the massive quantity, though there was a dizzying array of items to peruse. Not the scope or quality or variety or .. or anything other than the presentation. Imagine dozens of traveling vagabonds with carts and trucks and trailers and wheelbarrows of assorted 'antiques'. And imagine further that all of these folks converged on a roadside location with several dilapidated structures and a gently rolling lawn with a smattering of trees and then imagine further that all the carts and trucks and trailers and their contents were unceremoniously upended and left to the elements. Occasionally, in this imagined place, someone might organize a group of this or that or drag some like-minded artifacts into some proximity of others. Occasionally. Not always and in a fashion and order that was obscured in some ways by the sheer mess of it all. Now you've about got it. Add several sets of massive teak doors from India (so the sign said) and one of these 'sets' leaning against the back of a barn for the elements to 'age' further and priced in excess of $2000. Yes. And inside, under the general protection of a dubious roof, some old furniture that smelled of mildew and mold and was itself scattered amongst player pianos and heavy wooden chests and plastic mannequins and, and, well .. it boggled THIS mind . . .