Lisbon is a place for taking a small, strong, sugary coffee whilst standing at the counter of a cafe. These cups from the flea market are decorated with the logos of the individual coffee blends or cafes.
A selection of Chinese Qing Dynasty snuff bottles caught my eye. They are made of a variety of natural materials; turquoise, glass, clay, jade, silver, pearl and the blue one is decorated with kingfisher feathers set in silver. They look like they would be a pleasure to hold. The imagery comes from nature; dragons, waves, a goat, a landscape, flowers, stems and a lemon. Like kingfishers, they are small but dramatic with their daring colours and decoration.
The full set of snuff jars from the Qing Dynasty can be seen on bmimages.com
The inside of a Paint by Numbers kit.
An airy, multi-coloured and appealing design saying its all waiting there and waiting for you. You are the artist – pick up that brush!
Prompted by the availability of the first microscopes in the 17th century, a theory arose that either the egg or sperm, until then unseen, contained a miniature human. This human, (or animal or plant as the case may be) would then simply grow to full size. A priest philosopher, Malebranche, expanded on this idea. He added that inside the first human lay yet another preformed human, and within that another. This went on ad-infinitum, like endless Russian Dolls. He concluded that all humans were therefore preformed in the bodies of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. This theory thrived as it suited the Church.
The lens maker, Nicolaas Hartsoeker, who at one time made instruments for the Paris Observatory of astronomy, claimed to have seen the small human within or at least he made a sketch of what he believed to be there.
The first lenses were found in Assyria, in the Mesopotamia, dating around 700 BC.