“There is special providence in the fall of a sparrow.” - Shakespeare, Hamlet
Momento Mori, Photo by J. Franks, 2020.
'Collectors at Home', zoom series created and curated by J. Franks for the Canadian Society of Decorative Arts
Although there is strong merit in appreciating art for art sake, it is also true that sometimes our lives and experiences, or that of our ancestors, are often captured in objects. Historic objects can act as contemporary windows or didactic views into ourselves and wider culture. We are enjoying hearing some of your object stories, because art is ultimately about human expression and experience.
Image: French gilt porcelain sparrow on a bed of 18th-century Vincennes - Sevres porcelain flowers in a hand-woven basket, assembled by the owner as a reminder of the beauty and fragility of life.