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Merry Christmas

Curiosities Lifestyle Miniatures

Merry Christmas

We would like to wish a very merry Christmas, from all of us at Parrot & Lily to our beloved friends and clients.May the joy of this Christmas warm our hearts till the next one.  

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Four beautiful nameplates and why you should not get them

Curiosities Decor Lifestyle The House

Four beautiful nameplates and why you should not get them

  There are very few settings where the age-old tradition of heraldry is still taken seriously. But our mortal preoccupation with signage, symbolism and representation remains.   The beauty of custom-made is that our designs can be customised to your exact tastes and requirements. So we do rather wonder when someone wants to pick up one of our pieces off-the-rack and put it in their homes. Of course, sometimes one just falls in love with what already is. But how can you resist the opportunity to add a little bit of yourself to something that you are going to live with? Specially something as allusive as a nameplate announcing the...

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Beautiful Grotesques

Art History Curiosities Decorative Arts

Beautiful Grotesques

"If I am not grotesque, I am nothing" -Aubrey Beardsley   This halloween, we invited our subscribers on a bewitching journey through the Renaissance in exploration of the grotesque tradition. If you are wondering why you are only see this now on our blog, get on the list.    A goat spews out foliage that ends in torches and an urn grows out of its head, while a sphinge carries her string of baroque pearls. The road to logic does not venture near grotesques. The history of the grotesque dates back to the fourth Pomepian styles of classical antiquity, but we will start our journey at the...

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Magic is a most exact science

Children Curiosities

Magic is a most exact science

When we are asked to customise magical pieces for little hearts, we must be at our best. We seek inspiration from the archives and set about to furnish dreams. Whether it is an Indian palace, a French Château or an Italian villa, we orchestrate every detail to academic accuracy.   When we are asked to customise magical pieces for little hearts, we must be at our best. We seek inspiration from the archives and set about to furnish dreams. Whether it is an Indian palace, a French Chateau or an Italian villa, we orchestrate every detail to academic accuracy.   Of course, these pieces are not just for...

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The Big World of Small Things

Children Curiosities Furniture

The Big World of Small Things

Art is exploration, and the heart always seeks what is next. There comes a time in an artist's quest for the ideal where they must invent the meaning of their next step themselves. For us, this often means pushing the skill of our artisans beyond comprehension. And when we tried to think big, we ended up thinking of miniatures.  It is funny to think that the earliest 16th century Dutch Dockenhauses were carefully protected from children. A Dutch cabinet house was no child's play;  they would cost as much as an actual townhouse on the canal in Amsterdam. They are better described as cabinets with the features of a...

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