Monday, July 20, 2009

Combing Over Museums

Sometimes inspirations pursue you.

From the moment we first ventured out in London, I was captivated by combs. There in the British Museum I spied the first one, millenia old, a simple comb surmounted by a goat, carved from horn.

In Paris, meeting up with my Belgian friend, Un-Roen Manarata, and her husband, Winoc, to visit the Musee d'Orsay, I spotted Art Deco combs and bought books about Rene Lalique, featuring several combs. Later at the Museum of Decorative Arts I swooned over more of his combs as well as those of Lucien Gaillard and Henry de Waroquier. There seemed to be combs everywhere I turned, many I couldn't photograph and now can't find on the web.

Lacking a sketchbook in my small purse, I sometimes resorted to using the floor map to record names and rough outlines of pieces I liked. There are two combs on the center left part of the map of the Museum of Decorative Arts, including the one with maple seeds shown in the photo above, which I found on the web.

When I had a few minutes to sketch, combs were a regular result. These are all related to that map sketch comb.

I'm now trying to think through construction of such a comb in bronze clay.


  1. I love combs too, I weared them a lot when I was very young and still do it sometimes now too.
    It seems that you had a wonderful time in Europe, if you ever come to Germnay in the Hamburg area hope to visit me too.
    I am looking forward on your combs to come - they will be just wonderful for sure.
    Hugs, Manuela

  2. Manuela, I'd love to visit you sometime; thanks for the invitation! I'll keep working on more travel, since I love it so much. But it is tiring -- I'm still drained a week after my return. Yesterday I could have squeezed in a comb-making attempt, but I curled up with a book instead. Vacation from the vacation!