Driving into Pennsylvania we started to feel the road from Newport, R.I.
and may have even brought that Atlantic gail besieging our Volvo wagon.
It was evident we needed to pull over to eat, drink, shower and sleep.
We were tired however still stimulated from being highly aware from travel.
This spring night warranted hot toddies. I downed three or four and ate ribs.
My eyes also fed me and catapulted me back in time as a fellow into an old
English Tapestry on show at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London from June
14 to 28
For four centuries this magnificent tapestry remained hidden from public knowledge.
It was only thanks to dogged detective work by an art dealer that it was rediscovered in the U.S. and brought back to Britain, where it will be displayed this month before going on sale with its sevenfigure price tag.
Sheldon's craftsmen were mainly Dutch Protestants who had fled religious persecution in their homeland.
"The modern-day equivalent of the first owner would be the equivalent of an extremely-rich hedge fund manager buying a Picasso," says Will Bennett, spokesman for the Grosvenor House Art and Antiques Fair where it will be displayed.
The wool tapestry with silk highlights is one of only around 20 ever made by Sheldon. Only a small number have survived and few are in such good condition, since it has not been exposed to daylight or smoke.
Art experts believe the image portrayed is based on idealism rather than the harsh reality.
For example, the castle in the centre of the piece is based not on any genuine English home but was almost certainly taken from an image of King Solomon's Palace printed in a German version of the Bible produced in 1564 by Jost Amman.
The work also contains several of Sheldon's trademark designs - such as the intricate border featuring gargoyles and coats of arms - yet despite this, it has only recently been revealed as an example of the tapestry-maker's work.
Around the palace a hunting party gallops through woodland glades full of wildlife, swans swim serenely across a lake, and a man with an early type of gun outrages anglers by firing it at some ducks and frightening the fish.
And so walking years later walking with the big little Lhasa Apso into an autumn morning that has lifted the dark veil of late October night
revealing a tranquil scene of a 21st century village along the Ohio River from the city of Pittsburgh
with valleys full of unforgettable life.
I have my own morning soliloquy transacting:
"Fall flourishes with pheasants for peasants and yet it's winter who is the victor - in its acts like a real baron."
Best of the Roses, Old English Tapestries
written today by
john alan conte jr.
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