2014 Home Decor Design Trend – Ancient History

EgyptIt seems we are getting back to our historical roots in terms of home decor. It is becoming trendy to mix antiques and reproductions with our modern furniture and accent pieces, and the ancient Greek, Egyptian and Roman influences are very strong, and will be seen in geometric mirrors, furniture and wall art, columns, antiques, busts in dining rooms and living rooms, and paintings and wallpaper similar to that seen in ancient times.

Busts/Statues

Burning Giraffe Woman with Drawers by Salvador DaliBurning Giraffe Woman with Drawers by Salvador Dali

The Burning Giraffe (1937) is a painting by the Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali, painted before his exile in the United States which was from 1940 – 1948 This bust is based on Dali’s painting (picture below). Although Dali declared himself apolitical, “I am Dali, and only that.”, his painting shows his personal struggle with the battle in his home country. Characteristic are the opened draws in the blue female figure, which Dali on a later date described as “Femme-coccyx” (tail bone woman). This phenomenon can be traced back to Freud’s psychoanalytical method, much admired by Dali. He regarded him as an enormous step forward for civilisation, witness his remark. “The only difference between immortal Greece and our era is Sigmund Freud, who discovered that the human body, which in Greek times was merely neoplatonic, is now filled with secret drawers, only to be opened through psychoanalysis.” The opened drawers in this expressive, propped up female figure thus refer to the inner, subconsciousness within man. In Dali’s own words, his paintings form “a kind of allegory which serves to illustrate a certain insight, to follow the numerous narcissistic smells which ascend from each of our drawers.” This replica is made of resin and is hand painted, and measures: 7.5 in. x 5 in. x 3.5 in.

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Dali’s Painting

Leonidas Spartan King BustLeonidas Spartan King Bust

Leonidas Spartan, “Son of the Lion”, also known as Leonidas the Brave, was a greek hero. He was a military King who reigned c. 490 – 480 B.C., and was believed to be a descendant of Hercules. Leonidas’ mother was his father’s niece and had been barren for so long that the five annually elected administrators of the Spartan constitution tried to prevail upon King Anaxandridas to set aside his wife and take another. Anaxandridas refused, whereupon he was allowed to take a second wife without setting aside his first. This second wife promptly bore a son, Cleomenes.  However, one year after Cleomenes’ birth, Anaxandridas’ first wife also gave birth to a son, Dorieus. Leonidas was the second son of Anaxandridas’ first wife, and either the elder brother or twin of Cleombrotus. Because Leonidas was not heir to the throne, he was not exempt from attending the public school that the sons of all Spartans had to complete in order to qualify for citizenship. Leonidas was thus one of the few Spartan kings to have ever undergone the notoriously harsh training of Spartan youth. He was known for his leadership of the Spartans at the Battle Thermoplae. Having been warned that either Sparta would be destroyed or their king would lose his life. Leonidas chose the second alternative. All the Spartans and Thespians died, including Leonidas, whose corpse the Persians mangled. This Greek bonded stone statue measures 11″H x 5 1/2″D x 5″W.

Wall Art

Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics - 36"W x 23"H - Peel and Stick Wall Decal by WallmonkeysAncient Egyptian Hieroglyphics – Peel and Stick Wall Decal by Wallmonkey

Hieroglyphs were a formal writing system used by the ancient Egyptians that combined logographic and alphabetic elements. WallMonkeys wall graphics are printed in house, on demand in the USA, on the highest quality re-positionable, self-adhesive fabric paper. This wall art is 36″ X 23″.

Ancient Ankh Egyptian Symbol of Life Wall SculptureThe Ancient Ankh Egyptian Symbol of Life Wall Sculpture

The Ankh was the ancient Egyptian’s symbol (the actual Hieroglyphic sign) of life. It endures today as a Christian cross. The ankh seems to be an evolved form of, or associated with the Egyptian glyph for magical protection. The ancient Egyptian gods are often depicted as carrying ankh signs. The ankh sign is not only a symbol of worldly life, but of life in the netherworld, and was often depicted in the tombs in front of ancient gods to symbolize the breath of eternal life. This ankh is cast in quality designer resin, hand painted in a faux gold and silver finish. Dimensions: 23.00″ h x 11.00″ w x 2.00″ l.

Furniture

Roman Cabinet (Light Red Brown)Roman Cabinet (Light Red Brown)

The furniture of the Middle Ages was usually heavy, oak, and ornamented with carved designs. Along with the other arts, the Italian Renaissance of the fourteenth and fifteenth century marked a rebirth in design, often inspired by the Greco-Roman tradition. Fabulous carvings and intricate Florentine style hardware are the highlights of this incredible Roman traditional wood storage cabinet. Roomy interior includes an adjustable shelf with two handy pull-out drawers above. Sides features decorative diamond molding accents. Two Drawers. Cabinet includes one non-adjustable shelf. Two-door storage cabinet. Made from Birchwood. Craved with a Smooth finish . 37 in. W x 17 in. D x 33 in. H (66 lbs.)

Ancient Egyptian Isis Goddess Glass-topped Pedestal TableAncient Egyptian Isis Goddess Glass-topped Pedestal Table

Isis was worshipped as a goddess in ancient Egypt as the ideal mother and wife, as well as the patroness of nature and magic. She was a friend to the slaves and the poor, as well as the wealthy aristocrats. Isis is also known as protector of the dead and goddess of children. According to Egyptian myth, Isis was the first daughter of Geb, god of the Earth, and Nut, goddess of the Sky, and married her brother Osiris, and conceived Horus with him. When Osiris was murdered by Set, she used her magical skills to restore his body after gathering body parts that had been strewn about the earth by Set. It is believed the Nile River flooded every year because of her tears of sorrow wept for Osiris. In this pedestal table, Isis kneels atop a winged scarab. The table is cast in quality designer resin and hand-painted in the rich tones of the Egyptian palette, and is exquisitely displayed beneath a 3/8″-thick, 16″-dia. glass top. 9½”Wx13″Dx29″H.

Decorative Objects

Ancient Egyptian Amenophis III Pharaoh Sculpture PenAncient Egyptian Amenophis III Pharaoh Sculpture Pen

Amenophis III was the ninth Pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty. He ruled Egypt in the 14th century during a period of unprecedented prosperity and artistic splendour, when Egypt reached the peak of her artistic and international power. This cold cast resin pen is approximately 6″ long, featuring the details of an ancient relic, and is hand painted in the colors of the Egyptian royal palette.

Ancient Egyptian Bastet Cat Trinket or Jewelry Box New GiftAncient Egyptian Bastet Cat Trinket or Jewelry Box

Bastet was a goddess worshipped in ancient Egypt as early as the Second Dynasty (2890 BC). Prior to the unifications of the cultures in Lower Egypt and Upper Egypt, Bastet was represented as a lioness. During the Twenty-Second Dynasty (c. 945–715 BC), Bastet had changed from a lioness warrior deity into a major protector deity represented as a cat. This lovely ceramic box measures approximately 4.5 by 3.5 by 2.25 inches, made of high quality cold-cast resin and is beautifully hand painted.

Fluted Corinthian ColumnFluted Corinthian Column

Corinthian columns were popular in ancient Greek and Roman architecture. Now they are regaining popularity. Columns such as these are perfect for displaying your ancient objects or even plants. They can also be used as table bases, or for architectural purposes such as to define a range hood if you’re building or renovating your kitchen. This one has carved acanthus leaves Dimensions 12.00 x 36.00 inches

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