Normally, I am not one who indulges in opulent treasures. On a daily basis, my wardrobe and décor choices are characterized as minimalistic and simplistic. My room itself isn’t at all sparse, but it is a neutral tone with natural lighting. My clothing choices follow suit. It was not too long that I would have regarded the images above as overly garish and gaudy.
But as of late, I have begun to gravitate to more saturated tones and decadent pieces. Namely, stylized images of birds, as seen above:
First, a DeRosa vintage 1940's Peacock Cuff, via VintageLuxury.com. Gilt Metal, Enamel and fantastically saturated tones make up this cuff. Perfectly detailed and exquisite in design.
Secondly, this antique screen is supposedly from Japan, circa ? I wish that I had the ability to assess this antique’s age. My guess is the late 1880’s to early 1900’s. Irrespective of the fabrication date, I find the contrast between the birds and the background striking; the illustrations both realistic but ethereal.
Lastly, these images of James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s Peacock Room are a real sight. A pioneer of the Aestheticism movement, Whistler’s work inaugurated a vogue for the opulent and decadent. The influence of the Japanese culture, rich emerald greens and exquisite accents are sublime. If you are interested, I would highly recommend that you venture over to The Smithsonian's official site for more pictures and inspiration.