08 September 2015

two to know

& less is more

Twould ease—a Butterfly
Elate—a Bee—
Thou'rt neither—
Neither—thy capacity—

But, Blossom, were I,
I would rather be
Thy moment
Than a Bee's Eternity—

Content of fading
Is enough for me—
Fade I unto Divinity—
And Dying—Lifetime—
Ample as the Eye—
Her least attention raise on me— 

The Butterfly's Assumption Gown
In Chrysoprase Apartments hung
This afternoon put on - 
How condescending to descend
And be of Buttercups the friend
In a New England Town  

Dorothy Cavendish, wife of William Cavendish Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland by George Romney & a Slipcovered French chair from the estate of Bunny Mellon 

    ----accompanied by "682" and "The Butterfly's Assumption Gown, both by Emily Dickinson"


  1. I do love yellow and wish I were brave enough to use it with abandon in my home.

  2. I am so amazed by your eye and your wide knowledge of everything. Do you know Margaret Cavendish? Lady writer and thinker extrodinaire? She reminds me of you (or you remind me of her) in many ways! She wrote these wonderful philosophical/scientific texts as well as what one of my college professors called the first sci-fi story in the English language. She had to teach herself (being a woman and all) and corresponded with all the leading thinkers of her day. A wonderful woman, like you!

  3. Gaye, finding these gorgeous related patterns always thrill me!
    You have such an eye for detail and the history behind your finds..I can feel the fabric in this glorious painting!

    The Arts by Karena

  4. You are going to think I am making this up! But I couldn't! The fabric on the chair of Mrs. Mellon; I believe was in my daughter's nursery in 1970! I am looking for pictures! I believe it was Schumacher; and it was yellow with white butterflies! YIKES!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT still!

    And she is 45 years old!!!!

  5. And, I forgot to say, the reverse.....white with yellow butterflies! I used them both in that room!



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