Deliberations on Fermoy

Regine Schwarzer

When visiting The David Roche Foundation House Museum, my attention was immediately drawn to the diverse, small-scale, precious, utilitarian artefacts held in cabinets throughout Fermoy House. These treasures prompted me to research their historical uses, and to contemplate what the objects meant to the people that lived with them many years ago.

For this exhibition, I have created small objects for daily use and appreciation: containers, canisters, tea caddy spoons, toothpick holders, spice dishes with spoons, bodkin cases, and other objet d’art. Often thought as commonplace or designed for their utility, I have elevated these beyond the everyday through the use of precious metals, gemstones, rocks and minerals.

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Needle Bodkin
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Spice dishes carved in rock with precious metal Spoons
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Tooth Pick Holder & Pill Containers
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Native Twig Spoons
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Papaver Somniferum Container
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Banksia Spoons
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Candle Holder
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Mokume Gane Spoons
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Watsonia Meriana Containers
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White Wine Carafe

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