Baroque Letter Holder, "Sissinghurst"

by Scanlon Apparati


The Baroque Letter Holders are cut and shaped by hand then decorated in the fashion of the legendary scrapbooks of the twentieth century in a collage of watercolours, photographs, and enduring illustrations. If not in stock, please allow two weeks for delivery. 

Vita Sackville-West in her words, ‘a low sea of grey clumps of foliage pierced here and there with tall white flowers. Shrubs to add volume and roses galore.’  Here the flowers are those of Alexander Marshal with box hedging for structure and a dark ground to allow the flowers to glow as VSW envisioned them at twilight in 1950. 

*Please allow for a 2 week lead time 


Cartonnage, diorama, decoupage, silhouette, and gouache; these are the classic techniques used to bench-make each piece of Scanlon Apparati by Beth Scanlon.

Her work is influenced by a personal and romantic interpretation of Seventeenth-Century Baroque decorations create with coloured paper and canvas called Apparati. The aim of historical Apparati was to transform a very familiar space into a stage for celebration. Scanlon Apparati aims to entertain with smaller Apparati. All of the materials are new, some have a storied history. The pieces derive a timeless charm through meticulous craftsmanship. The desired effect remains theatrical, ephemeral, architectural, yet with functional use. 

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