ReHouse recently headed to Vermont on a mission to reclaim some unusual architectural items; materials not usually found in Rochester or Vermont: antique teak crafted in Burma over a century ago. The Vermont homeowners traveled to Burma years ago, fell in love with the wood work there, and purchased a houseful of incredible pieces. They have chosen to move on from their teak, and now ReHouse holds the collection for another homeowner to fall in love with.
At a single glance, you must admit that these pieces are special. Now look even closer…
The panes in the divided light windows are arranged in patterns that move away from ordinary and toward intriguing. They are symmetrical but not in the way most of our stock is uniformly arranged in plain squares or occasionally diamonds. These arrangements really get the left brain thinking.
Take a look at the glass itself. The juxtaposition of clear, patterned, stained, and even patterned stained is an unexpected delight to viewers. The stained glass forms a vivid palette of easy to work with hues and intricate textures.
The patterned glass adds texture as well as history to each piece it adorns. Three different patterns are present in this collection. The first two feature tiled floral motifs, very traditional Burmese patterns.
The third offers the viewer a lesson in local Burmese history. From 1824-1948 Burma was under British rule. This is illustrated in the beautifully detailed glass which appears in several colors throughout the collection. In this example you can see the Tudor Rose of England, the Thistle of Scotland, and the Shamrock of Ireland intricately woven together.
These three botanicals have been used together as the symbol of the United Kingdom since 1800. In the mid-1800s the symbols were carved together on the gate pillar of Buckingham Palace and can be found on other buildings, flags, heraldic images, and currency. Through this glass we can believe that this tradition obviously influenced artists in the far reaching territories as well as the homeland.
The workmanship is present in the detailed woodcraft as well. These are not mass produced pieces that never deviate from the master plan. Each is made with love and care and expertise. The joints are crafted with precision using wood pegs and mortise joints. The wood between the panes of glass are also not universal. Some are rounded, some come to a point, and some have a more complicated profile. Even the repairs are done in a way that shows the woodworker’s dedication to the preservation and love of the original work.
Pairs of tall doors are prevalent in this collection. With or without glass, these intricately constructed double doors would have been used for interior passageways. Can you imagine having such beautiful doors leading to your bedroom or master bath? These make other French doors look so…normal.
Make sure you take a drive over to ReHouse soon to check out this amazing collection before it disappears. Give yourself time to look closely at each piece. You are sure to see and feel the stories they hold.