Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Narrow Escape From Another Disaster


                     WILLIAM & MARY  MARQUETRY CHEST  

A week ago I received the chest I ordered from Chris Malcolmson. I couldn't be more delighted!!! http://www.chrismalcomsonminiatures.com/

The first chest he sent me was damaged during shipping. It was disappointing and I really thought it would be taller than two inches. There was nothing on his site in the way of measurements, I just assumed it was a bigger piece. It had to be returned in any case.

This new chest turned into a special order. I asked him for a taller one which meant he had to add more drawers. His marquetry designs are beautiful, as is the burl wood he used for the main body of the chest. I was very surprised to see that he dovetailed all the drawers this time. That was not something I expected because the first chest didn't have them.

I wrote to Chris immediately to let him know the chest arrived safely and thank him for the BEAUTIFUL job he did.  When he wrote back this morning he said he hoped I had not thrown the box away because he also sent me a gift. He told me it was an apology for the long delay. He had to have his saw repaired which took a few weeks.

I gasped because I had thrown out several boxes in the garage last night and I knew the city had already been here to pick up everything. When I got to the garage there was his (over looked) box with all the packing materials still inside it. He made me a gorgeous tea caddy. I am thrilled, it is just beautiful. I wrote him back to thank him once again.
                                                             I love happy endings!!!

Happy Easter Everyone!




28 comments:

  1. OH AWESOME!!!!! What a story and what a wonderful gift. It is just beautiful, as is the chest. Mr. Malcolmson is very thoughtful and a fabulous artist---

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  2. Wow, what a story....Wow,what an amazing chest...Wow, what a beautiful gift! Me too love happy endings:)))

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  3. Both pieces are absolutely stunning. What a lovely apology from mr malcolmson.

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  4. Wow, that is just absolutely amazing work... is it possible to share a link to his site in your post? I didn't know this artist!
    I did google him though, here's the link:
    http://www.chrismalcomsonminiatures.com/

    http://travelingtwig.blogspot.com

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  5. There must have been a miniature angel watching over that one box in the garage.... The chest and tea caddy are so amazing. I can imagine your are very happy with them. Hug, Liduina.

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  6. Oh my, Catharine, to throw that box away!!!! Happily it came all good at the end, what an adventure (deep *sigh*)!!
    The chest and the tea caddy are stunning. I would love this kind of apology....:D!!
    Hugs, Ilona

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  7. What a relief you found it, both pieces are exquite Catherine, what a talented craftsman.

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  8. You lucky girl. Of all the things I wanted from Kensington last year it was one of his tea caddies. Thank Goodness it was not too late. (I once threw out a mini ivory elephant in a similar situation - but I was too late). Enjoy and I am green with envy. Carol :)

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  9. That chest is an exquisite work of art and well worth the worry and wait! Then to find the little tea caddy surprise!! What a lovely and thoughtful gift.

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  10. Both pieces are EXQUISITE Catherine, fancy nearly losing that lovely tea caddy to the garbage!!!!!

    I know you will enjoy owning 2 such beautiful pieces.

    Linda x

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  11. ze zijn prachtig, veel plezier met je aankopen.

    xxx conny

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  12. Oh gosh, Catherine, I am really glad you didn't throw the box away! The chest and tea caddy are both amazing, worth the wait.

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  13. What treasures and it would have been so easy to lose one! Maybe surprises need a red flag on the box. :)

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  14. Thank goodness you found the tea caddy, what a story! I am sure you were very releaved to find the packaging with the lovely surprise intact.

    Of course I absolutely love the chest, as it is very similar to mine. Mine has the same drawer arrangement and also has dovetailed drawers (I had to go check, lol!). Worth the wait, I think!

    I'll be seeing Chris at the show in Apeldoorn next week. I look forward to seeing his new pieces.

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  15. Both pieces are just beautiful! Lucky you.

    When I receive minis in the mail (or via courier), I am very careful not to dispose of the packaging without removing ALL of the paper or bubble wrap and checking the box thoroughly. I haven't lost or thrown away anything yet :)

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  16. Oh my gosh these pieces are truly amazing!!
    Thank goodness that you found the tea caddy :)
    I am sure you will enjoy all of them!

    Hugs Jollie

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  17. I wish Chris would have told me in a note there was something else in the box. He doesn't even send a business card. haha

    As soon as I got to the word tea caddy in his email I launched out of my chair with my heart in my mouth, thinking I had thrown away his box. Imagine that beautiful tea caddy sitting out in the garage for over a week. OMG!

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  18. It's an exquisite chest and the lovely tea caddy was such a thoughtful gesture. That said, Catherine, I would like to add that I hate it when online stores do not give measures for their pieces. A lot of time is wasted sending e-mails to know the measurements.

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  19. Thank heavens for mail so you knew and could act on it. Brrr.... the thought alone... Non the less a kind and lovely gesture of him to make up with that pretty gem for the misfortune you had previous. Enjoy both acquisitions !

    All's well that end's well :)

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  20. Gorgeous pieces!
    Happy Easter.
    Greetings, Faby

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  21. Gorgeous chest. What a very sweet man to gift you the lovely tea caddy.

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  22. I agree. It was a very sweet, nice thing for Mr. Malcolmson to do. It was totally unnecessary because I was very happy to wait for one of his beautiful chests of drawers. I am very grateful for his kindness.

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  23. Wow..amazing work on both items... And what a story!!
    So happy it ended well:)))
    Hugs✨

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  24. What a wonderful chest and a lovely tea caddy.

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  25. Ooooh! What a wonderful outcome! You are indeed a fortunate person. They are both lovely items, and to have the tea caddy as a gift if just amazing. Sandie

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  26. Hello Catherine,
    How beautiful. That is such an exquisite piece of furniture and I have no words for the lovely Tea caddy.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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