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‘Convo Rescue’ interior decorating



Cardiff-Castle-Lion-by-Hammerhead27,-via-Flickr-Stone lion sculpture with shield

Lion statue –  Cardiff Castle


Art pieces that stimulate conversation 


Art is acquired for all sorts of reasons: investment, heirlooms, decorative, functional and even as a conversational piece. After recently noticing a piece on an auction site being promoted as a conversation piece, I started seeing art pieces from this perspective and it threw up numerous scenarios. As a conversation ‘circuit breaker’ the merit of having alluring decorative art objects strategically placed around a room is obvious, but also can be a godsend if you need a discreet deflection, when you find yourself in one of those awkward silences. Which is more mortifying?  —  being a crashing bore about your art or confronting a deafening silence. Hopefully with astute buying, your guest will be absolutely enthralled with your taste and refined aesthetic and if they are genuine art lovers, it is a failsafe course of action and a possible trigger for an animated discussion about the joys of collecting.



Antique hand painted ceramic Alhambra floor vase,-circa-1900. Signed F. Jose MF Martinez

Large Alhambra floor vase -signed F. Jose MF Martinez

circa. 1900

In the context of ‘convo rescue’ art, having pieces that have intriguing provenance and background stories in their history is a bonus. For example, with a Bernard Palissy charger, attention can be drawn to the fact he had to burn his families furniture to fuel his kiln, when he was trying to imitate Chinese porcelain. Or say an Edmond Lachenal vase, who gave his studio to his wife and son Raoul, when he abandoned ceramics to take up acting, when he was having an affair with Sarah Bernhardt. For tactile attraction, the silky glaze of a Rose Cabat “feelie” sculptural vessel could stimulate sensual interest.
Pieces with a rich history or from unique design eras, like a Hispano Moresque Alhambra floor vase or an Italian Futurismo lamp, would support a good conversation. It helps to really like the piece you acquire, so you can sound genuine when heap it with praise. Try to avoid sounding too pretentious about how good you think your choice is and there’s no need to go on about how much it cost, unless it was an absolute steal. Sometimes a back up piece might be needed, something more quirky and amusing or even erotic, if the guest had little interest in art, to cover all bases.

Here are some ideas for some ‘convo rescue’ decorative objects and other art beyond any conversation. I also included some images of some mid-century and modern  ‘conversation pits’, an appealing architectural concept that peaked in the 70’s, The cosy sunken seating could be re-embraced to encourage social discourse. Can I invite you into the ‘Pool Of Thought’, to discuss this further.


Conversation pit rejuvenation 


– raising the sunken living spaces back into design contention.



” Talking in circles roundabout”   Mid-Century sunken seating conversation pit


Spencer Peterson (curbed.com) flagged the idea of rebranding the ‘conversation pit’ with more appealing names such as communiqué nest’, groupthink decline’, ‘dialogue dip’ or ‘discussion crater’ to revitalize design interest in this innovative Mid-Century architectural feature. Here are some  more suggestions :-



Outdoor sunken seating - John Coolidge design

Outdoor sunken seating ‘Island Chat Basin’ living space

Photo John Coolidge




‘Pool of Thought’  conversation pit located in outdoor pool by Franco A. Pasquale Design Associates





Sunken living area— ‘Talkfest Nest’ – Javier Senosiain Nautilus House, Mexico

– social life flows inside the Nautilus without any division, a harmonic area in three dimensions where you can notice the continuous dynamic of the fourth dimension when moving in spirals over the stairs with a feeling of floating over the vegetation. – worldarchitecturenews.com

 .…. the guests would be so gobsmacked by the audacious style they would be speechless for at least 15 minutes.




Mid-century decor ‘Convo Cavern’




‘Abstract Zone of Discourse’

From 1976 Norma Skurka NY Times Times on Interior Design

retro-space on Flickr




‘Head Read Retreat’

Miller home 1957 – Mid-Century modern home designed by Eero Saarinen and located in Columbus, Indiana





‘Candour Corner’

70’s modernist interior

Some claim the 70’s was the ‘decade that taste forgot’. For boldness and individuality of expression, it really was an exceptional decade that still has an influence on current designers.




sunken-garden-alcove paisley pattern design by Ben Hoyle

Paisley garden ‘Babbling Gabby Alcove’ designed by Ben Hoyle, NZ





‘Fish Bowl Ear Bender’

Jasper Conran’s house




‘Sunken Portal of Intimate Depth’

60’s design by architect Roger Hirsch



Rich decor by designer marcelo-rosenbaum

‘Rave On Recess’

Interior decor – Marcelo Rosenbaum



Heated-Dip hot bath

‘Heated Diatribe Soaker’ – heated outdoor pool



Philosophers-stone-circle seventies conversation pits

70’s ‘Philosophers Stone Circle’



sunken conversation pit

‘The Curvaceous Converso’



Décor objects for ‘convo rescue’ 


 Bird Headed Figure Whistle,-8th 9th-century Mexico

 Mexican bird headed whistle

8th to 9th century




Rudy Autio ceramic sculpture

 Giant sculptural vessel wrapped in Matisse-inspired illustration – Rudy Autio




Anita Reay Art toucan birds

 ‘Two Toucans’ – Anita Reay – AUS




Ankhworks-Pottery ceramic vase with organic wood appearance

  Ceramic vase with natural wood appearance – Ankhworks Pottery




‘Conversation Piece’  by Juan Munoz at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden





 Art Nouveau vase by Paul Dachsel for Ernst Wahliss




Lone Borgen and Stephen Parry handpainted vase

Lone Borgen and Stephen Parry, UK



Raku bird Catherine-Chaillou-»-GALERIE

 Raku bird by sculpteur céramiste animalier – Catherine Chaillou






 Michel di Nunzio




 ‘Danaides’  vase – Rene Lalique





 Loetz glass vase, 1901

Kunsthandel Kolhammer, Vienna, 1stdibs




Dino Martens for Aureliano Toso,-Murano-Italian-Art Glass Vase

Murano Vase –  Dino Martens for Aureliano Toso





 Surreal sgraffito vase – Laura Jean Mclaughlin ?

1stDibs – Drake, NY



 Buddhist Monk -Figurative Sculpture Jar-or-Urn---Ceramic-Sitting Meditation - Jillatay

Sitting meditation Buddhist Monk ceramic figurative sculpture

jillatay – etsy



ERTE-'Flames of Love'-Limited-Edition Collector Plate

 ‘Flames of Love’– Limited Edition Collector Plate – Erte




africaandbeyond.com-african head wine cooler

 Raku wine cooler – africaandbeyond.com




Govinder Nazran---Bob's Your Uncle & Fanny's Your Aunt Sculpture

 ‘Bob’s Your Uncle & Fanny’s Your Aunt’  – cat and dog sculpture by Govinder Nazran




Grey-Raku---Marika Baumler-'Grijze Raku'-h-30-cm

‘Grijze Raku’ –  Marika Baumler, France

height – 30 cm


John-Maltby abstract sculpture

 John Maltby abstract sculpture



Ceramic wall panel - by Léger Fernand-1stDibs-Roland Brice

 Ceramic wall panel – by Léger Fernand



Lidya-Buzio---XIX--1985----Artsy - contemporary vase with cityscape decoration

 XIX – Lidya Buzio





Melanie-FERGUSON-soda fired vessel

 ‘Restricted Zone ‘- handbuilt, coil constructed, soda fired stoneware vessel

Melanie Ferguson




 ‘After Fire’ – Jeff Mincham




Daum, Nancy and Louis Majorelle, an orange glass vase with wrought iron frame,-circa 1920

Orange glass Art Deco vase – Daum, Nancy and Louis Majorelle




Modernist Vase by Michael Köhler - 1982 Dana John LA


Contemporary vase by Michael Köhler – 1982

Dana John LA – 1stDibs




Myrton Purkiss plate,-detailed and colorfully painted geometric designs,

 Plate with painted geometric designs – Myrton Purkiss




 GAUTENG Éléphant

 Raku GAUTENG Éléphant – Divart, France




Metamorphose I (Personnage feminin) – Pablo Picasso




Porcelain vase, Adelaide Alsop Robineau-for-California-Faience,-ca

 Porcelain vase, Adelaide Alsop Robineau



Powerhouse-Derek-acquisition-indigenous-artist-from-Ernabella-Australia-Derek Jungarrayi Thompson

 Australian artist Derek Jungarrayi Thompson with monumental ceramic vessel




Primavera White, Brown and Black Glaze Vase1930-39GARY-RUBINSTEIN-ANTIQUES

 Primavera White, Brown and Black Glaze Vase, 1930

Gary Rubinstein Antiques



Raku Small Garden Sprite-II-Wall Hanging by Leslie Ahrens Original

 Raku  ‘Garden Sprite II’  – Wall Hanging by Leslie Ahrens




Raku Andrzej Chybowski-Warsaw-Maj-2012

 Raku spherical bottle by Andrzej Chybowski-Warsaw, Poland





 Massive glazed ceramic vessel with sgraffito decoration, “Menage a Trois,” Los Angeles, CA, 1989

height 30 inches – Richard Duffey





ROGOV -Inna-(1949)

 Inna Rogova ceramic sculpture




Sergei Isupov Ferrin-Contemporary sculpture

Sergei Isupov Ferrin – Contemporary figurine




Ron-Meyers-Pottery plate

 Ron Meyers




Rose Cabat vase, bulbous shape, covered in tan and blue matte glaze

 Rose Cabat bulbous shaped ‘feelie’ vessels




Stephen Bird vase

 Stephen Bird vase – handpainted with Australian outback landscape




That way madness lies by John Morris

 ‘That way madness lies’ by John Morris





Thomas Fritsch-–-Artrium

André Aleth MASSON ceramic lamp – height 30 inches

 Thomas Fritsch



Tricia Cline, figurative ceramic sculpture

 ‘Pope Joey No.2′  – Exiles From Lower Utopia series

Tricia Cline




Up on the Roof by Merry Arttoones...now-at-Obsidian Gallery in Tucson, Arizona

 ‘Up on the Roof’ by Merry Arttoones

Vase and incense burner

 Obsidian Gallery in Tucson, Arizona




Twin handled vase_Burr Owls Laurie Shaman

 ‘Burr Owls’ –  Laurie Shaman




William De Morgan-----inspired by the brilliant colours of Islamic pottery, especially the bright Iznik turquoise

 William De Morgan bowl —–inspired by the brilliant colours of Islamic pottery, especially the bright Iznik turquoise




William-Moorcroft-Flambe-Vase Koi fish

 Moorcroft Flambe koi vase




Wu-Tong figural sculpture

 Wu Tong




photo-Gian Paolo Barbieri-1979

photo – Gian Paolo Barbieri – 1979



Conversation-Starter Beth Tarkington asymetrical bottle with dancing nude girl decoration

‘Conversation Starter’  – Beth Tarkington





‘Totem with snake’ by Ernst Neizvestny

artnet galleries





Maiden in pink dress Art Nouveau female figure vase




calvin-ma sculpture

Ceramic sculpture by San Francisco based artist Calvin Ma


” My work draws inspiration from the toys and action figures I had growing up. As an introverted and socially awkward kid, the plastic heroes, villains and their vehicles helped me cope with my inability to socialize. They served as an escape for me and soon became a passion. Now, as an introverted and socially awkward adult, I create artwork that reflects on the struggles I have with social anxiety. Those toys have become a visual reference in my work and in a way, still help me cope. ‘Homebodies: Recollective’ is a continuation of the series I’ve been working on, but incorporates pop culture related vehicles. Movies and cartoons were also welcome distractions growing up, so I thought it would be interesting to pair more recognizable elements with my work.” – Calvin Ma





‘Belly Dancer Vessel’ – KLM ceramics

Artsy Home




Antique golden glass snuff bottle, China




Odile-Frachet heavy textured ceramic sculpture

‘Face éventail—Odile Frachet




Terri-Kern ceramic bottle

‘Il mio dilemma quotidiano’, Terri Kern





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