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within "The Wonderland of Christmas",
Where the Only real sense -- is just nO sense at all!


"Twinkle twinkle little bat,

How I wonder where you're at.

Up above the world so high,

Like a tea tray in the sky."
 


 

LOOKING-GLASS BOOK :

Among the first things Alice encountered upon entering the 'looking-glass world' was a book.

The first page read :


YKCOWREBBAJ
sevot yhtils eht dna gillirb sawT
ebaw eht ni elbmig dna eryg diD
sevogorob eht erew ysmim llA
ebargtuo shtar emom eht dnA

She puzzled over this for some time - at last she realized that is needed to be read backwards -

in the looking glass.

However she still had no idea the meaning of the strange words :

 

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
***

 Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!

 He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

 

A Friendly Victorian 'Jabberwocky' Door Porter

Ireland, 19th Century

A mythical chimera, very well carved from dense mahogany timbers and brass-mounted

 


 

Alice, to the Flower Garden :

Aren't you frightened at being planted out here with nobody to take care of you?
Rose : There’s the tree in the middle - what else is it good for?
Alice : What could it do if danger came?
 A Daisy : It says...

Bough-wough!..that’s why its branches are called 'boughs'!

 

 

Chinese Export Famille Rose Molded Barbers Bowl

Qianlong, c1765-75

 


 

The Rose (regarding Alice) : Her face has got some sense in it, thought it’s not a clever one!
Tiger-lily : ...If only her petals curled up a little more, she’d be all right.

 

 

 

Rare Worcester "Scolopendrium" Pattern Bowl
England, c1772-1775
The 5-lobed molded bowl with large
spiraling scolopendrium (hart's tongue fern) leaves

 


 

 The snap-dragon-fly :
Its body is made of plum-pudding, its wings of holly-leaves,

 its head, a raisin burning in brandy.

 

And then there’s the Butterfly :

I wonder if the reason insects are so fond of flying into candles is

because they want to turn into Snap-dragon-flies.

 

Chelsea Porcelain Damask'd Red Anchor Plate, c1754, in the Meissen manner, the two butterflies by the 'Shadow Butterfly' painter Good Pair Mid-18th Century Cut Glass Candlesticks, c1750 Good Pair Mid-18th Century Cut Glass Candlesticks, c1750

 

Chelsea Porcelain Damask'd Red Anchor Plate

England, c1754, in the Meissen manner,

The two butterflies by the "Shadow Butterfly" painter

 

Pair Mid-18th Century Cut Glass Candlesticks

The Netherlands, c1750

With faceted knopped shafts above domed flaring feet

 


 

'If that there King was to wake, you’d go out -- bang! -- just like a candle!'
Tweedledum : `Ditto’
Tweedledee : `Ditto, ditto’

 

 

 

Pair of George III Silver Beakers

Peter & Anne Bateman, London, 1799

 


 

Then fill up the glasses with treacle and ink,
Or anything else that is pleasant to drink:
Mix sand with the cider, and wool with the wine--
And welcome Queen Alice with ninety-times-nine

 

George II Engraved Light Balulster Wine, c1740-50 George III Engraved Opaque Twist Ale, c1780 Good George II / III Sweetmeat Glass, c1760, heavy weight George III Engraved Masonic Tumbelr, for James Clegg, c1790

 

Good George II / III Sweetmeat Glass, c1760 (with a bit of sand)

George III Engraved Masonic Tumbler, c1790 (cider & a bit of sand)

George II Light Baluster Wine, with engraved rim (& wool), c1740-50

George III Engraved Opaque Twist Stem Ale, c1780 (with Treacle)

 


 

'That’s the effect of living backwards,'

the Queen said kindly :
'it always makes one a little giddy at first'

 

 

Rare Kangxi Chinese Imari Fluted & Scalloped Dish

The backside showing the Johanneum Inventory numbers N=268+

China, c1700
From the Japanese Palace, Dresden, Collection of Augustus the Strong

 


 

Sheep : Can you row? She handed Alice her a pair of knitting-needles
Suddenly the needles turned into oars in her hands, and they were in a little boat, gliding along between banks.
'Feather!' cried Sheep, as she took up another pair of needles.

 

 

 

First Period Worcester Fluted Sauce "Boat"

Full Moon Pattern, England, c1775

 


 

Alice bought an Egg in Sheep's strange dark little shop.

Everything in the shop she approached had grown smaller and turned into a tree  -

except for the Egg which got larger - and more human -

with eyes and a nose and mouth.
When she came close, she saw clearly that it was HUMPTY DUMPTY -

his legs crossed, like a Turk, on the top of a high wall, his eyes steadily fixed in the opposite direction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alice : How exactly like an egg he is!
Humpty Dumpty :

It’s very provoking, to be called 'an egg'!

 

The conversation seemed directed to a tree.

So she stood

and softly repeated to herself...

 

 

 

 

 

18th  Century South Staffordshire

Enamel on Copper Egg-Form Box

England, c1765-70

 

Painted with tinyfigures

- and sheep

on a tree-lined shore

 

 

 

'...Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King’s horses and all the King’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty in his place again.'

 

 

 

Early 18th Century Pressed Tortoiseshell Plaque, 'Tent of Darius'

Set as Tobacco Box by John Reily, London 1823

The Tortoiseshell After "Queens of Persia at the Feet of Alexander" (Le Brun, 1661)

depicting Alexander the Great visiting the mourning family of the defeated Persian King Darius III,

In the Manner of John Obrisset

 


 

Alice : I see nobody on the road.
King :
I only wish I had such eyes - to be able to see Nobody!

And at that distance, too!

 

 

"In the Shade, Adamson Road", Norwood Creech

Arkansas / Tennessee / Contemporary

Oil & Charcoal on Linen

 


 

Red Queen : How is bread made??
Alice : You take some flour ...
White Queen : Where do you pick the flower? In a garden, or in the hedges?
Alice : Well, it isn't picked at al --  it’s ground --
White Queen : How many acres of ground?

 

The Plum Pudding : 'What impertinence! I wonder how you’d like it if I were to cut a slice out of you!'
(It spoke in a thick, suety sort of voice).

 

Early George II Square Silver Salver, John Tuite, 1729, the center with the arms of Chaundler George III Pierced Silver Server or Slice, Richard Mills, 1770, centering three Jaybirds

 

The Salver : Fine Early George II Square Silver Salver, John Tuite, London 1729, Arms of Chaundler

The Slice : George III Pierced Silver Slice / Server, Richard Mills, London, 1770

 

 

Square salver with arms of Chaundler / Chandler

 /

 Slice With 3 Crested Jaybirds amongst flowers

 


 

 

The Decanter : Good George II Cruciform Carafe-Form Decanter, England, c1740

The Wings : A Pair of Bristol Manganese and Polychrome Delft Plates, c1740-50

 

 

 

 

As to the bottles, they each took a pair of plates,

which they hastily fitted on as wings,

and with forks for legs,

went fluttering about in all directions --

looking very much like birds.

Several of the guests were lying down in the dishes.
And the soup ladle was walking up

the table towards Alice’s chair, 

beckoning to her to get out of its way.

 

 

 

Large George II Hanoverian Pattern Silver Soup Ladle

Elias Cachart, London, 1748

the up-turned terminal with a period conjoined cypher monogram ML  / 14.5" Long

 


 

*** Humpty Dumpty - who was very good with words -

('When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less') -

explains the strange Jabberwocky words' meanings :
 

Brillig - four o’clock in the afternoon - the time when you begin broiling things for dinner
Slithy - lithe and slimy. Lithe is the same as active
Toves - something like badgers -
they’re something like lizards - and they’re something like corkscrew.

They make their nests under sun-dials and live on cheese.
Gyre - to go round and round like a gyroscope
Gimble - to make holes like a gimblet
Wabe - grass-plot round a sun-dial;
called wabe,

because it goes a long way before it, and a long way behind it —
Mimsy - flimsy and miserable
Borogove - thin, shabby-looking bird
with its feathers sticking out all round - something like a live mop
Mome raths - Rath is a sort of green pig

Mome -  short for from home - meaning that they’d lost their way
Outgrage -
something between bellowing and whistling,

with a kind of sneeze in the middle ...

... you’ll hear it done - maybe - down in the wood yonder :

  

 

"Spring Reflections", Hugh Bolton Jones

American (NY / MD)1848-1927 / Oil on Canvas

 

'In winter, when the fields are white,
I sing this song for your delight --
In spring, when woods are getting green,
I’ll try and tell you what I mean.
In summer, when the days are long,
Perhaps you’ll understand the song.
In autumn, when the leaves are brown,
Take pen and ink, and write it down.'

                               - Humpty Dumpty


 

 

Fine George I / II Gesso and Giltwood Looking Glass with Girandoles

(shown above - the other side of which perhaps all these nonsensical adventures occurred)

England, c1720-40

Retaining the original gilt and mirror plate


                                        

The quotations above are taken primarily from the original text of  Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
The illustrations are from John Tenniel's 1864-5 wood-block engravings.
 

 

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) (1832–1898)
(Hubert von Herkomer (1849–1914) / Christ Church, University of Oxford)

 

And as Lewis Carroll is known to have said :

....."To all my friends, known and unknown, 'Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year'".

Lewis Carroll,  1871

 

And may it be filled with a Wonderland of Non-Sense!

Millicent Creech

Caroline Kelly

Keith Rainer

 

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(Why are you always too small or too tall?)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

 

(Whether Pigs Have Wings!)

The Walrus & The Carpenter

 

(...To keep the Menai's bridge from rust

By boiling it in wine.)

'Curiouser & Curiouser!'

 



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