Friday, March 16, 2007

Duncan Fallowell: Postcard from Paris

Dear Madame Arcati,

A few nights ago I went to dinner on the Ile Saint Louis and our host proudly threw open his bedroom door to display a charming scene, painted above the bed, of a window overlooking the Riviera. He claimed it was done by 'Monsieur Noel Coward' when staying on the Quai d'Orléans in the 1950s. It's true that among a certain class of person it's hardly possible to enter any room which wasn't splashed at some time either by Coward or Cocteau, but I can find no reference in Philip Hoare's Coward biography to back up this particular trompe l'oeil. Can you throw further light on the matter or was I just being had?

With best wishes, Duncan Fallowell


Dear Duncan,

A most fascinating question and certainly this purported work is news to me. But Arcati prides herself on the illuminati drawn to her site, so she happily throws open the question to them.

Love is a many squandered thing

MA x

10 comments:

Duralex said...

<< A few nights ago I went to dinner on the Ile Saint Louis >>

Wow, classy!

<< but I can find no reference in Philip Hoare's Coward biography to back up this particular trompe l'oeil. Can you throw further light on the matter or was I just being had? >>

The question is : did Mr. Fallowell recognize Coward's personal painting style (if any)? That, in my humble opinion, must be more difficult than to identify Cocteau's "greek touch".

Whatever, in France, you can be sure you're being had when your host opens his bedroom door to show you the bed where Charles de Gaulle once slept. Those beds are certainly more numerous than the nights in De Gaulle's life !

Duralex, delighted to be one of the illuminati. :-)

drf said...

Well,of course, yes, de Gaulle is the Queen Elizabeth the First of France. As you know, Coward's painting style is mid-period Winston Churchill and this aspect of the trompe l'oeil was perhaps plausible. However it could have been the work of a pasticheur. Oh, the number of mid-period Churchill fakes! My mother even found one in the bring & buy sale at Finchampstead Village Hall. Many thanks for your interest. Duncan Fallowell

Anonymous said...

Is this code for some disgusting activitiy?

Anonymous said...

no

Anonymous said...

Why is Arcati signing herself Max?

Myrna said...

M is for Madame, A is for Arcati and x is for a nice little kiss. Am I wrong?
On the other hand, I'm sorry I'm not able to help Mr Fallowell solve the trompe l'œil mystery...

Arcati said...

Myrna knows her Madame. MA x

girlie said...

my bathroom was vomited in by Sid Vicious. I'm putting it in the vendor pack.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Help!