We have a lot of "things" around our house. My friend Pat, who is a minimalist, has advised me to get rid of them. He says "you don't need them." I understand his reasoning but some things I just can't "get rid of." I do "need them" because they give me comfort.
One such item was the Pierrot clown vase pictured in this blog.
A couple of weeks ago I came home and found my Pierrot clown vase with the leg broken off. Apparently Bill accidentally broke the vase when he was closing the curtains in my bedroom. Bill's pretty rough with things. He attempted to glue the leg back on but it was in the wrong place. I was heart broken. I didn't realize how much I loved that clown vase until I realized I might have to throw it away because his leg was broken.
I brought that Pierrot clown vase in 1980 with the little bit of money I had left over from the sale of our house in Philadelphia. In fact I brought a whole series of Pierrot figurines. Bookends, tissue holder, and picture frame holder. I have all of them in my bedroom which is my sanctuary. I also have other clown images in my bedroom. A few years back Someone, Dr. Spo's better half visited my bedroom and was creeped out with all my clown stuff. He's one of those who hates clowns. Other than John Wayne Gacy and Emmett Kelly, I love my clown images whether they be paintings or ceramics. They give me a great sense of comfort.
So what to do with my damaged Pierrot clown vase? I couldn't sleep that night. I called Pat to express my loss. Didn't get much sympathy from that quarter. Then I had a brainstorm. Maybe someone was selling the very same Pierrot clown vase on EBay. I checked and they were! Viola!
I put my bid on it and here it is, featured on this blog.
I'm not posting the picture of my damaged Pierrot clown vase. Bill glued the leg back on the vase but it's not the same. I put that vase back in it's original location, where it has been for the past thirteen years. Even thought I got a replacement Pierrot, I still have a soft spot in my heart for my original Pierrot clown.
Even though the clown vases look the same, upon closer inspection they are different. The clown's face is hand painted. Look closely and you'll see the subtle difference. Oh, I will have to show you the original Pierrot clown vase. Here it is, before his leg was broken.
|My original Pierrot clown vase - look at his face, it looks older and more mature than my replacement Pierrot clown vase|