Here's Christmas tree #2 - the small one in the library. It features Old World Christmas ornaments (yes another one of my collections), many which I purchased from Putti on Yonge Street north of Roxborough Street - one of my favourite decorating shops in Toronto.
Yes, I even have hand vases in the bathroom! These fine Victorian hand vases are hand painted circa 1885 and were acquired several years ago from Cynthia Findlay Antiques here in Toronto. If you are familiar with Cynthia's shop, you know these did not come at a bargain price. But then, neither did this elegant bathroom - one of my favourite rooms in our home.
The hand motif is not just limited to vases. Here's an unusual Victorian oil lamp (circa 1885) that we bought at an Antique Show quite a few years ago. The hand holding a pinecone (very Canadian) appears to be made from metal and was hand painted. It is still in terrific condition considering its age and fragility.