January 15, 2010

Awesome Triple Throne For Emperor Haile Selassie

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Wow, Joey from Anonymous Works just snagged this beat-but-incredible little painting on eBay. It's apparently from an unrealized 1944 US Government proposal to build a "triple throne" for His Freshly Re-installed Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.

Signed by an R.O. Marsh, who's not the well-known muralist Reginald Marsh and probably isn't the Panama-based engineer//explorer Richard O. Marsh, either, the style reminds me of Clifford Richard's awesome Noah's Ark, mixed with a bit of Jean deBrunhoff's Babar dining room for the Normandie and the Scalamandre-designed red zebra wallpaper at Gino, the classic Sinatra-era Italian restaurant down the street from our old place in NYC.

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Selassie's loss could be your little emperor's gain, though. Even if you're not expert at carving giltwork peacock chairs, this painting would make a fantastic nursery mural.

Proposed Triple Throne In Imperial Palace For Haile Selassie [anonymousworks]

2 Comments

Wow, that really is pretty cool. I wonder why they didn't end up building the triple throne, lol. -mike

I love this wallpaper. It was used as inspiration for Margot's bedroom walls in "The Royal Tenenbaums".

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