In reality it is a simple courtship display yet the striking fanned plumage of peacocks has fascinated people for thousands of years. From folklore to mythology to the history of a nation (it is the national bird of India), peacocks have both enchanted and drawn suspicion. To the peahen (female peacock), the peacock’s famous train made up of elongated tail “covert” feathers decorated with “ocelli” or eye spots is simply a test to determine the best mate. The greater the number of ocelli, the more attractive she finds the peacock.
In ancient Greece, the ornamental eyes had a different significance. According to Greek mythology, the god Zeus was having an affair with the beautiful priestess Io. To hide the affair from his jealous wife, Hera, he turned Io into a cow. Hera, however, was not fooled by this and tricked Zeus into giving her the cow as a gift. Hera then sent her faithful servant Argus to protect the cow and since Argus was covered in one hundred eyes, he made a fine watchman. Zeus in turn dispatched Hermes to release Io from her captivity. Hermes accomplished this by lulling Argus and his many eyes into sleep and then killing him. To honor her faithful watchman, Hera took Argus’ eyes and placed them on the tail of her favorite bird - the peacock.
Argus would certainly be proud of how the artists at Herend have immortalized him. Limited Edition 250. (9.75"W X 9.25"H)
Item #: VHCDGM05081
Catalog HotKey: Z1074
Sterling Silver Bird, Looking Straight Ahead
Handmade in Italy with techniques used since the 17th century, including remarkably realistic feathering and gold vermeil beaks. Each has multiple feather styles for wings, tail and body.
Measures 3" w x 2" h
18k White Gold Square Crystal Bracelet with Blue Topaz & Diamonds
A divine bracelet unrivaled in its purity and majesty. The bracelet consists of seven carved cabochon crystals, as well as sky blue topaz and 0.84 carats of brilliant diamonds, all set in 18k white gold. Measures 7 3⁄8" long. Handmade in America.
Cabinets, Bookcases & Chests
Four Drawer Mahogany Serpentine Chest
A luxurious mahogany chest with a serpentine front and four dovetailed drawers. Handcrafted of fine mahogany with a rich, clean finish. Antiqued drawer pulls are solid brass. Handmade in England exclusively for Scully & Scully.
Measures 18"w x 14"d x 29"h.
Home Decor Accessories
Fabric-Covered Wastebasket with Blue Dragon
Exceptionally pretty yet highly practical with fabric and braid trim over wipe-clean plastic. Made in America.
Measures &frac914;” diameter x 12” h.
Crystal & Glassware
Flatware & Serving Pieces
Baccarat Heritage Check Bowl
This large clear crystal bowl with bold, graphic cuts is typical of the modernist style of the Art Deco period. The fine horizontal bevel cuts richly embellish and enrich the bowl by multiplying light reflections. Handmade mouth-blown crystal from France.