The head of Elisa Bonaparte as a porcelain cup

Elisa Bonaparte

Elisa Bonaparte, or more accurate and in full; Marie Anne Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi Levoy (1777-1820) Princess of Lucca and Piombino and the Grand Duchess of Tuscany (1805-1815) was a younger sister of Napoleon. If you’re interested in that long and acurate name click HERE to find out more about her family life. Elisa was actually a political ruler, click HERE if you want to know the ins and outs about that.

Fascinating drinking cup

In this post we would like to elaborate on the love Elisa B. had for the arts and we want to focus especcially on a cup she used to drink from. This fascinating cup came in the shape of her own head and it was made by the Doccia porcelain manufactory, founded by Carlo Ginori. This little cup has been reproduced since ages, up until nowadays in biscuit porcelain. Next to drinking from her own head, Elisa B. also, at one point ordered twelve lifesize busts of her own image, made from Carrera marble, which was her property since the town is situated in Tuscany. We, at Mimi Berlin, have to dig deeper into that history some other time ’cause we’ve seen much more of her face on several items.

In the Netherlands this little cup is available only at the Mek store in Amsterdam, thhahanks to Gerard van Riel from Mek for telling us this story.

images via thefrenchporcelainsociety.com / labirintodifrancomariaricci.it

The Bouvier Sisters at the Debutante Ball 1951 Mirrored

The Bouvier Sisters

The Bouvier sisters are; Jacky Kennedy-Onassis and Lee Rafdziwill, they are both deceased. In their lifetime they really were top-notch socialites. The photo below is made by Sir Cecil Beaton in 1951, captured for Vogue Magazine. It marks the start of their adult ‘career’ in high society. The picture is taken before (during, or at) their Debutante Ball. A Debutante ball is an official party were boys and girls from royal, aristocratic or upper-class families are introduced as marriage material, at around age sixteen to eighteen.

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(Jacqueline with her sister at a debutante ball in 1951 photo Cecil Beaton/Vogue/Condé Nast. Mirrored by Mimi Berlin)

Igor by Tyler the Creator

Tyler the Creator

Tyler Gregory Okonma is known professionally as Tyler the Creator, he is an all-round creative from the United States of America. Tyler is a rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, fashion designer and graphic designer.
He is the co-founder of the hip-hop collective Odd Future. Okonma has created all the artwork for the group’s releases and has also designed the group’s clothing and other merchandise. As a solo artist, Tyler released and produced one mixtape and five studio albums. His fifth and newest studio album (2019) is named Igor, it debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. As a fashion designer Tyler Okonma has a clothing company named Golf Wang.

Pink Poster

We are sure that Tyler the Creator has done much more but since this is our first encounter with the artist (bare with us, we are older citizens) we’ll leave it at the list above. The stunning pink poster was the reason we got to know about the artist. Also the fact that we love a blonde bob.

(info found on wikipedia, imagecredits: mimi berlin)

Caketoppers Vintage Bridal

Caketoppers

We, at Mimi Berlin, visited the local thriftstore the other day. On sale was a collection of caketoppers, vintage, bridal caketoppers. Amongst a group of about 10 plastic figurines, there were ugly but also a nice one; just as in real life. The bride by herself, she is our favorite, and probably made in the sixties. She looks like a doll from the Thunderbirds. We also fancy the happy couple, they look very satisfied and happy. The rest of the caketoppers seem rather uninspired.

Photocredits: Mimi Berlin

Chang and Eng Bunker Figurine

Chang and Eng Bunker

This wonderful antique porcelain figurine is probably a souvenir from the mid 1800s. It’s a ‘portrait’ of the famous Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker. The Bunker’s performed throughout the mid 1800’s and had 21 children combined. Change and Eng passed away 1874 at the age of 62.

Chang and Eng Bunker Figurine

Siamese Twins

The original Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker (1811–1874), were born in Siam (Thailand). The brothers traveled the world for many years as performers. (or freaks) Chang and Eng were joined at the torso by a band of flesh and they had fused livers.. Due to the brothers’ fame and the rarity of the condition, the term “Siamese twins” is still used as a synonym for conjoined twins.

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