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« on: May 20, 2007 03:58:15 AM »

Hi,
this chest was a birthday present for a friend, who for some strange reason is a big fan of king Ludwig II. of Bavaria (1845 -1886). To put it mildly he was at least slightly off-center, but he is also still doing a lot for Bavarian tourism.
First I got the poster and after I had finally found a cheap chest matching in size, I started with painting the whole thing bright blue, because I thought this colour could have matched the taste of the king and his time.
I had no idea what to do with the top and googled the king and found that he was a lover of swans and roses. Aha! Not the typical information you would find in a history book, but very useful for me.
The sides show pictures of his famous castles "Neuschwanstein" and "Herrenchiemsee".
I only have these two pictures, with the hinges not fixed, but I think you will get the idea. It is of course unrestrained kitschy Grin, but it was quite a success.

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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2007 05:55:19 AM »

That's cool - I love the off the beaten path historical figures - the ones that everyone knows about tend to be passe (giggle, giggle, giggle) I have the Underground History Book and that would definately provide some interesting fodder....
Thanks for the inspiration - Selkie
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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2007 09:00:38 AM »

The subject matter is completely amazing  Cheesy  and it looks like you did a fabulous job!  I'm sure your friend was ecstatic!


(and an Underground History Book sounds awesome!)
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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2007 10:03:11 AM »

I love it!  That blue is the perfect color too.  It's really a shame old Ludwig was so off his rocker, or they might have actually finished his castle after he died.
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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2007 04:35:38 PM »

That's wonderful. The unrestrained (hence ironic) kitch seems perfect for the subject matter and very cool! I'm sure your friend the Ludwig-fan will be thrilled.  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2007 09:07:24 PM »

That looks SO good. Like you bought it from some kitchsy store. Great job.

What kind of adhesive did you use for the pictures?
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2007 09:28:23 PM »

@ Bluevase

I used PVA-glue.The american equivalent would be Elmer's.
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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2007 05:38:17 PM »

I've been in love with Ludwig for years!  I love this piece.   And not just because he's on it.
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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2007 05:40:10 PM »

Wow. Absolutely amazing.
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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2007 07:29:50 PM »

this is incredible, i love the idea of putting an off-center historical figure like that on furniture (i've been planning something with madame de pompadour).

very very cool.
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