Thursday, May 22, 2014

New Shipment Preview

Dear Friends,

It's hhhhhere! The new shipment has been unloaded, dusted and cataloged. Gleaned from Belgium, England, France and Sweden, there are many classics as well as a few surprises. If you are thinking of updating your home for spring and summer, might I suggest an antique to add that one-off but familiar charm? Nothing warms up a room more effortlessly and beautifully than something old, imperfect and unexpected. Here is a preview. Please come visit if you are in the area!

A room setting featuring a 1750s Swedish Baroque cupboard, pair (only one shown) of French painted bergeres with new blue-gray linen upholstery, French mirror with ripple frame and Swedish painted tables. The Baroque cupboard is perfect for housing a TV - quite roomy inside.
Here is a Swedish painted sideboard with gracious stepback, curved sides. The large collection of antique white china is from Paris - come check out the rest! 

BTW, look at the size of my topiaries! Now is the time to repot, fertilize, spray for bugs, etc.
More French treasures. The 19th century zinc horse head, with traces of gilt, has superb patina and the best form. It's 100% genuine and intact. It would have once graced a stable or a butcher's shop as a trade sign. The Neoclassical open armchair and mahogany table are from the early 1900s.
Here are a few of my favorites. First up is this trumeau mirror with its mercury glass framed in reeded giltwood over a painted back. I love its textured patina juxtaposed over the walnut sideboard's rich patina. And the fine Impressionist oil on canvas doesn't look overly serious in the mirror's company. 
A closer look at this signed and dated important work from late Impressionism. The Montparnasse carved wood frame is exquisite.
Lunch is ready! Meals served on this generous fruitwood farm table with painted caneback chairs would, I imagine, be utterly irresistible. Notice the cutlery drawer and a long extension on the other end (not shown here). English 19th century creamware asparagus plates are by Minton.
A charming French early painted tub chair reupholstered in vintage linen and finished with tacks. I found it this way :)
This vignette features a French 1770-90s trumeau mirror, early 1900s large sunburst mirror and late 1890s Directoire style armchairs (one shown here). The buffet is Swedish from the last quarter of the 1700s.  
What's on top of the Swedish buffet? A hedgehog taking a bath, of course! Clearly, he's not doing such a fine job from the look of all that moss and lichen. Good thing because I love him just like that.
 BELOW: A Jack Russell Terrier garden companion.
Both the hedgehog and Jack Russell are English from the 20th century.
Such a classic Provencal painting with its sun drenched hues and rich texture. Again, this one is dated and signed by a listed artist. The pine Montparnasse frame is a marriage, but boldly paired.
A Louis XVI (Ca 1770-90s) mirror, crested with garden accoutrements, hangs over an antique Swedish painted chest with modern spirit. Notice the chest's strong angles and crisp lines.
The early painted boiserie panel and serpentine chest are both French, and they are flanked by English side chairs.
A 20th century composition footed urn with semi-lobed bowl and guilloche frieze.
This Napoleon III Chinoiserie gilded faux bamboo stool has that coveted, faded elegance.
Two more faux bamboo pieces, but from the 20th century. TOP: A very fine Maison Bagues nickel over bronze or steel magazine caddy with smoked glass panes. BELOW: A chic aluminum version.
Something a bit different for the shop: A fabulous Moroccan style octagonal coffee table with trompe l'oeil marble painted top.
Speaking of Morocco, I absolutely love this Mashrabiya chalky plaster window from a riyad. It was designed for the homeowners, especially ladies, to see and hear the outside world while protecting their privacy.
Last we have a French Directoire style fruitwood enfilade with subtle boxwood stringing. The gilded mirror with reeded frame and mercury glass is also French.

Thanks for your visit!!

And if we don't chat again, have a wonderful and safe Memorial weekend. Let us all remember and honor those who have given their lives in service to our country.

My best~
Loi 

83 comments:

  1. I L O V E T H I S.

    Loi, you rock my boat, mister! OK, I had to laugh because when I read your introduction about something "old, imperfect and unexpected" I thought, "THAT'S ME!" I am all those things, for sure!

    Well....all I can say is that I NEED all these things you are sharing! That horse head....good glory, you have the perfect eye and LUCK to find all these treasures. The worn tables, the sideboards....I try to paint my furniture to look as such! I found a fabulous day bed the other day with the perfect gray upholstery and worn woodwork, but it's too big for my old living room and not suitable for the new addition we have. I just need to save my cash and go to D.C. one day to look you up because you have the perfect sizes and exact style I want.

    Well my friend, you and your associates are spot-on with offering the most glorious of antiques. OH! Would I have your permission to use a photo or two on a blog post?

    Be well dearest Loi! Anita

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    1. Many thanks, Anita! Of course....please feel free to use the photos :)

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  2. Loi,
    Love all you share. Your shop is brimming with such goodness. Happy Memorial Day to you~
    pve

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  3. You always find the best pieces. I love the bamboo stool and the barrel chair. I wish I had had time to find your shop when I was there for Lucketts last weekend. Maybe next time.

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  4. Dear Loi - your travels afar yield the most delightful, but complimentary finds.
    Right now, I could use those lovely asparagus dishes - freshly picked, new season, English asparagus is on our menu for this evening.

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  5. WOW!!!! I am loving so many pieces, the furniture is all incredible and that Provencal painting is to die for!!! You certainly came back with an armload of wonderful treasures!

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  6. Totally drooling over all of those amazing pieces! I definitely have to find my way to your shop one of these days!

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  7. All utter perfection! I cant even pick a favorite because I love them all!

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  8. drooling! Will you come decorate my home? Please

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  9. Perfection, as always, Loi! Such exquisite taste! Someday, I must visit. Have a wonderful Memorial weekend.
    Best,
    Mimi

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  10. Loi your new collections of antiques are superb beyond!! Your have the best eye for the most equisite pieces!!

    Xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  11. Loi,

    All these pieces are beautiful! You have such an eye... and I love how you display them.

    Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

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  12. Loi, I love all the pieces you featured, as well as your description of the details. My favourites would be the horse head and the Provencal painting. Cant wait to see what treats you have planned for us next!

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  13. The new shipment is out of this world! I can't even try to pick a favorite! Oh how I would love to visit you and the shop.....

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  14. What a beautiful pieces Loi! Love that faux bamboo stool and tub chair!
    Have a lovely day!
    Hugs,
    Vesna

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  15. Loi,
    I can not find better words to describe your finds that someone else has not already beaten me to....just wow.
    I am crazy about the haystack and tree paintings.
    Val

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  16. Loi,
    WOW ... Your design aesthetic and staging creates great appreciation of you and your discerning eye. I delight how you will present gorgeous antiques and place a totally unexpected whimsical object on top. OH my, Hedgehog = big smiles!!! Loi every time I see a photograph of your topiaries my heart skips a beat, you are blessed with a green thumb that nurtures and grows true beauty. What a shipment you and Tom gathered. The horse head's new caregiver hopefully will provide you a photo of it's placement that you could share on your blog. I surely would enjoy seeing how it will grace their home.
    Thanks for the eye candy,
    Vera

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  17. Dear Loi,
    You have such a beautiful blog. How can one purchase any of your finds? I live in California, so I'm a little ways away.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. I was out of town....just catching up on the comments. If you have questions on prices and shipping, please feel free to email me at:

      topiaryplants@gmail.com

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  18. Amazing post as always...I can see the hedgehog at my very formal front door, taking it down a peg with a whimsical touch, how wonderful. You inspire and motivate and then add all your loot from your recent travels - expands our little world. Loved the horse and must say your pictures are very professional...to see how you compose the scene and capture each set-up. Like a movie set...one I enjoy seeing over and over with the eye seeing differently and finding new pieces each time. Best to you Lio!

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    1. I love styling the vignettes - thanks for noticing them, Maggie. Hope the weather is warming up in Canada. Cheers!

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  19. There isn't a single thing I don't love. But the bathing hedgehog!! I've never seen anything so adorable. He makes me smile!

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    1. Yes, he is pretty darn cute :) Thanks, Sunny!

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  20. You have such a lovely eye, and exquisite taste! Such a gift from God. I am inspired every post. Thank you, Laurie'

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    1. That is very kind of you to say, Laurie. I am blessed to do what I love - truly! Thank you.

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  21. Du är fantastisk!!!!! franki

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  22. WOW, WOW, WOW! You found so many beautiful things, and some very unusual things as well - the horse head, the window, the mirrors! I love the aged mirrors. And the paintings! This is my favorite collection so far! Nice work, Loi and Tom - great eyes you have!

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  23. Loi! I love every single thing! Gorgeous pics too! Have a wonderful weekend...

    Best,
    Christina

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  24. Such great things! (I didn't know hedgehogs took baths.)

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  25. Oh Loi, I promise if I ever am in your part of the country, your shop will be one of my first stops! Love all the new items Loi particularly the zinc horse head and that bamboo stool! Also that Mashrabiya plaster window - gorgeous piece for any wall! All the impressionist paintings are fantastic as well and the cabinets, tub chair, everything!

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  26. You always have an exquisite and precious stuff Loi. Just a look and the beauty and elegance are obvious.Personally I crave for your paintings.

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  27. I am desperately in love with the hedgehog.

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  28. Loi,
    Where to begin? It's a good thing I don't live nearby. I see so many items in this shipment I would love, not the least of which is the Jack Russell Terrier statue. The tub chair and the paintings are so lovely. I also love seeing how you style the items, it always provides great ideas.
    I wish you a restful Memorial Day weekend.
    xo,
    Karen

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  29. my heart is racing- the bamboo! the horse head! the hedgehog! oh my word.

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  30. Hello Loi, Every one of these pieces is perfect, and each fuels a different kind of fantasy. I have never seen anything like those wishbones, but it really is too difficult to pick out a favorite here.
    --Jim

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  31. Hello Loi,
    Great pieces, beautifully styled.
    I wonder what Mr Snowdrop would say to importing furniture from America that had been exported from Europe!!
    Hope you have a lovely week,
    Liz x

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  32. Oh wow! I love it all, but especially the art and the horse head! You have SUCH a great eye!! xoxo

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  33. Loi, I am speechless! So many fabulous things here, you truly have a great eye. I love the mix! xoxo, P

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  34. Wow Loi, they are all fabulous items. I especially like the grey upholstery on the chairs. The grey and white are a perfect combination on the Dining table set you have there. I want them all! Thanks for sharing. Have a fabulous long weekend.

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  35. How much for the zinc horse head and the cement Hedgehog!!!!!???
    Wish I lived closer............

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    1. Wish you lived closer, too. I'll email you!! xo

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  36. Hi Loi! What wonderful items in this shipment! That tub chair is awesome, perfect! I love the quirky little hedgehog, he's adorable. I spent the weekend shopping for outside garden items, sure wish your shop was closer :). Have a great holiday weekend :) XO Sarah

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  37. sweet lord, loi. that mercury glass mirror. the chalky privacy window that you totally talked me into with yer commentary. send over the invoice. wait. oh dear goddess, let me sell more skin cream for the marble table that fooled my eye. (husband is over shoulder ooooohing and ahhhing). have a long luxuriously satisfying weekend, friend.

    michele

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  38. I adore every single item Loi….all absolutely exquisite! All would fit in perfectly here at home in the UK…..wish your shop was nearer!

    Have a very happy Memorial weekend,

    Sophia x

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  39. Oh dear! I'm so late ;) Wow Loi! I can't say much more than what's already been said here. So many gorgeous pieces .. that table is incredible and YES.. I'm coming over for lunch! The late Impressionism art is beautiful. Hope all is well and you are enjoying the warmer days! xxleslie

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  40. I am smitten with the asparagus plates. New shipments must be like getting a giant Christmas package of things you love.

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  41. Dear Loi,
    I do like the Directoire Enfilade. That would sit very nicely with the rest of our 'stuff'. And I've always had a soft spot for Montparnasse frames. Then again there is that farm table. . . decisions decisions. . .
    Bye for now
    Kirk

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  42. Olá, parabéns pelas lindas peças. Amei os lindos arma´rios.
    Tenha um ótimo dia.
    Anajá

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  43. So many beautiful pieces! I am truly interested in the Trumeau mirror, can you tell me the dimensions and price when you have a chance?
    Love the barrel chairs and the faux bamboo stool, what wonderful finds!

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  44. Hi, Loi,

    If you had said the Provencal painting was a Van Gogh, I would not have doubted! I have a great love of beautiful mirrors, so this posting has been an extra-special treat!

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  45. I want everything you got in...so, so beautiful...that Napoleon stool has my name all over it!
    Loi, you have magnificent taste!

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  46. Beautiful collection! I love so many of these, especially that Provincal painting- you'll have to give me a price on that. Love the chair with crooked tacks, so charming and the fruitwood pieces! Great haul this time. Have a wonderful holiday weekend and trip! xoxoNancy

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  47. Your taste is impeccable! Such an eye!

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  48. Loi, you have an impeccable eye for beauty! So much beauty in one place!
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  49. be still my wildly beating heart! that mirror! the art! the bookstand! the trumeau! I WANT IT ALL!!! Loi--your eye for raw beauty is unmatched! be well my friend--happy holiday to you!

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  50. Hello Loi,
    Wow! The new collection is quite amazing! I am in love with both of the paintings to the point they may keep me up at night (LOL). I did not see one thing I didn't love. You have the eye my friend for finding the most wonderful pieces. Lovely!
    Cheers,
    Susan

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  51. So many beautiful chairs!! Does House Beautiful do this with other home products too? Great idea!! I am truly interested in the English side chairs.
    Exclusive Poise Chair

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  52. Hello dear Loi, sorry I am always late to the party. Haha. I always read your post straight away. I think I was at the dentist when I read this one hence the lack of comment. Plus I have weddings on the brain (only 4 weeks away) and can't remember to read anyone's blog but yours (oh and Urban Cottage Steve) right now. Haha.
    I love love love all your finds. I want to be a mouse in your pocket for your antique adventures in Europe. What bliss it must be, and what a lot of looking and thinking! Everything is stunning. I have to be honest, my favorite things you find are always your amazing ironstone, which I covet, and those paintings. But the chairs are also a top contender. Love your chair finds. Oh and the larger case pieces. See, I can't decide. It is always your white ironstone that has me wishing I were closer to admire...you have such very fine taste. Not a note wrong.

    xo Terri

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    1. I'm very honored! Thank you for continuing to follow along here. I know you are swamped with the wedding. Merci!!

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  53. Beautiful beautiful mirrors....

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  54. Oh that zinc horse....LOVE!

    Dear friend! Thank you for coming by to my new post. I'm always having a fling with LIFE and my love of 32 years! And may you and your beloved enjoy a fantastic summer as we enter into a burst of celebration of gardens and glories. BIG LOVE! Anita

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  55. You just have an amazing eye and always pick the perfect pieces, I couldn't choose just one to be my favorite!

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  56. Hi Loi, Wow what a beautiful collection of items. They won't last long. The hedgehog taking a bath makes me smile...it's the only way I want to see a hedgehog, in stone. Happy Memorial Day weekend.

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  57. Preciosa casa.
    Que bonito post, me he paseado por tu bloc y ha estado un regalo visitarlo, te invito a ver el mio, y esta semana encontraras trucos para hacer una limpieza ecológica del baño que espero te sea útil. Espero tu visita y si no eres seguidora me encantarías que te hicieras y así compartir nuestros blocs. Elracodeldetall.blogspot.com

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  58. Oh Loi,
    You have teased my time here with you with such beautiful pieces where do I begin?
    I love the zinc horse head also feels so very polo club-ish.
    Each piece talked about adds more excitement into working that pieces look I to my style.
    You truly have a presence here like none other.

    Beautiful Sunday to you my dear.
    Xx
    Dore

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  59. oh my oh my, i find myself suddenly covetous loi! the zinc horse head would be perfect as a mast head to my barn.......thinking........
    happiest of weekend to you and tom
    debra

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  60. Wow! it is all so good, Zinc horse is so good and so is the hedgehog :) Have a good Memorial Day!

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  61. A summer spruce up is exactly what our home needs and we love all the new goodies you've brought in (especially that darling hedgehog and the classic Provence painting that captures a bit of Cezanne.) We hope you're having a lovely Memorial Day weekend filled with fun in the garden.
    xxoo
    C + C

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  62. Oh my goodness, I am loving that Swedish Baroque cupboard! What beautiful finds!!

    XOXO,
    The Glam Pad

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  63. All gorgeous, you have been working hard. I love the idea of the stone statuary inside the house. Linda x

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  64. Thank you for your lovely comments. A good excuse for me to come back and view all your pretty things again. Have a great weekend. Linda x

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  65. So much beauty, dear Loi! I am loving the Baroque cupboard, as well as the sweetness of hedgehog and terrier...whimsy in decor is so important for me.
    I hope you and Tom are enjoying these warm days...finally! :)
    Hugs from Minesota...
    xoxo,
    - Irina

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  66. Oops...yes, I do know how to spell Minnesota... :)))

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  67. Loi, Oh My so many lovelies to look at. You have such a wonderfully keen eye for design and for true treasures. I am drooling over the minton asparagus plates. Are they sold as a set or individually? Thank you for always sharing bits and pieces of your charming life. It is so fun for all of to read about your adventures and projects, Happy Weekend,
    Kathysue

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  68. I love every single item.....do not know how you give up all of those beautiful things you showed us.....I have my favorites like the trumeau mirror and the adorable little french tub chair.....but of course I would be happy with any of them:) Good shopping trip!

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  69. omg! I want it all!!! just gorgeous. gorgeous!!!!!

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  70. What a beautiful shop! I want to make a trip to DC. ;-)
    Thanks for sharing. Have a great summer!

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Many thanks for your visit and comment. If you have a question, let me know and I will respond here. Loi