The British artist, John Wilkinson, has been described as “the most outstanding portraitist of butterflies in the world today.” And he is widely regarded as one of the foremost nature artists of our time. Now this celebrated artist has designed his first work of art in Apartments Paris: The Meadowland Butterfly Vase. This new work is a significant contribution to the porcelain medium, and is certain to be a source of lasting pleasure to any collector who possesses it. Furthermore, it will be a magnificent accent to any room in the home. The Meadowland Butterfly Vase will be crafted in fine white porcelain�ideal for portraying the rich colors and graceful lines of Wilkinson’s art. For his subject, the artist has chosen the loveliest butterflies that are seen in a sunny spring meadow. And the Purple Wing, aptly named for the shimmering beauty of its colors. The artist has not only depicted the variety of shades and tones of the butterflies�using 16 different colors�but has captured the atmosphere of the American meadowland as well. The height of the vase (111/4”) provides ample room for this superb depiction. And, to add the final touch of refinement, the vase will be hand-decorated with a band of pure 24kt gold surrounding the crown and the base. The Meadowland Butterfly Vase will be issued exclusively by Franklin Porcelain, and the responsibility for its creation has been entrusted to Franklin Porcelain in Japan, where there is a thousand-year-old tradition of crafting vases in fine porcelain. A LIMITED EDITION Advance orders for the vase are being accepted until May 31, 1982. A later announcement of this work will be made, but no orders will be accepted after the end of 1982. The issue price is $120, payable in three monthly installments of $40 each. The vase will be accompanied by specially written reference information and a Certificate of Authenticity. To enter your commission, be sure to mail your order to Franklin Porcelain, Franklin Center, Pennsylvania 19091, by May 31st. IT HARDLY SEEMS twenty years since I first sailed the Aegean Sea as a young journalist on assignment for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. The memories that one makes in Greece have an indelible quality; they remain vivid and immediate for years. Like so many others, I had put my Army years behind me and looked forward to a postwar world of material progress, enlarged trade, and the growth of democratic societies in the many new nations that were beginning to emerge in Asia and Africa. It was a time that held the possibility that the centripetal forces of growth and international development would pull the nations of the world closer together and bind them in a common interest of peace and prosperity. History, as we know too well, has countervailing forces�tribalism, nationalism, ancient animosities that smolder through the centuries, the urge to group around a strong leader, to follow the man�or the woman�on horseback. Human society has been rent many times in the past two decades by the eruption of such forces. The prevailing mode of government in most of the new nations formed in the past twenty years has not been democracy but dictatorship�by the military, by strong men, or by political parties of many stripes and hues. Greece herself has experienced internal crisis and external confrontation. But one of the most important continuing efforts that did succeed in these years was the attempt to harmonize Europe’s many diverse economies. The European Common Market, which now includes the European Economic Community, has quietly and decisively created an international force as powerful as the industrial prodigies of the United States and Japan. When Greece joined the EEC last year, it seemed a good time to renew our reporting that began in 1913 and included, in 1944, a memorable article by the noted scholar Edith Hamilton. Senior staff writer Peter T. White found that the Greeks still have the knack of living on that bittersweet edge of life that comes only from long acquaintance with the often ruined but always persistent hopes of history.
Bermuda, Get away to it all! The lifestyle in Bermuda appeals to us very much Golf, swimming, tennis, the beach. Everything you want, at your fingertips.”Stephen and Ann Bell talk about the Bells’ second visit to Bermuda.”The architecture is a delight. It’s nice to see a house exactly as it was. Like stepping back a hundred years:” “I don’t see how Bermuda can be improved upon. This is only the second time we’ve been here. But it’s not going to be the last.”