Painted Bookcase

"Library of Dreams"

This cabinet was made to hold stereo equipment. It still has a roll-out drawer for the turntable. I bought it at a rummage sale and refinished the exterior with one of the Formby's antiquing treatments. To do the tromp d'oeil, I first painted a watercolor sketch, and then transferred the drawing to the cabinet doors. I used mostly artists' oil paint, plus some acrylic gold. The skull is that of a Neanderthal. The books are solely those which do not exist, but ought to.

From left to right, starting at the top shelf, the titles are:

The Life & Letters of Silenos
Dr. Doolittle and the Great Glass Sea Snail, by Hugh Lofting
The Man Who Was October, by G.K. Chesterton
The King in Yellow
The Necronomicon by Abdul Alhazred
The Death of Kai Lung, by Ernest Bramah
The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Averidan
Oz Tour Book AAA
Psmith & Jeeves, by P.G. Wodehouse
Thrones, Dominations, by D.L. Sayers
Aeschylus: The Danaids and the Myrmidons
Gondwanaland on $25 a Day
Gotham City After Dark
1993 Let's Go: Poseidonis
My Dear Cassandra: the Letters of Jane Austen
Alice's Journey to the Moon, by Lewis Carroll
Aristotle's Lost Letters, 4 vols: Alexander, Ptolemy, Menander, Antipater
Ptolemy's Histories
Ptolemy: The Conquests of Alexander
The Return of Edwin Drood, by Charles Dickens
The Conscience of Sherlock Holmes, by A.C. Doyle
Love's Labours Won, by Wm Shakespeare
The Capture of Robin Hood, by Wm Shakespeare
Flora of Narnia
Fauna of Narnia

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