Now that Christmas shopping is in full swing, I would like to draw your attention to a book Quartet published late last year which, despite the adverse conditions at the time, fared better than expected.
It is a lush photographic book with a difference.
It celebrates the God-given gift of female nudity in black and white against the background of exquisite country mansions, where art is dominant and the combination of the human form is intertwined to best advantage.
Come forward Grace Vane Percy’s Venus, a sumptuous photographic exercise in a medium where the subject glistens in an environment of sheer creative elegance that defies the conventional photographic run of the mill.
Beautifully produced, to endure the passage of time, it has a vibrancy and a clarity of conception that one rarely sees.
It is art motivated by love, exemplified by a secret eroticism that takes your breath away and leaves you in a state of effervescence hard to define.
As a watch connoisseur, with decades of retail experience, I can adequately describe Venus in similar terms as the famous Patek Philippe brand which boasted its watches as ‘you never actually own a Patek Philippe, you merely look after it for the next generation’.
The difference between Venus and the watchmaker is that the disparity in price between the two makes Venus more affordable. As Christmas approaches, remember Venus in your plans and offer it to your loved ones as a token they can truly cherish.
Even Patek Phillippe will, I reckon, be proud to own a copy of the book.