In the post I posited that the decoration of the saucer was really rather perfect and that each element of its design was essential to the integrity of the whole. Taking just one element of the design away, I wrote, would compromise it.
The saucer, decorated as I found it
and as I displayed it in my previous post
One of my readers, named Parnassas, decided to playfully take me up on my challenge . . .
Now with one of the gilt bands removed
He carefully Photoshopped the photograph that I posted of the saucer, progressively removing each design element, starting with the interior gold bands . . .
Now bereft of two of its gilt bands
He then removed the the gilt garlands that festooned the urn . . .
Now with the gilt garlands removed
And finally he removed the urn itself, leaving nothing decorating the saucer but the gilt banding around its rim.
The saucer, wiped clean of its interior bands,
garlands, and grisaille urn
How delightfully clever Parnassas is! And how delightful is his photographic essay that confirms Reggie's premise that the saucer as found was perfectly sublime in its simplicity, and that each decorative element is, in fact, absolutely essential to the integrity of the whole.
It is most amusing of you, dear Mr. Parnassas, and I cannot thank you enough for sharing your photographic essay with me and then giving me permission to share it with my grateful readers.
First photograph by Boy Fenwick; each subsequent one as modified by Parnassas