And not just because of the costumes. I have so many unanswered questions! So let’s just break it down and maybe you can help me out here. First, you’ll want to watch the video in whole:
Now, here’s what I’m wondering…
1. The servant brings an orange pointy food out on a tray for the family’s meal. Then the little girl picks a yellow apple to eat and is stopped by her father. WHAT IS THIS DISH??? WHAT ARE THEY EATING???
2. Why is the painter painting a bowl of yellow apples? What happened to the orange pointy food?
3. Why is there a mouse at the dining table? Is it a pet? Is their house infested? The hell?
4. The clock last showed 7:25 and it’s still light out when the coach leaves with the painting. So why is the woman asleep in bed? (Nice wig though.)
5. She gives a “thumbs up” to the painting, which shows apples, but not the orange dish that started the whole scene. WTF?
6. Why does the whole family of nine (10 if you count the goat) only gets one “like”? Is that class-based, since they appear less financially well-off than the previous woman (goat not withstanding)?
7. Why does the prisoner / person behind the door even get a vote? We can’t be sure this person even sees the painting.
8. You interrupted a duel, BUT WE NEVER LEARN THEIR VOTE. I feel cheated.
9. Nothing to say about the crowd except there’s a lot of unfortunate bigginses.
10. Old lady in pink really could use some bust support, but the poncy men are my everything.
Share your thoughts on this 18th-century themed Ikea commercial in the comments below!
Oh, Trystan, never change. You magnificent wagon, you. <3
F*ck me, you girls can be funny sometime!
You are right, that sh*t just doesn’t add up.
I was cracking up so hard over this post, my wife in the next room (who is constantly giving me sh*t for my love affair with this blog. She just doesn’t get what it is like to love period costume) heard me, and asked what was up. I replied that I was “Just busy being amused over a French-ish Ikea add with apples, poncy men, and more than a few unfortunate bigginses”, and she didn’t know what to think. She finally settled on “What’s a bigginses?”, to which I replied “Google the words Frock Flicks and Unfortunate Bigginses”. She still think I am as barmy as ever, but at least I have finally gotten her to read one of your articles!
Everyone should google the phrase “unfortunate biggins”!!
It’s required reading!
And there will be a test afterwards.
I just got home from Pennsic War, and I got into *slight* trouble with Duke Cariodoc for calling Arming Caps Unfortunate Biggins. I just totally blamed all you ladies and continued on my way.
Lol! You aren’t the first – I’ve already pissed off most of the Western Chivalry thanks to bigginses ?
Unless you are on the list field, why would you put a head condom on?! Wear a flat cap for goodness sake. then again, I’m a bad pirate/sailor because I REFUSE to wear a thrum cap. I’ll do a turban, head scarf or live cat before I wear a dead muppet on my head. :P
Laughed out loud at the premise. But I’m with you – what was the orange pointy food???
Inquiring minds want to know!!!
more pointy food
not pointy … but food nevertheless … for Kendra, wigs :-)
Pff, those Wiggs need more accessories!
oops … more pointy food … yes, this is food
Love the pointy foods!!! Bad food blogger, didn’t paint them!!!
I think it was… a fish head?
I think the oysters are surrounding it, which makes the painting even more wrong, because the oysters look mostly eaten & have something that looks like a banana peel on the same plate. I mean, really, this guy is the crappiest food blogger evar!
Looked like the pointy orange stuff was crawfish or lobster. They’re quite pointy when served fancy-like.
Sadly missing from the painting!
I would say crayfish or prawns too. Fab post, I wee’d a bit..
As for ‘why is the woman asleep in bed?’ ASLEEP? Are you mad, she was being serviced by the footman, [or possibly the kitchenmaid, couldn’t tell] and what time are you supposed to do that then? Hmmm?
Keep ’em coming missus, I need more of this.
I wanted to think so, but they both look very sleepy!
Just finished. Or maybe the skivvy wasn’t any good? Some aren’t, you know. You can’t get the staff these days…
The painting is based on a real Dutch painting “Still Life with Peacock Pie” by Pieter Claesz, from 1627
Oooo, so he cheated! Didn’t even paint his own dinner!
It’s a classic Dutch School painting. However, the way they show the painting being done in the video is not true to the technique of the time at all.
Yeah it’s also been freely modified to change the peacock to a pheasant
Loved it. Especially the unfortunate biginesses and poncy men. The blond wig one has my vote for the poncy man that I…
Ponsy men are also my everything. I love everything about this post.
I assumed the orange pointy things were some kind of period art Cheeto. Mmmm. Cheeto.