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Poll: Thoughts on the 2005 Jay Strongwater Enchanted Pagoda solid

Thoughts on the 2005 Jay Strongwater Enchanted Pagoda solid

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#1 Lisa

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Posted 29 December 2004 - 01:06 PM

Just opened by new 2005 Jay Strongwater enchanting pagoda. My first reaction was dry.gif

I have to say I don't love it.

It is a larger piece and as you all know by now I am not a fan of the bigger solids. I also don't really like how the door to the pagoda was done, I guess to me it is just sort of plain and not as detailed as Jay's other solids.

I do like the way the crystals are "hanging" from the roof and also the blue stone topping the structure.

The price of this solid is $225.


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#2 Michele

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Posted 29 December 2004 - 02:48 PM

The other side of the coin...just opened mine and IMHO, it's MAGNIFICENT! Feel like I'm on the tippy top of Victoria Peak looking over all of Kowloon...absolutely one of Strongwater's Best! smile.gif

The inside is inscribed simply: Strongwater for Estee Lauder - 2005.

Yes, it's large...love the multi-colored enamels...deep reds and forest green...gorgeous stones with perfect placement.

Will give you a quick peek of the side view and let Lisa do the front....must now run and find a Junk to put next to it! laugh.gif

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Must add...it's filled with "Beyond Paradise." There was no receipt enclosed so I can only assume it's a "gift" from Estee Lauder! laugh.gif laugh.gif

Love, love, love it!
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#3 VEGAS LADY

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Posted 29 December 2004 - 04:11 PM

HI LISA, HI MICHELE,

I DONT LOVE IT AND I DONT HATE IT, WISH I COULD MAKE MY MIND UP unsure.gif unsure.gif

ITS ONE THAT I HAVE MY EYE ON, THINK I WILL HAVE TO SEE IT FIRST.
IT LOOKS A BIT SQUAT AS IF IT SHOULD BE TALLER, HOW TALL IS IT?

REGARDS......MARGARET....... smile.gif smile.gif

#4 Lisa

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Posted 29 December 2004 - 04:15 PM

Margaret,

I would have to say from the bottom to the tip of the roof it looks to be about 1 1/2 inches tall and also wide.


#5 VEGAS LADY

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Posted 29 December 2004 - 04:22 PM

THANKS LISA.....

I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE TALL AND SLIM, MOST PAGODAS I HAVE SEEN LOOK VERY ELEGANT, I WILL WAIT AND SEE IT BEFORE I BUY.

MARGARET........

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Posted 29 December 2004 - 04:30 PM

Thanx Lisa and Michele for the pictures- smile.gif I don't think I like if for $225.00. sad.gif It doesn't look as detailed and awesome as the other Strongwaters I have seen and loved in the past- I guess I will have to see it in person to make my decision??
Thanx again for the great photos!! tongue.gif

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#7 Michele

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Posted 29 December 2004 - 04:40 PM

Hi Margaret - Lisa's measurements are just about right on. The base of the "first floor" is 1-1/2" wide, with the width of the largest roof being about 2". The smaller roof reminds me of the Circus Tent roof...I don't have that particular solid, but if anyone does, could they please measure the tent roof?

The different colored stones on the door represent all the different shades of green and brown enamels, which Lisa was able to pick up on very beautifully.

You have to remember...in the Orient, color is part of their culture...this piece tells me Mr. Strongwater has been there more than once. He understands their love and respect for true, deep colors. It's all blended just beautifully.

I think after you study it for a bit, and if you're familiar with the Orient even a little, you'll begin to understand the beauty of the piece. Again, this is only MHO! smile.gif


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Posted 29 December 2004 - 06:19 PM

I haven't seen it in person, so I can't say if I will buy it. Mmmmm....I wished it was tall like the one in San Francisco. Kind of disappointing. $225 is a bit much. I may wait for a discount. tongue.gif

#9 Lisa

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Posted 29 December 2004 - 06:26 PM

I hear you Greyhound.

I wish it was taller too and that the corners of the roof swept up to curved points and held small tassels.

I also just wish the areas around the windows and doors were more detailed.


#10 Petals

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Posted 29 December 2004 - 06:39 PM

Waiting to see this in person! Think I will really like it..... Thank you Lisa and Michele for your wonderful pix!

I am editing here as I am wondering if you know how many of these will be distributed. Also, it will be interesting to see what the price will be here in the U.K!!!!!

#11 Martha C

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Posted 29 December 2004 - 07:01 PM

I was really hoping that I wouldn't like it, but alas "ching, ching." I love the deep, rich colors and the stones are gorgeous. Lisa and Michele, where did you get yours? And thank you for the wonderful photos.

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Posted 29 December 2004 - 07:19 PM

Hi Martha - I ordered mine from Micky...who else? laugh.gif I promise...it's gorgeous...worth every "ching, ching"....

There's a real Pagoda on the top of a mountain very near here...will try to get a photo in the next few days. It's on the top of Mt. Penn...there's a story behind it but since it's been here since before I arrived, I have very little knowledge of it's reason for being. I only know the Japanese sent it to us many years ago...never checked out the roof points but am going to now! ph34r.gif

Will try to get the entire thing in the photo...it's huge...at least 10 stories high...very mysterious, too. I've always thought it was haunted, but that's another story... laugh.gif


#13 Martha C

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Posted 29 December 2004 - 07:32 PM

Thanks, Michele, I'll give Micky a call, and do post a photo of that pagoda, sounds interesting.

Since I have the Chinese Junk, might as well get the Pagoda. I like to collect the solids that are representative of different countries, and the Pagoda is a nice addition.


#14 Lisa

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Posted 29 December 2004 - 08:36 PM

I was wondering if the Pagoda solid was representative of any certain Pagoda styles so I searched the web and came up with this Pagoda that is very similar.
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Posted 30 December 2004 - 12:22 AM

Hi Lisa,
My Pagoda arrived today. When I opened it up I was very dissapointed by the shape of it. I had checked several websites that sell Jay Strongwater items. I found a clock pagoda and trinket box pagoda that Jay had designed. They are both rectangular shape. So that is what I had invisioned the EL Pagoda to be shaped like. But once I got over the intial shock of its shape it started growing on me. I think the crystals on the door should have all been the darker color except for the center crystal that is a bit larger than the rest.

Your pictures are fantastic! They really show all the detail of the solid. Thanks for doing some research on pagodas. I do appreciate you posting a picture of a Pagoda that is shaped like the solid. Too bad the edge of roof on the EL Pagoda didn't turn more like in the picture.




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