While my boyfriend and I were having breakfast in a local cafe, I admired a blue vase that looked something like this–turquoise, about 10-12" high, glazed with a turquoise/aqua type glaze.
He thought I was joking at first, and then started expressing his utter shock and dismay at my poor taste. He thought it was inexpressibly tacky and couldn’t imagine it being part of any nicely decorated house.
That was a few weeks ago. Today, we went to a local Indian restaurant and I whispered to him about how incredibly tacky the wall hangings were, and he said he thought that was pretty rich coming from someone who liked aqua vases. I said that a huge wooden inlay picture of a leopard sitting in a forest was clearly far tackier than a turquoise vase, no matter how bright the color.
We decided it would have to go to the SDMB for a poll. We couldn’t find any carvings online of leopards, but we agreed that these two pieces of artwork–the Last Supper and Lakshmi holding some roses–illustrate the general style of the inlaid picture pretty well.
So–in your humble opinion–which is tackier? A bright blue vase or an inlaid wood leopard wall hanging?
(P.S. I was initially feeling pretty confident that the world would stand behind me, but I’m having some doubts after seeing that the hideous inlaid Last Supper picture is selling for something like $2000, which means someone must be willing, even eager to pay that much for a thing like that.)