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Poirot the Traveller


Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) consults his travel guide book in Death on the Nile from the famed series Agatha Christie's Poirot. The guide book was published in  1907  The Nile. Notes for Travellers in Egypt . The author E. A. Wallis Budge (27 July 1857 – 23 November 1934) was an English Egyptologist, Orientalist, and philologist who worked for the British Museum and published numerous works on the ancient Near East. He made numerous expeditions to Egypt and the Sudan on behalf of the British Museum to buy antiquities, and helped it build its collection of cuneiform tablets, manuscripts, and papyri. He published many books on Egyptology, helping to bring the findings to larger audiences. He was knighted in 1920 for his service to Egyptology and the British Museum.

The Nile. Notes for Travellers in Egypt - Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge

Find it on eBay

Reference:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._A._Wallis_Budge

Poirot in the Kitchen: Jubilee Egg Cup

Hercule Poirot in the kitchen
Poirot washes his King George V & Queen Mary silver jubilee egg cup

Hercule Poirot can be seen in the kitchen of his flat in the screen capture from the ITV series Agatha Christie's Poirot. He is busy washing dishes, no doubt applying order and method. The egg cup in question is a King George V & Queen Mary silver jubilee Porcelain Egg cup that dates to 1935.

Seen on eBay: King George V & Queen Mary silver jubilee porcelain Egg cup - Click picture to go the the eBay listing

A gift for Miss Lemon

Poirot reveals a gift from his trip to Egypt

In the episode The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb, Poirot (David Suchet) presents Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran) with a statue of the goddess Bastet on his return from his trip to the Valley of the Kings. Miss Lemon was mourning the loss of her cat "Catherine the Grate" and Poirots gift was much appreciated.

Poirot tells the story of the cat from the Egytian Tomb
Miss Lemon is delighted with her gift

  An original statue of Bastet was presented to the British Museum in 1939.

Bastet Egyptian Cat Statue Gayer-Anderson Museum Replica

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Reworked Portraits by Tamara de Lempicka on Agatha Christie’s Poirot

Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Underdog with portrait adapted from a work by artist Tamara De Lempicka 1928

In Agatha Christie's Poirot, The Underdog, a portrait painted by the artist Tamara de Lempicka in 1928 has been copied and the face altered to resemble the actor who plays the character Reuben Astwell. Tamara de Lempicka was a famous female artist of the Art Deco era and her works typify the style of the period.

The original: Portrait of Dr Boucard (1928) by Tamara de Lempicka

Another example is a portrait from the episode One, Two, Buckle my Shoe that borrowed heavily from two different painting by Tamara de Lempicka.

The boardroom scene in one,Two Buckle my Shoe features a portrait of a couple which was based on two separate portraits by by Tamara de Lempicka as seen below.

Portrait of Mrs Boucard by Tamara de Lempicka

Reference:

  1. http://www.delempicka.org/artwork/1927-1929.html
  2. Tamara de Lempicka prints on Amazon.co.uk
      http://amzn.to/2BBBxcx

Poirot Reads

Poirot takes time out for some light reading.

Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) in a scene from in the episode One, Two, Buckle My Shoe from the classic series Agatha Christie's Poirot, is seen reading Classic Myth and Legend by A. R. Hope. Moncrieff

Vintage Gold-filled Pince-nez reading glasses on eBay.co.uk

Classic Myth and Legend 1920 by A. R. Hope. Moncrieff

The hard cover book can be found on Amazon.co.uk or downloaded free at https://archive.org/details/classicmythlegen00moncrich

Breakfast with Poirot

Poirot at Breakfast

Poirot reads the morning paper at breakfast. His art deco breakfast ware is by Susie Cooper (29 October 1902 – 28 July 1995) who was an English pottery designer active from the 1920s to the 1980s. She is well known for her distinctive Art Deco pieces from the 20's and 30's such as the pieces seen here. The pieces below are like those seen on Agatha Christie's Poirot. They can be found on eBay at the time of writing. Click the pictures below for more details on the site.

Susie Cooper Art Deco Orange Tango Kestral Cup and Saucer


Susie Cooper Art Deco Orange Tango Kestral Teapot


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Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Hasting’s Leica Camera

Hastings uses a Leica DRP Camera Ernst Leitz Wetzlar

In Wasp's Nest ( Agatha Christie's Poirot)  Captain Hastings uses his latest gadget,  a Leica DRP Camera, Ernst Leitz Wetzlar No. 438227 with a leather case, as seen in the photos below from a similar one seen on eBay. Click any of the photos to see more details of the camera on ebay.

Hastings uses a Leica Camera like this one in Wasp's Nest

Camera Detail: Leica DRP Camera Ernst Leitz Wetzlar No. 438227

Poirot’s Old World Globe


The globe on Hercule Poirot's desk is an ancient world globe with Latin text. It adds interest to his desk but is not much use as a map of the world for someone who values mathematical precision and accuracy. However it is highly visible on Poirot's desk in many scenes and one just like it can be found on eBay as I discovered.

Latin Globe on brass stand

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This ancient world globe on brass stand is about 8" tall and is stamped Made in Italy along with Mod. Dep.

The shape of the stand and the detailing on the map match the globe on Poirot's desk. It is for sale on eBay.com this week.

A closer look at the detail on the globe

Tea with Poirot

Royal Worcester Raffles China in use on the set of Poirot's flat.

Poirot prepares to entertain a guest to tea in the episode The Adventure of the Western Star. Marie Marveille the Belgian film star is expected for tea, Hercule Poirot does some last minute adjustment to ensure the table setting is set with mathematical precision. The china tea set is Royal Worcester Raffles which has an Art Deco style border although it was produced in 1985-86.  Royal Worcester Raffles tea and dinner ware was also used for Bertie Wooster's flat in the Jeeves and Wooster series.

Royal Worcester Raffles China

See a selection of Royal Worcester Raffles on eBay

Royal Worcester Raffles on Jeeves and Wooster