Category Archives: Props

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


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Hercule Poirot’s Elephant Statue

Poirot's Study: Notice the white elephant figure on the left of the picture.

In  Agatha Christie's Poirot S13 E1 Elephants Can Remember we notice a seated elephant ceramic piece in the screen capture above of a scene in Hercule Poirot's study. This classic TV series starring David Suchet, the definitive Poirot, is a masterpiece and known for it excellence in production design with wonderful sets and period locations so its a delight to spot details in the set dressing.
I located a pair of present day bookends that are a close match so it is possible that single elephant seen on the show was one of a pair. Perhaps one one on the show was a 1930's piece but you can have the more recent pair below at an affordable price on eBay :

The Halcyon: Deco Photo Frame

Art Deco Photo Frame in a scene from The Halcyon Credit: ITV The Halcyon

Here is an interesting 30's style art deco photo frame prop you might have noticed in Episode One of ITV's The Halcyon.  Lady Priscilla Hamilton is seen holding the photo frame while she waits to see Mr Garland in his office in a scene from the first epidode of the ITV series. If you are interested in collectibles from the era you can find similar frames on eBay. Below is one example I saw on eBay today.


The Halcyon ITV: Royal Suite Crystal Lamps

Royal Suite at The Halcyon Credit: ITV The Halcyon - Left Bank Pictures

The Halcyon Episode 1 Royal Suite

The Halcyon is an ITV drama series about a grand hotel in wartime London. Lord Hamilton occupies the royal suite amid dramatic events in Episode 1 which was brodcast on ITV on Monday 2 Jan 9pm

Warren Kessler New York Crystal Table Lamp w/ Swan Neck in The Halcyon Royal Suite Credit: ITV The Halcyon - Left Bank Pictures

The set of such grand London hotel is fitted and decorated to perfection reflecting the wartime era. One of the first decor items we notice in the royal suite is a pair of ornate crystal table lamps.  The pair of cut glass crystal urn shaped table lamps are decorated with swan neck accents and  would not look out of place on Downton Abbey. You can see the details in a similar lamp that is currently listed on

Warren Kessler New York Crystal Urn Style Table Lamp w/ Swan Neck

This lamp is not an exact match to the pair on the show but is very similar and was made by Warren Kessler, New York Crystal. It is described as a  Brass Goose Neck Table Lamp. The lamp is 29 inches tall and has a telescoping rod to allow for varying heights. There are 2 sockets with pull chains that take standard bulbs. Similar lamps are seen in various materials. French garniture urns are seen with similar swan neck handles in marble with ormolu gilded bronze accents.


The Rear Window Back Scratcher

James Stewart in Rear Window uses a wooden back scratcher in key scenes from the movie.
Similar back scratcher to one uses as a prop by James Stewart in Rear Window

Jimmy Stewart's character is confined in a plaster cast and makes good use of a back scratcher in Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 movie Rear Window.  He uses the back scratcher several times, not only to scratch his toes or to reach an itch inside his cast, but for emphasis when gesturing as well. Continue reading The Rear Window Back Scratcher

Doris Day’s Wicker Handbag in The Man who Knew Too Much

Doris Day's wicker handbag
Dorris Day's wicker handbag

Doris Day carries a white wicker bucket bag in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) the suspense thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring James Stewart and Doris Day. The top handled bucket bag is made of wicker/rattan with metal fittings and is painted white with red lining. Continue reading Doris Day’s Wicker Handbag in The Man who Knew Too Much

Household Wants Indicator Available on Ebay

The household wants indicatior is a much wanted Downton Abbey related collector item and this is one that is on eBay currently - click picture above to go straight to the listing on eBay.
Recent news about the Downton Abbey movie is sure to please fans and to heat up the demand for vintage collectibles again:

Rear Window Camera and Lens

Camera and Telephoto Lens used in Rear Window movie 1953
Camera and Telephoto Lens used in Rear Window movie 1953

One of my all time favorite movies is Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window which goes along with my favorite era for 1950's collectibles. I decided to dedicate a shelf in my bookcase to the movie with some easily found 1950's items as seen in the movie. The piece-de -resistance has to be the Exakta camera, which was surprisingly easy to source. Continue reading Rear Window Camera and Lens