Saturday, January 28, 2017

In the Market Report by Marilyn Kirschner

Rule the Roost(er)

Saturday, January 28th, heralds in the Chinese New Year: 4715 is The Year of the Rooster. Cock-a doodle-doo!

Beyonce epitomizes the traits of  those born in the Year of the Rooster
Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP

People born during the Rooster’s reign (1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2017) are known to be observant, heroic, hardworking. They are “proud birds” who enjoy the spotlight and are confident, as exemplified by Beyonce (born September 4, 1981). Let’s face it; nobody rules the roost quite like Queen Bea.

Those born under this sign, such as Serena Williams (who just made tennis history and became the most winning grand slam woman tennis player after her victory at Saturday’s Australian Open), Elton John, Matthew McConaughey, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Jennifer Aniston, and Bette Midler, also possess a strong sense of punctuality which is fitting, when you consider that roosters are famous for singing out morning wake-up calls. Ya Yun Teng, digital collections coordinator at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) described roosters as being “ like an alarm clock — with feathers”.

In case you’re wondering, 2018 will be the Year of the Dog and for those born under this sign, like President Trump (June 14, 1946), it promises to be an “unlucky” year. (Unlucky for whom?)

In honor of this new lunar year, I thought it would be fun to do a roundup of a few special rooster themed items. They would make the perfect gift for that special someone born under this sign, or as a way to celebrate in high style.

Vintage Bob Mackie 1980’s ivory embellished beaded rooster blazer, $650. 



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Vintage carnelian, diamond, ruby and 18K gold rooster in mid-flight brooch, $2750.



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Sonni of California 1960’s black rooster feather beehive wig hat, $600. 



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Vintage 1940’s black velvet hair band accessorized with black opalescent trimmed and shaped rooster feathers, $725. 



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Whimsical and unique art deco 1920’s paste rooster Reinad dress accessory, (probably made for a dress or choker), $105. 



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Green velvet Victorian cape with ebony roosters, lace detailing, and dyed hand curled Marabou feathers, $799.


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1970’s Luise fancy diamond, onyx, coral, gold rooster ring, $1307.05 




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 Rooster coque feather cape, $69.99 



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Mid-20th century George Jones majolica teapot shaped like a crowing cockerel, $8500.


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Marc Jacobs scarlet leather card case embellished with rooster applique, $155 




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MCM New Year Series Rooster ruby red leather crossbody, $580  



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- Marilyn Kirschner

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