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  • Apart from spectrum-shrugging browns, greys, and whites, which seem consistent with the Modernist moment, fully adherent reds and blues also outweigh the compound colors of blue-yellow (greens), yellow-red (oranges), and blue-green (eau-de-nil), but with (for example) those loud assertions of violet these compounds are nevertheless forcefully present.

    Further thoughts about “Pavlova”

  • Presumably in readiness for the possible drinks reception, most of its furniture has been cleared out, apart from a couple of leather armchairs, an eau-de-nil chaise longue, and a huge mahogany bureau, all pushed back against the far wall.

    Confetti Confidential

  • A machine age, wipe-clean, eau-de-nil and white masterpiece just next to the station.

    Welgar Shredded Wheat

  • They had the ice cream eau-de-nil to follow but Wexford left half of his.

    Put On By Cunning

  • Dyers had held lately at the Manor-house, together with a full description of the tea-gowns of salmon, canary, and cherry-coloured plush, lined with _eau-de-nil_ satin, which the Miss Dyers had worn on these occasions.

    A Houseful of Girls

  • None of this is particularly subtle, but the film's swell of filial hatred communicates through fine acting and Ercan Ozkan's eloquent photography, a grammar of light that cycles from gray to taupe to eau-de-nil.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The Pod can even be specified in eau-de-nil or pink.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • You would never guess, looking at some of the works from this period, the anguish that lay not far behind them - bowlfuls of white roses, set against an eau-de-nil background; the famous Irises picture, which he painted of flowers growing in the hospital garden; glorious depictions of olive groves and nearby mountains made when the doctor judged him well enough to make small excursions.

    Home | Mail Online

  • So we transfer to an eau-de-nil sitting room, where I clock a Chagall over the fireplace and a Dufy on one wall.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • The floor is laid with those black-and-white marble squares that always remind me of the Cinderella pictures in my Children’s Treasury of Fairy-Tales, and the walls are paneled with solid wood that’s been painted, in alternating sections, a warm ivory and the palest eau-de-nil.

    Confetti Confidential

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