I went to the Lincoln Antiques Fair on Tuesday. With an early start (in fact I overslept, but still got there for 9 am) and armed with fair amount of cash, I came away without a single piece of Poole. There were a few Poole pots there, but nothing really that made me want to buy them, and as I wondered about I started to worry that I'd begun to lose interest in collecting!
Today I still find that thought a bit worrying. Lincoln is a massive fair. There might have been a few hundred thousand objects to see, so it's hard to believe I came away with nothing. I was there on day two, so I guess some of the best buys might have been snapped up already and I perhaps I'm a bit spoilt by eBay (were again this week there are over 100, 000 listings under the Pottery subheading alone). Perhaps too, finally, I'm starting to be a bit more selective in what I collect.
Anyway, I did buy one pot, just not a Poole pot, but a Royal Copenhagen BACA dish, showing a pattern of birds and fish designed by Johanne Gerber in the 1970's. If I'm not careful it could start a whole new area of collecting because it looks so stylish. I'd post a photo of it now, but to add to my sense of unease my camera broke yesterday too, so that will have to wait.
Instead, I've posted a photo of a Delphis vase I found the last time I went to Lincoln. This is a less common shape (no. 35), only made for one year, its 10cm tall and was painted by Andree Fontana in 1975.