Saturday, 31 May 2014
It wont last, so here's a vase I won ( a couple of weeks ago) when I still had time for eBay. It's just 5 inches tall WK (oak-leaf) pattern, painted by Eileen Prangnell (at a guess) in the mid 1920's. I like the simplicity of this oak-leaf pattern. It's really quite dynamic, painted as it is in a series of single brush strokes. Similar to, but much nicer than, the traditional patterns produced in the 1960's and '70's.
Monday, 26 May 2014
Taxidermy does seem like a macabre way to pursue a love of nature. But this bird is as beautiful as it is unsettling. The blue feathers have a checkerboard pattern similar to a snakeshead fritillary, the glass eye is the same forget-me-not colour blue.
The very faded label on the back of the box reads, "H. H. Kew, Hairdresser, Bird and Animal Stuffer, 5 Eastgate (near the parish church), Louth. Every description of English and foreign, birds, fishes, and animals carefully mounted."
Google comes up with a few different H. H. Kew birds, fishes and animals, including a pair of fox heads with the date 1932.
Posted by Rob Barnsley at 10:25
Saturday, 24 May 2014
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Friday, 2 May 2014
I found this Grey Pebble pattern Streamline coffee set (minus 2 cups and a sugar bowl) at the Sheffield Antiques Emporium last week. My friend Sheila wasn't working there on the day I called in, but the lady who wrapped the pots for me described the set as sweet, which I think it is, with it's semi useless demitasse coffee cups. Quite unlike it's seriously sexy counterpart Black Pebble with it sleek Black Panther glaze. Both patterns were designed by Robert Jefferson in 1959 and the Streamline shape by John Aams in 1935.