Saturday, 30 April 2011
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
|1. 2 Dutch Delftware tiles, 18th century (could be earlier), painted in blue and white depicting tulips|
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Thursday, 21 April 2011
Group of Egyptian scarabs, made of green glazed steatite in naturalistic style, of the XVIIIth dynasty.
In Ancient Egypt the scarab dung beetle represented through its round egg pellet the image of the sun and its course through the heavens, also the Egyptian god Khepri.
Through about 3000 years scarabs became many and varied, they were used as seals, jewellery, talismen, grave goods, gifts of affection, and currency, etc. They were generally made from steatite (stone) which was glazed with a blue glass-glaze,and some of the earliest ones from ivory. Under later dynasties they were made from faience, carnelian, yellow jasper, lapis, amethyst and other hard stones. In Greece seal -scarabs went on being made for some time but in Egypt they seem to disappear suddenly at the close of the XXVIth dynasty. Nowadays many forgeries of scarabs are made, and it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between these and the genuine article.
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Monday, 18 April 2011
Friday, 15 April 2011
An original 19th century gouache painting on paper, pattern for an Aubusson tapestry.
Aubusson, formerly called Aubucon, is a small town (commune) in the Creuse Department of the Limousin region of France. It has existed since the Gallo-Roman period.
Aubusson is well known for its fine tapestries and carpets which have been famous since the 14th century when weavers from Flanders took refuge there in c1580. Their workshops were given "Royal Appointment" in the 17th century, but during the French Revolution and because of the introduction of wallpaper their fortunes took a downwards turn. In the 1930s there was a revival of interest in the tapestries when the artists Picasso, Dufy, Braque, Cocteau, Dali and others were invited to Aubusson, and they became enthusiastic in expressing themselves through the medium of wool.
Aubusson tapestry thrives to this day.
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
|18th century porcelain Chinese tea bowl decorated in enamel colours with bird and flowers|
|1. 18th century Chinese blue and white tea bowl, view of base showing painter's or Emperor's mark.|
|2. Side view same tea bowl showing dragon.|
|3. Inside same tea bowl showing the exquisite painting of the dragon's head.|
Tea bowls were an essential part of the 18th century tea drinking culture in England. They were first introduced into the country as ships ballast from China. Tea became the ultra fashionable drink of the period and soon the English potteries copied the Chinese and started to make and sell tea bowls themselves. The Chinese answered this competition with their own tea bowls decorated in the English/European style. The price of tea was at a premium, and only the rich indulged, it was kept in small locked tea caddies and the head of the household held the key!
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
|1. Mrs. Sew-and-Sew makes slippers for all the family.|
|2. This part not so easy to read!|
|3. This pattern was issued by the Board of Trade'. It was published just after the 2nd World War c1945 and is part of a large series of 'make and do' leaflets.|
Monday, 11 April 2011
|There are more than 1.700 species of lichen in Britain. They are widespread and may be very long-lived, and have been used for making dyes or perfumes as well as traditional medicines. They can be eaten (poisonous ones are generally yellow),- in Northern Europe as an emergency food and in North America, Korea and Japan as traditional foods. Lichens have been used to extract purple and red colours, and have been used to treat wounds in Russia in the mid 20th century. Most importantly lichens give an indication of good air quality.|
|1. Lichen on flat stone by the sea. 2. Yellow lichen on branch by the sea. 3. Lichen on stone by the sea.|
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