The mantelpiece is an ever changing composition. Change one thing and everything changes. When the picture is taken that moment is held.

Life is stilled. A still life.


This is a shop window for the ok corral.


We created the ok corral because there are so many lovely things but we didn't want to keep all the lovely things - just some of them.

Mantelpiece February 2017

By Joy Jolliffe, Jan 26 2017 02:52PM

Piles of blue. We must have had Springtime on our minds, gentle candlelight and brightening skies.

Our customers bought lots of candlesticks around Christmas time and we've been lucky enough to find more. Three pairs, all pressed glass, all gorgeous.

The tall pair are actually quite dainty. They have narrow bases so don't take up much room. They've got nicely ridged columns, bamboo style and a clever little drip 'shelf' near the top. They are purest Powder Blue.

The two shorter candlesticks are even more ethereal. I'm calling the colour Ice Blue as there's just a hint of frozen water there. The domed bases have a flower relief pattern and a butterfly on either side of the column. This pair is particularly good for long candles, their low wide design makes them very stable.

Our third pair stands at the extreme other end of the mantelpiece. Made from clear glass they have a detailed 'cut glass' all over design. Their bases are wide and stable too and they elegantly hold long candles.

We also have a little group of prints that work well together. Their colours are warm with a touch of pink in all four prints. The tall one at the back is called 'Japonica' and signed 'Vera'. The flowers are sensitively and delicately painted in a mixture of pinks and creams. The dramatic mottled background is created by a loosely mixed group of blues. The shape is slim and elegant and it's useful, when grouping pictures, to have one with extra height.

Two of our favourite painters next - Peter Scott and Vernon Ward. Both prolific and both majorly talented. The Peter Scott print is typical of his subject matter: Wild fowl in the air and dramatic skies and landscapes. The Vernon Ward print depicts a harbour in Cornwall. It's a quiet and peaceful place empty of people and gulls. This is an evening picture too with warm colours held just before dusk.

The fourth print is callled 'The Fal River' and is from the original by Lamoriva Birch. That's a new name to us and it's a beautifully painted scene. A spring morning this time with fresh skies, a hint of blossom and the whole fair day ahead of us. Come on in April, we're ready!

The remaining item on the mantelpiece has earned its place in this selection because of that blue lid. It's one of those perfectly balanced vintage/contemporary designs that 'Johnson Bros' do so well, decorated with a neat little stylised floral group which also echoes that blue. I think I'm back to where I started, dreaming of Spring mornings under piles of fresh blue skies.

All the items on the mantelpiece will be for sale at the OK Corral soon. Meanwhile please contact us for further information .

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