Our 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 we find so many lovely things but we didn't want to keep all the lovely things - just some of them.

Mantelpiece July 2019

By Joy Jolliffe, Jul 3 2019 12:58PM

Two small groups, one at each end of the mantelpiece, not quite meeting in the middle as the colours didn't 'work'. Several of the usual suspects are here but we only ever choose the best and we have some absolute treasures this month.

If you like flowers (don't we all love flowers?) these should make you happy. The floral tray is summer on a ... tray! It's an excellent example, in such good condition, wipe clean - all of those practical things - and it's COVERED in roses. Lots of pink and big, blooming flowers. So decorative but useful too. Cup of tea in the garden? Perfect.

The gorgeous peachy/orange roses, an oil on canvas in vintage style, has just SOLD. I'm sorry, but it's hardly surprising, it's very lovely. Each rose is a mass of colours - yellows, reds, pinks - and gorgeously dramatic against the moody background.

Equally glorious is the amber glass pitcher, (I felt 'jug' was too humble a word). It's lived a long and charmed life, glowing and glistening in a quiet corner waiting for this moment. It's perfect and deserves to be centre stage on someone's table.

When we choose enamel pieces the term 'perfect' has to be qualified. There is a moment of perfection when vintage enamel has retained it's colour and practical usefulness but has gained a few chips and knocks. Then it feels truly genuine, vintage and loved. This sky blue, shallow dish has reached that stage of perfection.

The little bird print, framed by the sky blue dish, is another perfect piece. A neat little goldfinch resting among the pink flowers. The bird's colours are bright and beautiful and the whole lovely thing was originally painted by Vestey Rich.

The red box at the other end of the mantelpiece is in fact a tin. It too has reached that state of patina perfection, with a brick red painted surface that is worn but wonderful. The lid is closed with a sturdy clip and the handle is secure. The interior is divided into two sections, which begs the question - what was this tin made for? Something mechanical? Something scientific? If you know, we'd love to hear from you.

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