Mantelpiece May 2017
By Joy Jolliffe, May 15 2017 09:49AM
The little scottie book ends were 'snapped' up by a customer the moment they were added to the website. It's hardly surprising, they are a perfect example of their kind. They were made in Germany and although the dogs are lovely I like the four wooden books even more. They have curved spines and several pages worked into the design and I love that detail.
No, they're not models of the pagoda in Kew Gardens, they're soup bowls in piles, with handles and lids. 'Arabesque', such a fabulous pattern, a mix of earthy colours, splashes of red and areas picked out in glaze, giving the design texture and depth. It's a practical design too; a hole in each lid lets out some steam and the handles ensure you can carry your hot dish safely. It's no wonder that it's so popular!
Redouté prints are one of our favourite finds and here we have a top quality super pair. Beautifully detailed and observed as always and larger than average too. They make a big impact. I suppose 'pair' isn't quite correct as one is just a centimetre smaller than the other. The frames are identical in design but one has blue decoration and one has green. Both colours perfectly complement the colours of the flowers and foliage. Gorgeous companions.
Finally, two jugs. The jug on the far left is by WEDGWOOD. It's a potter's pot and in spite of mass production it still 'feels' hand made. It could hardly be simpler; a basic, brick red unglazed exterior, it's glazed on the interior and just begging to be filled with a tumble of wild flowers. Just because they can, there's a perfect fine line decoration too. Minimal. Masterful.
The second jug is by SADLER and I love it's mid-century colourway. The jug is decorated with bands of patterns and colours, it's simple and understated, a style that's very easy to live with.
All of these lovely items will be for sale on the OK Corral website.