Mantelpiece September 2019
By Joy Jolliffe, Sep 20 2019 10:52AM
That 1887 plate. A redware body with colourful slipware decoration and in the middle, the date it was made. The floral design, in soft cream, yellow and mint green, flows like a river and was created by an experienced hand. Can it possibly be 130 years old? I love the thought of it and I'm going for a 'yes'!
Next to the plate another studio piece stands. A mid-size grey and brown jug that comes to us from the 1970s. The ridges from the maker's wheel are still visible and are part of the texture of the decoration. I love the mellow soft colours and the simple contemporary feel these pieces have. They're very quiet. No maker's mark unfortunately.
Small mirrors are so easy to live with and bring extra light into the room. As we head towards winter that's something we'll start to appreciate again. We have two very different styles here but equally lovely depending on your personal taste. The small wrought-ironwork mirror is very decorative. The metal frame avoids being fussy as it's fairly heavy gauge with lots of age and patination. The bevelled glass is beautiful too and adds elegance to a strong design.
The colour of the wooden framed mirror has aged to perfection. It's warm and golden brown and frames glass that is foxed and speckled. The old glass gives a mellow reflection, something that I love.
The divided box came from a workshop and was very dirty when we found it. It stands up as you can see for display or lies flat on its back for small-piece-storage. There's a groove along the raised side that once held a sliding lid. Such a nice thing but really, you would not have liked it in it's grimy state. It's been vigorously cleaned and brushed over with a grey/green oil based paint and is now fit for use again.
The long grey tin is a masterpiece of tins. Sadly the text on the lid is beginning to wear but I can tell you that it's a Doctor's Set sponsored by Elastoplast. We'll post it onto our website soon and then you'll see the full glory of the interior. It has a double lid, I guess for hygiene, and is divided into sections. These sections used to house bandages and First Aid equipment and the contents are listed on the inside of the lid. Battleship grey with black lettering, strong and utilitarian.
The bowl on the extreme left of the mantelpiece is Dutch. It's base is full of information and it's stamped GOUDA HOLLAND. It's highly decorative and richly coloured. The bold central floral design is circled by a fine line pattern in brown and ochre which runs around the smooth wide rim. Highly original and showing a little age we decided to pop it onto the website and see if anyone else likes it too.