By Joy Jolliffe, Oct 6 2016 09:56AM
Embroidered pictures are very popular with our customers and they are with me too. We unearthed a little stash of pictures recently and included was this lovely example. It's beautifully worked, with a variety of stitches and a colourful palette. A harbour scene that had something extra that I didn't register at first. Then I saw it; areas of the backcloth are dyed in different colours to further enliven the scene. The sea area is blue, the hills are green and it really does add a lot of depth to the composition.
Directly beneath we have two shiney metal containers. One is marked, 'Preserves' and the other, 'Tea Time'. The Preserves pot has masses of surface pattern and will hide that ugly old jam pot. The Tea Time pot is charming and has sweet tea time images on the surface: A tray set with tea things and a little clock permanently held at 4 o'clock. Tea and toast, perfect!
We're clearly thinking in pairs this month, with two FORSTER jars balancing the mantelpiece at the opposite end. Just like the more familiar Kilner jars, tho' these are heavier. The mellow metal lid rims have gentle vintage ageing and with the glass lid it's an airtight jar. Perfect for bottling fruit but they look brilliant filled with all sorts of edible or decorative things.
We don't often find vases in pairs but the green glass duo in the middle of the mantelpiece did arrive together. They've known each other a long time and we don't want to split them up! 1940s, mid height, with wide uneven rims. They display flowers in a pretty and natural way and are perfect for our over enthusiastic Michaelmas Daisies.
The painted tray behind the flowers is very special. The more I look at it the more I love it. I think it's made from papier-mache as it weighs very little. It's coated with matt black and then decorated in the most exquisite way with hand painted flowers all around the rim. It shows a selection of some our loveliest flowers; cowslips and crocus, bluebells and snowdrops, tiny strawberries... breathtaking and completely delightful.
The Trevi Fountain. A must see for travellers and this print is a gem. We love these loosely illustrated pieces. It shows a perfect day's sightseeing with elegant tourists and a wonderful sky. Optimistic and cheerful, yes we like this. It's a nice big example too in its original frame and ready for that space on your wall.
The clear glass candlesticks, our final pair this month. We like pressed glass a lot. These are mid-height so safe on the dining table and still able to hold long elegant candles. We mix and match the colours of the candles and the candlesticks as they group so beautifully. Candlelight is always a little bit magic and as we head towards winter it feels warm and cheerful too.
All the items on the mantelpiece will appear on the OK shelves soon.