By Joy Jolliffe, Apr 4 2017 12:30PM
It's quite a select little group on the mantelpiece this month and some interesting finds.
As this is our first ever fish mould, I'll start with the fish mould. It looks a little dark in this picture but there's actually a lot of shiny silvery surface still there. It's very detailed with scales, tail, feathery fins and a really pleasant face. Truly, it's got a nice mouth! The metal bar across the tail ensures that the mould balances well when it's reversed for setting. It's a decorative piece for the kitchen wall too.
More silver next door, well, shiny metal. An ice bucket in excellent condition. The exterior surface has an all-over 'hammered' pattern and there's more on the lid, which is a very snug fit, just as it should be. It has a quiet dull shine that I like and that's why the candles had to be blue.
Blue, silver, glittering glass, a gorgeous combination. The candlesticks are very decorative too. The wide bases are festooned in pattern and the columns have more. The glass is pure and clear. They're a useful mid height, so stable on the table, and happy to take tall candles. Candles! Ice bucket! That's nearly a party!
The three standing plates show off their pattern well. It's delicate and well, pretty really and a new one for us. The simple bold pink and white cups are paired with this fine, black, leaf and tendril design on the saucers and plates. Some of the petals have a single brushstroke infill - yellow, lilac and that lovely pink again. You might expect the cups to have had the same design but this way it's not fussy and the pieces complement each other very well.
Rosedawn. A slightly different pink and an extremely nice one. The name is so beautiful! It makes you think of pale summer roses and fresh early morning skies all at the same time. A perfect little moment really. The jug itself is quite a big one. What you do is, you fill it with cream and you pour that over strawberries. Another perfect little moment to look forward to.