By Joy Jolliffe, Apr 2 2018 03:22PM
Birds' eggs. Ethereal colours. Delicate vulnerable shells. Tiny shapes nestled down in the carefully constructed nest. Pure magic. The open book is called, 'A Pocket Book of British Birds' Eggs and Nests'. There are numerous colour plates all beautifully illustrated and there are B/W photos too, of birds and nests. Even sweeter is the neatly written note inside the cover remembering the good work at school that earned the owner this book. It's priceless.
More painterly magic is on display. The used artist's palette is a little work of art in itself. There's lots of colour, mixes and trials and a nicely formed thumb hole. It's perfectly shaped to be held comfortably in your hand and could be used again. Be inspired!
The two small brass bowls are a lovely find. They have fine line decoration depicting elephants in their wild landscape. The bowls are well preserved and have a warm dull shine.
I love enamels. We have a small selection available again and I've chosen these three for the mantelpiece. The large plate is a mouth-watering creamy custard yellow with a sky blue rim. It's summery and practical and looks fab on the table used indoors or out.
The shallow dish in the middle has wonderful spray and stencil decoration. The soft pinks and greens sit companionably in the background and a bright pink and orange rose takes centre stage. It's a pretty piece to use and looks great on display too.
The little bowl on the end has less age, I think. The colours are vibrant this time and look great mixed in with other designs. All three pieces really should be used, they're so cheerful.
The final piece is a bit of a show-stopper. I love it and have kept it for a while just to look at. Can't keep all the things tho' so now it's available to buy on the OK shelves. The glass is heavy and clear and is shaped like a funnel or flask. Lines of painted colour form rings; blue, yellow and grey and it's so simple and elegant that like me you'll just enjoy looking at it.