Imari Fun

The word "Imari" is often used for porcelain that is decorated in the colour scheme of cobalt blue, red, green and gilt. But what is the origin of the word? And how come that it appears in so many different styles? In this week's video I am showing two Derby tea services that are very different, yet they are both in the Imari style. But one from the early 19th Century, the other from the late 19th Century. From a faithful imitation of the Japanese Imari style it turned into a very Victorian and English design - both beautiful in their own way. 💚 Crown Derby tea service, ca 1815 ❤️ Royal Crown Derby tea service, 1899 Watch the video for the full story and to appreciate the beauty of these

A little East London boy

Just down the road from me in East London, a pottery called the Bow Porcelain Company created some of the most beautiful porcelain items made in the 18th Century. They are modest, meant for the middle class market rather than the very exclusive top level market, and there were many innocent-looking beautiful figures such as this little boy. It feels amazing to have this little fella sitting on my table, 250 years after he saw the light not far from here. I will be getting more of these wonderful figures in the coming period, so keep following "this week's new treasures" at the bottom of each blog. You can find out more about this little darling in the video below: Gift Cards 🎁 It's not too

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