Cobalt Blue!

One of the most popular designs in my collection is one that was very desired in the 1820s: a cobalt blue ground, gilt decorations and beautiful hand painted flowers. It went a bit out of fashion in the mid-19th Century, but then there was a revival in the late 19th Century. My customers keep asking for more of these items. They are timeless, very classy, but also very personal; each flower painter had his or her own style, and there is endless variety in how these items were made. So it is little wonder then that my shop is full of these items! And today I am putting them in the spotlight. In the early 19th Century, dinner and tea was had in candle light, as it was before the days of electr

Belleek again :-)

Yes, you are right to say that I am a little addicted to Belleek tea sets. I just think they are gorgeous, and I love the fact that they are so quirky. My customers also love them - and that's why I am always hunting for either whole sets, or the parts that can make up a set. I often buy things here and there, then wait patiently - and then, ta-da! Suddenly we have another beautiful cabaret set. Sometimes they come to me all-in-one, like the beautiful green "Neptune" set I listed a few weeks ago - it came from a family that it had been passed down in ever since it was bought in the 1890s. Today I listed a pink "Tridacna" set. I don't know exactly where it came from, but the tea set came to m

Victorian Splendour

Last week I showed some stunning figures made by Minton, and today I have something else from the same factory that is of very high quality. Minton was the British porcelain factory that most closely resembled the French Sevres factory - they saved cost nor effort to poach the best artists, designers and scientists from Sevres in order to create beautiful reproductions of their top quality work, and create their very own British style with it. Antonin Boullemier was one of the artists Minton managed to hire. He had come to England in 1881 and within a few months found himself working for Minton, becoming one of their most celebrated painters. He was famous for romantic Victorian vignettes of

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