To dine like an Emperor

This beautiful meat platter is already on its way to a happy customer, but there is an interesting story with it - and it is a gorgeous platter that deserves to be shown! And someone is going to be dining like an emperor - quite literally 👑🍽️⁠ This very striking meat platter is historically important; you will notice the armorial detail in the centre. It is the Collar and Medallion of the Imperial Brazilian Order of the Rose with the motto "Amor e Fidelidad", which means 'Love and Loyalty". ⁠ The Imperial Order of the Rose is a Brazilian Order of Chivalry instituted by the Emperor Pedro I of Brazil in 1829 to commemorate his marriage to Princess Amelie of Leuchtenberg. It awarded special s

Porcelain travel

These days it is increasingly hard to go out on trips, even in nature (let alone in cities). Here in Britain, we simply don't know which part of the country will be locked down next, or how drastically... but here is an alternative way to travel: on porcelain! This stunning tea service was made by Minton in about 1825 and not only is it gorgeous, it is very rare and it has a story. It was made in the graceful "B/French" shape, with clean lines and no frills in the way the items were shaped - this was the neo-classicist style of the early 19th Century, very much like the amazing green coffee service I showed a few weeks ago. All items have a yellow ground, which is rare because yellow was ver

Desk gadget from 1902

Remember the good old days before email, when you needed to write a letter on paper, stick it in an envelope, put a stamp on it and then...

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