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Ring the bells

When we think about times past, we often think people didn't have much colour - perhaps because pictures are black and white, and many paintings we have seen are so dirty that colours don't come through clearly. But the fact is that particularly in the Regency era there was an explosion of colour.⁠

These stunning Bloor Derby vases show that. They are from between 1800 and 1825, but given the style, probably from around 1815 or 1820. They are decorated in the French style with abstract squiggles and stylised sprigs in many different colours, and of course lots of gilt. ⁠

These are "campana" vases, called after the French word "campagne" and Italian "campana" or field. Why? Because in the times when people spent long days working the land without watches, the church bells would tell them the time. And these vases are in the shape of up-side-down church bells, hence the name "campana".

Where to find things

This week there aren't that many new additions as I've been busy visiting galleries and enjoying some time off... but you can find these vases and many more decorative items here, and all my available items are here. In the next few weeks things will be quiet, but fear not: later in September there will be an explosion of new stock! If you always want to see the latest additions, follow me on Instagram... I post pictures and a story every single day.

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Happy weekend, and let the bells ring! 🔔💐🔔


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