Thursday, 6 March 2008
Show & Tell at Kelli's
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This is one of our special favourites and although it isn't particularly valuable, it is very old, and the bird (a crane) pulling the man's nose, is a wonderful piece of Medieval fun that has been carried on through the centuries. This probably dated from the late 1600s. It was obviously part of the architecture of a church, long since decomissioned, and would have been designed to teach a moral tale. Perhaps not to tell lies - shades of Pinnochio there! We love it dearly, especially as part of it is a pun on our surname.
This is another of my favourite plates. It lives on top of an old oak corner cupboard in the sitting room and would have been part of a stunning dinner service at one time. It's a big soup dish, made by Booths in a pattern called "The Pompadour". Probably late 19th C - about 1880 or so. I can't remember if this was in an auction box or from a Car Boot Sale, like the one below:
This is a real quality plate, made by Wedgewood, and with a USA Patent mark on the back, as well as the English one. The pattern is "Wellesley" and as it has "Made in England" on the backstamp, it would have been manufactured post-1892, when it became necessary to include the Made in England stamp. Whilst it is essentially a transfer print, parts of it are hand painted, and the embossed pattern around the flat rim is very fine. It sits on the same old oak corner cupboard, the other side of a big old earthenware jar, with a couple of emergency candles for when we have a powercut! Sadly, the old cupboard came without its base, and when we bought it had been used as a chicken coop and was full of feathers and other . . . "stuff" . . . My husband has made it look wonderful again.