Articles

Pot-Lids – one of the earliest forms of visual advertising

Pot-Lids – one of the earliest forms of visual advertising

One thing that often appeals to us collectors is a sense of order.

Whitefriars Blown Soda

Whitefriars Blown Soda

The forms were practical and classical, the lines were clean, and the colours were vibrant.

Moorcroft Design Team Rachel Bishop

Moorcroft Design Team Rachel Bishop

Rachel Bishop holds the distinction of being only the fourth head of the Moorcroft design department over a period that extends almost 100 years, ever since William Moorcroft set up his own pottery after departing from the Burslem firm of James Macintyre and Company in 1913. Rachel can to a […]

Gianni Versace – Fashionable and Collectable

Gianni Versace – Fashionable and Collectable

When it comes to elite 20th Century designer offerings one of the most celebrated of them all has to be the late Prince of Fashion – Gianni Versace. His flamboyant, original and controversial creations were vibrant and risqué yet adored by all, including celebrities and royalty. Gianni’s ability to revolutionise […]

Antique Bisque Dolls

Antique Bisque Dolls

Antique Bisque Dolls – Years ago, the dream of most doll collectors was to be able to afford an antique doll – a doll made from bisque china with glass eyes and a jointed wood or composition body. We used to sigh over pictures in magazines and drool at doll […]

Danish Ceramics from Bjørn Wiinblad

Danish Ceramics from Bjørn Wiinblad

Bjørn Wiinblad – Instantly recognisable, his style is very modern and personal with almost naively drawn, but immensely charming, characters, usually with happy round faces

Beauty Skin and Petalskin

Beauty Skin and Petalskin

Readers who were children during the 1950s may well have fond memories of a very rare type of doll – the Beauty Skin. Made by Pedigree, these lovely dolls were certainly not rare at the time. On the contrary they were very popular, especially with young children, because they were […]

Chalet Collectables

Chalet Collectables

Over the decades, thousands of schoolgirls became hooked on a series of stories written by Elinor Brent- Dyer, headmistress of a school in Hereford. The books featured a school set in the mountains, and followed the progress of Joey Bettany and her friends. In all, there were 59 hardback books […]

Handkerchief Vases

Handkerchief Vases

I ought to say ‘bless you’. Not only for belated New Year felicitations, but also as so many of us have been snorting into our hankies lately. I too have been doing much the same, and when I saw a superbly colourful collection of glass handkerchief vases on a photo […]

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Often referred to as a “Pioneer for the Modern Movement”, Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a talented architect, artist and interior designer.