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Keith Murray – Design for Life

Keith Murray – Design for Life

Everything about our lives is influenced by design, whether it is the offices that we work in or the clothes that we wear – someone, somewhere has taken a vision and made it reality. Design appears in all industries from fashion to architecture and art to furniture but one of […]

A Rather Weary Doll – Robert Tonner’s Ellowyne Wilde

A Rather Weary Doll – Robert Tonner’s Ellowyne Wilde

Ellowyne Wilde is a doll with attitude, a world-weary doll with an unusual take on fashion. There is something about Ellowyne’s languid, lazy, rather bored approach to life which makes me smile. And many of her costumes are stunning – though what else would you expect when they are designed […]

Ferdinand Preiss the ‘Master’ of ivory sculpture

Ferdinand Preiss the ‘Master’ of ivory sculpture

Considered by many to be the ‘Master’ of ivory sculpture, Ferdinand Preiss was a skilled designer, modeller and carver, who worked throughout the Art Deco period.

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 […]