Monday, January 28, 2013
Posted by Russell Sansom aka Bistoboy1 at 8:20 AM
Posted by Russell Sansom aka Bistoboy1 at 8:08 AM
I recently purchased this wonderful pair of Bishop & Stonier vases. They're wonderfully restrained in colour, using the soft green body that the factory was known for and a white porcelain. The technique of 3D applied flower decoration like this has a long tradition - most notably in porcelain from Dresden (Germany) and Derby/Chelsea porcelain. This is the ONLY example I have ever seen by Bishop & Stonier and I feel must be an extremely rare pair. It may be feasible that B&S only produced the green blank vase and another artist applied the foliate decoration, but without getting my hands on the factory's archives I will never know for sure. Nonetheless, despite a few small bits of damage (almost inevitable with this type of porcelain decoration), they remain an extremely attractive pair of vases and should hold or increase in value even though the taste for this type of ceramic has fallen away in recent years.
Posted by Russell Sansom aka Bistoboy1 at 7:55 AM
I have a number of nursery ware pieces in my collection by Bishop & Stonier and I've often wondered who designed the images on them. Well, after a bit of digging around I found that a couple of them use illustrations by the well known Victorian artist, Randolph Caldecott. Apparently, Caldecott also designed for the Royal Doulton factory as well as many children's books. Notable images by him that were used on B&S wares depict the rhymes for Hey Diddle Diddle and A Frog He Would A Wooing Go.
Posted by Russell Sansom aka Bistoboy1 at 7:41 AM
- Russell Sansom aka Bistoboy1
- Sometimes, life doesn't turn out the way you expected. And sometimes, it is exactly as it was 'meant' to be. But whilst i'm not a believer in fate or fatalism, I do believe that life is a both a learning experience and an obstacle course to be climbed and clambered over in the most creative way possible! In doing so, you'll get to where you should be even if it's not where you'd imagined.