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To introduce this added page to the site we thought the above picture of an early 19thC papier mache table snuff box might spur the imagination.

It shows a group of Georgian/Regency gentlemen and officers enjoying a lively table. Perhaps a box such as this may have been passed around later in the evening?

An interesting and very tactile piece of our collectible social history.

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  Of local interest this week are a pair of oil Paintings by Andrew Black RSW.

He trained at Glasgow School of Art and spent a spell in Paris working as a designer before a full time career as an artist.

Well known for his marine paintings and coastal scenes in Scotland the backdop above is the instantly recognisable Dunure Castle and Harbour. Also on the Ayrshire coast is the study of the fisherman mending his Lobster pots.

Both have a visible area of 17 1/2" by 11 1/2" in matching gilded frames.

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    To provide a bit of cross border interest this week are an attractive pair of Blue and White glazed plates made by John and Richard Riley who were active in Burslem Staffordshire over the first 30 years of the 19thC.

   Both show a view of Taymouth Castle in Perthshire Scotland with people boating, fishing in the River Tay and simply out for a `promenade`.

   One of the Grandest privately held castles in Scotland Taymouth can still be enjoyed, being available for events and weddings and it is currently being refurbished as a luxury hotel.

These plates date from circa 1820 and are 10 1/8" in diameter.

   Catching the eye this time is a rather attractive late 19thC Black Forest Jewelry box. Produced by the flourishing Swiss carving industry based around Brienz these well figured souveniers were popular amongst those enjoying a `Grand Tour`.

   The finer pieces by recognised artists were displayed at various Grand Exhibitions around the world and quite at home in the palaces and mansions of Europes elite..

   This particular box is 9 3/4" high and features carved panels of wildflowers as well as a pair of game birds on the lid. The inner compartments are lined with what appears to be the original purple satin material.

A pratical yet decorative piece to enjoy.

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Staying close to home with this object. A Nautilus Porcelain vase made in Glasgow with a simple but effective floral decoration.

Started in the mid 1890`s by the two McDougal brothers who had a  long family history in the china retailing trade The Nautilus Porcelain Company found a good deal of success in the early 19thC with more than one pottery in Glasgow producing wares from tea sets to very ornate vases and centrepieces.

With often finely painted flowers, fantastical dragons and elaborate gilding Nautilus brought the style and feel of fine Worcester, Limoge and Belleek to the wider public.

Prone to chipping around the rim this soft paste porcelain can still make quite a statement in the home. This vase is 2 3/4" high by 3 3/4" across.

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  Another interesting thing from Glasgow in stock at the moment are a pair of Stoneware urn style planters made by the Glasgow "Govancroft Pottery Company".

   In operation from the early 20thC Govancroft Pottery produced stoneware products, many of them jars, bottles and other utilitarian items through to the 1970`s when they finally closed as Glasgows last working pottery. They were located in the now much regenerated East End on the London Road.

    This pair of planters have a two tone blue glaze with a mottled brown centre band which fades to green under the rim.

     There is an impressed mark on the side of both planters which have a diameter of 14 3/4" and a drain hole at the bottom making them practical to use indoors or out.

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   Perthshire art glass or `Vasart` glass is a colourful and much appreciated Scottish ornamental collectible.

  Produced initially by the Moncrief glassworks in the early 1920`s the range of often brightly coloured vases, lamps, bowls etc was traded as `Monart`. It was designed and made by a team led by the French trained glassblower Salvador Ysart. Up to four of his sons also worked with him at various times making for a true family concern.

   Production ceased during the second world war and afterwards Salvador set up his own glassworks to produce `Vasart`. Many of the styles were similar however the colours became more muted than the bright sparkly Monart range. `Vasart` generally has an acid etched signiture as can be see above and a ground out pontil. From the mid 1960`s for another 20 years after the death of Salvador and the departure of the last of his sons the range was still sold as `Strathearn`.  This unusually large basket is 8 1/4" wide...

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                  This time my interesting item is seasonally appropriate.

As the autumn storms roll in it seemed like a good moment to feature a barometer.

  Both an attractive item and yet able to be used each day a barometer can become a focal point in the home as you pass by and `give it a tap`. It can be strangely satisfying to mark the pressure on the dial and observe the changes thoughout the day.

   The barometer pictured dates from between the wars and is high quality mahogany with silvered dials, most likely bought from one of several first class house furnishers in Glasgow. Being an aneroid (vacuum) barometer helps reduce the concern of open mercury tubes in the home and the thermometer is conveniently marked with both fahrenheit and centigrade scales.

     The barometer has attractive art nouveau style inlaid decorations on a stained olive green veneer and measures a very neat 22" (56cm) in height.


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                In keeping with the local theme of recent posts, today I have selected from stock an oil on canvas entitled "Summer Flowers" by the Scottish lady artist Kate Wylie.

      Born in Skelmorlie in 1877 Kate Wylie trained at the Glasgow School of Art and worked in both oils and water colour. She painted portraits and landscapes but is perhaps best known for producing vibrant and well constructed still lives of flowers.

        As a native of the Clyde coast and frequent resident on Arran it is not unusual for her flower studies to feature views `across the water` in the background.

         After her death in 1941 the Glasgow Society of Lady Artists featured Kate Wylie in a memorial exhibition celebrating her career along with several contemporaries.

         The visible area of the painting above measures 33.5cm wide by 44cm high and the frame is is good condition.

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     For a bit of a change, this time I am featuring something with a bit of "flash".

            Above is a highly gilded floral Aynsley bone china cabinet plate.

               The floral decoration in the centre is handpainted and signed by the well recognised J.A.Bailey whose detailed hand can be seen across a wide range of sought after Aynsley fine porcelain.

        Aynsley has been present and producing fine china in Staffordshire from the late 18thC right up to the present in the 21stC.

      Joe (JA) Bailey whose signature is on this plate was active in the factory from 1937-74.

     The back mark on this piece was in use from the late 1930`s and the plate measures 10 1/2" diameter.

     The gilding is in fine unrubbed condition and includes a gold trim around the foot.

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     Returning to a local theme I have added some images of "Paisley Shawls" which we have in stock at the moment.

           An interesting fashion item closely assosciated with the town of Paisley these shawls were made in great quantities and all qualities throughout the 19thC.

            Based on designs which can be traced back to the Babylonian `tree of life` and ancient Persia/Iran Paisley shawls came into fashion as import items brought in from Kashmir in the mid to late 18thC by, amongst others, `The East India Company`.

             Various towns were known for producing shawls based on these exotic items, Norwich and Edinburgh (also in France) and they were popular throughout Europe being worn draped over the crinoline dresses in fashion at the time. In the UK at least they became synonomous with Paisley as the efficient industrial practices and Jacquard looms of the towns mills allowed them to massively out produce all other regions.

               To replace the hard to get traditional materials they were made from wool, silk or a combination of both and could cater for any occasion and social level from a ladies grand evening out, a flower seller in the street to formal mourning attire.

               As with many things fashion brought a close to the mass production of shawls in Paisley as dress styles changed through the 1870`s and people moved on. However with the designs still in use today these period works of industrial art can still give pleasure and inspire.

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    Some silver this time and a bit of a peculiarity that I have come across with Glasgow Tea Services from time to time.


  This four piece sterling service carries Glasgow assay offfice marks and is dated 1889, though the water jug is one year later in 1890 and has possibly been added to make up the set.


    The unusual `Zodiac` design peculiar to India and other parts of Asia does seem to have been fashionable (though not produced in great numbers) for a time amongst Glasgow silversmiths towards the end of the 19thC.


    All four pieces carry the makers mark I believe of James Reid and Company silversmiths of Napiershall Street in Glasgow. Also as seen above the retailers name, James Crichton of George Street Edinburgh who were watchmakers, jewelers and goldsmiths.


    A local item but with a touch of the exotic, quite appropriate given Glasgows past and the romance of the tea industry though the 18th and 19th Centuries.

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