Thursday, 20 February 2014
It went on air 24th February.
May be worth a look. http://waynecolquhoun.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/antiques-road-trip-call-again-to-my.html
The crew were well entertained with Charles clowning around with his mothers hat on.
Monday, 17 February 2014
The Futurist and the ABC on Lime Street are also at peril.
Does anyone care?
Save The Curzon. Application No: 14PM/0257 Case Officer/Team: City North
Ward: Old Swan
To demolish former Cinema building.
Location: Applicant: Applicant Address: Agent (if any): Agent Address
599-607 Prescot TJ Morris Portal Way Quod Ingeni Building
Road Limited Liverpool 17 Broadwick Street
Liverpool L11 0JA London
L13 5XA W1F 0AX
Friday, 14 February 2014
Liverpool looks great the shop is featured at 00:26minutes into the video and is on for about 10 minutes.
I may be dubbed. I even told a joke that I shouldn't have, when she asked me where I was born.
"Ten minutes from Liverpool F.C's ground in Anfield" I said. "I learnt to know the score from the crowds reaction. Hooray.......one nil. Hoorayyyy.....two nil.....Hoorray .....three nil, although it could be confusing when the meat pies arrived".
To my amazement and relief, the crew all fell about laughing which is more than I can say happens when I tell it in Liverpool.
I try to talk up Liverpool pottery and Herculaneum to be precise. Well someone has to do it, as Liverpool museums have given up on it. http://waynecolquhoun.blogspot.co.uk/2009/06/herculaneum-pottery-held-by-liverpool.html
Liverpool Vision have put it on their You Tube channel
There you go..........Big in Japan watch it here http://youtu.be/hQ8NEa8h__M
Thursday, 6 February 2014
Peter Hyland called in today with a copy of his new book ‘THE DELLA ROBBIA POTTERY’
My image was not as high resolution as he needed for publication, which is a shame, but there you go. I love it.
The book is enriched with illustrations and on first glance it looks extremely comprehensive.
Della Robbia had a brief lifespan from 1894-1906. It was founded by Harold Rathbone.
Walter Crane attended a VIP ceremony at the Walker Art Gallery on 10th February 1894 when the prominent speaker Sir William Forwood spoke of the need to keep tradition with pottery and the applied arts on Merseyside. And he said he is pleased to think that Mr Rathbone and some members of his family had already made a departure in that direction.
You have to ask in retrospect why a pottery was formed, to produce wares of an antique Italian tradition than of a thrusting enterprise in a modern age.
Her designs for the cover page of The Sphinx certainly bear that out.
This would be swept away with the industrial scale killing in the Great War that would employ methods of mass production that would later be employed in the domestic manufacture of almost everything.
Though it closed in 1906 we see through the beginnings of Della Robbia a microcosm of society and its ideals.
Della Robbia prices have been on the increase for a while now, but beware, as a potter, I see it as some of the worst pottery that should not have been let out of the workshops…and some of the best.
The pottery is an oxymoron of itself.
My personal opinion is that its rustic antique style is hiding, on a far too often occasion, bad workmanship.
Yet ‘Boy and Lanthorn’ a panel by Conrad Dressler which was exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery in 1895 is of the highest quality in design and workmanship.
Frank Watkin was the thrower. And Dressler was the chief designer and modeller until 1896. Carlo Manzoni took over the role in 1898.
It was quite a going concern.
There is a huge collection in the Williamson Art Gallery.
They designed a fountain for the Savoy Hotel and a monumental fountain in Newsham Park with Hippocampus holding a monumental bowl aloft.
There are amazing pots and plaques and tile panels.
The main decorators were….well you will have to buy this well put together book that Peter has exhaustively compiled for your delectation.
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Mackintosh cabinet offered without reserve takes £36,000
This Arts and Crafts music cabinet, entered into a recent sale at Robertson’s of Kinbuck, near Dunblane, without reserve, turned out to be a hitherto lost design by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
The consignor was a local lady who had stored it in her garage for several years. Her grandmother had purchased it from a Dumfries saleroom sometime in the 1950s although its significance was never appreciated.
Research shows that a watercolour for the design (available online) is in the collection of the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow. Signed and dated 1898, it is inscribed Music Cabinet for Mrs Pickering, Braxfield, Lanark.
Mackintosh produced cabinets with the same distinctive cornice for other clients during the same year, including those made for the Edinburgh printer Alex Seggie.
After vigorous bidding in the saleroom on January 24, the Kinbuck cabinet was bought by a trade buyer for £36,000 (plus 15% buyer's premium).