Still Life With Eggs
A series of handprinted Victorian book plate illustrations depicting bird's eggs. Each is delicately drawn and finished in chalky egg-shell pastels.
Width 11.5cm Length 18cm
Plates 1, 4, 6, 8 and 9 are now sold
Condition: some of the plates have some very slight discolouration to their paper, yet this adds to their character and appeal.
Edwardian enamel mould
A particularly fine and pleasingly shaped white enamel jelly mould from the days when grand dining required much that was savoury or sweet to be set in aspic.
Length 12.5cm Width 9.5cm Height 6.5cm
Condition: good with some small historical chips to the enamel, yet this adds to its charm and mirrors over 100 years of use.
J.Sainsbury's potted meats pot
A 1920s Sainsbury's ironstone pot branded "J Sainsbury's Potted Meats Superior Home Made". Usually cream in colour, this pot has become beautifully discoloured to an elephant grey with a fine web of black crazing. Sainsbury's was established 1869, when John James Sainsbury and his wife Mary Ann opened a shop at 173 Drury Lane in Holborn, London. By the mid 1880s the food store was making their own foods and own-brand products, such as potted meat which was dispensed in ironstone jars, such as this one.
Diameter 6.5cm Height 7.5cm
Condition: heavy crazing and grey discolouration to glaze, yet this makes this pot unique and defines its beauty.