They have always been of interest to me, these small Russian enamelled eggs that were made as gifts at easter in czarist times. Some were made by Faberge though there were many other firms in St Petersburg who made similar pieces, here are some i bought awhile back, unmarked they can still be found on online auction sites. Two flags from WWI , a porphory type red enamel example and something out of the ordinary a seemingly pink enamel egg ,but viewed from the other side...
An Edwardian Suffragette Medallion, ,I have owned this wonderful piece of subversive jewellery for about 20 years. When bought it I wasn't quite sure what the WSPU was, but it was very intrigued , showing an image of a sower to one side and to the other a trumpeting angel amongst broken chains . I found out from research what a treasure it was. It is mounted in a gilt metal and double glass mount and is made from two pieces of thin paper . probably cut from one of the WSPU pamphlets at the time. Not an expensive piece of jewellery and one that could easily be hidden, perhaps worn by someone who wanted to keep their affiliations secret. I have always treasured it #OriginalWSPUMedallion#SuffragetteMedal #WomensSuffrage1918#SomeWomenGetTheVoteIn1918
The late Peter Wyngarde was a style icon..though to some his taste and style could only be taken so far. Perhaps the clothes will never come back ? Leather jumpsuits for men anyone ? Though the accessories of the time still work for me, here is a quick snap of my vintage Chrome & Swarovski Aurora Borealis crystal cufflinks with matching pin and a 1970's cravat in tones of pink ,red and black
I often feel in design, the future is the past, we live in flats and houses filled with objects that have memories , often family connections that give us comfort .Though some people have abandoned all this and live in palaces of minimalism , single white spaces. And I have been told do their washing up in the bath . Not eating at home , so as not to leave a mark or trace .
I prefer the former, mixing old with new, found objects and modern design .Many homewares from the last few years are based on a Scandinavian ideas that dates from the mid century period , though new copies of old pieces often cost much more than finding the originals and are not so well made.
Above is a wonderful example of a mid century piece of silver jewellery from Norway, Designed by Grete Kittlesen for the family firm of J Tostrup in 1953 . The bangle is both simple in construction, a pierced/milled and curved sheet of silver but complex in design, with a hint of Armadillo and Game of Thrones ! They are classic pieces of modern design if you can find one. She also designed kitchen /table wares in Steel and Enamel which are design classics
During the 1930's there was a great push for artists to become more involved in Industry, and a government scheme was created in 1933, where famous artists would design glass and table wares that would be produced by the best manufacturers in England for a selling exhibition at Harrod in Knightsbridge.
Perhaps the original idea had been to make inclusive and affordable pieces, but the reality was that the designs were hard to translate and ultimately paint onto curved surfaces of china and glass. Though the exhibition opened with a fanfare ,little ware sold as the sets were expensive. A few artists work sold well such as Laura Knight . Here is a part tea set designed by Vanessa Bell and produced by Foley China , most pieces are marked First Edition and there are a wide variety of artists to collect. One for investment perhaps and always fun to eat off.