Little cupids at the House of the Vettii in Pompei

I was instantly enamoured of this little hand painted picture when I came across it. Those naughty “amorini” (little cupids), so finely depicted in exquisite and vibrant colours captured my glance.

“Pompei – I Farmacisti” by M. Cirillo, inspired to the antique mural frescos at the House of the Vettii in Pompei

The subject is inspired to the antique Roman frescos in the hall of the House of the Vettii, in Pompei, Italy.

Isn’t in remarkable that Pompei was rediscovered in modern times after laying buried under ashes and soil for centuries? The frescos still display such elegantly vivid colours, as if those rooms were still inhabited.

The frescos in the main room of the Vettii house are superb and denote a forward-looking attitude in matter of style, as they transitioned from the previous Roman style to a new one. 

This little painting has just been listed on my Etsy shop VforVintageLondon.

Victorian botanical studies #1

Long ago I purchased a set of antique watercolours depicting studies of flowers and plants. I finally added this one to my antique shop An Old Country House.

This picture is finely drawn and hand coloured, and represents four types of wild flowers. Pictured from top to bottom and left to right, these are:

– Chinese Arrowhead (aka Sagittaria Trifolia)
– Irish Heather (a type of wild bell)
– Common Cowslip
– (Scotch) Burnet Rose

It’s an exquisite original artwork from 19th century English school. I find it so delicate and elegant. My favourite flowers are the Irish Heather and the Burnet Rose.

Irish Heather bell
Scotch Burnet Rose

Thanks to its fine quality, it easily suits both modern and period / traditional interiors.

I’m a bit reluctant to let this go, yet I have a great number of paintings and a small flat..

Find it on my Etsy shop:

Victorian Botanical Studies at An Old Country House

Vintage and antique pieces

You might be aware from previous blogposts of mine that I am a collector of old pieces, some of which are listed in my Etsy shops. Here are some pieces that will soon be listed.

A selection of vintage pieces for my Etsy shop

A beautiful needlework picture depicting Pierrot. I love the colours and it’s of good quality, just ready for framing. I’d love it in a white frame.

A wooden box of solid wood in an unusual drop shape, a vintage or antique piece.

A stunning candleholder with aged patina and worn silver gilding. Marked with “Freud Ltd London (C)”. From the font type and patina it would appear to be antique. A quick search did not yield any matches.

A pair of carved bone masks. I normally don’t buy masks but these seemed a good pair of nice make.

Yesterday we were on a walk in the neighbourhood and I went to check one of the charity shops (thrift stores). Lately I haven’t been on the lookout for items to sell because there are plenty still on my shelves awaiting to be added to the shops.

Usually I’m perusing second hand fashion for quality pieces for own use, to support a circular economy that benefits charitable causes and doesn’t further burden our planet. So I buy used things instead of newly produced clothing that continues to unnecessarily use up the resources of our planet.

This time I happen to stumble upon pieces that I thought would be a nice addition for my vintage shop and didn’t want to leave them behind.

They soon will be listed, and hopefully later adorn a new loving home. For now I’m enjoying them on the mantlepiece.

The other pictures shown in this photo are also available for purchase (worldwide shipping).

My Etsy shops:

Vintage pieces : V for Vintage London https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/VforVintageLondon

Antique artefacts : An Old Country House https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AnOldCountryHouse

Frantisek Vizner’s whirlpool vases

Some time ago I acquired two vintage paintings depicting studies of blue vases.

Blue vase studies

The varied shades of blue, teal, green and browns in the pictures were attractive, and so were the blue shell in one and the blue swirly glass in the other. Their different shapes and perspectives were intriguing.

I had no background history about the artwork and online there were sparse details about the artist. Nevertheless, I thought they would look great in modern or contemporary interiors.

Some months passed and I posted them on Facebook. One evening a collector of art glass vases kindly offered a lead to the objects depicted in the painting shown on the right. They were the sought-after “whirlpool” vases, the work of famous Czech artist Frantisek Vizner, from around 1968.

It’s likely that the other painting also portraits a well known piece. I’d be grateful for any information or thoughts you could share.

František Vízner and the whirlpool vase

Vizner trained at famous glassmaking schools and subsequently graduated from the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. He then went on to work as glass designer for the Czechoslovak glass industry, until 1975, when he made his own steps as independent artist. Vizner’s studio glass works are represented in museums such as the Museum of Applied Art and Craft in Prague, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris, among others.

Czechoslovakia has had a long tradition of creating glass artefacts and hosted some of European major centres of glass works.

Below are some examples of the “whirlpool” design (source: Pinterest).

These paintings are now available in my Etsy shop, or can be acquired directly.

Whirlpool vase study by Don Micklethwaite

My collection of art from 18th, 19th and 20th century is ever growing. I’m sharing some of it, to find new appreciative homes for the artworks.

I have more exciting pieces of fine art, of which I’m still researching the background history, including a painting of a famous Swiss artist and a mystery set of WWI portraits.

Should you have knowledge of WWI uniforms, please do get in touch.

Warm greetings, until next time

SIP: Sofa in progress

Contrary to common sense, I decided to add yet another expenditure to the pile and have the sofa base professionally done by a local carpenter.

Preview of the sofa base: top element resting on the leg

I like old furniture, especially those in the early 19th or 18th century. Clearly, one such would not be affordable, unless in a pitiful state (if that even!), so having one made in old style is the closest I can get to it.

I hope it turns out nice 🙂 More pictures to follow.

Section of the top element

Have a lovely and peaceful weekend!