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

Merry Christmas, may it bring peace, wisdom and joy

Christmas day is upon us, hopefully bringing joyful moments and time with beloved ones.

We will be spending it in England.

We just received our provision delivery, and I will be making quince jam later today.

There will be tranquil time, good food, a little drink and maybe time for watching tv, knitting and some technical learning (we both work in software development).

Sadly it won’t be possible to attend Mass this time.

The Nativity shown in a stained glass window in the famous Rosslyn Chapel, near Edinburgh in Scotland.
Fortnum & Mason department store near Piccadilly Circus in London

Above is a picture of the decorations at Fortnum and Mason department store in London, the home of many delicious foods and drinks. I purchased some fancy teas for myself and the family, including my all-times favourite “Dragon Pearls” (rolled green tea leaves with jasmine, very gentle flavour).

Below, photos from a few days ago, taken on our way to the Christmas stalls along the Southbank of the Thames river.

At the market we got mulled wine, eggnog and bought a couple of vintage books. Then walked back home in the evening lights and fresh air. It was a nice thing to do, and one of the first festive breaks we had. The first break was a weekend trip to Edinburgh & Stirling in Scotland – more on it in another post.

Finally, my Sunday Cardigan has seen good progress and the yoke is done, reaching the point where body and sleeves are separated. I hope to do that part tonight – last night i was too tired and didn’t want to risk messing it up.

Sunday Cardigan. The yoke just before dividing for the body and sleeves.

I send you my very best wishes for a safe and merry time. May it bring a bit of magic and some peace for us all.

May you spend this time with beloved ones, or have them in your thoughts for those who are far or no longer with us.

Lots of love

Rubens’ landscapes exhibition and The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection museum in London, in cooperation with The National Gallery, organised a temporary exhibition with two Rubens’ landscape paintings from his mature period: Rubens: Reuniting the Great Landscapes(Wallace Collection’s webpage on the exhibition).

For the first time in over two centuries, this exhibition reunited The Rainbow Landscape and A View of Het Steen in the Early Morning. Both companion paintings depict the slightly idealised landscape around Het Steen, Ruben’s countryside manor, where he retired in his later years with his young family.

A View of Het Steen in the Early Morning
The Rainbow Landscape

The countryside depicted is rich and warm, projecting an impression of abundance and happiness. I believe this was a reflection of his inner happiness, in a time where he was free to paint for his own enjoyment rather than for commission, living the good life together with his young wife and newly-born children. On the contrary, his homeland itself was going through a period of conflict and war.

The Wallace Collection is a national museum which displays the art collections brought together by the first four marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the likely illegitimate son of the 4th Marquess. These outstanding collections were bequeathed to the British nation by Lady Wallace, Sir Richard’s widow, in 1897. The museum hosts 18th century French art, many important 17th and 19th century paintings, medieval and Renaissance works of art and one of the finest collections of princely arms and armour in Britain.

We booked the entrance for the opening time and walked from home to the museum, then leisurely visited the rooms, including a nice break at their cafeteria where I enjoyed an exquisite green tea.

We started with Rubens’ exhibition, which was closing today, and then proceeded to the rooms hosting the permanent collections.

There is a lot to see, with many masterpieces and collections of various interests, as well as the house itself with many of its original interiors. We enjoyed it very much and will visit again to learn more about the artefacts.

If you happen to be in London, I warmly recommend a visit to The Wallace Collection, and a break at their cafeteria to enjoy some good food or a drink.

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