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18
March
2016

Murano glass bowls

The Light flickering through different colours of Murano glass makes me smile. The Venetians are on top of their game ever since the 8th century. In order to protect the city from the dangers of the glass furnaces the Venetian Doge ordered all glassblowers to the tiny island of Murano in 1291.

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03
March
2016

2 Porcelain Birds and Ingrid Simons Painting

Two antique porcelain birds by Dresden porcelain maker Meissen. They have been sitting in this Victorian birdcage ever since I can remember and simply refuse to go despite the open door. Behind is an oil-painting by Dutch landscape artist Ingrid Simons (1976) called Jardin I. This air of calm and mystery is

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18
February
2016

Painting by Marc Mulders

This oil painting by Holland’s most celebrated contemporary artist Marc Mulders (1958) is one of my favourite pieces. However I always find it very difficult to find a good spot for it. It’s too small for its own wall and too powerful to hang with something else. At present it resides behind

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14
February
2016

Pots and Della Robbia Terracotta

Part of my collection of antique pots, the civilised way to preserve food before the mass production of tins in the 1900’s. The labels were applied prior to the glazing and firing and hardly wear off even after being buried in rubbish dumps over hundred years. Most of them I have bought

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11
February
2016

Massimo Vitali

Sometimes you’re just lucky… You follow a photograph auction and notice nobody is bidding on what clearly appears to be a picture of Italian photographer Massimo Vitali (1944). His iconic Italian beach scenes are almost as expensive and as famous as those red cars and normally change hands at noble auction houses

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