Blue rays

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Baltic herring market in Helsinki as shot for FARE magazine; irises by Ohara Koson; photo by @poshpedlar

At this time of year I always think of Wilfred Owen’s poems, that we studied in school, and that refer to the air growing bluer as dusk falls.

Tinsmiths

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I seriously like both this marbleware (the blue and white plate) and slipware from Tinsmiths in Ledbury.

Any time people say that the past looked like Farrow and Ball whitewash with a bit of tasteful stripped pine or oak, I wonder what they’re on about. The Georgians loved bright yellows and greens and patterned fabrics, the mid-Victorians were all about red velvet and chandeliers and this kind of old English pottery shows people trying to bring colour and pattern into their homes on every possible surface. It’s not helping my ceramics addiction…

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Famous women

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In some countries, 8 May is women’s day, so here’s a bunch more of the Vanessa Bell & Duncan Grant set that will hopefully be bought be Charleston soon and remain on public display.

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The collection covered dancers (Pavlova, Taglioni), political movers and shakers (Sarah Churchill and several queens), writers (Georges Sand and Eliot), artists and muses (“La Bella Simonetta” was a subject for Bottecelli) and royal mistresses.

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I recognised most of the women in set, including Dorothy Osborne, whose letters I studied at uni, but Agnes Sorel had me stumped…

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Photos from my visit to the Piano Nobile gallery.