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Rocking Dog Loves Floral Loveliness!

Rare Orchid, Rocking Dog

Rare Orchid

I am no minimalist and I love flowers on anything and everything! I thought i’d share some particular favourites of mine.

The orchid vase has been with me now for about twenty five years and like the Honiton vases and the Meissen piece pictured below, all came from the now obsolete Hope Chapel Saturday Market in Hotwells, Bristol. The market for in excess of 35 years was part of our every other Saturday routine, both B.C. (before children) and A.C. (after children). Our house is filled with Hotwells’ buys, small pieces of furniture, Pawnbrokers balls, jewellery, ornaments, fabric and clothing. Even whilst living in Germany my mother would send me letters telling me of her purchases from the Saturday market. I’d simply wish myself there! Coffee and cake time at the chapel would see the family de-newspapering purchases, discussing the age, use and beauty of an item. The children grew up with Hotwells and enjoyed the freedom to browse and buy independently. Oilily clothes, toys, books and games all came into our household at bargainous prices. How I lament the loss of the market now that the chapel has returned to its original purpose.

Back to the orchid vase, I love it! I know nothing of its provenance, there are no marks on its base and I think it’s probably an amateur hand painted piece. My father bought it for me as a Birthday present and I have a feeling that it was about £15. It’s just simply very cheery and characterful especially when it is filled with equally cheery flowers.

The Meissen piece I fell in love with instantly, loving all its three dimensional flowers and fruit, together with hand painted insects. It had taken a bit of a bashing prior to my owning it, with some of the fragile blooms having been restored somewhat shabbily. I realise that I am never going to be in the league to own a perfect piece of Meissen, thus I am happy to covet this piece. I particularly love the Columbine flowers and wild strawberries. Again, this was a birthday present from my dear dad. It cost around £40 and is now worth considerably more, but as the people on Antiques Roadshow nearly always say “I’d never sell it”!

The little vintage textile picture is by Julie Penney of Aunt Jane’s Attic. Being a sentimental old so and so, I love the stories connected with some of Julie’s pieces. She made the rash and bold decision a few years ago to move from the North to the Jurassic coast and now sells her wares in Bridport and beyond.

Finally the Honiton vases, I bought these at Hotwells when I was in my teens. I think they were quite a grown up purchase and I remember my parents loaning me some money so that I could buy them. I am surprised that despite in excess of seven house moves, three boisterous children and a ball loving dog they have survived unscathed! I love the muted simplicity of the vases’ decoration, which includes the papery Honesty seed heads.

Message for the children- when I am dead and buried do not feel sentimental about my floral china pots. Please feel free to sell them and buy something YOU like. Feel it’s vitally important to say that.. in all Honesty!

Magical Meissen, Rocking Dog

Magical Meissen

Julie Penney's Vintage Garden, Rocking Dog

Julie Penney’s Vintage Garden

Honiton Honesty, Rocking Dog

Honiton Honesty