Tag Archives: 1950’s

Ah! Sunflower

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‘Ah Sun-flower! weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the Sun:
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller’s journey is done.’

(William Blake)

The traveller’s journey is done right here, right now, with this fabulous ‘Sunflowers in Bowl’ oil painting by accomplished artist, Anne Brandon Jones (1878 – 1968).

Brandon Jones was a Royal Academician and a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, but her main interest was in embroidery. She was a skilled needlewoman, and published many books on the subject. Interestingly, this particular painting reflects her skill and technique as an embroiderer, with paint applied in a measured and careful way; textures and direction of paint are built up deliberately and with care and precision.

Anne attended the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London (which eventually became Central St Martin’s). The School opened in 1896, as a result of the growing Arts and Crafts movement of William Morris and John Ruskin. (Anne’s son John was a founder member of the William Morris Society, and a renowned Arts and Crafts architect).

When I look at this amazing painting, I can certainly see the Arts and Crafts influence peeping through, the earthy colours, the organic shapes, the natural, simple form are all leitmotifs of this particular style. It’s a fabulous piece, by a female pioneer of one of the most influential creative eras of the last century.

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I Want the World to Be Glass….


“If you treat glass right, it doesn’t crack. If you know the properties, you can make things; the color of dusk and night and love. But you can’t control people like that and I really, really wish you could. I want the world to be glass.” (Cath Crowley, Graffiti Moon).

On Venice’s famed isle of Murano, glass masters keep alive the art of lampworking. Each of the beads in these graceful Murano earrings is individually made over a hot flame, uno alla volta.

A unique, individual, antique, dusk coloured pair of luscious earrings, available here!


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1950’s vintage earrings – Retro Glamour

1950's vintage earrings - Retro Glamour

Fabulous Etruscan style clip on earrings, beautifully made, superb quality and condition.

If you got flowers from the petrol station on Mother’s Day, then it’s time to treat yourself to something gorgeous, because you’re worth it, and they’re only £2.

And you can’t even buy a box of Maltesers for £2.

You can buy them here, the earrings that is, not the Maltesers.

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March 30, 2014 · 5:38 pm

Pretty Porcelain Earrings (SOLD)

Pretty Porcelain Earrings

Lovely porcelain clip-on earrings, vintage, probably 1950’s, probably from the Staffordshire Potteries, possibly Denton or Aynsley.

They look good enough to eat and you can buy them here….

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March 29, 2014 · 3:39 pm

RARE Vintage Straw Hat

RARE Vintage Straw Hat

Gorgeous hat, 1940’s, 1950’s, brown straw, faded cream rose embellishment, perfect condition, perfect for the wedding/festival/garden party season! And you can buy it here!

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March 16, 2014 · 6:02 pm

Green with envy

Green with envy

1950’s glamour – paste earrings

You’re one click away from owning this fabulous jewellery!

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January 19, 2014 · 4:28 pm

Super Retro Santa – HO!HO!HO!


Gorgeous jolly Santas, in their scarlet glittery tunics. Can’t help but make you smile! 1950’s. 

Reminds me of my favourite film.

Miracle on 34th Street.

No not the really cheesy one with Richard Attenborough – the 1947 version with Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle:


Gwenn won an Academy Award for his supporting role. Look out for it this Chrimbo. Then put your feet up with a large egg nog and enjoy!

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