Friday, 23 October 2015

The Last Post

Just a short note to everyone who has followed or read this blog over the years that I have posted.

I regret that I have not been able to be motivated to find or research new material. I feel that I have already covered many of the subjects that I have any empathy with and I have now found that I am simply going over old subjects, often only repeating the research of other bloggers.

So ...... for now this will be my last post ... no trumpets, though.

... and for a final picture, here is a lovely wood engraving that I found earlier in the year. This one is by Charles William Taylor (1875/8 -1960) and titled "Findon Farm". I have it hanging over my desk as I type this. For more information on this artist, see Modern Printmakers Blog - HERE

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Valcera - Art Pottery From Switzerland

I found this pottery handled vase or ewer the other day -- a complete mystery to me. Slightly out of my period, as it looks post war "moderne", but some how attractive being decorated with a matt cream coloured glaze with hand painting in greens. The naïve stylisation of the prancing horse and trees or bushes can only add to it's charm.

But who made it ? There is a hand painted word on the underside together with some number, both painted over some words moulded in to the pot. I could not quite read the moulded marks but the painted word clearly read "Valiera" - or did it.


.... and after a few internet searches I realized that it wasn't Valiera but (as googled corrected me) Valcera, a pottery from Switzerland and possibly by "Mark Valcera" as stated by Invaluable and on Pinterest. However, before I went on the state with authority that my pot was by this Mark, I decided to search a bit deeper and try and find an source material.

Several auction houses have stated that similar works are by "Mark Valcera" including W H Peacocks, who sold several impressive lots of this pottery in 2014 (see picture above and below). Quoted productions dates included, 1950's, 1960's, 1940'-80's and 1960's-80's - not definitive.

Despite my best efforts, I am struggling to find any "facts" about this pottery although with the assistance of Antikvarchik, I was able to decipher the faint moulded marks on the underside as "Valcera Valais". This assists in locating the pottery to a canton in southern Switzerland which borders Italy. Interestingly "Valcera" is a place in Italy, just south of the Venetian Lagoon, perhaps our mystery pottery is of Italian decent.

As you can probably guess, I am struggling to find any facts and ask for assistance from you.

At the time of posting this article, my pot is listed in my Etsy Gallery - Click Here To View


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Odeon Survives - But Only Just

Here is a follow up to a post I did a few years ago about the architectural highlights of a the Surrey town, Redhill - "Art Deco - Redhill Odeon". About one of the few interesting building in the town centre, which at that time was an unused derelict.

However, now it has been saved - how you wonder? Easy it's been knocked down; well most of it, to make way for a stylish development of luxuries apartments, retail and social housing. A mere veneer of it former self currently remains. I hope some of its period character will be preserved when the development has been completed.

I will try to remember to post a few pictures when it's finished. If it's finished?

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Hilary Paynter (b1949) - Wood Engraving

Just found this !!


An original wood engraving titled "Le Placial, Dordogne" by the British artist Hilary Paynter. numbered 40 from an edition of 50 and dated 1971. I think my luck might have changed !! To find something different that I like - I have struggled recently to "SEE" anything that make me stop and look.
Hilary Paynter ?? a name I was aware of but not too familiar with - I now know see is a exceptionally talented artist printmaker and has been President of the Royal Institute of Painter Printmakers and Engravers.
Just type her name in google and hit images !!