I don’t have things because they’re ‘collectable’ or valuable, only because I love them. Maybe they don’t even have much use except to delight me. Such is the case with this tiny little satsuma bowl that I picked up for a dollar or two in a flea market somewhere. It’s only big enough to hold this cape gooseberry seedcase, but I find it so beautiful.
I bought these satsuma ginger jars in a junk shop in East London near where I used to live. I don’t know how the owners made any money. They were so attached to most of their stock that they couldn’t bear to let you buy it! I suspect I only managed to get these jars because I happened to go in on a day when someone else was minding the store for them. It seems they thought their job was actually to sell things…
The first piece of cloisonne I ever owned was this napkin ring. I’ve had it since I was very small. I’ve no idea where it came from and I’m not sure if I ever really used it, but I’ve always treasured it.
I bought the green bangle in Hong Kong in the ‘Jade Market’. The blue one is a flea market find. The beads and butterfly pendant are left over from various creative projects.
Another flea market find. I think it cost $2. So much detail and beauty in a dish that’s simply for holding your pins as you sew. I especially love the combination of that yellow against the turquoise.
One of a pair of vintage Japanese clip-on earrings. I imagine they’re from the sixties, but I’m not actually sure. Again it’s that yellow…
My most recent cloisonne purchase was this incense burner. I saw it in an antique shop just after New Year when we were driving up north to our friends’ wedding. It’s an old piece and has been battered around a bit. I felt the price they were asking for it was too high, so I left it.
While we were away at the wedding though I kept thinking about it and so, on our way back down to Auckland, we stopped in and I negotiated a price that both the shopkeeper and I could feel happy with. I always say, if you’re going to regret not buying it, then get it.
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