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An­tiques Road­show spe­cial­ist, au­thor and lec­turer spe­cial­is­ing in 19th and 20th- cen­tury art and de­sign


A pho­to­graph like this is a frozen mo­ment in time, well com­posed, sharp in de­tail and full of in­ter­est. I can think about the truck, prob­a­bly bought from the army after the First World War, and the life of the driver de­liv­er­ing coal around Colch­ester. Above all, it is about the sense of pride the image rep­re­sents.


This dish by Omar Rams­den typ­i­fies the ad­ven­tur­ous but still un­der-ap­pre­ci­ated sil­ver made in Bri­tain dur­ing the 20th cen­tury. It is ex­cit­ing for me be­cause it com­bines the hand­craft philosophy of the Arts and Crafts move­ment with a clear sense of Mod­ernism.


Painted tin-glazed pot­tery was the most univer­sal form of ce­ram­ics made in Europe from the 17th to the early 19th cen­turies. It is lively, skil­ful and has an en­dur­ing im­me­di­acy lack­ing in much porce­lain. The crazy but won­der­ful paint­ing on this dish crosses the cen­turies and seems ridicu­lously cheap to me.

ABOVE A late 18th- cen­tury Delft tin-glazed charger, di­am­e­ter 33.5cm, which sold for £ 230 at Field­ings Auc­tion­eers last year

RIGHT This photo of a Wright’s Colch­ester Ltd truck, c1920, sold for £ 30 at Dreweatts & Blooms­bury in Septem­ber

ABOVE Paul would have plenty of change from his pur­chase of this Arts and Crafts sil­ver dish by Omar Rams­den, which sold for £ 2,200 at Wool­ley & Wal­lis ear­lier this year

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