Antiques Roadshow specialist and author, ericknowles.co.uk
JAPANESE CLOISONNÉ VASES
Japanese cloisonné is so underrated at the moment. The use of midnight blue, the silver-wire inlay and the observation of nature on these vases bowled me over. Decorated on one side only (if the decoration went all around, they would be worth more), this delightful pair would have cost at least £800 20 years ago.
19 - CENTURY BRASS SKIMMER
Brass costs virtually nothing at the moment, meaning you can buy what you like. I’ve always been interested in domestic utensils, and this example is almost a work of art. It is a lovely old yellowy brass, and is endearing technically and artistically.
HALIMA CASSELL VASE
When I first came across Halima’s work 12 years ago, I’d never seen anything like it. Her overriding influences are architecture, geometry and nature – and I am especially drawn to her black pieces. Her work is sinuous and fluid, but the texture of her blackware is granular not smooth – almost like lava.
This ‘Delapan’ hand- carved, unglazed, stoneware vase by Halima Cassell is worth around £ 3,000 (halimacassell.com)
ABOVE At just over 54cm in length, this mid 19th- century utensil would have been used to skim curds from whey
ABOVE This pair of early 20th- century Japanese cloisonné vases (30.5cm high) are worth around £ 300