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Rosemary
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C & T Auctions in Royal Tunbridge Wells have some lovely stuff coming up - if anyone has any money left after Newbury.

May 16, 2018 at 2:45 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Jane
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Ooh, is there an online catalogue, Rosemary? I'd love to look and drool!

May 17, 2018 at 10:19 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Jane
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Managed to find it!


May 17, 2018 at 10:40 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Rosemary
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Sorry Jane, not to have answered you - I only came onto the site lateish today.

May 17, 2018 at 11:04 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Jane
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No worries, Rosemary, I found it and have already fallen in love with several small items. Shouldn't think there's a hope in hell of me getting them but I might chance a bid. No wonder I never have any money, as my poor long-suffering Mum always says!


May 17, 2018 at 10:11 PM Flag Quote & Reply

jenny
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Thanks for this Rosemary, some very interesting houses there.  Sadly no chance of  me getting any closer than the catalogue. :(

May 19, 2018 at 9:56 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Rosemary
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I am unable to start a new forum due to the vile nature of this site but I would like to bring up the matter of how many rather indifferent items are now being marketed as atisan made. I have not visited the Kensington Fair for quite a few years and I am sure that all items there are still up the quality that they used to be - but a lot of "Craftsman made" items are appearing for sale on all sorts of sites, and the previous standard of quality seems to be getting lost I don't know how many really skilled people are appearing to fill the shoes of the wonderful people who are retired now.

May 20, 2018 at 3:44 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Trumble's Mum
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Rosemary at May 20, 2018 at 3:44 AM

I am unable to start a new forum due to the vile nature of this site but I would like to bring up the matter of how many rather indifferent items are now being marketed as atisan made. I have not visited the Kensington Fair for quite a few years and I am sure that all items there are still up the quality that they used to be - but a lot of "Craftsman made" items are appearing for sale on all sorts of sites, and the previous standard of quality seems to be getting lost I don't know how many really skilled people are appearing to fill the shoes of the wonderful people who are retired now.


I guess that, in today's de-skilled times, when the mysteries of handmaking anything at all are less and less often passed on, anything made by hand can appear to many to be craftsman made. The idea that somebody might be far from a cratsman but still be able to knock together a little cupboard with an opening door, albeit endearingly wonky, is so alien to a lot of people now  that they really believe the maker must have studied for years to get to that skill level.

However, I have seen items described as artisan made or craftsman made, but which clearly were not, on specialist auction sites too in the last few years. I'm afraid I have twice objected to misleading claims from people who should know better.  I actually love the wonky, the clunky and the slightly off scale items made by loving relatives and would be more likely to bid on them if they were described as such than if someone assumes I might be a bit dim and just accept their misleading description because they work for an auction company.

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May 20, 2018 at 8:42 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Edel
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Thank you for pointing out that auction Rosemary. It's crammed with gorgeous things - way above my budget, but looking and enjoying cost nothing!
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May 20, 2018 at 9:04 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Edel
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Trumble's Mum at May 20, 2018 at 8:42 AM

Rosemary at May 20, 2018 at 3:44 AM

I am unable to start a new forum due to the vile nature of this site but I would like to bring up the matter of how many rather indifferent items are now being marketed as atisan made. I have not visited the Kensington Fair for quite a few years and I am sure that all items there are still up the quality that they used to be - but a lot of "Craftsman made" items are appearing for sale on all sorts of sites, and the previous standard of quality seems to be getting lost I don't know how many really skilled people are appearing to fill the shoes of the wonderful people who are retired now.


I guess that, in today's de-skilled times, when the mysteries of handmaking anything at all are less and less often passed on, anything made by hand can appear to many to be craftsman made. The idea that somebody might be far from a cratsman but still be able to knock together a little cupboard with an opening door, albeit endearingly wonky, is so alien to a lot of people now  that they really believe the maker must have studied for years to get to that skill level.

However, I have seen items described as artisan made or craftsman made, but which clearly were not, on specialist auction sites too in the last few years. I'm afraid I have twice objected to misleading claims from people who should know better.  I actually love the wonky, the clunky and the slightly off scale items made by loving relatives and would be more likely to bid on them if they were described as such than if someone assumes I might be a bit dim and just accept their misleading description because they work for an auction company.

"Slightly wonky" and "much loved and repaired" are my favourite categories of old DH items (and other old dolls and toys too) Jenni. At their best they have a charm which for me at least is unsurpassable. I admire and appreciate perfect artisan items, but I don't long to actually own them.
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May 20, 2018 at 9:11 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Jeanette
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I had a wee look at the catalogue and had a nostalgic smile about items 147, 148 and 149...the half china dolls. I was a confectioner and wedding cake maker for about 40 years. We used to make a domed, layered sponge cake with these wee beauties and in circa 1975 if the cake cost £1.50 there would have been a £5 deposit for these and yes they were mostly all returned intact...
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