Category: Collection

Kakiemon Elephant

Kakiemon Elephant

This Kakiemon elephant is on display at the British Museum.

This is apparently made between 1660-1690 in the Kakiemon style.  Kakiemon is the first to create the enamel porcelain.  What is interesting about this sculpture is that the artist has never seen an elephant.

You might have noticed that the elephant trunk in the photo is pointing downward.  There is a superstition in the east that pointing downward is for good luck.  In the west, it is the opposite.  It should be upward.  Another case of east and west not meeting.  LOL

What do we know about elephants?

  • Their gestation period is 22 months, 2 months short of 2 years pregnancy.  Ouch
  • Their life span is between 50 – 70 years but their was a recorded one of 82 years of age.
  • There are two types of elephants:

Asian (Indian) Elephants which smaller in stature, smaller ears and only the male have tusks.

African Elephants are larger with larger ears.  Both male and female have tusks.  They are               also  less hairy than the Asian elephants.




Liverpool Love Locks

Love Locks, photo by JMorton

Love Locks, photo by JMorton

Liverpool Love Locks

The photos were taken of Liverpool love locks on the dockside of the River Mersey in Liverpool.

A love lock or love padlock is a normal small padlock, which is  locked to accessible  bridges, fences, gates, or similar fixtures, by lovers, sweethearts and  friends, to symbolize their love. The sweethearts’ names or initials are typically inscribed on the padlock.

To further symbolize unbreakable love, the padlock’s key is then thrown away. How many cast away keys now reside at the bottom of the the River Mersey? 🙂

Love locks originated in Serbia  100 years ago from a sad Serbian World War One (WW1) story.

This expression of undying love then spread to many countries. Some authorities regard them as a nuisance, health hazard etc., and remove them. When the padlocks  get rusty over the years, a poignancy is seems to be added.

Snuff Box Head @ V&A

Mask, by PH Morton

Snuff Box Head @ V&A

This is another treasure from the V&A exhibits.

You would not have guessed it that it is a snuff box, a container for ground tobacco.

The lovely intricate design makes it a collectible.  This particular item was made in Chelsea by an unknown artist between 1760-1765.



Masks, photo by PH Morton


#1 Noh Mask

#2 Zo-Onna Mask

#3 Hannya Mask, represents a female demon

#4 Hanakobu Akujo

#5 Uba

These masks can be currently and readily admired at the V&A Museum, East Asian gallery.

Masks are used for protection, disguise, performance and entertainment.

The above masks were Japanese and were sculpted from wood.  They were based from the 14th century classical Japanese theatre called Noh which was much loved and patronised by the Shogun, supreme military leader.

Silver Speaks @ V&A

Animus, by Kevin Grey,
Photo PH Morton

Silver Speaks @ V&A

The above beautiful shining solid sliver abstract fine silver work which is an exhibit, rather caught my eye. The silver smith craftsman made five and from what I learned cost £72,000.00 each. If I were a multi millionaire+. I think I would indulge myself 🙂

The Maker’s diagonally stamped Hallmark can just be seen near the top.

This is just one of many wonderful silver work exhibits many dating back hundreds of years, in the ‘Silver Speaks’ exhibition, held in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. The V&A is well worth a visit if you can when in London.


British Museum

British Museum

British Museum, Photo by JMorton

British Museum

Did you Know?

The British Museum is the first public museum in the whole world.  It first open its doors in 1759, free to visit for the studious and the curious.

The museum has some of the most important and relevant exhibits in the whole world.




Yellow Pages – Telephone Book

Telephone book art of Sting at Ripley’s – Photo by PH Morton

Yellow Pages – Telephone Book

Peter was doing his daily recycling when he got hold of the yellow pages which was delivered on our letter box a few days ago.  He was flabbergasted and found it antiquated to still use yellow pages  when it is easier to just go online to search for anything under the sun.

He has a point, I have not used the yellow pages since the early 90s and yet we get them year after year, though decidedly thinner that the 2 inches thick yellow pages of a few years ago.

I remember when we went to visit Ripley’s there were several outstanding arts made from different everyday things.  One of which was the telephone book.  I think the portrait of Sting was rather good.

What do you think?

Iconic Dresses & Costume

There have been plenty of instances in movies and life in Hollywood when the dresses and costumes of the stars are as famous as they are.

Below are just a few of these iconic dresses that have stood the test of time and changes in taste.

Mind you not all the clothes are really that good-looking but they represent something that can’t be easily forgotten but has become indelible in our memories.  From the Versace safety pin dress worn by Liz Hurley, to Bjork’s weird dead swan dress to Elvis the pelvis’s white jumpsuit.

If you have anything to add to our choices, please feel free to advise us and we will be glad to add them here. Also we would appreciate your comments.

Iconic Dresses & Costume

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Scent of Roses

Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.
– Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816)

Scent of Roses

You might have guessed that I am partial to flowers and to the roses especially.

I love roses because of so many things that are going for them. I love their texture: velvety petals, I love their scents – so clean and fragrant, I love that they are easy to grow. No matter how many aphids ungraciously attack the buds and blooms of roses, the flower usually would ultimately open its aphids’ degraded, less than perfect offering ready to face the sun no matter what! There is a certain braveness about them that I find admirable. It is that “take me as you find me’ attitude.  Yeah roses have got attitude and plenty of it.

What I am saying can probably be best describe on the photos below, some roses are perfect and some are victims to the weather and insect and yet they have inherent beauty and scent, which unfortunately cannot be translated into the internet, just yet. Probably one day just like the scratch and snip letters I used to receive from friends.

Did you know?

According to a German research, it was discovered that there is a correlation between smells and dreams.  The scent of roses and other fragrance such as lavender means a sleeper will have a good dream.  While the negative happens when a sleeper is exposed to unpleasant smell, they will have nightmares.


The rose is without why.
It blows because it blows.
It think not of itself
And no display it shows.
– Angelus Silesius

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