It's always a rewarding experience to get emails from readers, and see photos of their finds appearing in the forum. I get quite a few emails every week from people who are otherwise not collectors, but find something they just have to have.....which leads them on a search...often leading them to this blog :)
It's great to know that besides being useful information for me to have at my fingertips....that other people are finding the information on this blog so useful.
As an example, I got such a delightful email from Marianne in Holland recently, that I thought I would share (with her permission of course)
In the search for more information about my recent purchase, a 1917-1927 Arabia lustre ware vase (model no. 229), I ran into your blog. I really recognized the feeling you described when telling about the beauty of the Arabia lustre ware glazing.
When I was on holiday in Denmark this summer I was in a shop where I got drawn like a magnet towards the class cabinet where this vase was on display. It is surprising because I am not a pottery collector at all. The glaze made me think of the birth of our universe, (well perhaps sounds a bit dramatic! but that was the way it felt.). I just had to take it home.
It was only when I came home that night that I noticed the Arabia stamp on the bottom. Only a few days earlier I had heard of Arabia for the first time in my life when my aunt told me she collects Ruska Arabia items. From the stamp-page on the official Arabia website I learned that my vase was quite old, something I hadn't realized.
Anyhow, this vase is so beautiful and even the pictures I made cannot show its real beauty. But I thought you might want to have a look at it so I attached a picture. They are not professional pics but I hope you'll pick up some of the character of this vase.
Regards from Holland,
I agree so much with Marianne that the Lustre ware glaze on this series of early Arabia Wares are so similar to photos you see of the birth of stars and the universe.
On each piece the glaze is different, and each one suggests different things to you. When you come across one, its very hard to ignore!
Thanks again to Marianne, and everyone to writes to me about their finds. If anyone has some special pieces and a story they would like to share, or a collection they would like to showcase - please fell free to contact me.
You can see my posts on the same lustre vases HERE