Archaeologists' site reports are full of enticing descriptions of material fragments uncovered in towns around the Sahara that were once thriving centres of trade; fragments of lustreware
, cuerda seca ware, glass vessels, glass beads, cast copper work, iron work, terracotta and, occasionally, gold work have all been found at these sites.
One small example of the way cultures overlapped, and religions tolerated, can be seen in a lustreware
bowl from the Fatimid era in the 11th century.
Winarsky self-published three books on his work, and was working on one more which he dangled tantalisingly as a no-holds-barred account of his long relationship with lustreware
, a mammoth task.
Beautifully-presented linens are also a speciality in the fair with classic antiques such as Gaudy Welsh, Lustreware
In addition, lustreware
was created there, a new type of ceramic finish imitating gold and silver.
The museum is known for its large collection of the locally made Sunderland Lustreware
pottery, Victorian masterpieces and paintings by LS Lowry.
They have sourced some extremely rare pottery for the latest exhibition, including examples of William Moorcroft's work decorated with jellyfish or shamrocks and Pilkington's Lustreware
designed by the renowned Arts and Crafts designer Walter Crane.
EXTRAS: Dolce wedge sandals pounds 59, Littlewoods (08457 888222, www.littlewoods.com); tailors' dummy-style jewellery stand pounds 22.50, lustreware
jar pounds 32.50 for three, both Really Linda Barker (as above).
Some products highlighted include: Chelsea botanical cups by Mottahedeh, Floral Haven covered sugar bowl by Spode, Versace's Butterfly Garden teapot from Rosenthal, Labors of Cupid's sterling silver dessert fork, Mottahedeh's Ch'ing Garden square bowl, Butterfly and Bamboo teacup and saucer by Lynn Chase, the Blue Fin lustreware
teacup by Wedgwood, the Flower stem vase by Syratech, and Cherry Blossom salad plates by Noritake.
Francis was also keen on Lustreware
and left examples for several museums and when the Liverpool museum was bombed in World War II they applied to Buckley who duly supplied replacement artefacts, notes and drawings.
The newest addition to its Lustreware
collection, Pacific Stripe brings together oyster, blue fin and seafoam luster in a contemporary striped pattern.
These French tin-glazed earthenwares had taken their name from Faenza, a major north Italian centre for maiolica production during the Renaissance--just as the name maiolica derived from Majorca (known by the Italians as the Isola di Majolica until the 14th century), a trading centre for Hispano-Moresque lustreware
. It was the arrival in Lyon during the second half of the 16th century of various maiolica potters and painters from Italy--the economic migrants of their day--that launched the production of faience.