Treasure from the Spitalfields antiques market…
Inspired by the Edward Lovett collection of amulets from Victorian London I am planning a series of sprigged ceramics that use new sprig designs based on the historic amulets.
My modelling skills are not up to much at the moment – though I am working on it.
In the short term however I thought I would experiment with sprig moulds taken as casts directly from objects. As a result I am on the lookout for all sorts of peculiar oddities!
My trip to the antiques market yielded some nice characterful wooden beads and an old key as well as a collection of charms that I am surprisingly charmed by. Lovett collected his charms in Whitechapel, and my new/old heart charm would have fitted in perfectly, coming from just up the road in Spitalfields.
Some things change unrecogniseably – some things dont!
For the record:
Beads – blue beads ward of bronchitis and/or rheumatism
Heart – preserves good health / love charm
Wishbone – lucky charm
Keys- used in charms against witches
Fish – used as amulets
I have also been collecting stones with holes through, known as a “hag-stone” which protect horses from being “hag-ridden”, namely ridden by witches or pixies during the night.
As the extent of Lovett’scollection (now housed in the Cuming Museum) shows, I still have plenty of unusual items to hunt down or reconstruct – though I might skip the poor old mole’s feet!