I was at a small dinner for John Robshaw a few years ago, and the host of the dinner asked the disparate group of guests to each answer the same question – what would you do with your life if you didn’t need to worry about anything. My answer was that I’d like to have a small shop. It was a top-of-the-head answer, but I realized that’s one thing I’d like to do. And further, I realized that I am a hunter – I love the process of hunting up great finds, and then once I have them, most of the thrill is gone.
Even the lids are great looking. When I went to load everything in the car, one of the lids fell open and I found a piece of paper stuck inside. These are apparently antique English syrup pitchers, although I am slightly suspicious of that description, as I think that they’re rather large to have served syrup (10” to 15” tall). These aren’t marked, but since they’re from a reputable company, I am taking their word that they’re English antiques. I have a suspicion that they’re Parian Ware, a bisque porcelain because of their matte sort of glaze. I found a very similar piece on 1st Dibs. I got a great bargain on this, something like 98.3% off the price listed in the catalogue!