My role as a Patron of the King’s Lynn Arts Centre means that I get to go to visit the town a fair few times each year. Every time I go, I always make time to pop up the road to visit The Old Granary Antiques Centre, on King’s Staithe Lane, as I always seems to find at least one thing of interest there. Last time I went, my eye was caught by a late 19thC stepped cylindrcial ceramic vase handpainted and gilded with a stylised Islamic/Arabesque pattern and embellished with metal mounts (left). I say ‘metal’ because it was difficult to see what type it was as someone had chosen to paint it with a rather vibrant hue of Humbrol enamel. Considering the vibrant blue in the pattern I can see why they did it, but I really do wish they hadn’t. The areas that they hadn’t painted retained their rather appealing, original century-old gilt bronze finish (below). The blue enamel put me off somewhat, especially as it’s so hard to remove, so …

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