I’ve had a tough time with inspiration for writing the blog this week. Maybe because I need to write for the second week in a row about outdoor furniture and its been cold and dreary. Today, however, is beautiful, sunny, and nice and I still am not inspired. Maybe because I’m sitting here at my computer instead of being outside and enjoying it. Yeah, yeah…. that’s the reason so……. bye bye. I’m otta here (as soon as I give you the technical details on this week’s new offerings.) Here goes. (remember to click on the photos to see the listing on our website.)
First, we have these fabulous blackened teak outdoor chairs. Their natural teak has been changed to a deep rich black with an application of pigment dye. So beautiful, versatile, and a modern departure from the natural teak. We have personally had a set of these outside without any maintenance for 10 years and, although they could use some now, have remained very sturdy and beautiful. The deep black has aged to a gorgeous silvered black. We have a total of three already dyed in stock but if you would like more, we can dye, for an additional charge, any of the natural ones we have as well as the benches and side tables. For that matter they probably could be dyed any color you would choose but I’m not sure how some colors would turn out. Might be fun to try! Click here or on the photo to view the complete listing on our website.
The next three items listed are the natural teak chairs, benches and side tables that match the above dyed chairs in style but have been left natural.
First up are the benches. We have a total of three. They are a generous comfortable size and made of heirloom quality teak from sustainable teak plantations by Windsor Teak Furniture as are all the teak furniture we have listed. The benches are comprised of a slatted back and seat and nice wide sturdy arms. They are comfy even without a cushion. Click here or on the photo to view the complete listing on our website.
Next are the chairs of which we have 16. They are a generous comfortable size and made of heirloom quality teak from sustainable teak plantations the same as the benches and are comprised of a slatted back and seat and nice wide sturdy arms too. They are equally as comfy with or without cushions or pillows. These would look incredible around a large outdoor dining table for your al fresco dinner parties. Click here or on the photo to view the complete listing on our website.
Last of the teak are the little side tables or I suppose they could be little stools. They certainly are sturdy enough; but, they are just the right spot to sit a cocktail or cup of coffee. And, again, made of heirloom quality teak from sustainable teak plantations by Windsor Teak Furniture. The table/stools are comprised of a slatted top with a slight overhang of the square teak legs and apron. We do have 14 of these in this natural finish and we could dye them, as I’ve said before. You could mix these little table/stools with your current outdoor furniture and they would look incredible. Or just buy a complete set of our chairs and benches and tables. Click here or on the photo to view the complete listing on our website.
This week we also listed three small collectable items. The first of those is a great little Japanese Banko teapot in the shape of a little bird. And such a precious and lovely little bird it is. It is circa late 19th century or early 20th century. Comprised of the typical Banko ware clay with delicate hand painted designs in green, brown, blue, yellow and pink and adorned with flowering plum blossoms. The wrapped rattan or bamboo handle is removable as is typical of these teapots and the lid is oh so small, delicate and fragile. I suspicion that this tiny bird gives a whistle when the water is ready. But I think I would only use this little feathered friend decoratively. You know how some things just feel good in your hands? Well……. this little teapot is one of those things. Click here or on the photo to view the complete listing on our website.
Next are two pieces of Royal Doulton. The first of these is a jester figurine. It was produced from 1949-1997 and what a jovial jaunty jester he is! This iconic piece of Royal Doulton porcelain was designed by Charles J. Noke, the original art director at Royal Doulton. Legend states that Noke was fascinated by the jester with his dangling bells and colorful, mismatched patterns so much so that he modeled his very first piece for Doulton in the likes of a jester. All the quality and artistry which Royal Doulton is renowned is evident in this one small piece. This impressive, colorful character represents all the talent and achievement for the famous artist who created him. Click here or on the photo to view the complete listing on our website.
The final collectable and the final listing for the week is a Royal Doulton clown Character Jug which was produced from 1951-1955. Toby jugs have been around since the early 18th century and although this guy is commonly called a Toby jug, he is not. This jaunty fellow is, actually, a Character jug. A Toby jug depicts a full body and head where a Character jug is just a bust or head. There is quite the distinction between jugs and mugs as well. A jug has a spout for pouring and a mug does not. So………. this is a Character Jug! Created by one of Royal Doulton’s most famous modelers, Harry Fenton, who was assistant to Charles J. Noke, the original art director at Royal Doulton when joining in the 1890’s. Fenton adapted the original impressionistic style to a more realistic than stylized appearance for many of his pieces. Until the 1990s Fenton had been the most prolific modeler with 26-character jugs, 15 toby jugs and numerous other items. Fenton passed away in 1953 shortly after creating this iconic The Clown Character jug in 1951. Click here or on the photo to view the complete listing on our website.
There you go. Our items for this week. Now, I’m otta here……. until next time……enjoy your life and your home!!! Chris