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Thursday, February 10, 2011

My sign collection: Bath Antiques Market hand-painted wood

The full sign © Peter Gander
I don't normally upload non-personal artwork, but I just had to share the beauty of my sign collection. Most of my signs are porcelain enamel and I will upload those later. But this one is wooden and I recently collected this gorgeous hand-painted example that a friend had collected for me in Essex. I actually bought it a couple of years ago on Ebay and my friend had since stored it in his house. Obviously it used to hang over the Bath Antiques Market (Bath, Somerset, SW England) and the lower 'bygones and curios' secton once projected from it and has now broken off. The paint is cracking now and peeling a little but such wear and tear only adds to its character. It measures 90 cm wide by 170cm high. Note the goblin-like figures stretched out over the top corners. What a gem.
Detail © Peter Gander