Rome

While we were in Rome, we visited the Pantheon from which was a former Roman Temple and is now a church, in Italy. It was commissioned by Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD). Completed by the emperor Hadrian about 126 AD.

The exquisite building is circular with a portico made of large granite columns with a rectangular vestibule that links the porch to the grand rotunda under the dome with a central opening to the sky. I can see why Michelangelo visited so often. Certainly would be inspirational.

Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.

The height to the rotunda and the diameter of the interior circle are the same, 142 feet (43 m).

It is one of the best-preserved of all Roman ancient buildings because it has been in continuous use throughout its history, and since the 7th century.

The Pantheon has been used as a church dedicated to St. Mary and the Martyrs or in Latin “Sancta Maria ad Martyres” but informally known as “Santa Maria Rotonda”.

The square in front of the Pantheon is called Piazza Della Rotunda.

The Pantheon is Rome’s one of two most popular tourist destinations with over 4.2 million tourists per year, making them the world’s 37th most visited destination.

Made in Belgium

During the Belgian revolution of 1830 and the period of mutiny afterwards (1830-1839) the family BOCH had already acquired a long tradition in the field of faience and a lot of strategic experience in anticipating politic and economic developments.

Around 1874, due to the passionate interest of collectors of old faience pieces, Victor BOCH hires Dutchman from Maastricht, some already experienced after years of work in Delft. These Dutch faience painters brought their knowledge, experience and skills.

Thanks to their collaboration the old working methods were applied on different clay than the potters in Delft.

A period of reproduction of decors is followed by a period of innovation, among others with the polychrome decors on white background, or bleu, green or black, and afterwards new decors.

Luxury faience is decorated with Delft decors, and becomes a speciality of the “Manufacture” in a division named “la Chambre des peintres hollandais” (the Holland painter’s chamber).

These pieced each with a hand painted signature of the interlaced letters “B, F, K“ (Boch frères Keramis) on the bottom of the pieces.

These artistic products in Delft style are hand painted, instead of being decorated with a usual printed decor.

 

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Japanese Imari

Imari porcelain was made in Japan and China beginning in the seventeenth century. In the eighteenth century and later, it was copied by porcelain factories in Germany, France, England, and the United States.

It was especially popular in the nineteenth century and is still being made. Imari is characteristically decorated with stylized bamboo, floral, and geometric designs in orange, red, green, and blue.

Japanese Imari had less details, darker colors, and less gold by the middle of the nineteenth century. The name comes from the Japanese port of Imari, which exported the ware made nearby in a factory at Arita.

Imari is now a general term for any pattern of this type

Juzan Gama

We found these Japanese bowls in Antwerp. I thought they were stunning and had never seen anything marked like these. When we returned home from holiday… I just had to look them up.

The Juzan Gama Pottery, I believe are a 20th c. modern Japanese porcelain bowls manufactured by 壽山窯 Juzan Family Kiln (Juzan gama).

Juzan Kiln, aka Juzan Gama, still operates today and is located in Nagasaki, Japan producing table wares under the name Juzan Toki.

Juzan Gama produced wares are called Hasami-yaki. This particular style seen on the outside of the bowl is made by what is called chattering kana.

The kana scraper, a metal tool, is held onto a leather hard, unfired bowl, and the bowl is spun. The kana jumps up and down, chatters, across the surface to produce the regular markings.

Old Lustre Still

Early possible Société Céramique made some history in Maestrich.

Then Petrus Regout came along and made Lustre Soup bowls out of clay, dipped them in glaze and named it pottery in the Goudkust pattern I do believe. Earth tone was his favourite. Possibly an early Alpine pattern.

This particular bowl was loved a very long time. Someone’s favourite noodle bowl no doubt. As it appears has gone through many years of good service. It’s the oldest bowl I’ve ever seen. It’s a life that has been very useful. Survived longer than many.

Description looks Moroccan. Old Orange rusty and brown.

Flowers, leaves, geometric lines, swirls and acorns in earth tones come into mind. Throw some chilli and paprika in.

Made in Belgium.

Good to ok condition; He’s not perfect, but no chips except for the bit inside, where it’s discoloured. Perhaps a child nicked it with a spoon once when told to finish the porridge inside.

There are two hairline cracks; one on the base inside and one on the inside top. Looks like it was repaired.

There is graininess and cracklings inside. Outside some of the lustre has been lost; there some of its colour has faded near the base.

It must be hard to be the only one left around. All the others are gone now.

Found this in old lovey bowl in Paris last year. Montmartre to be exact. I was going to keep it, but maybe it belongs in a museum.

The age may be great, but true beauty never fades. The old Lustre is there. I guess even old pots have a life.

Winter in France

Situated near the Pyrenees and located in close proximity to the Mediterranean coast.

The climate of this French city is very wet with snow and a cold climate normally found in the Midi-Pyrenees area of southern France, alongside the banks of the Garonne River.

The winter months in the Mid Pyreneese are inspiring, when daytime times during January and February average around 12°C, and on occasion reach more than 15°C, although the nights can feel a little chilly.

Although the winter months between November and February are nothing like the cold, snowy affairs of northern Europe, the mountains do see its share of days and nights with freezing temperatures and the occasional snowfall.

London Calling

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I love London and what it represents and its why our hearts won’t be broken even if we are separated by this distance; I can hear it calling me just as clearly as I know our love will not fade away; and i will not suffer because I know it will not change. And I will do all that it takes to return to you. Knowing this will make us even stronger. Tougher. It is only a Visa that keeps us apart, but if this is the law and what it takes to make me the person who I was meant to be to secure in a nation according to British Law so I can return to you; then so be it.

London is at the centre of English power and justice is Parliament Square. It is a square in central London with a good view of the Palace of Westminster; Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, it’s a place where royal marriages happen kings and queens have been crowned and prisoners were held.

In the United Kingdom, the Parliament is like the America, where Congress is a vital part of democracy, perhaps representing the most important common form of freedoms around the world.

The common ground between nations is peace and it’s designed to further the cause of peace both domestic and foreign.

Here the British Parliament works to encourage its people’s to promote laws safety, protecting freedoms, charity, protest, protecting its lands, people, rich heritage, promoting diversity and it’s art and historic culture while maintaining law and it’s democratic processes, and foreign policy.

The square is home to ten statues of British and foreign statesmen beginning with Winston Churchill’s statue which faces Parliament and other statues like Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln.