Summer Afternoon

Pilkington Royal Lancastrian English Art Deco with Speckled Turquoise Glaze Over Diamond Graphic Bas Relief (LEO Design)

"Summer afternoon—
summer afternoon;
to me those have always been 
the two most beautiful words
in the English language."  
-  Henry James


Is there anything more soul-satisfying than a gentle summer afternoon? The light, the color, the smell of freshly-mown grass, the breeze!  For just a moment, the calendar stops its forward march; life is suspended—if only for a short while.

Summer begins today, 20 June; it is also the longest day of the year.

This Art Deco vase, made in England by Pilkington Royal Lancastrian, carries with it a perpetual summer mien. The underglaze bas relief—Art Deco graphic diamonds—shows through the jade-speckled turquoise glazing. Made in the Thirties, you can learn more about it by clicking on the photo above.


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