When I am down, I focus on beauty.
I see gorgeous skies, and beautiful palm trees and find the most wonderful treasures in thrift shops that I carry in my heart forever, regardless of whether the items stay with me or not.
Today I bought a lovely Chinese pot and lid, and a few other items, including an EP by Everything but the Girl (how appropriate, given the story behind that name) for 49 pence, and a lovely silk scarf for a pound, but today’s absolute treasure is some Portuguese pottery, in pale blue and black on white.
It depicts dogs, birds, and a pheasant, a deer, castles and rabbits and trees, flowers and grasses. I bought it to put it on eBay, but I like it so much I just may keep it for myself.
Conimbriga pottery. It is a special item, as it still carries the aura of whoever made it or maybe of who used to own it, and whoever it is, he or she is a wonderful person. That makes this something to be cherished.
The only Conimbriga piece currently on eBay that matches in beauty – but is not the same, by a different artist – is a decanter and plate with an asking price of USD 280. It is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Not all of these items go at such prices, mind you, and I am not so sure that this decanter will sell at that price.
Mine is signed C.B.
Conimbriga is one of the largest Roman settlements in Portugal, a National Monument, close to Coimbra.
Pictures coming up. I hope my cell phone’s camera is up to the task.