Issue 8

Seasonal musings from the village

As Christmas draws inexorably closer and we all start to worry that there simply isn’t enough time to get everything done I offer you a lifeline in the shape of pictures and pots that would make wonderful presents for your nearest and dearest.

With prices starting from as little as £75, the wood engravings by Sir John Tenniel, from the Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass books, are very special indeed; consider the extraordinary engravings by Eric Gill which are also reasonably priced; lithographs by Joseph Hermann from the Song of the Migrant Bird are only £375 each; signed etchings by Anthony Gross, showcasing his wonderful eye for detail as well as his marvellous skill as an artist, start from as little as £650……the list is potentially endless.

And for those who love the pots, we have no shortage of options there either. We have a variety of sizes, shapes, potters and price points so whether you want to make a gift of a mug or two or a bowl (large or small), a yunomi, a vase or a large bottle, you will find something to suit here.

Suffice to say, drop in and have a look because there is bound to be something that will appeal and might just help solve that tricky gift problem!

Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) by George Grosz

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Grosz’s Ecce Homo, a portfolio of 84 lithographs and 16 colour reproductions printed by offset lithography, was published in January of 1923, though many of the original drawings were completed some years before. The suite depicts a decrepit Berlin, its middle-aged, middle-class society whose grotesque lives spill wantonly from boudoirs and bar rooms into the city streets.

Ecce Homo is perhaps Grosz’s most enduring collection of images. As Berenson and Muhlen have noted, Grosz, like Goya, ‘tried to show that man’s self-destructiveness is the totality of evil. The ruins are not those of specific places but the mirror of crumbling civilisation…’ more… Prices are £350 for black line prints and £750 for colour.

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Christmas opening hours and days:

Open: 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 December 2013 (usual opening hours)
Closed: 23, 24, 25, 26, December 2013 & 1 January 2014

Back to normal days and hours from Thursday 2 January 2014