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In February 1993 Jessica attended a class in porcelain restoration at Fulbeck Hall in Grantham. This was the home of her friend, Mary Fry. Mary stands in the doorway of the house. The tutor was Anna Hackett, a mutual friend. I fear that the negatives of these images have been permanently lost, so today’s scans are of the colour prints.
Decorative plates, cups,
and delicate dishes all needed the expert attention,
of those able to handle these materials.
The expression of this Japanese gentleman appears to have frozen when he lost his hand.
With the use of a mounted magnifying glass, Jessica painted an elaborate rococo piece.
Here she examines a small chip.
Anna selects a brush with which to touch up a large blue and white jug.
I am not sure what she is doing with this tool.
Another student shares a joke;
Anna turns her careful attention to a beautifully painted urn;
then came a rather perplexing challenge
which gave rise to a forgotten conversation.
Can you provide the dialogue between Anna and Mary?
The opening photograph of Fulbeck Hall is one of a set I produced for Mary’s promotional brochure. I will feature the rest tomorrow.
This evening we dined on highly spiced marinaded spare ribs, wild rice and peas, and spring rolls. I drank Mendoza Parra Alta malbec 2017.