Sunday, December 27, 2009

Dame Browning, Royal Haeger & a Herringbone Glass Ice Bucket

Hungry Hill by Dame Daphne du Maurier, Lady Browning
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Hungry Hill
When two brothers fall in love with the same woman, the affair means disaster both to the family as well as th the family empire. This early Daphne du Maurier novel centers on the fortunes and fates of five generations of an Anglo-Irish family who are bound to their copper mine on Hungry Hill. Beginning with the first stubborn patriarch, there are the forthright first-born son; the petulant, lazy second-born; and so on. This is a marvelous tale--on a par with du Maurier's more famous books, such as REBECCA and JAMAICA INN.
This hardcover classic is in fair to good condition. The pages, while some yellowing on the edges, are very strong, thick and have no tears. 1 title page is starting to come away from the binding. Just 1 ! There are library stamps, a previous owners address label on the inside jacket which is secured to the board (adhesive from the jacket). This could be taken off and would reveal the very clean green cover (the green cover board does have some fraying on the edges). A few penccil marks on the inside back board.
344 pages. Triangle Books. Publisher: Blakiston Co

About Dame Daphne du Maurier, Lady Browning
was an English author and playwright. Many of her works have been adapted into films, including the novels Rebecca, which won the Best Picture Oscar in 1941, Jamaica Inn, and her short stories The Birds and Don't Look Now. The first three were directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Her elder sister was Angela du Maurier, also a writer.
Daphne du Maurier was born in London (although she spent most of her life in her beloved Cornwall), the second of three daughters of the prominent actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier and actress Muriel Beaumont (maternal niece of William Comyns Beaumont).[1] Her grandfather was the author and Punch cartoonist George du Maurier, who created the character of Svengali in the novel Trilby. These connections helped her in establishing her literary career; du Maurier published some of her very early work in his Bystander magazine, and her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published in 1931. Du Maurier was also the cousin of the Llewelyn Davies boys, who served as J.M. Barrie's inspiration for the characters in the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. As a young child she was introduced to many of the brightest stars of the theatre thanks to the celebrity of her father; notably, on meeting Tallulah Bankhead she was quoted as saying that the actress was the most beautiful creature she had ever seen.

She married Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick "Boy" Browning and had two daughters and a son (Tessa, Flavia and Christian). Biographers have noted that the marriage was at times somewhat chilly and have also established that du Maurier could be aloof and distant to her children, especially the girls, when immersed in her writing.[2] "Boy" died in 1965 and soon after Daphne moved to Kilmarth, near Par, which became the setting for The House on the Strand.
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Depression Era Cut Herringbone Glass Ice Caddy or Vase
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Rare, sturdy and probably hand blown clear glass vessel that can be used for ice or as a beautiful vase or??.
The design is a draping of a herringbone cut on the outside rim and a beveled impressed rib on the inside. It has a beautiful star-burst cut on the bottom. Two little tabs on top give it a carrying bucket look as well. It has a slight beige-ish tint due to its age. I have not seen this pattern anywhere in my research. I would love it if anyone knows, to let me know.
Several little bubbles are floating in the glass, a natural characteristic for hand blown glass. There are no glass seams anywhere. There is a small ONE SIDED crack about ½” in one of the tabs (One sided meaning it is felt on the outside and not the other side of the tab). It almost looks like it happened at the factory many years ago.
It measures 5"H x 15" diameter and weighs 1 lb 15 oz. Very lovely and a useful example of depression glass!

Royal Haeger Vintage Brown Fanned Shell Vase
Decadent, extravagant! This effervescent vase cannot be passed by and go unnoticed. It is stunning in its design and rich colors.
I need to let the pictures describe it for you. I have never seen anything like it!
The color is a rich chocolate drip glaze with teal green undertones.
It measures 10 x 12” and weighs about 2 lbs & 3 oz. It is a narrow fanned vase that measures 3” width. The stylized foaming base is about 6” wide. The Royal Haeger, maker of many other rich and decadent 40-50’s style pottery, mark is on the bottom.
Unfortunately there is a small chip of the glaze only on the front of the shell. And a very small hairline crack near it. The sad part is that I believe I made the faux pas! I dropped a small object on it.
But the good news is that it is very vintage looking and outrageously beautiful all the same! Can you imagine how lovely flowers would look tucked inside behind the shell!!
Lovin’ it!

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