Friday, 4 February 2011

Burmantofts planters


More of the colourful Burmantofts pottery in Salts Mill, Saltaire, part of the Silver family's extensive collection. These jardiniere bowls, some on pedestals, were decorative and no doubt made a fine display stand for that ubiquitous houseplant, the aspidistra.  Known as the 'cast-iron plant', these tropical plants survive neglect and shady corners and were popular indoor plants from Victorian times through to the Second World War.

They were immortalised in a song sung by Gracie Fields, 'The Biggest Aspidistra in the World':

'For years we had an aspidistra in a flower pot
On the whatnot, near the 'atstand in the 'all
It didn't seem to grow 'til one day our brother Joe
Had a notion that he'd make it strong and tall
So he's crossed it with an acorn from an oak tree
And he's planted it against the garden wall
It shot up like a rocket, 'til it's nearly reached the sky
It's the biggest aspidistra in the world.'


12 comments:

  1. I can hear her now!! lovely planters.

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  2. Some lovely pots here! I have aspidistra growing in my garden :) and my favourite 'boutique nursery' is named, "Aspidistra" - I've been intending to pay them a visit and take plenty of photographs to share on my blog. This has inspired me to get on with it soon!

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  3. I can hear her sining too. I also have them growing in the garden but I don't like how the leaves get tatty.They sure are ornate planters.

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  4. I love the colours very cheery and happy

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  5. Aren't these lovely? I have enjoyed the previous posts too. Thanks so much.

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  6. Oh, what a bright and cheery photo for my Friday! Thanks. :-) Love it!

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  7. I am really enjoying these pictures of the pottery. The blue color is my favorite!

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  8. Those are great. Nice color selection.

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  9. Pretty interesting planters and columns. They would look at home in many old Victorian houses.

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  10. I love these pots. The shapes, colours and textures are so rich!

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  11. What a unique collection! Both shapes and colours are wonderful.

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  12. That is quite an impressive collection, I imagine they are valuable and rare to find one that has survived intact. ~Lili

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