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Twelve Days of Christmas with Louise Irvine

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Join British ceramics expert, Louise Irvine, for the Twelve Days of Christmas as she explores the symbolism behind the popular carol and highlights interesting Holiday gifts at the new Pascoe & Company gallery.

This popular Christmas carol was first published in 1780 as part of a children’s book Mirth without Mischief. The song is French in origin and the cumulative verses are not just about increasingly extravagant Christmas gifts from the “true love” but have hidden meanings.

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When Roman Catholics were not allowed to  practice their faith openly in England, children were taught this song with codes to learn the Christian catechism.  The “true love” represents God and the partridge represents Jesus because this bird will sacrifice its life to protect its young. This impressive Moorcroft vase featuring birds in a fruit tree is reminiscent of early illustrations of the carol.  The twelve days of Christmas start on December 25th and end on January 5th, which is known as Twelfth Night, traditionally the last day of Christmas festivities. In Old England it was an evening of mischief making and revelry and we can imagine children singing this popular carol as a memory game and trying to remember the correct order in which to recite each gift.

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Day Ten : On the tenth day of Christmas the ten lords a-leaping symbolized the ten commandments. It was a challenge to make a gift connection until I remembered that Nelson was a lord and one of the most honored heroes by Royal Doulton.  At the Lambeth studio, Doulton’s first character jug was a stoneware portrait of Lord Nelson c.1845.

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Day Eleven : On the eleventh day of Christmas the eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful apostles. Royal Doulton’s Piper character jug by Stan Taylor is one of the most striking designs in the collection. Maybe I am biased being Scottish but piping for me is the skirl of the bagpipes.

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Day Twelve On the twelfth day of Christmas the twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the creed of the Apostles. One of my favorite Royal Doulton character figures is the Drummer Boy by Mary Nicoll which was modeled on her son Ross.

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International Ceramics & Glass Fair January 23-26, 2016

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The International
Ceramics & Glass Fair

January 23 – 26, 2016

Highlights of the ICGF

Join us for an unforgettable interactive festival of ceramic art and glass design at the 2nd annual International Ceramics and Glass Fair with selling exhibitions, artist demonstrations, master classes, expert lectures and discussion panels. The 2016 event spans 4 action-packed days from Saturday, January 23rd thru Tuesday, January 26th. Browse, shop, learn from the experts and rub shoulders with like-minded aficionados of ceramics and glass.

Meet Ceramic and Glass Artists From Around the World

Immerse yourself in this treasure trove of pottery and porcelain art from the 19th century to the present day. Whether you are looking for antique, vintage or modern designs, you’ll find stunning selections for sale from leading international manufacturers and independent studio artists. Experience the creativity of our ceramic artists at demonstrations and master classes.

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