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Pastille burners are charming porcelain nineteenth century cottages, varying in architectural design, which held pastilles (small lozenges, made of saltpetre and essences) made by the still room maids and when lit, their perfume combated unpleasant odours in Victorian homes. Pastille Burners were made in all sizes by many of the well-known porcelain manufacturers but few are marked. These burners designed to look like miniature buildings, with chimneys to funnel the smoke into the room, are an historical record of the churches, toll-houses, summerhouses and country cottages of the time, and even after pastille burning fell out of favour, the burners continued to be made.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780747806226
ISBN-10: 0747806225
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 150mm x 4mm)
Pages: 56
Imprint: Shire Publications Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Vega Wilkinson

Vega Wilkinson is the author of the Shire Album Copeland and has published a dictionary of ceramic artists in Britain. Robert Devereux has been a collector of porcelain for over forty years. Pastille burners appealed as a fascinating, and unexplored art of the potter and also an intriguing insight into the social background of the time.

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