January 5, 2009

edward bawden + fortnum & mason

This collection of English artist and illustrator Edward Bawden's advertising material for Fortnum & Mason before and after World War II is available in a limited edition of 1000 copies from the Mainstone Press. It's £90, yes, but it's also beautiful.

On my next birthday, I'd like to eat a cake with enormous candles while being showered by stars issuing from a cornucopia held aloft by a ballerina pirhouetting on a rod balanced by a bejewelled elephant carrying a brass band.

I love this vaguely debauched Christmas ~

But this one is my favourite ~

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