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Flo_Finds  Of his bones are coral made. Those are pearls that were his eyes. Nothing but doth suffer a sea-change into something rich and strange.

Salvator Mundi, circa 1500. Or the trans Mona Lisa. On offer at Christie's New York on 15 November, and already guaranteed to the owner at X Squillion dollars. Everything about this Leonardo da Vinci is perplexing. Is it even da Vinci? Apparently so. Definitely? The condition is so compromised it seems the shadow of something great. Controversially, it will be offered in a Post-war and Contemporary Art sale, alongside Andy Warhol's 'Sixty Last Suppers'. Clunk clunk spin spin go the great minds of Christie's. Is the gavel hovering over the coffin of the Old Master Paintings market? Or is this a stroke of marketing genius? Probably both. I do wonder if King Chas I, from whose collection it once came, is turning in his grave?
By the way, it is NOT the last da Vinci in private hands as the hype goes. In any event, hurry! It's your last chance to buy a da Vinci! And a good opportunity to gawp at a painting part fairy dust, part genius, part wrong, and part Emperor's New Clothes. Look into the crystal ball. What do you see? It'll be on view at Christie's London, 24 - 26 November. Start queuing now! #leonardo #davinci #salvatormundi @christiesinc #oldmasterpaintings #crystalball #artmarket #postwarandcontemporary #andywarhol #monalisa #charlesi

'This way...' Today's Sahara-dust sky in London feels apocalyptic. The river always seems to have an answer though! #mudlarking #riverthames #londonlife #apocalypsenow #delftware #pottery #sherds #ceramics #riverpottery #urbanarchaeology #fragments #arrow #thisway

I think my 3-year-old deserves a prize for spotting this tiny garnet yesterday in an area of foreshore that doesn't often throw them up. And actually, maybe she should get a prize for 'little and large' - swipe for the whopper she found a few months back, by way of comparison! #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #mudlark #londonmudlark #londonhistory #riverthames #riverfinds #lostandfound #urbanarchaeology #garnets #gemstones #gems

A Tudor knife: Having recently thrown my rusty Thames cutlery collection back in the river, of course I went and picked up another knife yesterday! This one is child-sized, or what my granny would have called a 'butter knife'. It's difficult to tell from the photo, but the handle is tortoiseshell (or discoloured ivory?) and there is delicate silver panel work where the base of the blade meets the handle. The blade is long gone. Having thought this was 18th century, in fact I am now very grateful to @sioxon for showing me an exceptionally beautiful Tudor knife from his personal collection with very similar silverwork. This makes my knife - Tudor! Which I wasn't expecting. #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #riverthames #londonhistory #londonmudlark #mudlark #knifehandle #tortoiseshell #silverwork #tudor #artefact #urbanarchaeology #lostandfound #beachcombing

Tutus are the new mudlarking uniform, don't you know? #mudlarking #riverthames #londonlife #tutu #ballet

It's a miracle! Here we have my tin farthing magically cleaned up and photographed by the legendary @mudlark_mud_god. Thanks Steve! I can't believe this is my grotty coin! Swipe for all angles and a reminder of how it was before. To re-cap on its history: The coin dates to the controversial reign of the co-regnants William of Orange (a Dutch Prince) and his wife Mary (the daughter of James II). In 1689 William and Mary had replaced Mary’s poor old Catholic dad - James (son of Chas II) - as the Brits, of course, were anxious to get some parsimonious Protestants on to the throne. Tin coins were considered somewhat controversial at that time, for fear of counterfeiting, hence the copper plug in the middle. The production of tin coins appears to have ended late in 1692. That makes this a pretty rare farthing. #mudlarking #riverthames #riverfinds #urbanarchaeology #dirtfishing #lostandfound #numismatics #tinfarthing #farthings #tin #itsamiracle

This is absolutely one of my favourite river finds, though I didn't find it. It's some sort of belt mount or buckle and has a loop where something must have once dangled. The entwined and kissing cherubs with their scrolling tails and sprouting wings are wonderfully baroque. It would have been gilded and you can just see some of the gold leaf still clinging to small sections. I think it probably dates to the 1600s. I wonder what it adorned and how it was dropped in the river?.... Given to me, and purchased off eBay. I adore it but don't know what I feel about people selling Thames history like this. So, this morning a rather conflicted post! #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #riverfinds #riverthames #urbanarchaeology #lostandfound #londonmudlark #beachcombing #beltbuckles #buckles #londonlife #londonhistory #historicalcostume #baroque #accessories #dirtfishing #1600s #cherubs #putti #seababies

Another #ivorweiss landscape from the #1960s - 'The Gravel Pit'. On view @weissgallery till 20 October. #modernbritishart #colneestuary #essexlandscapes #jewishartist #jewishart

And a bit of brick porn for y'all! Thanks to archaeologist @owenooievaar for telling me that the combination of red and yellow was pretty common in old bricks, which were often made by potters. Apparently sometimes they even used the same clay mixture for delftware / majolica plates. Dateable any time from 1550 - 1700s, so I'll go for Tudor please. #bricks #oldbricks #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #riverthames #riverfinds #londonhistory #londonlife #pottery #delftware #majolica #londonmudlark #historicbuilding #lostandfound #urbanarchaeology #ruinedbuilding #thames #foreshore #tudorhistory #tudorbrick

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