It has been hurtfully suggested from time to time that some of the posts appearing in this blog have obviously been composed by individuals away with the fairies. It just so happens that this unkind remark is true in respect of this item , which resulted from an exciting expedition into Magnetic Island's huge Island Living Centre , a tiny part shown above .
In the varied treasures there , Little Darwin found a whole colony of fairies - eight limited edition and numbered wall hanging plates by the Australian internationally regarded , Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, two of which , in the Fairy Fantasies series , drawn on Japanese porcelain , for Windsor fine china , show here On Gossamer Petals , left , and A place to Dream . They are part of a deceased estate .
Outhwaite (1888-1960 ) achieved fame for her illustrated children's books , especially drawings of fairies , mentioned previously in this blog. Her illustrations were exhibited in many parts of Australia and London and Paris between 1907 and l933 . The plates are $45 each or $300 for the lot .
Searching further in the cavernous , packed building , up fluttered a Sunflower Fairy ($45), a mounted original hand painted tile by Sydney artist Beverley Reynolds , from Beverley May's Studio, Thornleigh.
The prodigious output of Reynolds includes handmade , high fired stoneware , clowns , fairies , mermaids which reflect humour and fantasy . She fields at the popular weekend market at The Rocks .
Fairy collectors can contact Peter Stein, a skilled designer and manufacturer of jewellery , at the Island Living Centre on firstname.lastname@example.org . or telephone 0468 3212 61 .
Found in Townsville , this appears to display the distinctive Outhwaite style, the words in the collection by Annie R. Rentoul , Ida's older sister . Ida's first published illustration appeared in New Idea in 1904, accompanying an article written by Annie ...Ida 15 at the time .