While shopping the housewares department at London’s Fortnum and Mason department store, this mischievous fox caught my eye.
The fox tea towel was part of a display area filled with similar intricate ink designs on items ranging from 22-karat gold-rimmed bone china, to ceramic candles and mugs– part of a new Fortnum and Mason housewares collection based on the ink drawings of acclaimed English artist Rory Dobner.
Fortunately, I found this china cat tray in a pack-friendly wood version (£30), making it the perfect souvenir.
The unassuming artist happened to be in Fortnum’s that day, casually hanging out by his collection for its debut. I was thrilled when Rory offered to sign the tray I picked out.
And these anthropomorphic animals designs.
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Shop for Rory’s designs at:
Fortnum and Mason (also online for armchair travelers)
181 Picadilly, London
All photos of Rory Dobner’s work taken with permission of the artist.
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