thought I would tell you about another of my collections, namely the
"Home Sweet Home" range from "Colour Box". This
consists of hand painted ceramic resin models of cats, often humorous
or nostalgic. The models are sculpted by a gentleman called Peter
Fagin, and are produced in Lauder, a town in the Scottish Borders.
These models appealed to me as a cat lover with two cats of my own,
also I love the wealth of attention to detail that makes these models
again, I have my husband to thank for this collection, as he bought me
my first 2 models about 10 years ago as a birthday present. Over the
years since I gradually accumulated about 2 dozen of these whimsical
models as birthday and Christmas presents from my children and
husband. Then about 5 years ago, I decided to start a contemporary
collection, as all the antique things I had collected had either got
too expensive and/or hard to find. I looked around and thought that as
I already had several of the "Colour Box" models, I might as
well stick with them.
have long since lost track of how many I have now, but I'm sure it
must be around the 300 mark, filling 3 cabinets and now overflowing on
to my chest of drawers. I have nearly all of the models that have been
released since I started seriously collecting them. The older models
are much harder to come by. When I first started collecting them I
managed to pick up quite a few "retired" models in gift
shops that had old stock laying about. I also have managed to find a
few old models on the secondary market, at antique centres,
bric-a-brac shops and the like. Also I have been able to buy a few
oldies direct from the "Colour Box" collectors Club, who
offered odd retired pieces for sale from time to time when they come
across them, at such times a stock-taking.
ambition has long been to come up with an idea for a model that could
be produced to join the range. If you can suggest something that Peter
Fagan likes the idea of , and he produces that model, you are sent one
of the first prototypes. I have submitted a few ideas in the past, but
so far no luck. Still hope springs eternal - I'll have to keep trying!
If you wish to know more about "Colour Box", a book is
available;- "A collectors guide to Colour Box - Home Sweet Home
and other collections" by John Hughes. Published in the United
Kingdom by Collectables Publishing Limited.
Colourbox as such does not exist anymore , however Peter Fagan is able
to keep up the good work via the Internet, you might like to check out
his website http://www.peter-fagan.com.