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Masquerade

Do you remember the book Masquerade by Kit Williams?

Masquerade - Kit Williams

Published in 1979 it gave clues to a buried treasure, a jewel encrusted hare in a ceramic pot apparently worth around £5000. If you’re interested to know how to solve the puzzle, Kit Williams published a follow-up book with the solution.

Many a morning I spent eating my Shreddies flicking through the pages of this wonderful book in the mid 1980s. Although the treasure had been found by then I marvelled at the illustrations and loved how the text framed the pictures, this book is probably responsible for my appreciation of typography.

The British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age exhibition at the V&A is displaying the golden hare jewel from Masquerade for the first time and available in the V&A Shop are these gorgeous hare stud earrings and ring.

Hare Stud Earrings - V&A ShopHare Ring - V&A ShopThey look less like the jewelled hare treasure and more like the beautiful illustrations of the hare. Which I think is the right way around. Both are available to pre-order at almost 1979 prices of £5 for the earrings and £6 for the ring.

The exhibition is running until 12th August 2012. Will you be making a trip to London to see the treasure?

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Breeding Like Hares

When I like something, I can’t help looking around for things that will match it. I’m not the most organised person but I do get comfort from things around me looking orderly and matching, maybe a little too much.

I was very pleased when we got our lovely Jon Tremain ‘Running Hare’ picture which we hung in the kitchen.

Running Hare by Jon Tremaine

But then I started hankering after the Dish Bunny Washing Up Rack to put on the draining board underneath it.

Dish Bunny Washing Up Rack - Invotis Orange

I don’t want it to just look like a coincidence that there are two hare/rabbit things together, so the next thing I’m hankering after is this Hare Doormat by DroogHare Door Mat by Droog

The cheapest I’ve seen it in the UK is from Post Modern Designs at £89. It’s quite large, probably twice the width of a standard doormat so would be perfect in front of double doors. Hang on, we’ve got double patio doors in the kitchen! So really I need this to put across them as our normal-sized mat just isn’t up to the job. There I’ve convinced myself, now will that logic work on my husband I wonder?

For those of you not hankering after matching hares there is a similar hippo mat.

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