My kind of Kitsch

Kitsch is defined as “excessively garish or sentimental art; usually considered in bad taste”. And yes, the items I’m showing you today have a sentimental ‘touch’ – and I am glad they exist. I hope you enjoy them, too!


I bought this at a flea-market in Paris and the vendors couldn’t believe their luck – they had a good laugh when I marched off with it. But I was and am happy! It is an amateur attempt (on wood) at recreating a popular Victorian painting by Frank Paton. The original is in a private collection but you can buy prints of it from various places. I like to think my version has more ‘soul’. Frank Paton (1856 -1909) was born near where I currently live so that adds another layer of interest.

portrait of a poodle
Poodle portrait made with ‘Velvon’ . The frame and background are plastic

Sadly, ‘Velvon’ – black velvet – doesn’t seem to have been a success. I can’t find any mentions of it and the Company “Greecol Arts Ltd” from Harold Wood in Essex, England, also no longer exists.

close-up of ‘Velvon’

Next up, a set of needlepoints from 1970: ‘Gingham Dog’ and ‘Calico Cat’

Biscuit and Sweet tins or boxes often feature animals – I am so pleased to own a painting by Michael Victor Johnson (UK-born but now based in Germany) taken from one such box. You can follow Mike on Instagram:

A tin of Sharps Quality Confectionery – 40s or 50s

Sharps was a family business in Maidstone (Kent)
more about its history here

Kitschy images are also often produced on plates and I own 2. One another fleamarket find … the other for truly sentimental reasons – it used to hang in our family’s living-room and I inherited it.

from ‘Purrfect Portraits’ – Danbury Mint
alka kunst, Bavaria – signed Gisele

And finally, a detail of the cover image: the clock (it still works) was our present to ourselves when we went on honey-moon. I am fortunate that my husband is not afraid of Kitsch.

2 white cats agains blue background
marked Impex – I have not been able to trace this particular company


  1. My office cat, Wooof, approves of this post and all the featured cats, and he gives 10 out of 10. Me too!
    Love the tins… I will admit now that I am very fond of old (and even new) tins with artwork and graphics on them, and have the beginnings of a nice little collection.
    Fab post, thank you 🙂

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