Posts Tagged ‘paint’

A Paint Muller

December 12, 2013

Some tasks have just vanished from life. Once commonplace activities now have no place in anyone’s life. Mulling paint is one of them. Actually, artists do still mull their own paint sometimes.

The idea of mulling is to produce pigments in a very fine powder form and mix them with ‘oil’ to produce a usable paint.

Our muller dates from more than 100 years ago and is made of wood. It looks like a large darning mushroom (perhaps something else which has vanished from everyday life).

It was used in a kind of sweeping, circular or figure of eight motion to get a really good dispersion of the pigment in the oil. It could take hours so no wonder we are willing to let industry do the hard work these days.

A nineteenth century paint muller at Market Lavington Museum

A nineteenth century paint muller at Market Lavington Museum

This is our muller.


The well-worn mulling surface

It has a lovely, comfortable handle and then the head which, as we see, was well worn.

This is a lovely reminder of past times when painters had to produce their own paint.

Cotterell’s White Enamel

February 9, 2011

Cotterell Brother's Ideal White Enamel - on display at Market Lavington Museum

This old tin of white enamel has been on display at the museum for years. It is passed by visitors who barely notice it. But we do, at the museum, and we are keen to know more about it. All our records, at the museum say is,

can of Ideal White Enamel made by Cotterell Brothers Ltd, Bristol, Avon early 20 century’.

Who were Cotterell Brothers? The only information we find on the web suggests they were makers of wallpaper and the like. They may have had paper hangings at the 1851 Great Exhibition. They may have been involved with stately home restoration in the late nineteenth century.

Was it the same Cotterell Brothers who made white enamel? Do let us know if you can help.