Admirer of Paul Raj Paintings

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Paul was born in Kodaikanal on 22 September 1914 and died on 2 October 1979. G D Arulraj was born in 1925 and died in June 1972 while visiting India. Arul worked at Laguna Beach in the 60's and 1970's. G D Thyagaraj might have been born in 1922 and I am told that he probably died sometime before 1981. He moved to northern India as a young man. I lived in India as a child and spent a lot of time in Calcutta. My mother purchased several paintings directly from Paul Raj while living in Madras and this got me interested in his works. I then discovered he had two brothers Arul Raj and Thyaga Raj who were both fantastic artists. I could not find much information on the internet so decided to set up my own blog. Subsequently a Facebook tribute site has also been created to the memory of the three brothers. Contact me at:

Saturday, 31 October 2009

More on the Blue Vase

It came into the family not long after may parents married in 1949. They had travelled from the UK to Calcutta and it was given to them as a wedding present. It stood on the balcony of our house in Calcutta until 1975 when it was shipped home to the UK. A screw top biscuit tin fitted in the neck of the vase and we kept the dog biscuits in the tin. The vase has a large crack.

The family often speculated on the history of the vase and how old it might be? According to David Batty from the Antiques Roadshow he believed it was made in China around 1890 and it would be worth more had it not be cracked.

Some of the images on the vase are quite wonderful, it measures some three feet in height so it is very large.

Hope you like it.

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