Even frogs can have too much rain – but I’m going to shine a little spotlight on the many ways they have touched our imagination and are with us in our daily lives.
I would love to own this gorgeous little game pie dish, but I’m guessing since it’s rare and 19th century they probably don’t stock it in John Lewis. I wonder if frogs were put in the pies along with the ducks?
It seems frogs have often been a feature of our dinner table paraphernalia. I like this rather beautifully crafted silver salt and pepper set by Tiffany c 1967 – seems we were swinging and hopping at the time.
Frogs have also been used as live pregnancy testers before we had little blue sticks. Certain species laid masses of eggs within 12 hours of being injected with the urine of a pregnant woman. This practice has ceased as it led to disease and the near decimation of some frog populations.
Would you put frogs on your wall? I’m not sure if I could cope with this wallpaper design but I have seen it in a smart bathroom, with cream tiles and black trim and it looks pleasingly retro. Frog Treillage paper by Brunschwig & Fils.
We have all sorts of frog references in our language; a fog in the throat or leap frogging the queue or, hopefully never, frog marched to jail. I’m not sure where the term frogging comes from – can I see a couple of end-to-end frogs here?
And I wouldn’t mind trying this on for size.
It’s by German manufacturer Stenzhorn whose designs are often inspired by nature. In this case they have used white gold, diamonds, ruby and Tsavorite to realise this frog ring.
And lastly, I couldn’t resist that most British of frog jokes. These out-there chairs are part of a surreal series by Wild Design called the Zoomorphic Collection.
Wild Design is a French company, based in Bordeaux – hop over and see them.