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  • Image of 'Trying to Avoid a Roasting'

Lyons was controlled by the 'Salmon and Gluckstein' family, who registered as a limited company in 1894 in the catering and food-manufacturing industry. They were most famously known for their iconic brands, such as: 'Lyons Maid' ice cream and 'Lyons' , they were also the first to introduce frozen food to the British public.

Root chicory, which was cultivated in Europe as a coffee substitute and additive, through which the roots are roasted and ground, was more widely known as an 'Emergency Blend' during economic crises such as the Great Depression in the 1930s and during World War II in Continental Europe.

Chicory use grew with the advent of the Civil war as the French and areas of French cultural influence, like Louisiana, were known to use chicory as an additive because they believed it was good for one's health and improved the flavour of coffee.

'Trying to Avoid a Roasting' was conceived from the childhood story of the overly paranoid gingerbread man always on the move to avoid being eaten, blended with the idea of one of four caffeine-induced disorders recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as 'Caffeine-induced anxiety disorder'.

Dimensions: H57cm x W25cm x D21cm

Mixed Media:
Vintage Composition Doll,
Vintage Lyons French Coffee Tin,
Vintage Unknown Small Round Tin,
Vintage Fluted Brioche Tin
Vintage Bun Tin,
Vintage Wheel,
Vintage Musical Paper,
4 x 15W Coloured Bayonet Cap Pygmy Lamps,
Old English Antique Brass Bayonet Cap Lamp holders,
3 Core Dark Brown Silk Covered Flexible Cable,
Junction Box,
Tough Plug fitted with a 3 Amp Fuse,
Metal Threaded Bar,
Various Nuts, Bolts, and Washers,
PAT Tested.

Please be advised:

Though these assemblage sculptures contain vintage doll components that may have once been played with by children, this piece is not a toy to be played with.

As with all bulbs, they get hot! I use low 15 wattage bulbs on each piece but the bulbs still shed heat, so be advised to display your piece in a suitable location.

Overseas Enquiries:

For an overseas shipping quote please contact me by email

Also note - as these sculptures operate on UK voltage (220-240 V 50 Hz) you will need a voltage converter to use them overseas.

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