19 November 2014

2 x 1950s Yellow West Germans

Another 2 lovely little West German pieces I picked up recently.

The first is from Schlossberg Keramik which operated from 1946-1975 in the town of Langenaubach and operated by Theodore and Ilse Stephan.  Its the first piece I have ever come across from this maker.


The second is from Marzi & Remi, who are probably better known for their salt glazed wares - particularly beer steins. (It is not quite such a bright yellow - Google Blogger has had very poor colour rendering for some time)

15 November 2014

Auction Watch 139

Here are some of the interesting pieces coming up for auction this week, which grabbed my attention when browsing through the online catalogues. There has been a lot more interesting West German pottery popping up this year you might have noticed too!

Great pattern on this group of Villeroy & Bock

Elegant and very retro looking Italian Glassware

A Bitossi Jug, and West German Vase

Melita underplates with a fantastic deep
blue floral pattern

A striking Moorcroft vase - signed by
William Moorcroft himself

I haven't seen any of this for ages - Arabia Ali Blue

A group of Poole pottery pieces

3 x very glam, very elegant looking West German jugs or vases

Finnel enamel pot

One of 3 Owl Parliaments ...some cuties amongst them.

13 November 2014

Elegant Ribbed West German Vase

This very elegant West German piece was one in a small group I picked up at auction 2 weeks ago. At first I though it was Bay, but turns out to be a well known shape by makers Dumler & Breiden.

The simple ribbed design (340-30), combined with the elegant form and striking vermillion and brown hues all combine to make such an impressive looking piece of pottery.

11 November 2014

Midwinter Riviera - Hugh Casson

Last week I was very fortunate to come across 2 lone bowls in the now very hard to find, and very collectable Midwinter "Riviera" design. Such an iconic and important British mid-century design.

This design was based on sketches of French scenes by Hugh Casson commissioned by Midwinter c1954. Jessie Tait worked on the sketches to fit them on to the various shapes and sizes. It was such a popular design it was in production right into the 1970s. The design can be found on shapes in the Stylecraft, Classic, and Fashion ranges. The original base glaze was a cream/honey colour, and later series had a white base.

Seven (documented) drawings were used in "Riviera"- A café scene, Flower seller, Barrels in an archway, Harbour with Café, Mountain scene, Horse & cart, and view of a bay over rooftops.

If you want to read more about the immensely talented Sir Hugh Casson, there is a comprehensive website HERE

From the V&A Collections HERE
And a Vinegar Bottle, again from the V&A Collection

09 November 2014

Auction Watch 138

Here we go with Auction Watch for this week.....a few interesting bits and pieces I've spotted coming up at 2 auctions here this week:

A Soholm Vase

3 interesting pieces of retro glassware

What a space age mixer!
BOAC Water Jug

I don't know the maker of these, but what a great pattern.
Ray Cook - Australian Vintage studio pottery
A lovely looking Charlotte Reid vase.

Quite a large amount of Royal Albert "Gossamer" c1950s

What an amazing pattern - this set c 1970s is from Crown Lynne - New Zealand

The photo here doesn't show the design at its best, but this is such a
fantastic Art deco design called "Lido" from Royal Doulton

06 November 2014

Diana Pottery 1950s Coffee Pot

I found this very smart looking 1950s Diana Australia coffee pot this week. I haven't seen this hand painted "vegetable" pattern on Diana pottery before -it has such a mid-century charm about it.

I love the sweeping, curvaceous shape of  this piece with its tilted lid, along with the soft gelati green colour of the lid which complements the design so well.