19 April 2014

Easter Eggs

There is no auction watch this week due to Easter Holidays and Anzac Day here this week making for a very short working week, with no auctions happening.

Instead enjoy this lovely basket of eggs from the Dybdahl Pottery, Denmark. I have never seen these eggs anywhere except in this photo - probably because pieces like these were mostly made by the Dybdahl's for friends, family and neighbours.  You can see some of the familiar style of patterns painted by Margrethe Dybdahl here, plus a few less commonly seen designs like animals and insects which she also loved to paint. A big thank you to Belinda in Denmark for the photo.

17 April 2014

E & J Denmark

This wonderful little bottle vase is from the pottery E & J Ceramics, Denmark. It was in a group of mainly Danish pottery I got at auction a week or two ago.

E & J was the workshop name of Eva & Johannes Andersen, but I don't know much else about this pottery except that you find some charming pieces of their work from time to time in online stores.

I like the decoration on this piece which was achieved by light carving into the dark glaze revealing the clay body underneath. It is such a great form as well.

These two pieces below from E&J Andersen have a very similar style of decoration, and are from North Vintage in Denmark, on Etsy.

14 April 2014

Seventies Hues

I picked up a few very intensely coloured pieces of studio pottery last week at auction. I love the intense reds and oranges often seen on studio pottery of the 1950's-1970s......especially when it is on Danish studio stoneware pottery like these, where there is a lovely contrast between the raw natural colour and texture of the clay, and the intensely coloured glazes.

A Frank Keramik bowl in velvety crimson red.

A stunning little bowl by Ditlev, pooling to intense red in the centre - see my other posts on Ditlev
 to see more of the amazing red glazes often used by this potter.
A Knabstrup wall style candle holder

13 April 2014

Auction Watch 110

It's been a bit of a struggle to find much of interest anywhere at all this week...except for some very unusual West German pieces in the first two photos -  the likes of which I haven't seen before. A lot of Lava and bright colour happening on these 2!

A West German Lamp with 2 WG Vases - and an original shop label
for $13! on the vase.

A kitsch cat collection of salt and pepper shakers...popular items.
I do like the retro looking carafes in the background here ...as well
as the Beswick 1930s bowl in the foreground.

Figgjo "Market" large bowl or soufflé dish.

A "Harlequin" group of Noritake Cup & Saucer Duos - 1950s by the look of them.

11 April 2014

German Brutalist Pottery

I love it when I come across a Brutalist style piece of pottery...to me there is something so wonderfully solid, architectural and re-assuring about this style of design...especially when it comes with a lot of lava :)  The planter below I found last week is by Strehla, East Germany.

Strehla started in 1828 in the small town of the same name, in Saxony, and operated until 1989. East Germany was of course under communist rule from 1948-1990, but output from the Strehla factory continued throughout this period, and quite a lot was exported.

Designs from the Strehla factory were overall a bit more restrained in colour and design than from its West German counterparts. There are a few very strong Brutalist style designs that Strehla produced, but this is the first time I have come across this particular design with its heavy lava texture, bright blue and solid form. The other piece is an interesting Strehla vase I had a few months ago.

10 April 2014

Bitossi x 2

2 very impressive and solid pieces of Italian Bitossi, which I managed to get at auction this week.

The first is "Decoro Raviolo" produced by Bitossi 1964 - ? for many wholesalers including Rosenthal & Netter, Bergboms & Co. Sweden 1965-71, IKEA Sweden 1967-72.  (Thanks for the info Guido Bitossi via Facebook) .

My favourite Bitossi pieces are those like the first piece where an unglazed area shows the grainy texture of the clay, and contrasts so well with the coloured, glazed or patterned area.

....and the one below is a variation of the iconic Rimini (Blue) design by Aldo Londi . The background has a violet hue because I couldn't get the colour quite right on the piece without it.