01 March 2015

Auction Watch 152

I'm not sure why, but this year has started really poorly in the terms of the quality and quantity of vintage ceramic items at auctions here in Adelaide. If it continues I will have to start purchasing from Melbourne or Sydney auctions just to get hold of  some more interesting or collectable, and better quality items.  It has been really hard to find other than a few items each week worth buying, or even considering taking a looking closer at.

Often items that at first look interesting are damaged on closer inspection...but anyway here is the sum of what I have been able to locate this week for auction :)

Some Arabia Finland items

Interesting pattern on this Spanish teapot, but in
very poor condition.

Star of the week I think - a huge chunky Whitefriars glass vase

Quite a few of these Hummel figurines - still quite popular
amongst collectors.
Great retro design on this small European jug

Shelley Trios with a great looking Harlequin design.


26 February 2015

Web Watch 2 - 20th Century Ceramics

The second in this series of websites having a focus on ceramics, comes from Denmark, and is simply called 20th Century Ceramics , written by Pernille. The site features mainly Danish ceramics 1900-1940 which Thomas often finds at flea markets and second hand stores.

The site is very informative with just the right amount of historical and technical information to interest the reader. It is well researched and written, and has often provided me with little snippets of history that I haven't been able to find anywhere else, especially when it comes to lesser known Danish potteries. In addition, the more familiar makers and pieces are presented with fresh eyes. Each piece of pottery is beautifully presented and photographed and makes you want to learn more, or find one like it yourself :)

Well worth a look if you want to learn more about Danish Ceramics.

Featured below from a recent post on 20th Century Ceramics, is a piece attributed to Annashaab, a pottery near Horsens in Jutland, in the 1920's

Attributed to Annashaab Pottery Denmark 1920s, Photograph Thomas Flentsed-Jensen.

22 February 2015

Auction Watch 151

For me there isn't a whole lot to choose from this week at 3 auctions here - except for the stunning Vallauris vase in photo 3. There are some exquisite 18th Century cup and saucer sets at a specialist auction, but these are way out of my league - you cant help but admire the craftsmanship and superb designs of them however.

Tea Cup & Saucer, Early 19th Century U.K. by New Hall
Tea Cup & Saucer , Late 18th Century, New Hall China 
4 Memphis design Cups & Saucers 
Figgjo Norway, Folklore Canister 
A Vallauris (France) 1950s Vase alongside some Royal Copenhagen annual plates. 
An Aseda (Sweden) Glass drink Set - what a fantastic shade of amber. 
Tea Cup, Saucer & Plate, c1820, U.K. Duesbury Derby Pattern no. 1500

21 February 2015

Arabia Rosmarin

I picked 6 lovely Arabia Finland "Rosmarin" design bowls recently...photograph below. I have had other shapes in this design, but never this shaped bowl before. They look so great against teak!

The design of course is one by Ulla Procope-(Nyman) (1921-1968) and is as popular now as it was 50 or so years ago when it was designed. It was in production from around 1961- 1972. Each piece was hand painted, so there are variations of depth of colour and shade between each piece. Ulla's ability to design for the mass market was one of the big contributors to Arabia Finland's success in the 1950s and 1960's.

Here are most of the other pieces in this design that have passed through my hands until now:

15 February 2015

Auction Watch 150

Some interesting pieces coming up here at two auctions this week. If you are on Instagram, there are always more interesting snaps from things I spot at auctions. Link in the left hand column. <<.

What a stunning piece of white porcelain by Rosenthal
A great little group - Arabia butterfly jug, Arabia jar and a
Bitossi Jug

Great set of mid-century candle holders.

Australian Studio Pottery - from Bindara

A great looking Rorstrand "Annika" casserole

Completely over the top retro canisters - but I'm sure they will be snapped up by someone!

It's hard to tell from the photo, but the 3 Midwinter Sun pieces in the front are actually mugs,
which I haven't seen before in this design. I guess most were very well used, and broken long ago.

T G Green Cornish Ware mixing bowl

I love the classic teapot shape of this TG Green Cornishware piece

...and still more T G Green - A set of 3 graduated jugs

11 February 2015

Royal Copenhagen Mini Plates // Plaquettes

Following on from the post last week with the Bing & Grondahl mini wall plates or plaquettes is this group of Royal Copenhagen mini plates I also found recently. They display so well when in larger groups like this. I can imagine them on a white painted wooden wall in a summer house in Denmark.

I wasn't getting far finding out much about the story of these plaquettes until I found a comprehensive entry on Wikipedia where there is this very informative entry. The secret in finding a link to relevant information on the web was apparently to use the word "plaquette" instead of "mini-plate", "commemorative plate" "royal Copenhagen plate" etc. as I had been doing!

"Royal Copenhagen  no. 2010 plaquettes are a series of small, collectable plates produced by Danish factories, Aluminia and Royal Copenhagen. The numbered and named series of 80mm faience miniplates or "plaquettes" are generally round, though a few are square. The most common colours are moderate to deep blue on a white background, though some have additional colours.

On the front, each has a scene depicting boats, landscapes, people, animals, steeples, buildings, statues, bridges, windmills, and more. Some also have a date on the outside edge. A variety of artists have provided the detailed artwork, including Kai Lange, Jørgen Nielsen, and Sven Vestergaard

On the back, each plaquette has two pierced holes so the plaquettes can be hung for display. In addition to the number 2010, most (though not all) have an identification number, along with a description (usually in Danish, all capital letters) of the front scene. Some have the words “ROYAL COPENHAGEN DENMARK FAJENCE”, or just ‘DENMARK”. Some have the factory mark, three wavy lines one atop another. Some have a monogram. Some have the Royal Copenhagen modified beehive mark: a capital "A" representing the Aluminia factory with three wavy lines, representing Royal Copenhagen, as cross strokes. All plates manufactured after 1969 have a crown and the words "Royal Copenhagen Denmark".

Earl Nelson Newman wrote and privately printed a small hard-cover book in 1973 entitled "The Danish Royal Copenhagen Plaquettes: 2010 Series". This book contains pictures and descriptions of plates #1-#85, and the special series featuring American Presidents, zoo animals, and antique autos.

Because there was nearly no information/literature about the "2010" Series, Carsten Pedersen (a collector himself) wrote a collector's catalogue.. The catalogue describes about 448 miniplates (plaquettes) from the "2010" series and other series (old and new) from Royal Copenhagen, Aluminia, Köbenhavns Fajancefabrik and Bing & Gröndahl, Copenhagen. The catalogue was privately printed and entitled "Royal Copenhagen, Aluminia, Bing & Gröndahl - Plaquetten-Miniplates Series 2010 and special editions""