28 October 2014

Vintage Whitefriars Glass x 3

As some of you may know I don't buy art glass all that often, as I find it so difficult to find it without faults or damage, and if there is damage it can be hard to detect often.

I was delighted however to pick up 3 lovely pieces of vintage Whitefriars glass at auction last week. The good thing about Whitefriars is that there are such good records on the Whitefriars collectors website HERE- so identifying pieces, their age, and designer is so much easier than for many other producers.

First is this Geoffrey Baxter design no 9099 in stunning Sapphire blue, with controlled bubble design.

Then a "molar" design bowl from 1957 by Whitefriars - Geoffrey Baxter design . no 9294, in the 1957 catalogue, again with controlled bubble design.
An finally this stunning oval tapering teardrop shaped vase by Whitefriars - Geoffrey Baxter design . no 9571, in the 1964 catalogue.


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25 October 2014

Auction Watch 136

It's a bit of a challenge to find much of interest at the auctions coming up this week here....but here are a few items of interest and/or collectability from 2 auctions represented here:

Royal Doulton "Titanian" ware vase - this design used to be
very expensive - but has come down a lot in value in recent

Bunnykins! Love the heavy flat bowls and egg cups from
this very popular series, still in production.
What a great looking vintage glass jug
From the distance I thought this was a set of Noritake "Desert" scene - but it is actually by a
Czech maker called "Victoria", early 20th Century.
Love these ceramic bookends, Art Deco era, from Carlton Ware UK.

a set of "Willow" brand metal canisters, c 1960s

...and another Art Deco era design , this one is from Royal Doulton, and called "Royalty" - a clean design with
very elegant lines - you can see the 2 different cup shapes made here too - I prefer the earlier, angular handle.
...and some of the Yellow/White "Cornishware" from TG Green I blogged about last week.

22 October 2014

Jens Quistgaard

I was thrilled to find a stack of coffee cups and more from Jens Quistgaard's "Flamestone" series, in a small auction last week - I have only ever seen picture of them previously and it's always good to touch and feel the real thing.

The burnt umber glaze is ultra matte, and contrasts beautifully with the white porcelain interiors.

Just incase you aren't familiar with Jens Quistgaard's importance as a designer, here is an excerpt from the Wikipedia page on him:

Jens Harald Quistgaard (April 23, 1919 – January 4, 2008) was a Danish sculptor and designer, known principally for his work for the American company Dansk Designs, where he was chief designer from 1954 and for the following three decades. Though a sculptor and grounded in traditional handicrafts, he quickly established a career as an industrial designer. From the mid-1950s his tableware and kitchenware designs became synonymous with Scandinavian modern and found their way into millions of homes in the USA, Europe and Japan. With his international orientation and success he was ground breaking, and he had great significance for the place which Danish design acquired in the minds of many Americans. In 1958 he received the Neiman Marcus Award and during the following years he was represented at major museums in Europe and the USA. Many of Jens Quistgaard's works are still produced today.
The Flamestone series was designed in 1958 for Dansk Design and went on to become a classic of Mid-Century Danish Design.

Other companies Quistgaard designed for include:
  • Palshus Keramik
  • Eslau Keramik
  • Hermann Ole Jacobsen
  • De Forenede Jernstøberier A/S
  • Raadvad Knivfabrik A/S
  • Sival Staal
  • O.V. Mogensen
  • Slagelse Sølvvarefabrik
  • Kronjyden
  • Nissen/Langaa
  • Bing & Grøndahl
  • Trip Trap
  • IQ Designs
  • Gubi of Copenhagen
I have had several examples of Jens Quistgaard's ceramic designs in the past, and re-post them here  to give a wider picture of the extraordinary skill of this designer:

Cigarette Box in Teak and Porcelain for
Kronjyden Nissen

Cigar Box in teak and porcelain for Kronjyden Nissen

Large ashtray for Kronjyden Nissen

Kronjyden Nissen "Cordial" design

Kronjyden Nissen "Azur"

Kronjyden Nissen "Rune"

...and the hugely popular "Relief" series for Kronjyden Nissen.

19 October 2014

T G Green & Judith Onions - Cornishware and Channel Islands Designs

T.G. Green & Co was originally founded by Thomas Goodwin Green of Boston, Lincolnshire in around 1864 in an existing pottery in Church Gresley, Derbyshire.

In 1926, T.G. Green began producing its famous "Cornish" kitchenware in Church Gresley - using a lathe-turning technique which scraped the blue slip away from the pottery to reveal white bands of clay below. Apparently those stripes were reminiscent of the blue skies and white-crested waves of Cornwall, and this is said to be how Cornishware got its name.

Via TG Green Museum on Pinterest.
The traditional Cornishware jar shape - depending
on the rarity, the label, and age these jars can
reach very high prices amongst collectors.
By the 1930s, the Cornishware range was well established with a thriving export business. The pottery was widely sold in the UK through major department stores. Stores would carry stock of the standard range of lettered jars such as Flour, Sugar, Salt, Currants, Sultanas, Raisins, Tea and Coffee but the housewife was able to make request to the store for her own lettered jars from the factory. Cornishware is still in production today, and the older pieces - especially the jars - are highly valued.

In the 1960s new designers joined TG Green from the Royal College of Art - Scandinavian designer Berit Ternell and British Judith Onions, who restyled the Cornishware range to give it the distinctive shapes that are still used today, (along with the traditional forms) and which have become highly prized by collectors.

Below: a number of pieces I have had recently from the Judith Onions re-design of Cornishware.

Judith Onions had already successfully restyled the Cornish Ware range in 1968 when she was joined by Martin Hunt to design an entirely new range. They produced four clear, bold and very British designs (each with a very different pattern). They named them after the English Channel Islands Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and later - Herm. 

Each of The Channel Islands designs was produced in a number of colours, but the most common ones you will probably see are blue, black, and honey 

T G Green Jersey Blue Coffee Mug I bought recently.
T G Green - Jersey Blue egg cups - via Pinterest page of the T G Green Museum
The Channel Islands "Sark" design in Honey colour
via the TG Green Museum on Pinterest.


  • The T G Green Musuem  on Pinterest which has a virtual catalogue of all known T.G.Green & Co Ltd patterns between 1864 - 2007

TG Green as it was closed in 2007, but was rescued by enthusiasts Charles Rickards and Paul Burston who teamed up with designer and brand consultant, Perry Haydn Taylor. Today the company is now as busy and as popular as it ever was.

18 October 2014

Auction Watch 135

Some weird and wonderful pieces coming up for auction here in Adelaide this week. Some of the photos are from my Instagram feed of photos I took at an auction viewing (link on left if you have Instagram on your smart phone), and others from the online catalogues.

Bjorn Wiinblad Nymolle - "Spring" plate

3 lovely pieces Whitefriars glass

A nice selection of RC Christmas Plates

A collection of bizarre miniatures

....and another.
...a rather disturbing looking smiling donkey miniature from
the collection above.

This time a collection consisting of primarily Noddy Egg Cups!!


I like this Italian Vase - looks reasonably contemporary - I've been trying
to find out the maker as it isn't marked - anyone seen it before??

A retro ramekin collection

Bing & Grondahl Dinner set.

A fantastic looking Italian Carafe and Glassware set in emerald green,
unused vintage.