Pates posey vases,
made in Sydney, Australia c.1940-1950s
These posey vases were made by Pates Pottery, which operated out of Belmore, Sydney from 1946 -1990. As you may have noticed, given the tenor of the posts of this blog, being a Sydneyite I have an affinity for the potteries that were producing domestic ware in the 40s, 50s and 60s.
Pates’ pottery glazes were influenced by domestic 1950s furnishing and interior colour trends; but the forms borrowed heavily from British and American designs. These posey vases comprise three ‘trough’ vases [foreground] and two ‘log’ vases [background]- the forms were copied from overseas but the colours are all about Australian interior decor of the 50s.
Posey vases are small and design to ‘float’ short-stemmed flowers. All the posey vases are stamped ‘Pates Australia’ on the base and all are in good condition with no cracks or crazing.
Five Pates posey vases for the discerning Pates/posey vase collector; for sale- $AUD100
Here are two more vases from my vast Diana pottery collection. I particularly like these post-war pieces with their ‘kangaroo- haunch’ bases. The vase bases -together with the green & brown colours – represent Australian nationalism at its best.
I’ve teamed the Diana vases with a black perspex / cream Goudy font reprographic board. This board is c. 1960s but I like way it frames the vases- as well as the simpatico cream coloured font.
Ideal Ironstone Ware Pavlova recipe platters,
made in Japan c.1970s
Pavlova is my favourite food- and I often request a pavlova for my birthday cake. Pavlova is a giant meringue desert named for the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova -it was created in her honour after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. The meringue plays homage to the ballerina’s tutu and her ‘light as air’ dance movements. It is a bone of contention between the two countries as to who actually invented the pavlova, but really the evidence comes down on the side of New Zealand.
These platters are fantastic: not only do you get a fool-proof recipe, you cook the pavlova directly on the plate [SO handy.] AND – they are great for cooking pizzas too. I’m sure you could cook all sorts of stuff on the ceramic surface…. but I only know how to cook pavlova and pizza.
The platters are made by Ideal Ironstone Ware- featured recently in my series of ‘realism’ plates. Ideal describes itself on the back of the platter as: “World’s Finest Ironstone; Oven-Proof and Craze-Proof.” Here we have four 70s designs [same recipe]- so you could have a make two pizzas and two pavlovas simultaneously- imagine that! PARTY!
Fowler Ware mixing bowl & jug
made in Australia, c.1940s
Fowler Ware first began producing industrial pottery in Glebe, Sydney in the 1840s. After WWII, Fowler Ware moved to producing pottery for the domestic market : their pudding bowls were so popular that they opened a second pottery to cope with the demand.
Fowler Ware is now very collectible and becoming harder to obtain: particularly so the mixing bowls with pouring lip. The domestic ware was produced in a range of classic 40s colours: green, yellow, grey, crimson, blue and white. Here we have a large mixing bowl and matching jug in the pastel yellow. The two are a pair- both have matching incised rings around the base.
I’ve teamed the Fowler Ware pieces with a perspex board from an old reprographics factory – I like the framing qualities of the font board- as well as the yellow letters.
Ideal Ironstone Ware platters and plate
made in Japan, 1960s
You may have enjoyed the pavlova plates I posted made by Ideal Ironstone Ware- here are some of their other 60s outputs- a series of platters and dishes with realistic transfer prints with a unifying motif of….parsley. I have given it a botanical assessment…and yep, that’s parsley.
So- the two platters- with central hollow for a dipping sauce, feature oysters and prawns. And parsley. The oysters on the first platter are seen in their various stages from ‘natural’ to shucked, and my -don’t they look delicious? The lobsters on the second platter are gaily arrayed around the parsley. They look to me- as an Australian to be more like yabbies…but after research I believe they are meant to convey lobsters to a European market. In the 60s yabbies were hardly a well known culinary dish.
The last dish is a matching lobster/parsley dish – for the left over shells after eating. Its central motif is a slice of lemon- which indicates its use. All three plates have a gilt edge…and so the three are perfect for an Aussie Christmas lunch of prawns, yabbies, lobster and oysters. Parsley optional.
I have posted many ‘realism’ plates from Japan – but this is the first plate I have come across that was made here in Australia. Nothing says ‘60s’ like radish, boiled egg and a prawn!
I particularly like the shadow graphic for each item- and the fine gilt edge to the plate. The plate can be displayed either way up- you’ll notice the radish has an opposite shadow to the egg and prawn. This is all class, people! And on the back of the plate is the inscription:
Oven To Table
Oven Master, Australia
so one can use the plate happily in the oven and then serve a dish of Pad Thai [ok- I googled the ingredients- radish, egg, prawn!]
The plate is in good condition and is for sale: $AUD55
Whitefriars tangerine ‘Coffin Vase’, made in England 1969
Ceramic condiment set, made in Japan c. 1970s
Whitefriars ‘Coffin’ vase, from the ‘Textured’ range, was designed by Geoffrey Baxter; a designer who was brought into the Whitefriars team to provide ‘modern’ [ie: ‘Scandinavian’] glass pieces. Whitefriars was a glass company that produced glass works continuously from 1720-1980, when it finally closed. Geoffrey Baxter starting working there in 1954, and with his death in 1995 his ‘Textured’ range of vases has become highly collectible.
This vase has pattern number 9686. Tangerine was a new colour that Geoffrey Baxter introduced: the Coffin vase was also made in greens, blues, and yellows. The coffin vase is now considered ‘iconic’ – representative of its era.
I’ve teamed the tangerine vase with an orange and yellow condiment set – also somewhat representative of its era. The colours and forms work well together and would make a great contribution to an early 70s collection.
Minette 35mm slide viewer
Minato Shokai Co, made in Japan, c.1950s
OK! Ok. Another slide viewer. But we all have slides to view. Or is it just me?
This viewer is just SO cute. Look how small it is…it’s a Minette. The kewpie doll is bigger than the viewer, and she carries a slide under her arm for scale.
And totally weirdly, like every other time I have bought a slide projector or a viewer, the Minette comes with a slide of its last owner…this time it’s an echtochrome slide of a woman on grass shading her eyes from the camera. Ms Kewpie is modelling that slide.
What a beauty! This is a 8mm / super 8 film viewer, and a marvel of 50s engineering. It is fully functional- it uses AC 240 V, and a 6V, 10W lamp [& has a lovely bakelite electrical plug.] You can see from the image it’s been made to sit into a desk top; -or it can stand alone and is quite portable.
This editor viewer is model #880. Atlas made many 8mm film viewers, but for my money, this is the most beautiful. Who cares if you never use it to actually view film? It’s a lovely piece in its own right. It will lend industrial vintage cred to any room!
Pixie log planter and figurines
made in Japan 1950s
Pixies are another perennial interest of mine: I so wanted one when I was small- only to be told by my mother that they were ‘common’ [by which she meant ‘kitsch’.] Who doesn’t aspire to what is denied them?- and – is it any wonder that I am now a total devotee of kitsch?
I love this pixie log planter [unmarked but researched to indicate made in Japan in the 50s.] I love the seated pixie [ditto] and the standing angel [ditto] – so kitsch but also completely adorable. All three figurines have some rubbing evident- they exhibit some lost of handpainted over-glaze- but I think that just adds to their charm.