Poole Blue Moon tea cups
made in England 1960-1975
Following on from my last post, here is another set of mid-century Poole teacups.
Poole is a celebrated pottery operating from Dorset, England from 1873 – and continuing until today. I am particularly fond of the pottery produced between the 1930s and 1960s.
These tea cups – very modern in shape and sans handle – are part of the Cameo range. The colour is ‘Blue Moon’ –a deep blue exterior, with a slightly off-white interior [pure white would be too stark...this off-white is just right.] The set of eight tea cups and saucers have the traditional mid-century Poole mark on each piece.
The cups don’t hold much tea – perhaps they were for a Japanese tea ceremony- which would certainly align with the blue moon theme. Either way, the set of eight cups and saucers are delicious.
Poole is well known for its ‘Twintone’ pottery– their expression – a simple, stylish contrast of two colours.They also seem to have coined the term ‘colourway’. These beautiful teacups are in the colourway ‘Peach Bloom and Seagull’ [I’m guessing peach is the cup interior, and seagull the exterior... it’s a lovely mottled grey colour.] This colourway originated in the early 50s and is denoted on the base of the cups/saucers as ‘C99.’
You don’t get much tea in them, but they are so elegant – they would make any tea party a sophisticated affair. And Poole is very collectible.
Yet more of the speckled pink Pates Pottery. This incantation is the clog- that beloved symbol of the 50s when cultural differences were represented by a national costume. [Mexicans wear sombreros! Japanese wear kimonos! ] The clog also represented the allure of international travel- which from Australia in the 50s was no mean feat- it meant six weeks on a boat to anywhere. No respectable knick-knack shelf of the modernist house would be without one!
Like the Pates pieces posted below, the colour tones here are pinks and greens, with crimson. Each one hand painted- each one different. Other tones I have come across are yellow/brown, and brown/green [these came later in the 60s.] The production of the iconic clog went on until the early 70s.
Bambi in the Giant Redwood Forest framed litho
made in USA, c.1960
Bringing together my love of Bambi, 60s Americana and – weirdly- botany, I present to you this wonderful ‘painting’- by a B. James [as signed in the b.r.h. corner.] It’s a lithograph measuring 48” x 24” [1.21m x 0.6m] in a timber frame, mounted to stand proud of the hessian backing. The total size of this beauty: 54” x 30” [1.37m x 0.76m] – how good would it look hung over your Parker sideboard? This is a picture that all the hipsters are sure to love.
Two Bambis stand dwarfed by the Giant Sequoia trees as the morning sun glistens on the idyllic scene. To say the image references the Garden of Eden is to state the obvious- so one Bambi is clearly Eve, the other Adam. Or this is the sixth day of Creation, before those pesky humans showed up and ruined it all.
Whatever, this picture is iconic. It just fits into the back of the car [with the windows down and the frame peeking out.] And it’s for sale: $AUD155
Pink & Green Pates vases
made in Australia c.1940-1950
More pink & green speckled Pates pottery- here we have some delightful kitschy vase shapes. Fish and swan in the middle, with a floating flower trough to the front and a posy vase behind. One kitschy vase does not a set make…look how good they look when grouped en masse.
I’ve speculated previously that this pink and green pottery colouring was produced to match a 50s interior- it wasn’t until the 60s that the ‘Australian’ tones of green and brown were seen. I like the hand applied colour glazes- it means despite these vases being turned out in the hundreds- no two were ever the same.
These four vases would make a nice collected set with the three vases posted below. This set is for sale: $AUD110
made in Sydney, Australia c.1940s-1950s
I have posted about Pates pottery previously [sorry, couldn’t help the alliteration] – but not, I think, the pink and green speckled Pates pottery.
Pates Pottery operated out of Belmore, Sydney from 1946 -1990, quite close to where I now live. Pates’ designs and colours were influenced by the 1950s furnishing and domestic colour trends; so these three vases are instantly recognisable as coming from the 50s.
The set comprises a ring ‘floating’ flower vase- with deco stylings, an upright vase with exaggerated lip and a floating flower ‘log’ vase. I don’t really understand the ‘log’ vase- but it is so associated with the 50s and was so ubiquitous that I have come to embrace its slightly kitschy realism.
The National Australia Bank [NAB] ~ maybe an unfortunate acronym ~produced money boxes for its customers like many banks. Here we see examples that were routinely given away in sample bags at the Easter Show in the 1970s. Who doesn’t remember the ‘safe’ money box…with its individual 3 number combination…or wish they had one today? This lovely red safe is new out of the box- and its combination is 009 [don’t tell anybody.]
The two perspex cube money boxes either side of the safe are a little funkier and a little less complicated to open. The idea was that you could see your money accumulating in the box – although by the time you had deposited $3.75 it was kinda full.
For money box collectors the world over…here is a set of three never-been-used boxes: and in Christmas colours to boot!
A Christmas Story, by Richard Burton, 1966
Shalom ceramic tile, c.1960s
Shalom and Merry Christmas! These two pieces have a lovely synchronicity, in shape, colour and form. The funky symbol of Shalom- Hebrew for peace- has a handwritten message on its timber back – ‘Jerusalem’ which I take to be its place of manufacture. The deep blue and orange of the ceramic tile are so very 60s. The tile is framed and has a hook for hanging on its back- this Shalom is meant for display.
Meanwhile Richard Burton- THE Richard Burton -has written a story about his [impoverished] Welsh childhood and subsequent Christmases. He also provided the illustrations. Apparently an acTOR and an author/illustrator. It’s a bit of a turgid read, but this book was continually republished until the late 80s. Must have been doing something right. I bought it mainly for the lovely graphics on the hardback cover.
Wishing all my readers Shalom, and Merry Christmas! And I am sure Richard Burton would want to add his wishes also.
Covetro cherry bowl, made in Italy c.1960s
Plastic cherry paperweight, c.1960s
Christmas angel figurine, c.1960s
In Sydney, at Christmas time it’s all about the cherries. Cherry season is a relatively short period from November to early January and so cherries are always associated with Christmas. Maybe the red and green colouring also contributes to the association.
The 60s were also all about the cherry. Cherry icons and logos were everywhere. This collection references both the 60s and – for all Sydneysiders: Christmas.
All items are in excellent conditions, except the Christmas angel figurine who has been rubbed a little too vigorously and so lost a little red paint. Still, she’s over forty years old and is entitled to. She has a chick at her feet, which is another story altogether.