Pates clogs, Sydney Australia 1930s-40sPates clogs
made in Sydney, Australia 1940s

In the 40s in Australia- attention turned to international affairs. International relations and customs- and in the arts this translated into- international footware.

So – an inordinate amount of attention was spent on collecting ‘shoes’ from different cultures. Here we have a selection of clogs- all in Pates signature colours and glazes – the back two serving also as ashtrays [because – why not combine an international interest with an actual requirement?]

This collection of Pates clogs is for sale: $AUD95

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McCredie [again]

McCredie 'frog' log vase & posy vaseMcCredie vase & dish
made in Sydney Australia 1940s

OK- last selection of my McCredie collection…this image was taken a while ago and in the meantime I seem to have collected another ‘frogged’ log vase like this one…so now I have a pair.

The smaller, open vase to the front is what’s called a posy vase- a small amount of water was used and a number of large flowers- very shorted stemmed- floated in the posy vase. This form of vase doesn’t seem to exist anymore – but I like the idea of floating flowers.

The ‘frogged’ vase has an internal ‘frog’ – that is a flower arranging element integral to the interior of the vase. It has allowed me to try my hand at ikebana – not sure how successful it is – but it is so helpful having a structural element in the vase- it is the same gorgeous green as the rest of the vase interior.

So: I have a pair of McCredie frogged log vases and a posy vase for sale: $AUD55

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McCredie vases, jugs, pin dish

McCredie pieces, 1930s-1940sMcCredie vases & jugs
made in Sydney Australia, 1930s-1940s

Following on from my last post, here is a selection of McCredie vases, jugs and a pin dish in the more usually-found white outer glaze and green interior colourway.

Observant readers of my blog [and I know you are out there!] will recall that I have also posted larger white/green vases – which look fantastic in a contemporary white interior – the off-white tones used by Nell McCredie seem to complement modern day paint schemes. I teamed these larger vases with Waratahs and bright crimson Gerbras- the vibrant colours look fantastic in the simple forms and colours of these 30s and 40s vases.

This selection of McCredie is now for sale; I am reluctantly parting with my collection as we have to move house- these eight pieces are all in excellent vintage condition and are for sale: $AUD125

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McCredie vases

McCredie 'flower' vasesMcCredie ‘flower’ vases
made in Sydney, Australia 1930s-40s

Nell McCredie was an architect before she opened her pottery studio in Epping, Sydney in 1932 to make fine art pottery by hand. McCredie continued to produce pottery right up to her death in 1968, and she was interested in art and design in all her work – as she said:

“Pottery-making is definitely an art inasmuch as the design is a purely individual thing. The technique of moulding is mechanical but the conception and execution of a design is an art -a fascinating art.” [Where Pottery is made by Hand, SMH, Oct 20 1936.]

McCredie pottery made vases and domestic ware – often a distinctive matt outer glaze as seen in this image -and a contrasting coloured shiny interior glaze. The forms were simple and strong, quite different to a lot of 30s and 40s pottery- employing what might be termed ‘architectural’ or structural forms.

This selection of small ‘flower’ shaped vases evidences the variety of colours that can be found on McCredie vases. As with all her pottery, the vase is hand signed on the base: McCredie N.S.W.

The McCredie ‘flower’ vases are for sale: $AUD150

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Mickey & Minnie & a Mousekeeter

Minnie and Mickey Mouse, c50s-60sMinnie Mouse hand puppet, made in Korea 1960s
Mickie Mouse squeaky toy, made in England 1950s

Minnie Mouse hand puppet, made by Walt Disney Productions, Ohio and Mickey Mouse squeaky toy, made by Combex in England [#1499.] Minnie’s head is moulded plastic, while her puppet body is printed cloth. Mickey, meanwhile, is all plastic, but his squeaker is somewhat defunct.

The two are greeted by a later ring-in- a Mousekeeter; a reproduction from the 90s made under license to Disney. I like the way they are all three gesturing salutations.  As you are eminently aware, ANYTHING Mickey Mouse related is now totally collectible.

Minnie and Mickey are in good vintage condition and are for sale: $AUD55 [and if you like the Mousekeeter, let me know.]

Marilyn…what’s going on here…?

Marilyn InvestigatesMarilyn Investigates
Acorn Books #2, London 1960

Marilyn Investigates by Glynn Miles: printed by Victory Press, published by Evangelical Publishers, Ltd.

All the names give it away- Victory Press, Evangelical Publishers- yes- this is a Christian novel taking on the Agatha Christie’s and Enid Blyton’s of the day. Hilarious.

I have no idea what good ol’ Marilyn investigates or finds…but – how fabulous- there is sure to be a resounding victory and praise to the Lord at the end. And the baddie gets a good talking to.  Although…that cover…is it just me or is there a suggestively homo-erotic vibe going on…

Add to that- for collectors of book plates and frontispiece certificates: there is a fabulous frontispiece from the Christian Literature Crusade, Sydney.

Marilyn Investigates is for sale: AUD$15

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Lassie books, 1958 & 1959Lassie ‘Authorised TV Adventure’ books,
Whitman Publishing Co, Wisconsin 1958 & 1959

Lassie and the Secret of Summer, by Dorothea J. Snow, was published in 1958; ‘Featuring LASSIE, the famous dog. Starred in MGM Pictures. See LASSIE now on television.’

[“All names, events, places and characters in this book are entirely fictitious.”]  LASSIE – nooooooooooo! Surely that’s the real Lassie, as seen [and authorised] on television?

Lassie: Forbidden Valley, meanwhile, is by Doris Schroeder, published in 1959 – and it is similarly endorsed as an authorised edition. This book however, has its original 59c sticker, still in place.

Well people, time has passed and the 59c original price has escalated to $35- for the two books. I would remind you that these are authorised versions, not fakes or knock-offs. Although…that might be the real Lassie on the cover….

For sale: $AUD35

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Arabia ‘Ruska’ [sold]

Arabia Ruska, 1970sArabia ‘Ruska’ crockery
made in Finland, 1970s

Arabia is uber collectable right now. Here we have a Arabia Ruska [Ruska = ‘autumn colours’] eight piece crockery set comprising large and side plates, and cup & saucers.

In the 70s every design studio was rebelling against the pastel/chrome/psychedelic colours of the 50s and 60s. The 70s was all about form, integrity, simplicity, and honesty. And brown. Brown featured a lot. Brown was both the colour of most base materials [think clay, timber, brick] and the basic tertiary colour that didn’t draw attention to itself. It was all about form – not colour.

Arabia Ruska is a collection of kitchenalia that celebrates autumnal colours- no two handpainted pieces are the exact same brown. It was made pre-dishwashers, so it has to be hand washed or the Arabia backstamp is liable to be erased.

Featured in an earlier post is a matching Arabia Ruska casserole dish: if you require this can also be purchased. The eight piece setting comprising thirty-two pieces is for sale: $AUD200

Studio glass paperweight

Controlled glass paperweightStudio glass paperweight
made in Australia, c. 1960s

This egg-shaped paperweight shows the 60s fascination with ‘controlled bubbles’ glass technique. Controlled bubbles turns up in objects as diverse as vases, ashtrays and objects de art. And paperweights.

Paperweights seem slightly redundant in these days of the ‘paperless’ office. But how lovely is this studio glass piece? Click on the image for a larger view and admire the colour and bubbles!

The paperweight is unsigned, which is not unusual in art pieces of the 60s, but I have it on good authority that it is Australian. Murano glass in Italy, and art glass makers in France, Britain and America were all producing controlled bubbled pieces in the 60s.

There are many paperweight collectors out there [check out] and museums dedicated to collecting and exhibiting paperweights. From the Paperweight Collectors Association I learnt that there are three periods of paperweight collecting:

The Classic Period [1840-1880] – mostly French made paperweights
The Folk Art Period [1880-1940] and
The Contemporary Period [1940 to present]

A very venerable history!

I have several other controlled bubbles paperweights from the 60s for sale on this blog: and this very collectible paperweight is for sale: $AUD75

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Footed egg cups

Shoe Shoe egg cupsShoe Shoe footed egg cups
made in Hong Kong, c.1970s

I collect – and love- Carlton Ware, as you know from all your avid reading of my posts to date. Carlton Ware produced ‘Walkingware’ teapots, cups, salt & pepper shakers – you name it – in 1973. Very beautifully crafted crockery items on two legs, often with jaunty socks or stockings or with great shoes. Some static, some running.

I don’t have any Walkingware. It’s now far too expensive for my meager budget.

So – when I came across these plastic ‘Shoe Shoe’ [fabulous name, no?] egg cups from Hong Kong – I had to collect them. I have now have four black, four red, and four blue egg cups – one in its original box. It is my love of kitsch, and my appreciation for a good knock-off when I see one that led to this collection.

And they are practical to boot! Won’t break when you wash ‘em. That sturdy plastic will outlast us all.

This set of four is for sale: $AUD30 [but let me know if you’d like more!]

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