Here’s another sample of Trish’s art glass collection: you may recall she collects in the colourway green & blue, in the decade 1960, from anywhere Scandinavian.
This art glass is really really REALLY collectible now and is becoming prohibitory expensive. I’m hoping this will curb Trish’s buying whilst freeing up mine…for kitschy Australian 50s ceramics. Until they are prohibitory expensive I am good to go!
The very definition of a good marriage: collect different stuff.
Yeoman Plate toast rack made in England 1920s Clarendon tea strainer made in Australia 1920s
Silver plated items- EPNS- have been out of favour for the last few years – [all that polishing needed! reminds one of one’s childhood when one spent days polishing the stuff] – but gradually it’s becoming collectible again: especially if it’s still functional or can be upcycled for a funky new purpose.
Both these items- toast rack and tea strainer- have fantastic 20s styling; very art deco. They are not part of a set- they were collected separately but they look as if they are. They are both somewhat tarnished but are still good for tea and toast – or – do what I do: use the toast rack as a letter holder. And Etsy is replete with upcycled tea strainers- made into jewellery or other frivolities.
Add instant glamour to your office with a silver plate letter holder. The set is for sale: $AUD55
This art deco inspired jug had many incarnations: it was made from 1941-1966. This particular jug was made in the late 50s- when textured splatter glaze was all the rage. You have to hand it to Diana- they could reproduce an essentially 20s form in a whole range of finishes- from single colour, shiny glazes, to sponge dual glazes – to this sort of typical 50s ‘modernist’ glaze – to sell the same shaped jug in earthenware.
Johnson Sovereign ‘Rose’ pottery
made in Queensland, Australia 1957
This set comprises two plates- they are that rounded–square shape [‘squircle’] so beloved of the 50s.
I have waxed lyrical already about my love of 50s kitsch- but this set really has it all for me- botanical theme [tick] and stylised and over-coloured roses [tick.] The ‘Sovereign Rose’ dinner sets came in a deep crimson rose, and this lovely yellow rose design.
A whole dinner set of this stuff could be somewhat overpowering- I think it would be nice to mix these plates with plain 50s coloured plates – picking up the rosey colours perhaps.
This set is in tip-top condition. For sale: $AUD50
Anodised aluminium egg cups
made in Sydney, Australia 1950s
These anodised aluminium ‘harlequin’ egg cups are Sydney made, and Sydney bought but have no manufacturer’s name or marking. They’ve had one owner who purchased them in the 50s- and never used them for the cupping of eggs. That’s how I know they were made here, despite not having any markings.
Anodised aluminium was made by a number of companies in the 50s and 60s- sets of beakers, flasks, plates and egg cups came with exotic names such as ‘Tahiti’ and ‘Caribbean’; but were made by the more prosaic Stokes & Sons. Other manufacturers included Duchess Aluminium Ware and ETA. All came in a range of fantastic bright aluminium colours – hence the term ‘harlequin’.
For all your retro breakfast needs, these egg cups are for sale: $AUD45
This fantastic planters was 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’ designs and colours were influenced by the 1940s art and interior design trends; and produced work with this ‘Australiana’ colour glaze- brown and green – apparently reminiscent of the Australian bush. This nationalistic colour combination was very popular, and since I am a landscape architect, and quite fond of the Australian bush, I have tended to collect both Pates pieces in this colour range.
These large planters look fantastic supporting a range of succulent plants: I have kept them in their pots inside the planters and styled them more like cut flowers. I love the colour combinations.
Coronet pottery was a small pottery that operated in Sydney, established in 1953. The last time I blogged about Coronet pottery, the grand-daughter of one of the original potters contacted me and we had a very nice chat about the pottery pieces produced by Coronet- and her own burgeoning collection. You might like to see the other Coronet pieces that sparked our conversation.
This is a large, biomorphic shaped platter in three pastel tones. So 60s! The platters were hand-made from slip cast moulds, so no two are the same. This platter is in perfect condition and ready for Jatz crackers, cubes of cheese and cocktail onions. The groovy cats of the 60s knew where it was at!
WonderArt ‘Spring’ tapestry
made in Illinois, USA c1970
A worked bell pull tapestry in 100% wool; this piece comes with its original instructions from Needlecraft Corp of America. The pattern is ‘Spring’. [#6701 NIP; 5x 34”]
I love all things botanical; and all things crafted. This bell pull is gorgeous. Sure- who uses bell pulls anymore? Bell pulls were completely obsolete in the 70s when this was made. This is less a bell pull and more a lovely abstract rendition of spring flowers. [But I like that the photo of the completed bell pull on the instruction page does actually show a bell! Who are they kidding? Who will come when that thing is actually pulled?]
In keeping with my friend’s idea of filling a whole wall with ‘pixel art’ – this would be a fantastic addition. Ready to frame and hang, this piece is for sale: $AUD55- after all, it is WonderArt!
Here we have a set of four plaited-stem sherry glasses. The plaited-stem harks back to early glass manufacture while the harlequin colours of the cups -in grey, yellow, orange and crimson glass -pay homage to modernism. These 60s glasses are a sort of hybrid.
The glasses were a gift from my lovely sister-in-law; she knows I am partial to sherry. Sherry is such a wonderful aperitif; sort of sophisticated and yet terribly gauche: I love it! And- it goes so well with cucumber sandwiches which makes it perfectly acceptable to imbibe whilst playing mahjong on a Sunday at an unfeasibly early hour of the day.
But I digress- the sherry glasses are beautiful. In perfect condition, they lend a world of sophistication to any table.I’ve photographed them with a book on Camellias from the same era.
Alas my bar is rather full of sherry glasses, and so they are offered for sale: $AUD40
Fabulous, funky, chunky, fluid glass shapes- this is studio art glass. Made all over the world when abstraction met the atomic age in the arts scene in the 60s, each country seems to have produced this sort of art glass.
Highly in fashion in the 60s, totally out of fashion by the mid 70s- studio art glass is now back in fashion and very collectible. My partner has taken to collecting Australian pieces in a range of colours and then displaying them in colour groups. I admit I was sceptical at first- but the pieces do look fantastic when they are massed together.
Trish is collecting in reds/oranges and blues/greens – here are a few of her favourite things.