Crystal Craft trivet, made in Australia 1970s Wiltshire ‘Vogue’ cutlery, made in Australia 1970s
Crystal Craft has become uber trendy for collectors: it is a resin-covered fabric that originated in Queensland in the 70s. This is a super 70s trivet- just look at the forms and colours! And it is great that the piece has it’s original sticker on the base.
The ‘Vogue’ cutlery was designed for Wiltshire by Stuart Devlin- famous for his other work designing the images on Australian coins [all native fauna & flora.] This was his day job – but once those coins were minted I think he gave up his day job! The cutlery are ‘new in box’ never opened or used, and in great condition.
I styled these two items together – I love the 70s colours! – but am happy to sell them separately: $AU35 each.
Biscuit tin, made in Australia 1970s
An upcycled biscuit tin clock, featuring corgi puppies- not upcycled by me but by a friend. Such a great idea! the lid comes off to reveal the quartz clock movement, which takes an AA battery. A small hole drilled in the back of the tin allows the clock to be hung. Viola! vintage tin upcycled to functional timepiece.
The tin is 200mm x 120mm, with a depth of 80mm- which means that doggy figurine shown next to the clock, could quite easy model on top of the clock, once hung.
The clock will appeal to vintage lovers – and corgi puppy admirers. It is for sale: $AU18
Johnson OF Australia dinner plates
made in Queensland, Australia 1975
The back stamp of these 70s plates is Johnson OF Australia – [reminds me of Lawrence OF Arabia!] Johnson Bros [Australia] produced transfer printed stoneware crockery marketed as “tough, utilitarian ware” – which is why these plates are looking so fresh and unblemished today.
Johnson Bros [Australia] was a division of Johnson Brothers England- at the time one of the largest domestic pottery producers in the world. This design wasn’t given a name or a pattern number, but the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney has a record of the design: it is described as a “complex radial design with central sunflower”. The plate was collected and added to the Powerhouse collection by a Melbourne artist John Hind.
I have recently started to embrace the 70s – and Australiana from the 70s; and now I have an Instagram account, I have been seeing much 70s Australiana – and Johnson’s plates are much celebrated. There is one fantastic site where Johnson pieces are cut and sanded to make upcycled jewellery: rings and necklaces. It’s a lovely celebration of 70s iconography and the ‘tough, utilitarian ware’ that the Johnson Bros never imagined.
Kangaroo & Joey ceramic wall plate, made in Australia c. 1960
Kangaroo figurine, made in Australia c. 1970
A study of two kangaroos- a decade apart- but what a contrast.
The 60s wall plate- made with perforations to the back so it can be hung- features a fairly accurately realised kangaroo and joey in an abstracted environment. So far, so 60s. The 70s figurine is highly stylised- with enlarged feet and tail having a functional purpose- keeping Skippy stable.
I am absolutely partial to the archetypal fauna of Australia- kangaroo, koala, kookaburra. I know many people who limit their collections to just the one theme, maker, material or decade- but I don’t have that discipline. Kangaroo collectors, lovers and aficionados, see countless examples in blog posts below.
Kangaroo collectors should love this little lot, which is for sale: $AUD40