Pair of kitschy vases,
made in Australia, c. 1950s
These vases are unmarked, so I am unable to determine manufacturer; I do however know they are Australian and of the 50s due to their previous owner.
I am a sucker for anything kitschy or anything with a botanical theme. I also love the classic nationalistic Australiana colours of green and brown brought to these vases. And to have a pair means double the kitschiness!
I rarely collect items without manufacturer’s stamps- I like to research collected pieces and have a little historical background on them. But I broke my own rules for these vases – I simply love them. They look good displaying flowers or kitschy plastic fruit….you decide!
The vases are in good condition for their age- and the fact they are unmarked is reflected in the sale price.
Modern Ceramic Products Vases # 207, 209, 218 and 222
made in Sydney, Australia c.1950s
MCP started production in the 1940s, in Redfern, Sydney. The simple geometric forms of these vases have a very modernist styling and each has a highly textured exterior finish which contrasts with the smooth internal glaze. The two-toned aesthetic meant each vase could be made in a wide range of iterations- albeit along the 50s spectrum of baby blue, pale pink and pale yellow.
When these vases are on display on the shelves, it’s easy to choose one to put flowers in – and the rest of the time the group makes a fantastic art piece.