Carlton Ware ‘contemporary ware’

Carlton Ware leaf dishes and salt & pepper shakersCarlton Ware ‘Contemporary Ware’ dishes and salt and pepper shakers, made in England 1951-1961

Many people are familiar with the botanically-themed Carlton Ware ceramics [and having a background in horticulture, I am quite ‘familiar’ with them myself.]  Various daisy/foxglove/wild rose motifs were made in the 30s, 40s and continuing into the 50s, but in 1951 a modernist theme emerged.  These leaf-shaped dishes and cubic salt and pepper shakers are an example of this and were dubbed ‘contemporary’ ware.

The four monochrome dishes have a wonderful abstract leaf shape, and so appeal to me. I also like the austerity and the somewhat obtuse cube-shaped shakers. These pieces are now quite hard to come by, and are all in perfect condition.

For sale: $AUD150

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Wild Rose Jug

Carlton Ware ‘Wild Rose’ Jug
made in England, c. 1940s

Did I mention, once or twice, that I am drawn to botanical themes? That I might have collected a bit of it due to being a landscape architect? Well- here’s proof positive.  A beautiful Carlton Ware ‘Wild Rose’ jug- # 1696 [#16 for the green background, and #96 for the jug] – in great condition with nary a scratch or a nick.

The rest of the malarkey in the image is my fondness for ‘styling’…but I do like to mix vintage pieces with contemporary, in a new context. Because these retro pieces have to find a new way of being in the contemporary home…and this is how I do it. You might do it differently…and if so, I would love to see how/why. It would be great if you sent me an image of how you incorporate these pieces into your life.

For sale: $AUD45

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