Kelco espresso set ‘Tulip’

Kelco espresso set 'Tulip'Kelco espresso set
made in Japan, c.1960s

This charming espresso set of six cups and saucers comes in its original box: it’s never been used.

Largardo Tackett designed this set for Kelco – for the 60s European market. It’s called ‘Tulip’ [pattern K-41] and features abstract tulip shapes. I’ve seen the set in reds, blues and black and white…but I like this orange set the best. They weren’t shy about colour in the 60s, and the orange has been repeated on the saucer.

I’ve posted Kelco before…I am drawn to the simple, modernist shaping and the strong colours.

The espresso set would brighten a modern, monochrome kitchen and lend a certain retro aesthetic to the dining table. The set is for sale: $AUD85

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60s espresso set [sold]

Kelco demitasse/espresso set
made in Japan, c.1968

Further to the wonderful ‘Impact’ coffee set by British Anchor [see post, below] this fine porcelain espresso set comprises a coffee pot, creamer, 4 espresso cups & saucers, and 4 tea cups & saucers [not all photographed.] The olive green glaze has a fine brown line around the edge of the pieces; a classic late 60s colouring. This set can also be found in orange, and yellow, but for my money the olive green is the best.

I’m particularly fond of the creamer- it hasn’t a handle- just those funky little side dimples for holding.

You can use this set for a tea party – or – as an art piece, just don’t put it in the dishwasher. I have seen many lovely pieces ruined by people using pre-dishwasher pieces in a post-dishwasher world.

This set is for sale [18 pieces] : $AUD155