A little collection of lovely 60s pottery- but with no maker’s marks or other means of identification. All in great condition – and identified as being 60s pottery due to the styling, pastel colourings and – spots. Nothing says the 60s like spots!
This collection came from a lovely old lady’s home- she could recollect buying the pieces in the 60s but not from whom or where she bought them. She had had them on display but was selling them to make room for some nice new pieces- contemporary pieces- from the 80s. That’s how long ago it was- but even now I can remember my heart sinking thinking how horrible it was swapping the 60s for the 80s. Only twenty years difference- but yowza!- light years away in terms of design. The 80s was the era that design forgot.
Now my 60s collection is burgeoning to over-full and I must reluctantly part with some of it. Not to buy contemporary pieces, like the lovely old lady- but to display and enjoy the small part of the collection that I can fit in my tiny inner-city house.
This collection- five 60s pieces in good condition- is for sale: $AUD75
These barrel mugs are becoming quite rare- and sought after. MCP- Modern Ceramic Products -made them from the late 40s to the early 50s. The mugs were made in teal, yellow, green and blue. Here we see the teal and yellow colourings- and I have teamed them with a couple of sprigs of wattle that turns up in a quite a few of my images.
The mugs have an impressed stamp to the base that reads ‘MCP, Sydney No.122’. They are both in good condition – and whilst researching the mugs I found a single mug on Ebay selling for $40.
You might recall that I have featured MCP vases in two previous posts – I like the modernist forms of these vases. Check out those posts for more information on Modern Ceramic Products.
Pink & Green Pates vases
made in Australia c.1940-1950
More pink & green speckled Pates pottery- here we have some delightful kitschy vase shapes. Fish and swan in the middle, with a floating flower trough to the front and a posy vase behind. One kitschy vase does not a set make…look how good they look when grouped en masse.
I’ve speculated previously that this pink and green pottery colouring was produced to match a 50s interior- it wasn’t until the 60s that the ‘Australian’ tones of green and brown were seen. I like the hand applied colour glazes- it means despite these vases being turned out in the hundreds- no two were ever the same.
These four vases would make a nice collected set with the three vases posted below. This set is for sale: $AUD110
made in Sydney, Australia c.1940s-1950s
I have posted about Pates pottery previously [sorry, couldn’t help the alliteration] – but not, I think, the pink and green speckled Pates pottery.
Pates Pottery operated out of Belmore, Sydney from 1946 -1990, quite close to where I now live. Pates’ designs and colours were influenced by the 1950s furnishing and domestic colour trends; so these three vases are instantly recognisable as coming from the 50s.
The set comprises a ring ‘floating’ flower vase- with deco stylings, an upright vase with exaggerated lip and a floating flower ‘log’ vase. I don’t really understand the ‘log’ vase- but it is so associated with the 50s and was so ubiquitous that I have come to embrace its slightly kitschy realism.
Diana Flannel Flower jugs & vase
made in Sydney, Australia c.1960s
Some more of my Diana collection. Flannel Flower is the floral emblem of NSW [and has been associated with this State since Federation in 1901.] Diana pottery in the 60s produced a number of Sydney specific floral emblems on vases and pots – some were hand painted [and quite garish in my opinion.] I like the more subtle relief work depicting the Flannel flower on these jugs and vase.
The colours of the jugs and the vase seem more in keeping with the 50s; perhaps the baby blues, greens and pinks [examples of which have appeared in previous posts….] were so popular they were carried over into the 60s. My Diana collection finishes with these pieces from the 60s…I really can’t bring myself to embrace the pieces that were made in the 70s.
[Since this image was taken, I have added another, larger white Flannel Flower jug to the collection. I KNOW I’m supposed to be downsizing, but I can’t resist the Flannel Flower pieces!]
This is an image of bookshelves I designed for our front entrance room. The bookshelves were envisaged as a series of ‘boxes’ to allow me to catalogue our books, and as a framing device for parts of my collection. I can change the ensemble pieces around easily – and so far it’s half / half between the books and the pottery collection. These pottery pieces are Diana, the pottery that operated in Marrickville, Sydney from 1940 to 1975. Diana pottery had many iterations, but I like these brown and green coloured pieces the best, and I particularly like those jugs with the quasi-kangaroo leg shapes.
I don’t think I can part with my brown-and-green Diana collection, but thought I could use the shelving device to showcase other parts of the collection that I can reluctantly say goodbye to. These feature in posts, below…
50s coloured plates
made in Australia by Johnson, Sovereign Pottery and others &
made in England by Roydon, Polo and others
Following on from my last post, here is a mish-mash of lovely 50s plates, collected from all over the place. There are eight large and eight side plates, in baby blues, pastel yellows, baby pink, pastel green…all made from different manufacturers.
Ever since student days, when having miss-matched crockery and furniture was all one could aspire to, I have enjoyed one-offs and still recoil from matchy-matchy things. My partner and I spent about a decade or so trying to buy a new crockery set once…in the end we found the only manufacturer in the world that produced single pieces in vibrant colours- a kind of contemporary harlequin set. It makes perfect sense- if you break something the whole set isn’t ruined…you simply replace the piece in the appropriate colour.
And the only drawback to this lovely set it- it’s not dishwasher proof. You have to don a 50s apron, and wash it the old fashioned way [ie: get your partner to do it!]