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.
Bessemer products – made from melamine – were made by the Nylex Melmac Corporation which started production in the mid 60s. These beautiful pieces were designed by Lionel Suttie-an industrial designer-and were produced in Melbourne until the mid 70s.
It’s interesting that Mr Suttie is remembered as Bessemer’s lead designer: this was the first time that condiment or tableware made from plastic [melamine] was thought to be worthy of design – that the humble mass-produced sugar bowl could make a design statement. And this set of three- two lidded condiment containers and a jug- is rare in that it is white and has never been used.
This set can be used as intended- melamine is a strong plastic resistant to scratching and the set is ‘as new’ – or they can form part of a funky 70s display. I have teamed them with a hand-woven white and green raffia oil bottle- also c. 1970s- as a visual contrast.
Think the Beatles White Album [1968.] Think the white Bessemer series; for sale: $AUD55
Diana ‘spotty’ pudding bowl and jug
made in Sydney, Australia c. 1952 -1957
Diana pottery didn’t start the 50s trend for spots – but it certainly continued it with gusto. During the period 1952-1957 all sorts of domestic ware was glazed with a single strong 50s blue, yellow or pink background with white dots. Large white dots, not your namby-pamby polka dots!
Spotted pottery is now popularly identified with the 50s, and it is getting increasingly harder to find. I love Diana pottery- partly for their Australiana-themed output [see many, many posts, below] and partly because it operated not far from where I now live. Nostalgia- and proximity- a heady mix!
These two pieces are not the same blue- probably hand painted by different people on different glazing days – but don’t they look smashing together? The robust pieces are still able to be put into kitchen service- I have testified on this blog before about the number of lovely christmas puddings I have enjoyed made by my sister-in-law, who often cooks them in a Diana pudding bowl [and I enjoy two gifts in one!]
I have seen the pudding bowl on an antique seller’s website for $120 – with $95 for the jug. They are now becoming rare and are collectible- and popular.