Wild Rose toast rack

Shorter & Son ‘Wild Rose’ toast rack
made in England, 1940s

Today, for your delight – a ceramic 40s toast rack, with ‘wild rose’ pattern. I’ve teamed the rack with a fabulous picture of Mary- chosen for the complimentary colours, and because it looks like Mary is holding a sundae – sort of a food tie-in with the toast rack.

Religious iconography – especially vintage iconography- is always fascinating. I don’t understand any of the symbolism here- [and perhaps it’s just my fascination with deserts] – I do know it’s Mary due to her blue dress.

But back to the toast rack: Shorter and Son pottery was established in 1900 and finished production in 1964. By the 1940s- when this rack was made, Short and Son were known for their ‘novelty’ ceramic kitchenalia. These earthenware pottery pieces typically featured English flowers, and were:

“cleverly modelled and effectively decorated…” [to quote the Pottery Gazette, published March 1941.]

People collect toast racks. And people collect pottery featuring flowers. Here’s a piece to suit everybody! The toast rack is in great vintage condition, and is for sale: $AU35

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Stainless steel & teak breakfast set

Stainless steel and teak set

I love this teak and stainless steel toast rack- made by DKF Lundtofte in Denmark. This is mid-century modernism at its best- simple, strong function pieces with no fussy decoration. The one piece steel rack is simply screwed into the [laminated] teak base. And the handle mirrors the rack shape – beautiful!

Likewise, I like the way teak has been incorporated into the other stainless steel pieces- in the knobs of the sugar bowl and teapot and along the linear handles of the milk jug & teapot.

The front two pieces are a set- sugar bowl and milk jug, made by Talamon Ware, designed in Hong Kong. Fantastic funky asymmetrical lids sit in their spherical frames.

The teapot -for one- is unmarked. It rounds out the breakfast set nicely.

For sale: $AUD75

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