50s Roses

Rose plate collection, 1950sRose plates
made in England & Australia 1950s

My idea with the 50s Rose collection is this: collect in a theme [roses] and a date [1950s] – then mass together on a wall.

These ten plates are by Myott, England; Swinnertons, England, Wood & Sons, England and Sovereign pottery, Australia. I collected them all individually, then once a certain mass has been obtained- display them altogether. Some of the plates are paired, and there are four of the ‘squircle’ Sovereign Pottery plates: arrange them randomly or in groups to fit the space available.

Start you own Rose collection today; or add to an existing collection- the plates are for sale: $AUD100

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Mixed bag : black & yellow

Black & yellow- 20s. 50s, 60sMixed bag: yellow and black

A lovely ensemble of retro things united by colour but not by age. The large glass plate- black with gilt roses is 50s, the kitschy banana vase [Grafton= a lovely country town well known for its Jacaranda trees rather than bananas] is 60s and the xylonite box [xylonite is an early plastic made to mimic ivory] is somewhat yellowed and hails from the 20s.

All made in Australia and all having different provenance; I collected the items one by one. All fine examples of their type: glass, ceramic [kitsch] and xylonite. The xylonite box is somewhat distressed, but has working hinges and the box lid still fits well- the celluloid flower on its lid is unusual and that will be attractive to xylonite collectors.

The mixed bag collection is for sale: $AUD85

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40s jug

Carlton Ware Wild Rose jugCarlton 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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Vintage Rose tea set

Midwinter 'Vintage Rose' tea setMidwinter Stylecraft “Vintage Rose” breakfast set
made in Staffordshire, England 1954

How beautiful is this set? Vintage Rose, fashion shape 2-60 [the squircle, I believe it’s called.] The Vintage Rose set was made in 1954, according to www.midwinderdirectory.co.uk –which you might like to check out. I love the shape, and the retro rose image…it’s perfect for those retro breakfasts that you always wanted to have!

The set comprises two tea cups and saucers, two breakfast bowls and two side plates. Breakfast for two. It’s in mint condition and would look great on a sideboard when not being used for tea and toast.

This set is for sale: $AUD80 Midwinter is SO collectible right now!

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