1950’s

‘Tigris’ vase and dish, Zell Shmider Keramik, West Germany circa 1956

These are a Beautiful miniature vase and dish pair, made by Zell Schmider Keramik, West Germany, form and decor designed by Anneliese Beckh circa 1956.

In the Stunning ‘Tigris’ decor, with its glossy black glaze and wavy stripes in yellow and white. Very reminiscent of the era and most likely influenced by Picasso, Cubism and Modernist styles, understated, elegant and classic design.

Lovely forms, the small vase having a rounded tapered body with a curving rim and the pin dish sits at an angle with an asymmetric curved kidney shape. Both perfect as part of a centrepiece or grouping, as a single stem vase and pin dish, desk accessories, or sculptural pieces in their own right.

Pieces from this lesser known pottery are rarer than the output of the large ceramics factories of the 60’s / 70’s, and this earlier Mid Century style is very collectable as an antithesis to the ‘Fat Lava’ styles.

Would complement any collection of West German or European Art / Studio pottery, and would look fantastic in any retro, vintage, mid century, fifties, modernist, minimal or contemporary interior.

In Excellent Condition, a couple of miniscule fleabite sized rough patches on the rims, nothing to detract on display, no chips or cracks.

Marked to the base 3589 Made in Western Germany 1786 26 and with the company logo.

The small vase measures 12 x 7.5 x 7cm / 4.75 x 3 x 2.75in. Marked to the base ‘Made in Western Germany 4167’.

The pin dish measures 10.5 x 7 x 4cm / 4.25 x 2.75 x 1.75in. Marked to the base ‘4087 22’.

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‘Rimini Blu’ bowl, Bitossi Ceramiche, Italy circa 1960’s

This is a Fantastic ‘Rimini Blu’ bowl / dish / wall plaque, by Bitossi Ceramiche, Italy circa 1960’s.

A Striking form, the wide flat rimmed circular bowl has a hemispherical well in the middle. Decorative and sculptural, could be used as part of a table arrangement, as a candleholder, on a desk, or can be hung as a wall plaque.

A Fabulous design by Aldo Londi from 1959, in the striking iconic ‘Rimini Blu’, With its alternating bands of impressed motifs resembling Arabesque or Runic patterns, it is influenced by the new trends in art and design in the mid century period. Beautiful glossy layered blue and turquoise glazes evoke the colours of the Mediterranean Sea.

A Wonderful, Rare and Unusual piece from one of the greatest designers and ceramicists of the 20th century.

Would look great in any 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, retro, vintage, mid century modern, modernist, minimal or contemporary interior. A Great addition to any collection of Bitossi / Italian / European art pottery or 20th century design.

In Great Condition, a few small flakes of missing glaze as is common with this style of rough glazed ceramics. the hole on the base for wall hanging is probably not original, but doesn’t detract, not visible on display.

Measures 21 x 21 x 2.5cm / 8.25 x 8.25 x 1in.

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Bitossi ‘Pinguino’ in ‘Rimini Blu’ designed by Aldo Londi, Italy circa 1959

This is a Fantastic Large Rimini Blu ‘Pinguino’ (Penguin) money box / figurine, by Bitossi Ceramiche, Italy circa 1960’s.

A Striking form, the stylised Penguin has a bulbous body with small wings on the sides, small cut out holes for eyes and a conical beak on the domed head. With a cutout on the back for coins and a plastic stopper in the base for retrieving them. Perfect as a classy moneybox or as a sculptural piece to display in its own right.

A Fabulous design by Aldo Londi from 1959, in the striking iconic ‘Rimini Blu’, With its alternating bands of impressed motifs resembling Arabesque or Runic patterns, it is influenced by the new trends in art and design in the mid century period. Beautiful glossy layered blue and turquoise glazes evoke the colours of the Mediterranean Sea.

A Wonderful, Rare and Unusual piece from one of the greatest designers and ceramicists of the 20th century.

Would look great in any 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, retro, vintage, mid century modern, modernist, minimal or contemporary interior. A Great addition to any collection of Bitossi / Italian / European art pottery or 20th century design.

In Great Condition, the front of the beak has been previously chipped and repainted, doesn’t detract on display, could easily be smoothed or repainted if desired. A few small flakes of missing glaze as is common with this style of rough glazed ceramics.

Indistinct hand painted mark to the base, series of numbers and Italy.

Measures 22 x 13 x 13cm / 8.5 x 5 x 5in.

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Murano glass mortar and pestle, Italy circa 1950’s

This is a Beautiful Art Glass Mortar and Pestle, made in Murano, Venice, Italy circa 1950’s / 60’s.

A Wonderful piece, the exact maker unknown but bearing the attributes of renowned makers AVeM, Seguso and Toso.
The mortar bowl has a fantastic organic form, beautifully curved like a shell. The outside is cased black glass, within the bowl are swirls of silver leaf inclusions and multicoloured Murrine canes.
The pestle has been created using the Sommerso technique with black glass encased in clear glass in a stretched twisted club-like form.

A Striking example showing the skill and craftsmanship of the master glassmakers of Murano.

Would make a Great addition to any collection of Murano / Art glass, and would complement any retro, vintage, mid century, modernist, minimal or contemporary interior.

Still bears the original foil label on the base ‘Genuine Venetian Glass Made in Murano Italy’.

The bowl is in Excellent Condition, some light age related wear on the base and in the pestle rest. Nothing to detract on display, the thin end of the pestle is rough, possibly from production, also doesn’t detract.

The mortar measures 13 x 12 x 5cm / 5 x 4.5 x 2in.

The pestle measures 10 x 2 x 1.5cm / 4 x 0.75 x 0.5in.

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Vintage Soda Syphons circa 1950’s /60’s

Maybe its because of the mini heatwave we are experiencing here in Brighton, but I seem to have acquired a small collection of vintage Soda Syphons!  Perfect for making a long refreshing drink or cocktail, in fantastic retro designs for your fashionable party, ‘al fresco’ dinner or barbecue!

The Striking black and gold 1960’s BOC syphon is available over at Etsy….  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/157073903/vintage-soda-syphon-1960s-seltzer-bottle?

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Pair of Lucite Paperweights with Underwater Seascenes, circa 1960′s

These are a really Stunning Pair of coloured Lucite (resin) paperweights, circa 1950’s / 1960’s. Country of origin is unknown but very much in the American Mid Century Modern style.

Great pieces with their Atomic-era style abstract forms, displaying underwater Sea scenes complete with shells, fish, plants and Starfish.
All encased in a blue / yellow / green colour resin block with the backs textured like rippled water, which catches the light beautifully and glows amazingly due to the form and colour.

A Striking and unusual pair that could be used as paperweights, bookends, desk ornaments, centrepieces or just to admire on display.

Really reminiscent of the 50’s / 60’s Atomic Mid-Century Modern Era using new materials with exciting new forms! Would be fantastic in a retro, vintage, or even contemporary or minimal interior due to their bold striking form and colour!

In Great Condition, the large one is Excellent. The smaller one has a few light surface scratches, not noticeable on display and doesn’t detract from the overall look and effect. The usual age related wear on the bases.

Measuring: Larger 19 x 12 x 5cm / 7.5 x 4.75 x 2in.
Smaller 15 x 10 x 5.5cm / 6 x 4 x 2.25in.

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Black and Gold trio by Jasba Keramik, West Germany circa 1950’s

These are a Beautiful trio of small decorative jugs and a bowl by Jasba Keramik, West Germany circa 1950’s.

Striking mid century style, very reminiscent of the 1950’s era. Two jugs with angled handles, one being squat and the other tapered, and a bulbous bowl / pot.

All have the same Fantastic decor, in a glossy black glaze with Gold applied around the rims and the handles. With yellow, blue, turquoise and white feathery stripes and applied elliptical red dots.

Would make a Great addition to any collection of West German or European Pottery and would complement any retro, vintage, 50’s, 60’s, mid century, Hollywood regency or contemporary styled interior.

In Excellent Condition, no chips , some wear to the gilt edges, few very light surface marks, nothing detracts on display.

Measuring: Tall Jug 12 x 6 x 6cm / 4.75 x 2.5 x 2.5in.
Squat Jug 10 x 9 x 9cm / 4 x 3.5 x 3.5in.
Bowl 6 x 7 x 7cm / 2.5 x 2.75 x 2.75in

The bases all have moulded form numbers, but they are not readable, one is stamped Foreign.

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Murano sommerso glass deer, Venice, Italy circa 1950’s / 60’s

This is a Beautiful glass deer figurine, made in Murano, Venice, Italy circa 1950’s / 60’s.

A Wonderful piece, the stylised deer / fawn / bambi figure has great detailing from the graceful legs to the pointy ears, bushy tail to ball nose!
All in a Fantastic Sommerso glass in red, yellow and clear glass. Catches the light amazingly through the colours and curves.

A Striking example showing the skill and craftsmanship of the glassmakers of Murano. Similar pieces were made by Cenedese, Seguso, AVeM, Flavio Poli and Fratelli Toso, and this is very reminiscent of the styles and output of the era.

Would make a Stunning addition to any collection of Murano / Italian / Art glass, and would complement any retro, vintage, 50’s, 60’s, mid century, modernist, kitsch or contemporary styled interior.

In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches.

Measures 19 x 14.5 x 7cm / 7.5 x 5.75 x 2.75in.

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Pair of Vintage Kokeshi Dolls, Japan, circa 1950’s

These are a Wonderful Pair of Vintage Kokeshi Dolls / Figures, Japan, circa 1950’s.

A Traditional Japanese wooden doll, hand carved and painted, with a nodding ball head on top of a cylindrical body in the Dento (traditional) Kokeshi style from Northern Japan.

Each piece is beautifully decorated with a simple face and hair and the bodies have pictures of a Japanese Prince and a Geisha with Japanese lettering.

Lovely pieces that showcase Japanese traditional skill and craftsmanship, and are also reminiscent of the mid century era, with their stylised nature and form.

Would make a Great addition to any collection of Japanese art / craft, and would complement any retro, vintage, mid century, Asian, Japanese, minimal or contemporary interior.

In Great Condition, a few light marks and small flakes to the paint commensurate with age, nothing to detract.

Measuring each 10 x 3 x 3cm / 4 x 1.25 x 1.25in.

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Vintage Kienzle nautical style wall clock on a rope, Germany circa 1950’s

This is a Stunning Nautical style hanging wall clock on a rope, made by Kienzle, Germany circa 1950’s.

A Fantastic Art Deco design, with the round face mounted on wood and brass rimmed, Very reminiscent of the era with the stylised numerals and sleek rounded form. Lovely decorative hands and brass clasps holding the rope, similar to a ships clock design.
Incorporates elements of the Bauhaus / Modernist design movements in Germany at the time. Most likely a Heinrich Moeller design, who produced many stunning Deco pieces for this highly renowned clock maker.

Would make a great stylish practical addition to any nautical, retro, vintage, art deco, modernist, mid century or contemporary styled interior. Perfect for an office, hallway or living room.

In Full Working Order, fitted with a later Kienzle battery operated mechanism.

In Excellent Condition, some tarnishing to the brass, the wood is in Great Condition, nice golden patina. A few marks on the clock face from 60+ years of the hands moving, nothing to detract.

The clock measures 17 x 17 x 5cm / 6.5 x 6.5 x 2in. Its length when hanging is 42cm / 16.5in.

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