This is a truly Stunning clear Lucite (resin) paperweight with thermometer, circa 1950’s / 1960/s. In the Mid Century Modern style, believed to be made in France (thermometre on face).
A Great piece, in the shape of a clamshell, and displaying an underwater Sea scene complete with shells, sea plants and a Starfish. All encased in a beautiful clear resin that catches the light amazingly through the contoured edges, contrasted nicely with the black back.
A Striking and unusual item, catches the light beautifully, perfect for use as a desk accessory / paperweight, or on display on a sideboard, windowsill or mantelpiece.
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 its bold striking form and design!
In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches, the thermometer is still working too!
Measures 13 x 11 x 4.5cm / 5 x 4.5 x 1.75in.
This is a Lovely Walter Bosse brass Giraffe figure, made by Baller, Austria circa 1950’s / 60’s.
A Classic design of the mid century modern era, the simple stylised cartoon like form of a Giraffe, designed by Walter Bosse a master craftsman and designer of animal figures, during the golden age of Vienna bronzes.
From the ‘Black-Golden Line’ series, the miniature brass figurines were given a black finish with polished areas using the ‘Patination’ technique.
Would make a Great additon to any collection of Walter Bosse / Baller / Animal / Brass figures. Perfect as a desk accessory / paperweight, or to decorate any vintage sideboard / mantelpiece or coffee table.
Vintage Condition, the black patination is very worn, could be stripped to the brass, or repainted.
Measures 9 x 9 x 4cm / 3.5 x 3.5 x 1.5in
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This small but perfectly formed Zell Schmider vase may mark a turning point in my collecting. With its beautiful abstract Cubist /Picasso / Corbusier inspired decor, very much in the Mid-century Modern style, interlocking circles with blocks of primary colour on a simple elegant form.
It encapsulates and references the modern design ethos of the era all in just 10cm ! Unlike the later larger ‘Fat Lava’ floor vases (of which I have quite a few) this could happily sit on a bookshelf or mantelpiece, a subtle nod to great 1950’s design. This will inspire me to seek out other similar pieces that display classic style on a miniature scale.
At the moment I’m really loving pieces such as this that exhibit so many characteristics of Mid-century design. From the use of new types of plastic to create innovative pieces in abstract forms that owes so much to the Atomic-era and the Jet-age, fusing geometric angular shapes with streamlined contours. And the brightly coloured Kitsch underwater scenes, mementos of Inter-Continental foreign travel.
A highly collectable and very practical piece of mid-century modern furniture. Originally designed as a sewing / hobby box, with its cantilevered construction, opening to reveal 8 compartments. Sitting on lovely Atomic styled splayed legs, and with a bent ply handle, its form is very reminiscent of its Eames / Danish modern era origins. A great storage solution for any retro, vintage or mid century styled interior.