afterglow retro

Art Deco black Bakelite Ltd. trefoil lidded box, London circa 1930’s

This is a Beautiful Art Deco black Bakelite trefoil shaped lidded box, made by Bakelite Limited, London circa late 1930’s.

A Fabulous piece in the trefoil form of the Bakelite logo. With the logo on the lid, the inside of the lid has a moulded inscription ‘With the compliments of Bakelite Limited 12/16 Grosvenor Gardens London S.W.1.’
This design can also be found with an inscription to commemorate the coronation of George VI, May 12 1937. dating this piece to a similar age.

Most likely a promotional piece for shopkeepers or business associates. Its lidded form and compartmentalised interior make it perfect as a desk tidy, but could also be used as a trinket / jewellery box.

Would make a Stunning addition to any Bakelite / Art Deco design collection, and would complement any antique, vintage, 1930’s, 1940’s, Art Deco, Modernist, Bauhaus, minimal or contemporary interior.

In Excellent Condition, no cracks, the back underside lip of the lid is rough from use over the years, some tiny chips, not visible on display and do not detract (pictured).

Measures 13 x 13 x 3cm / 5.25 x 5.25 x 1.25in.
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Robert Picault bird plate, Vallauris, France circa 1950’s / 60’s

This is a Beautiful decorative plate / wall plate with bird / dove motif by Robert Picault, Vallauris, France circa 1950’s / 60’s.

Vallauris is a pottery region in south-eastern France, Picasso lived here from 1948 – 55 and greatly contributed to the renaissance of the pottery industry, this legendary golden age when everyone was a potter, including famous ceramicists Roger Capron and Charles Voltz. Their influence is clearly seen in the abstracted painterly decors.

Picault had worked with Capron and was a friend of Picasso’s. His handpainted style used Mediterranean colours, turquoise blue, green and brown with repeated geometric abstract motifs, and sometimes birds as seen on this plate.

Very stylised possible a Dove, the bird is simply rendered in turquoise green and black thick brushstrokes, very similar to Picasso’s work for the Madoura pottery.

Would make a Fantastic addition to any collection of Vallauris / French / European / Studio pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, mid century, 50’s, 60’s, Mediterranean, French or contemporary styled interior.

In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches. Some crazing commensurate with age, and a tiny firing dot in the glaze (pictured).

Measures 23 x 23 x 2.5cm / 9 x 9 x 1in.

Handpainted mark to the base ‘RP. La Roue Vallauris’. La Roue / The Wheel was a pottery workshop in the town.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/178810189/vallauris-robert-picault-plate-wall?

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‘Flash’ Butter Dish by Dorothy Hafner, Rosenthal Studio Line, Germany circa 1984.

This is one of 3 pieces from this range for sale over at my Etsy shop! https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/afterglowretro

This is a Fantastic butter dish by Rosenthal Studio Line, part of the ‘Flash’ range designed by Dorothy Hafner circa 1984.

A Great 1980’s Postmodern / Memphis style design by Dorothy Hafner, one of the most well respected proponents of the avant-garde in the ceramic design business. Her works excelling in a synthesis of shape and pattern.

The butter dish has a lovely angular shape, with a small handle on the top to lift the cover. The rectangular dish has an inner lip for the top to fit snugly on. Perfectly practical as a butter or even cheese serving dish, also beautiful as a decorative piece. The decor is very reminiscent of the era, very colourful, abstract and cartoon like.

The butter dish would make a Fabulous addition to any Rosenthal ‘Flash’ collection, and would bring a great design edge and splash of colour to any retro, vintage, 80’s, Postmodern or contemporary interior!

In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches.

Measuring 19 x 14 x 7cm / 7.5 x 5.5 x 2.75in.

Marked to the base ‘Rosenthal Studio – line Germany Flash Form Design Dorothy Hafner’.

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Brutalist boy / girl studio pottery figure

As the year end approaches, thought I would share my favourite find of the year. This striking Brutalist style boy / girl double sided pottery figure.
Its sitting in my collection at the moment, on display of course, awaiting more info.
Unmarked and measuring 23 x 19 x 7cm / 9 x 7.5 x 2.75in, and weighing a hefty 2kg for its size! Wonderfully crafted with its clever geometric inlaid construction, glazed and unglazed components, and featuring a different stylised figure on each side.

Most likely a studio piece, possibly Danish and in the style of modernist designers such as Paul Evans, its a mystery that hopefully will be solved in 2014!

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Italian pottery jug / vase by S. Volpi studio circa mid 1950’s

This is a Beautiful vase / jug made by the S. Volpi pottery studio, Italy circa mid 1950’s.

A Great rare piece from the studio pottery of Serafino Volpi, set up after he left his company Maiolica Derutese Volpi, to persue non traditional adventurous forms and decors.

Stunning form, so reminiscent of the era with its bulbous body and curved slanting rim / spout, balanced by a large squared decorative handle.

The decor is Superb, on a glossy white base are raised random white squiggles and sgraffito lines. Colourful handpainted stylised motifs adorn the whole body, a pair of snakes, starbursts, bright blocks of solid colour and pink dots. The handle contrast nicely in pink with gold dots and gilt edges, which carries around the rim of the spout.

Would make a Fantastic addition to any collection of Italian / Studio / European pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, 1950’s, mid century, kitsch or contemporary interior.

Hand marked to the base ‘S. Volpi Deruta 2709’.

In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches.

Measures 22 x 17 x 14cm / 8.75 x 6.75 x 5.5in.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/172662071/vintage-serafino-volpi-deruta-italian?

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Bitossi Ceramiche ‘Spagnolo’ planter, Italy circa 1960’s

This is a Fantastic ‘Spagnolo’ planter / flower pot / vase, by Bitossi Ceramiche, Italy circa 1960’s.

A Lovely simple small form, the cylindrical body having a flared thick rim. Perfect for use as a small planter, as a vase, as a storage pot, for use in the kitchen or on a desk, or to group with other Bitossi ‘Spagnolo’ or the similar classic ‘Rimini Blu’ pieces.

Lovely textured surface with shallow trenches made by the rough clay being hand turned on the wheel.

A Fabulous design by Aldo Londi from 1963, in the striking iconic ‘Spagnolo’ (Spanish) decor. With its central band of impressed motifs resembling Moorish tiles, 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 practical and stylish 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 Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches.

Measures 10.5 x 12.5 x 12.5cm / 4.25 x 5 x 5in.

Unmarked to the base.

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Dumler & Breiden Keramik vase, West Germany circa 1970’s

This is a lovely small Dumler & Breiden Keramik vase, West Germany circa 1970’s.

A Fantastic piece of West German ‘Fat Lava’ pottery. Very reminiscent of Studio pottery of the era, and of the complex glazes of master ceramicists such as Marcello Fantoni.

The simple classical baluster form has a base black glossy glaze. This is overlaid with complex crusty lava glazes, in bands, foaming and dripping in black, white and light blue colours, and forming circular motifs on two sides.
These are filled with a wonderful lustrous bronze glaze, and the vase is further enlivened with dripping bands of green and bronze.

Very organic the colours and glazes echoing nature, rocks, earth, fire and water, characteristic of the early 1970’s, echoing a break from Modernism and the Space Age styles.

A Great addition to any collection of West German / Fat Lava / European Art Pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, 70’s, minimal or contemporary interior.

In Excellent Condition no marks, chips or scratches

Impressed mark to the base ‘479 / 14 Germany’, with the D&B logo.

Measures 14.5 x 7.5 x 7.5cm / 5.75 x 3 x 3in.

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Tilgmans Keramik handled vase, made in Sweden circa 1960’s

This is a Great Tilgmans Keramik handled vase, made in Sweden circa 1960’s.

A Striking piece of Scandinavian pottery, very much in the studio / Fat Lava style. Rough and rustic with incised geometric motifs on a brown base. Decorated with orange, green, blue and white glazes in rough handpainted bands over.

Completed with a small decorative handle and a wonderfully mottled glossy glazed inner in turquoise. A real contrast to the Brutalist / Modernist outer surfaces, very reminiscent of designs of the era, and of Scandinavian ceramics.

Perfect for use as a small vase, as a pen / brush pot for use on a desk / in a kitchen etc. Very sculptural in its own right as a display piece too.

Would make a fantastic addition to any collection of Tilgmans / Swedish / European / Studio pottery, and would complement any Scandinavian / Nordic / Mid Century / Retro / Vintage / Modernist / Rustic styled interior.

Great Condition, no chips or cracks, some flakes to the rough glaze, nothing to detract on display.

Unmarked to the base, but the same decor can be seen on pieces stamped with the Tilgmans mark.

Measures 14 x 11 x 10.5cm / 5.5 x 4.5 x 4.25in.

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Rosewood effect clock, Bentima, England circa 1960’s

This is a great mantel / shelf or desk clock, made by Bentima, England circa 1960’s.

A Fantastic design, the clock sits on a brass base, and has a Rosewood effect Formica face with a brass dial under a glass cover, very reminiscent of the mid century 50’s / 60’s era. Lovely winged shape, and the classic clock face with Roman Numerals and ornate hands is very easy to read.

Would make a Great clock for use on a mantelpiece, shelf or desk, great vintage design to complement any retro, mid century, kitsch, 60’s, Mad Men styled interior.

Battery operated (not included) with a reliable quality German Quartz mechanism, keeps great time.

In Excellent Condition, a couple of miniscule light marks to the veneer, and a little tarnishing to the brass, nothing to detract on display.

Measures 21 x 15 x 5cm / 8.5 x 6 x 2in.

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