This is a beautiful Studio Laurana Rame D’ Arte enamelled copper wall clock, made in Italy circa 1960’s.
A fantastic design from this ‘copper art’ studio founded by Franco Bastianelli in Pesaro, Italy in 1958.
Stunning Italian modernist / brutalist style very reminiscent of the work of Curtis Jere and Marcello Fantoni during the mid century era.
The clock face is made of copper, with indentations and holes roughly hewn around the rim, embellished with shimmering fiery multicoloured enamelled glazes. In the middle are raised glassy droplets to roughly mark the time.
Fitted with a very reliable German Kienzle movement and lovely period brass hands.
Would make a prefect addition for any mid century, modernist, brutalist, 1950’s, 1960’s, vintage, retro or contemporary interior as a practical piece of wall art!
In excellent condition, a little crazing to the thick enamel as is common with these pieces, nothing to detract on display. In fully working order, keeping good time, takes one size C. 1.5V battery not included.
Measures 30 x 30 x 5.5cm / 12 x 12 x 2.25in.
Hand signed to the back with the artists name (indistinct) and partially under the mechanism.
These are a fantastic set of 3 art deco Bakelite animal napkin rings, a Scottie dog, squirrel and duck, country of origin unknown circa 1930’s.
Wonderful designs, simple stylised forms with holes in the middles for holding a rolled napkin. The shapes are so reminiscent of the art deco era. All in vibrant colours, the squirrel and Scottie dog in a buterscotch orange with very faint marbling, the duck is in a dark green with faint yellow marbling. All have painted on eyes.
All tested with Simichrome polish as being genuine Bakelite.
Would make a fantastic addition to any Bakelite collection and would complement any art deco, modernist, 1930’s, 1940’s, retro, vintage or contemporary styled interior or table.
All in great condition, the painted eyes are rubbed off on a couple of sides, light surface wear and a few tiny nibbles here and there, nothing to detract from the great overall look on display.
Each measuring approx 7 x 6 x 1.5cm / 2.75 x 2.5 x 0.75in.
These are for sale in my Etsy shop : http://etsy.me/19TgrYr
This is a fantastic green Bakelite / urea formaldehyde plastic desk top thermometer, made by Rototherm, England circa 1930’s.
Stunning colour, made from the early plastic urea-formaldehyde, very similar in appearance and often mistaken for Bakelite, but in a far more vibrant colour than Bakelite could be made in, a beautiful turquoise / jade green, so reminiscent of the 1930’s era.
Wonderful art deco / modernist / machine age form, the circular dial sitting on a raised stepped plinth, with fantastic curves and angles.
The dial is in black with white scale and hand, making it very graphic and easy to read. The temperature scale is in Fahrenheit and shows the optimal ‘comfort zone’ !
A lovely rare collectable piece that is so reminiscent of the era and perfectly exemplifies the use of new materials and Art Deco / Modernist design during the 1930’s.
Would make a great addition to any collection of Bakelite / early plastic items, and would complement any retro, vintage, 1930’s-50’s, modernist, minimalist or contemporary interior.
Measures 10 x 10 x 7.5cm / 4 x 4 x 3in.
In excellent condition, working and the back can be removed to adjust, no chips, cracks or scratches.
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These are a wonderful trio of early plastic / bakelite small dishes, made in England circa 1930’s.
The conical one is in a mottled dark red / brown, lovely flared shape with deep bowl in the top, marked to the base ‘use Carlton custard powder’.
The shallow wide bowl is black on the outside and the same mottled dark red / brown inside, advertising ‘The Tricity Demonstration Home’ on the base.
The deeper bowl has a squared rim, and is made of a ‘Camo’ style plastic in olive green, red / brown and black. Marked to the base ‘Belplastic Ltd British Made’.
Fantastic mini collection that would look great on display, or for use on a desk, table, kitchen, as pin / condiment dishes, desk tidy / paperweights etc.
A Lovely set that are so reminiscent of the era and perfectly exemplify the use of new materials and Art Deco / Modernist design during the 1930’s.
Perfect as an addition to any collection of Bakelite / early plastic / Art Deco design pieces. Would look fantastic in any retro, vintage, 1930’s, 1940’s, modernist, minimal or contemporary space.
In Excellent Vintage Condition, the wide bowl has a liitle nibble to the rim and some crazing, the other two pieces are almost perfect, nothing to detract.
The conical bowl measures 6.5 x 6.5 x 3.75cm / 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.5in.
The shallow wide bowl measures 8 x 8 x 2cm / 3.25 x 3.25 x 0.75in.
The deeper bowl measures 7 x 7 x 3cm / 2.75 x 2.75 x 1.25in.
This is a Lovely decorative wall plaque made by Ceramiche Giulianelli, San Marino, Italy circa 1960’s.
A Fantastic design, the white ceramic slip moulded plaque is decorated with a smalto roccia (rock glaze) very similar to a Fat Lava glaze, this represents the cliffs and mountains of San Marino. This is embellished with an incised sgraffito pattern of Mediterranean buildings, colourfully hand painted with enamelled glossy glazes.
Would make a Great addition to any collection of Italian ceramics, Fat Lava or European pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, mid century, kitsch, 1960’s, Mediterranean or contemporary interior.
In Great Condition, a little crazing commensurate with age, the slip mould is rough and unrefined as this is how they were made, no chips or cracks.
Marked to the base Ceramica Giulianelli Rep. S. Marino.
Measures 25 x 8.5 x 2.4cm / 10 x 3.5 x 1in.
This is a Lovely bright yellow bottle vase / jug by Marei Keramik, West Germany, circa late 1960’s.
A Fantastic form no. 4300 with its handled squat shape like a schnapps bottle, but also prefect as a jug or decorative handled / bottle vase or even as a candleholder.
A Great Collectable decor, the black base glaze covered with a vibrant Yellow glaze, lightly speckled with orange, the black glaze showing through in random spot patterns.
Until recently these pieces were attributed to Roth Keramik, as they share the same red clay colour, and similar designs and forms.
Perfect as an addition to any collection of Fat Lava / West German pottery, and would be a perfect piece to brighten up any retro, vintage, 60’s, 70’s, pop art, space age or contemporary styled interior.
The base is unmarked other than a white printed ‘Foreign’ stamp.
In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches.
Measures 16 x 12 x 12cm / 6.25 x 4.75 x 4.75in.
This is a Beautiful miniature Italian pottery jug / vase / collectable, made in Deruta, Italy circa 1960’s.
A Wonderful cute and unusual example of Italian Mid Century ceramics, this tiny decorative jug has a lovely exaggerated form, the stone colored body has a pale blue handle. It is ornately / kitschly decorated with images of a flower, leaf, cockerel and a giraffe! With a final zig zagged icing of a white tube lined glaze!
Deruta is a town in the Umbria region of Italy, with many small studio potteries that produced pieces in this style, characterised by reddish clay, matte glazes, stylised drawings and white tube lined detailing.
Would make a Great addition to any collection of Italian / European / Mid Century pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, 50’s / 60’s, kitsch, shabby chic interior.
In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches. Handpainted / marked to the base ITALY 3509 .
Measures 9 x 7 x 7cm / 3.5 x 2.75 x 2.75in.
This is a Beautiful Murano Sommerso faceted glass vase, made by Mandruzzato, Venice, Italy circa 1960’s / early 1970’s.
A Striking faceted design, beautifully and skillfully hand made, highlighting the best of Murano glass craftsmanship and technique with modern futuristic design.
The rectangular form is divided into 8 triangular facets, the clear glass exterior contains a submerged, Sommerso, pink layer highlighted by a halo of pale yellow glass.
A Beautiful geometric understated sculptural form which could be used as a single stem vase, desk paperweight or centrepiece, a fantastic space age, retro styled home accessory.
Catches the light amazingly through the facets and Sommerso layers.
Would complement any collection of art / Murano glass, and would look fantastic in any retro, vintage, 60’s, 70’s, minimal, modernist, mid century or contemporary styled interior.
In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches, still bears the original ‘Made in Murano, Italy’ foil label.
Measures 16 x 6 x 6cm / 6.25 x 2.5 x 2.5in.
These are a Beautiful Pair of Venetian glass vases made by Mandruzzato, Murano, Italy circa 1970’s.
A Stunning Pewter Grey and clear textured Sommerso glass design, originally by Campanella.
Fabulous pieces of Venetian Art Glass, the stylish steely glass layers encased using the renowned Sommerso (submerged) technique inside a rhomboid and curved and angular and asymmetric textured clear glass design.
The edges with their textured pattern like bark / ice contrast beautifully with the smooth sides, catching and refracting the light amazingly.
Striking examples showing the skill and craftsmanship of the glassmakers of Murano.
Would complement any collection of Murano, European or Art Glass, and would look fantastic in any retro, vintage, space age, minimal or contemporary interior.
Measuring 13 x 13 x 4.5cm / 5 x 5 x 1.75in. and 21.5 x 10 x 5cm / 8.5 x 4 x 2in.
This is a Beautiful Bitossi Ceramic ‘Spagnolo’ vase, Italy circa 1960’s.
A Great design, the baluster form is made of clay with crushed granules to give a rough texture. The recurring ‘Spagnolo’ (Spanish) motifs are impressed into the surface and picked out in brown and green on a glossy yellow glazed base.
A Fabulous piece designed by Aldo Londi, a striking style very different to the iconic ‘Rimini Blu’, this design was influenced by Moorish tiles, as they were influenced by emerging cultural trends and Mediterranean historical ceramics.
A Wonderful vase from one of the greatest designers and ceramicists of the 20th century that
would make a Fantastic practical vase or display piece, and would look great in any 60’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.
Not marked to the base, as is common with these pieces.
Measures 21 x 10 x 10cm / 8 x 4 x 4in.