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Pair of Murano Mandruzzato Sommerso Art Glass Vases, Italy circa 1970’s

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.
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Set of 6 Retro Orange Plates 1960’s, ‘Fat Lava’ / Vallauris pottery

These are a stunning bright retro set of 6 Orange ceramic plates, made circa 1960’s.

Very Striking with their glossy Orange Majolica style glaze, mottled and flamelike with areas of black and grey, like burning embers. Very reminiscent of the late Sixties Pop Art era, and in the style of European potteries of the era in Vallauris (France), West German ‘Fat Lava’ and Dutch ceramics who all employed similar techniques and designs.

The bases are glazed in a contrasting black, with no markings.

Super stylish and Fantastic to have a set of six, perfect for adding a splash of vintage colour to any table or kitchen.

Would make a great addition to any collection of European pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, modernist, pop art, kitsch, 60’s, 70’s or contemporary interior.

All in Excellent Condition with no chips, marks or scratches.

Each measure 16 x 16 x 2cm / 6.5 x 6.5 x 0.75in

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Pablo Picasso ‘The Posters of Picasso’ Hardback Book, 48 Lithographs by Joseph K. Foster, published by Grosset & Dunlap, New York 1964

This is a fantastic Rare original 1964 copy of the hardback book ‘The Posters of Picasso’ by Joseph K. Foster, published by Grosset & Dunlap, New York.

A Stunning collection of Pablo Picasso’s poster artwork, many for exhibitions, the Vallauris potteries and bullfights. This artist approved volume contains lithographic reproductions of virtually all of Picasso’s important work in this field, faithfully reproduced in his original colors. The only book of his posters that he endorsed, and supplied the original artwork for.

The 48 lithographic plates are in Excellent Condition, each would make an impressive framed piece of artwork for interior design. A must have for any collector of Picasso artwork, of for any collection of 20th century Modern Art. Perfect for designers, decorators, artists, fine art sellers, framers etc.

In Great Condition, the dust sleeve is showing some marks and wear, the book cover is a little faded and worn on the edges, but the plates are in Excellent Condition, perfect for framing.

Measures 32 x 24 x 2cm / 12.5 x 9.5 x 0.75in.

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Sklo Union Chribska Glassworks ‘Cats Head’ vases, Josef Hospodka circa 1960’s

These are a Beautiful Pair of  Chribska Glassworks blown glass vases, Sklo Union, Czechoslovakia circa 1960’s.

A Stunning ‘off-hand’ design by Josef Hospodka, one of the leading designers of Czech glass, his sculptural pieces were inspired by developments in Murano and Scandinavia. The organic form, resembling a cat’s head could be used as a vase. In a double graduated coloured cased glass, similar to the Murano ‘Sommerso’ technique.

The greenish yellow and pinky red colours are bright and vibrant, and combined with the curved form, catch the light beautifully.

Would make a Great addition to any collection of Sklo, Czech or European Art Glass, and would complement any retro, vintage, mid century modern, 60’s, 70’s styled interior.

In Excellent Condition, a couple of tiny light scratches not noticeable on display.

Measuring 25 x 14 x 10cm / 10 x 5.5 x 4in.

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Bitossi Yellow ‘Spagnolo’ vase, designed by Aldo Londi, Italy circa 1960’s

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.

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Rare Art Deco Chrome Kienzle ‘Tam Tam’ Alarm Clock, Germany circa 1930’s

This is a Stunning and Rare Kienzle ‘Tam-Tam’ alarm clock, made in Germany circa 1930’s.

A Beautiful design from this renowned maker of high quality clocks. Has all the hallmarks of the Art Deco era. With its round Chrome body gently leaning back on attractively detailed feet and stand. With a carry handle on the top, and sliding knobs for alarm/silent and steady/repeat functions. Even the dials on the rear are attractive and the winders have the Kienzle logo on.

The face is Beautiful, sitting behind glass, framed by a glossy white border in a graphic black with Great vintage lettering and numerals very Art Deco / Bauhaus / Modernist in style. With a second and alarm dial also, the hands are also embellished.

The numerals and hands glow in the dark, for easy reading at night!

Fully Working, keeping good time, can be adjusted on the back. The alarm is working and Very Loud!

In remarkable condition for its age, a little tarnishing in a few spots, on the handle and the inner rim on the rear, could be polished to perfection! Tiny marks on one of the hands and a few flakes of paint missing from the inner rim when seen from an angle, nothing to detract from the Excellent look on display.

A Real Rare Art Deco gem, would make a Stunning addition to any bedroom, table or desk.

Would make a Fantastic decorators / designers piece for any retro, vintage, antique, Art Deco, Modernist, Bauhaus, 1930’s styled interior.

Measures 17 x 12 x 6cm / 6.75 x 4.75 x 2.5in.

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Set of 3 Dumler & Breiden West German Art Pottery Vases circa 1970’s

These are a Beautiful set of 3 Dumler & Breiden vases, West Germany circa 1970’s.
 
These Wonderful vases are representative of the outlandish designs by this renowned high quality Art Pottery.  The forms all feature a ‘Bullseye’ motif for the body of the vase, a style seen with Op / Pop art designs of the era. The handles and necks reference traditional ancient forms and also have the appearance of carved horn adding to the effect.
They all sit on rond pedestal bases, making them an elegant and attractive set.
 
The decor and glazes are a mixture of ‘Pumice’ like rough ‘Fat Lava’ glazes, and glossy dripping foamy glazes.  All in various cream / beige and brown shades, very natural and organic.
A Stunning Trio that would make an attractive grouping on a mantelpiece, sideboard or as a table centrepiece!
A Fantastic Set that would make a Great addition to any collection of Fat Lava / Wset German / European Art Pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, 60’s / 70’s, minimal, shabby chic, boho or contemporary interior.
All In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches.
 
Measuring: 
33 x 19 x 11cm / 13 x 7.5 x 4.5in.
22 x 14 x 8cm / 8.75 x 5.5 x 3.25in.
19 x 14 x 8cm / 7.5 x 5.5 x 3.25in.
 
All marked to the base with the D & B logo : 
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Murano Mandruzzato Sommerso Uranium Art glass Vase, Italy circa 1970’s

This is a Great Murano Uranium 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 exterior (with a very pale pink colour to the clear glass) contains submerged (Sommerso) yellow and green capsules with a round shaped opening.
Under UV lighting the layers have a fantastic green glow, due to the Uranium Oxide in the 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 contempoarary styled interior.
 
In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches.
 
Measures 15.5 x 4.5 x 4.5cm / 6.25 x 1.75 x 1.75in.
 
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Vintage Italian Fratelli Fanciullacci Baluster Vase circa 1960’s

This is a Great Fratelli Fanciullacci baluster vase, Italy circa 1960’s.

A Beautiful piece from one of the leading postwar Italian potteries. Their modern styles were inspired by the art movement and new ceramic designs of the mid century era. Their designs reflected the growth in European studio pottery, and were similarly entirely handmade.

The clean-lined geometric form, with the conical neck is accentuated by the two bands of carved and glazed motifs. Brightly coloured in green and orange glossy glazes, they jump out from the pumice like, textured, black and white background, which has repeated impressed square dots adding to the decor.

A Wonderful vase, stylish and colourful, the same form with a different glaze can be seen on p.129 of Mark Hill’s ‘Alla Moda’ Italian Ceramics book.

Would make a Fantastic addition to any collection of Italian / European / Studio / Fat Lava pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, 60’s, mid century, modernist, minimal or contemporary interior.

In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches.

Hand marked to the base 8627 ITALY.

Measures 25.5 x 12 x 12cm / 10 x 4.75 x 4.75in.

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Kienzle Automatic ceramic wall clock, Bauhaus Modernist style, West Germany circa 1950’s

This is a Beautiful Kienzle ceramic wall clock, Germany circa 1950’s / early 1960’s.

A Stunning design with the porcelain body in glossy white framed with yellow glazed strips on the top and bottom. The Wonderfully proportioned square form with the raised central section and circular face is very Bauhaus / modernist in style, very reminiscent of the German designs of the era.

A Fantastic clock from a renowned high quality maker. The face is covered by a glass dome in a chrome surround, hinged for easy access. The numerals and lettering are very stylish and graphic reflecting the Bauhaus influence.

The clock has been fitted with a modern movement and hands to ensure perfect working, the angular geometric hands complement the graphic form perfectly.

A Striking practical piece that would complement any retro, vintage, 50’s, 60’s, modernist, mid century, minimalist or contemporary interior.

In Excellent Condition no marks, chips or scratches. The new Quartz movement keeps perfect time, operated by one AA battery.

Measures 21 x 21 x 3.5cm / 8.5 x 8.5 x 1.5in.

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