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.
This is a Stunning and Large Carstens Tonnieshof vase, West Germany circa 1970.
A Fantastic outlandish, prehistoric / space age design by Dieter Peter, part of the high end ‘Luxus’ range.
The bulbous slab of a body is topped with a small decorative handle and neck, a statement piece, not really intended as a practical display piece for flowers!
The body has a contoured surface resembling mooncraters, accentuated by the rough pumice-like glazes, very sculptural and complex, influenced by studio pottery during the era, with its influences ranging from the organic and natural to the prehistoric and space age.
Would be Great as part of a collection of West German / Fat Lava / European Art Pottery, and would make a fantastic addition to any retro, vintage, 60’s, 70’s, mid century, modernist, space age, minimal or contemporary interior.
Marked to the base with the Carstens logo, 7956-25 W.-GERMANY.
In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches.
Measures 26 x 23 x 16cm / 10 x 9 x 6.25in.
This is a Great Steuler Keramik vase, West Germany circa late 1960’s / early 70’s.
A Fantastic piece of retro West German art pottery from one of the lesser known makers. Probably designed by the renowned Cari Zalloni who created space age / optical pieces for them during this period.
The vase has a squat rectangular form, rounded on all corners and with recesses to the largest sides. Topped off with a chimney-like neck and double banded rim.
The top has a lovely vibrant matte orange glaze with a pumice texture. A black tube lined ‘lava’ glaze separates this from the lower earthy organic foamy drip glazes in cream and brown, with a matte pumice effect.
A Great addition to any collection of West German / Fat Lava / European Art Pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, 60’s, pop art, space age, modernist, minimal or contemporary interior.
In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches. There are a few small burst bubbles of missing glaze which appear to be from production, they do not detract from the look on display.
Measures 18 x 10 x 15 cm / 7 x 4 x 6in.
The base has the Steuler mark and the form no. 445 / 15.
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.
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
This is a Great ES Keramik vase, form no. 385 / 11, made in West Germany circa late 1960’s / early 1970’s.
A Fabulous piece from this high quality West German Art Pottery. The squat rectangular form has a short circular neck and round rim, appearing like a volcano or crater on the top.
The decor with its foamy dripping white glaze over a grey base is a great example of the ‘Fat Lava’ style of the era, and is typical of ES Keramik’s distinctive style.
Would make a Great addition to any collection of West German / Fat Lava / European Art Pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, space age, 60’s, 70’s, modernist, minimal or contemporary interior.
In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches. The base is glazed over and unmarked.
Measures 13 x 8.5 x 11cm / 5 x 3.5 x 4.5in.
This is a Stunning Rare and Unusual Ruscha Keramik vase 320/2, West Germany circa 1960’s.
Ruscha was founded in 1948 by Rudolph Schardt and produced high quality pieces, they were renowned for their early experiments with glazes such as the ‘Vulkano’ glaze from 1959 one of the first ‘Fat Lava’ glazes.
This classic stylish form was designed by Heinz Siery, the bulbous body topped with a beautifully proportioned decorative handle and small neck.
The mottled matte glaze has turquoise, blue , grey and black colours and a fine pumice like texture. The motifs are tube lined in black and suggest stylised Japanese characters. Giving a very Mid Century Modern Oriental / Asian inspired look to the vase.
Would make a Great addition to any collection of West German / Fat Lava / European pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, mid century, 60’s, minimal or contemporary interior.
In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches, there is one small hole in the tube lined glaze, probably from production, in the last photo.
Marked to the base 320/2 with indistinct stamped black lettering.
Measures 18 x 12 x 12cm / 7 x 4.75 x 4.75in.
This is a Great Set of 4 Dumler & Breiden Keramik pieces, West Germany circa 1960’s.
Beautiful Mid Century style design from this renowned West German pottery of high quality wares and ‘Fat Lava’ pieces. The decor is influenced by abstract Cubist patterns and with the terracotta glaze has a natural classic look, coupled with the simple curved forms.
The two small bud vases are elegantly curved, one slender with a flared rim, the other short and bulbous. The two shallow bowls / dishes have gently sloping sides, one has a pointed end, suggesting a handle.
A Stunning little collection, the forms complement each other beautifully and the simple zig zag painted motifs in white, blue and yellow add a nice retro touch.
Would be Great as part of a collection of West German / Fat Lava / European Art Pottery, and would make a fantastic addition to any retro, vintage, 50’s, 60’s, mid century, modernist, minimal or contemporary interior.
In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches on the pieces.
Marks to the base vary on each piece and are indistinct impressed or hand inscribed, the short vase is most clearly numbered 979, all marks are shown in the base photo.
Slender vase 11 x 4.5 x 4.5 / 4.5 x 1.75 x 1.75in.
Bulbous vase 7 x 9 x 9cm / 2.75 x 3.5 x 3.5in.
Lozenge shaped bowl 3 x 14 x 10cm / 1.25 x 5.5 x 4in.
Handled bowl 3.5 x 13.5 x 12.5cm / 1.5 x 5.5 x 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.
Whilst the current trend for vintage West German pottery is almost exclusively aimed at the ‘Fat Lava’ genre and the factories that produced outlandish designs, some great designs can be found from unexpected makers. Such as this lovely Hedgehog dish from Goebel Porzellan, known predominantly for their Hummel figurines! This is a very stylish Mid-century animal figure that would quite happily sit alongside its ‘Fat Lava’ contemporaries in a collection, and would complement the similarly styled Walter Bosse brass figures.