mid century modern

Vintage handled vase / jug, made by Fratelli Fanciullacci, Italy circa 1950’s

This is a Beautiful pottery handled vase / jug, made by Fratelli Fanciullacci, Italy circa 1950’s.

A Stunning form and decor, the bulbous pitcher / jug shaped body is very classical, accentuated by the decorative forked handle and small spout.
The whole piece has been spray glazed in pink giving a fine rough texture, this is further embellished by raised motifs of a farm, farm workers and grapes and flowers. This is all contrasted by the base and inner glaze in a pastel blue.

Similar forms and decors can be seen in Mark Hill’s ‘Alla Moda’ Italian Ceramics book.

Would make a great addition to any collection of Italian, European or Mid Century pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, 1950’s, 60’s, mid century, modernist, minimal or contemporary interior.

Handmarked to the base ‘Italy 2385’.

In Great Condition, a couple of chips to the spout (pictured), no other flaws, nothing to detract on display.

Measures 20 x 20 x 13cm / 8 x 8 x 5in.

Available in my Etsy shop: http://etsy.me/1lJ9TO4

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Mid Century Italian Pottery ‘Donkey and Cart’ cactus planter circa 1960’s

This is a Fantastic pottery donkey / horse and cart planter / vase, made in Italy circa 1950’s / 60’s

A Lovely stylised mid century design, very reminiscent of Walter Bosse’s animal figures. The cartoon like donkey with a coiled mane and tail pulling a cart that can be used as a planter.

Stunning glazes similar to those used by Fratelli Fanciullacci, this piece is attributed to one of the Montelupo potteries (Bitossi region). Over a khaki green glossy base is a textured spray glaze in an off white. Highlighted by the red coiled mane and tail, and patterned motifs on the cart picked out in yellow.

Perfect for use as a planter for a cactus or small plant, as a small posy vase, or as a novelty table decoration for holding breadsticks, sweets etc.

Would make a Great addition to any collection of Italian / European pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, 1950’s, 1960’s, mid century or kitsch styled interior.

Marked to the base ‘Made in Italy’.

In Excellent Condition, no chips, cracks or crazing, a couple of small unglazed patches from production, nothing to detract.

Measures 20 x 12 x 9cm / 8 x 4.75 x 3.5in.

Available in my Etsy shop: http://etsy.me/1yzDTBO

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‘Agina’ vase by Hans Welling for Ceramano, West Germany circa 1960’s

This is a Stunning ‘Agina’ (Aegina) decor vase, designed by Hans Welling for Ceramano, West Germany circa 1961.

Ceramano was founded in 1959 as an off shoot of Jasba Ceramics, to produce experimental art ceramics in the ‘studio pottery’ style. Hans Welling was their key designer and this piece is characteristic of his style.
Using wax resist and sgraffito geometric motifs and stylised birds surround the body. Combined with the classical shape they evoke ancient Greek styles based on the mythology of ‘Aegina’.

The form is Stunning with the bulbous base and long conical neck with a flared rim, similar to a lagynos / oil flask.

Further enhanced by a subtle ‘Fat Lava’ glaze in creamy brown, bubbling in places and streaked in others, showing through the base brown glaze as with the motifs.

Would make a Fantastic addition to any collection of West German, Fat Lava, European or Studio Pottery and would complement any retro, vintage, mid century, modernist, minimalist, 1950’s, 1960’s, or contemporary styled interior.

In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches.

Measures 21 x 13 x 13cm / 8.5 x 5.25 x 5.25in.

Handmarked to the base ‘121 W.Germany Ceramano handarb. Agina’, with the decorators initials.

Available in my Etsy shop: http://etsy.me/1yzEofg

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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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Trio of Danish Modern Teak trolls, Hans Bolling, Denmark circa 1960’s

These are a Great trio of Danish Modern Teak trolls, attributed to Hans Bolling, Denmark circa 1960’s.

A Fantastic mini set, comprising of miniature troll figurines the ‘Optimist’, ‘Pessimist’ and a tiny presumably child troll! All made out of teak, with rope arms and rabbit fur hair and painted eyes.

Stunning mid century Danish modern design classic, so reminiscent of the era, their small size would make them perfect to accessorise and add some fun character to a desk, mantelpiece or shelf.

Would make a Stunning addition to any Danish or Scandinavian Teak collection, and would complement any mid century modern, retro, vintage, 60’s, kitsch or contemporary interior.

In Great Vintage Condition, some thinning of the rabbit fur hair, couple of tiny nicks to the wood, maybe from production as they are so small, nothing to detract on display.

The two larger figures measure approx 7 x 3.5 x 3.5cm / 2.75 x 1.5 x 1.5in.

The small figure measures 4 x 2 x 2cm / 1.5 x 0.75 x 0.75in.

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Double stem vase, made in Alba Iulia, Romania circa 1970’s

This is a Great porcelain double stem vase, made in Alba Iulia, Romania circa 1970’s. Exact maker unknown.

A Fantastic piece with its twin tower / double stem form, wonderful abstract / geometric / architectural relief detailing. Very much in the Eastern Bloc Brutalist / Modernist style, very sculptural and owing much to the designs of Bertoncello.

Lovely glossy glazes in banded vertical shades of black, beige and brown, very reminiscent of the era.

A Striking display piece, makes a statement in its own right, would make a great centrepiece.

Would make a Stunning addition to any collection of European pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, Brutalist, Modernist, 60’s, 70’s, minimal or contemporary styled interior.

In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches.

Measures 22 x 13 x 7cm / 8.75 x 5 x 2.75in.

Stamped makers mark to the base, partly blurred ‘Alba Iulia’.

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Mid-century ceramic vase, made by Carstens, Austria circa 1960’s

This is a Great mid century ceramic vase, made by Carstens, Austria circa 1960’s.

A Fantastic piece by this renowned West German maker, this piece was produced in their Austrian pottery.

A Lovely well proportioned baluster form. With a Fantastic decor, an off white matte base, with handpainted blue grey stripes, embellished with zig-zagging squiggles in blue and red and sgraffito lines.
Very reminiscent of the era, reflecting the Atomic age / Eames era styles of the mid century period.

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, 70’s, mid century, modernist, atomic style, minimal or contemporary interior.

In Excellent Condition, no chips or damage.

Measures 25.5 x 13 x 13cm / 10 x 5 x 5in.

Moulded mark to the base ‘1218-25 Austria’.

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Bagni Ceramiche salt and pepper shakers, Italy circa early 1960’s.

These are a Stunning Pair of Large Bagni Ceramiche salt and pepper shakers, made in Italy circa early 1960’s.

This design, pattern no.42 was created by Alvino Bagni in 1959, the stippled blue glaze features bands of oval wheel and stylised flower / starburst motifs. Reflecting the popular molecular and atomic motifs of the 1950’s. A Wonderful tall hourglass form, very elegant and beautifully proportioned. The flat tops with their large holes for salt and pepper respectively complete the graphic look.

This design can be seen on p.32 of Mark Hill’s ‘Alla Moda’ book. A Fantastic pair from one of the leading Italian ceramicists of the 20th century.

Would look great in any 50’s, 60’s, retro, vintage, mid century modern, modernist, minimal or contemporary interior. A Great addition to any collection of Bagni / Raymor / Italian / European art pottery or 20th century design.

In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches. Different stoppers in the bases of each but serve their purpose.

Each measures 19 x 6.5 x 6.5cm / 7.5 x 2.5 x 2.5in.

Hand marked to the base Italy 2840.

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Vintage condiment / cruet set, Guzzini, Italy circa 1960’s

This is a Stunning retro condiment / cruet set with stand, by Guzzini, Italy circa 1960’s.

A Fantastic design, so reminiscent of the era, with its classic orange and white colourway retro plastic styling.

The circular white plastic stand / tray has a deep rim to hold the cruets and bottles, and a chrome / stainless steel carry handle.
The two tall bottles for oil and vinegar marked ‘O’ and ‘V’ have orange plastic cylindrical bodies with mini spouts at the top, and white domed removeable lids for filling.
The salt and pepper cruets, marked ‘S’ and ‘P’, have a stunning curved teardrop shape, with holes at the top for dispensing and plastic stoppers on the bases for easy filling.

Beautiful design by this renowned Italian maker of classic iconic 1960’s homeware pieces. Lovely styling in form and colour, vibrant and reflects the Space Age / Pop Art influences of the era.

Would make a Great addition to any retro, vintage, mid century, space age, pop art, 1960’s, minimal or contemporary kitchen or table setting.

In Excellent Condition, a few miniscule marks, nothing to detract on display, the stoppers on the cruets are both different, but work perfectly.

The bottles still have the original Guzzini labels on the bases!

Total size of stand is 22 x 14 x 14cm / 8.75 x 5.5 x 5.5in.

The bottles measure 18 x 5 x 5cm / 7 x 2 x 2in.

The cruets measure 7.5 x 5 x 5cm / 3 x 2 x 2in.

 

 

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