mid century

Large table cigarette lighter, Bitossi Ceramiche, Italy circa 1960’s

This is a beautiful and large table cigarette / cigar lighter by Bitossi Ceramiche, Italy circa 1960’s.

A fabulous piece designed by Aldo Londi, a striking style very different to the iconic ‘Rimini Blu’. This ‘Liberty’ decor was influenced by paisley patterns on imported Persian and Indian textiles.
This is in an unusual colourway similar to that used on the ‘Spagnolo’ decor, in yellow, orange, brown and green tones, representing the Spanish terrain.

The pattern is impressed into the surface, and the whole piece has the characteristic pitted texture from the inclusion of rough granules in the clay. Lovely form with the tapered waisted base and bulbous neck, with the brass lighter sitting in a well on the top.

A wonderful piece from one of the greatest designers and ceramicists of the 20th century that
would make a fantastic practical table lighter or display item, 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 working condition, the mechanism still has a wick and the flint sparks, will need filling with lighter fluid. The pottery is excellent, free from chips or cracks, some light crazing commensurate with age, nothing to detract on display.

Measures 18 x 7 x 7cm / 7 x 2.75 x 2.75in.

Still bears the original makers and distributors labels on the base, ‘Made in Italy 69 / 10’ and ‘Created in Italy for Rosenthal Netter’.

Available for sale in my Etsy shop http://etsy.me/Xgvt3G

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Ruscha Keramik ‘Pompeji’ handled vase, West Germany circa 1960’s

This is a stunning ‘Pompeji / Pompeii’ handled vase, made by Ruscha Keramik, West Germany circa late 1960’s.

A fantastic form by Gerda Heuckeroth in 1968, its squat shape with small decorative handles, ribbed body and small neck and opening resembling ancient / classical designs.

With its ‘Fat Lava’ glaze complementing the archaic look, it could have been unearthed from volcanic ashes!
With its bubbling black base glaze, picked out with orangey reds and hints of green and yellow giving a really lava-like appearance and suiting its ‘Pompeii’ name in the process. The decor is most likely by Otto Gerharz who developed the innovative ‘Vulkano’ glaze amongst many others.

Would make a fantastic addition to any collection of Fat Lava, West German or European pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, mid century, modernist, brutalist, minimalist or contemporary interior.

Indistinct moulded mark to the base ‘875’.

In excellent condition, no chips or cracks, some burst ‘lava’ bubbles from production.

Measures 11 x 13 x 12cm / 4.5 x 5 x 4.75in.

This vase is available for sale in my Etsy shop http://etsy.me/1AlRjzu

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‘Optimist & Pessimist’ Teak Trolls, Hans Bolling, Denmark circa 1960’s

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

A Fantastic couple, comprising of miniature troll figurines the ‘Optimist’ and ‘Pessimist’. Both 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 Excellent Condition, some thinning of the rabbit fur hair, nothing to detract on display.

Each figure measures approx 10.5 x 8 x 5cm / 4.25 x 3.25 x 2in.

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

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Vintage boxed set of ‘card suit’ ceramic pin dishes, Claude Tabet, Paris, France circa 1950’s

This is a Great boxed set of 4 colourful ceramic pin dishes with a card suit theme, Claude Tabet, Paris, France circa early 1950’s.

A Wonderful boxed set, containing the original fascinating and beautiful shop leaflet. Claude Tabet (1924-1979) was a French artist who branched out into studio pottery, with his own Parisian shops, in the early 1950’s.

Lovely small dishes could be used as pin dishes, paperweights, desk accessories or just as display pieces. The four bowls are shaped like the card suits, hearts, spades, clubs and diamonds, and are very brightly glossy glazed in green, yellow, purple and red.

Very reminiscent of the mid century 1950’s era, similar to the work of Roger Capron in Vallauris, a perfect set to brighten any space.

Would make a Fantastic addition to any collection of French / European studio pottery, and would complement any 1950’s, mid century, retro, vintage, French style, minimal or contemporary interior.

In Excellent Condition, boxed as new! No chips, cracks or crazing.

The box measures 11 x 11 x 2.5cm / 4.5 x 4.5 x 1in.

Each dish measures approx 5 x 5 x 2cm / 2 x 2 x 0.75in.

Available in my Etsy shop: http://etsy.me/1lJ0pnq

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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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Zelezny Brod Glassworks freeform vase, Czechoslovakia circa 1960’s

This is a lovely small freeform blown art glass vase, made by the Zelezny Brod Glassworks, Czechoslovakia circa 1960’s.

A Fantastic sculptural freeform organic design by Miloslav Klinger, evoking the liquidity of molten glass in its form and swirled curving form, which appears different from each side.

Displays the master craftsmanship of the glassblowers at Zelezny Brod glassworks, using traditional techniques such as those from Murano in new exciting innovative futuristic ways.

Would be perfect as a small bud / single stem vase or as part of a grouping. Catches the light beautifully through the curves. Similar examples can be seen in Mark Hill’s book ‘Hi Sklo Lo Sklo’.

Perfect as an addition to any collection of Czech / Sklo / Bohemian Art Glass, and would complement any retro, vintage, 60’s, 70’s, modernist, mid century, space age, minimal or contemporary styled interior.

In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches.

Measures 13 x 6 x 6cm / 5 x 2.5 x 2.5in.

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Pair of Dartington Glass ‘Panel + Spot’ vases, made in England circa 1960’s

 

 

These are a Beautiful Pair of Dartington Glass ‘Panel + Spot’ vases / candleholders, made in England circa 1960’s / early 1970’s.

Fantastic Modernist design by Frank Thrower, hexagonal thick walled art glass, with raised ‘Panel + Spot’ motifs on each side, referencing ancient Greek styles.

The smaller vase pattern number FT88 has a shape reminiscent of an inkwell with its squared rim. The rare taller vase, has a slight variation in tone, almost turquoise, and is a wonderfully imposing geometric clean lined form, with a subtle frosted texture to the glass.

A classic iconic design very reminiscent of the sixties. The glassblowers at Dartington were trained by Scandinavian masters from Kosta and Orrefors and this is refelected in the style and technique.

Striking examples of British Art Glass that would make a great addition to a Dartington collection and would complement Whitefriars or Scandinavian glass designs. Would be great in any retro, vintage, sixties, mid century modern, minimal or contemporary interior.

In Excellent Condition, a couple of miniscule fleabites on the rims, too small to photograph, nothing to detract on display.

Measuring: Larger 9.5 x 11 x 10cm / 3.75 x 4.5 x 4in
Smaller 8 x 10.5 x 10cm / 3.25 x 4.25 x 4in.

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Bitossi ‘Pinguino’ in ‘Rimini Blu’ designed by Aldo Londi, Italy circa 1959

This is a Fantastic Large Rimini Blu ‘Pinguino’ (Penguin) money box / figurine, by Bitossi Ceramiche, Italy circa 1960’s.

A Striking form, the stylised Penguin has a bulbous body with small wings on the sides, small cut out holes for eyes and a conical beak on the domed head. With a cutout on the back for coins and a plastic stopper in the base for retrieving them. Perfect as a classy moneybox or as a sculptural piece to display in its own right.

A Fabulous design by Aldo Londi from 1959, in the striking iconic ‘Rimini Blu’, With its alternating bands of impressed motifs resembling Arabesque or Runic patterns, 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, Rare and Unusual 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 Great Condition, the front of the beak has been previously chipped and repainted, doesn’t detract on display, could easily be smoothed or repainted if desired. A few small flakes of missing glaze as is common with this style of rough glazed ceramics.

Indistinct hand painted mark to the base, series of numbers and Italy.

Measures 22 x 13 x 13cm / 8.5 x 5 x 5in.

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Junghans darkroom / laboratory / sports timer, made in Germany circa 1950’s

This is a Great Junghans darkroom / laboratory / sports timer, made in Germany circa 1950’s.

An unusual, rare piece from this renowned maker of high quality timepieces.

A Fantastic design, very industrial and modernist. The large easy to read clock face in matte grey with white markers and numbers, and white and yellow hands is very reminiscent of the iconic designs by Max Bill for Junghans during this period.
All housed in a gun metal grey housing, which sits on a wooden plinth, also in grey!

On top are the three buttons for start, stop and reset, in red, white and green, very simple and pleasing design.

Wind up mechanism, key on back, all working perfectly.

Would make a Fantastic decorators / designers piece for any retro, vintage, antique, Art Deco, Modernist, Bauhaus, mid century, industrial, minimal or modern styled interior.

Ideal upcycle project, could be stripped back to bare metal or repainted in the colour of your choice, even fit a new clock mechanism for practical use.

Great Condition, the clock face and glass are perfect. Some paint loss around edges, but adds to the character and vintage industrial aesthetic.

Measures 23 x 21 x 7cm / 9 x 8.25 x 2.75in.

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Freeform art glass bowl, Skrdlovice Glassworks, Czechoslovakia circa mid 1960’s

This is a Stunning large art glass bowl, made by the Skrdlovice Glassworks, Czechoslovakia circa mid 1960’s.
 
A Fantastic large sculptural freeform organic design by Jan Beranek in 1964-65, possibly part of the ‘Atlas’ range. 
The thick walled handmade blown cased glass in amber and green wonderfully curves and swirls, and features pulled lobes and fins.
 
Displays the master craftsmanship of the glassblowers at Skrdlovice, using traditional techniques such as those from Murano in new exciting innovative futuristic ways.
 
Would be perfect as a table centrepiece, large bowl or jardiniere, a stunning sculptural statement piece.  Similar examples can be seen in Mark Hill’s book ‘Hi Sklo Lo Sklo’.
 
Perfect as an addition to any collection of Czech / Sklo / Bohemian Art Glass, and would complement any retro, vintage, 60’s, 70’s, modernist, mid century, space age, minimal or contemporary styled interior.
 
In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches, other than the usual age related wear to the base, doesnt detract on display.
 
Measures 29 x 17 x 8cm / 11.5 x 6.75 x 3.25in.
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