Sunday, 25 September 2011

Midwinter ceramics

It's just one week until the North London Vintage Market and I am busy getting organised. This time I will have a few nice examples of Midwinter pottery for sale. Here's a preview:

Cups & saucers in the 'Focus' pattern by textile designer Barbara Brown. These date from the 1960s

Trio in the 'Madeira' design on the 'Fine' shape, in production from the mid 1960s into the early 1970s
TV cup and tray in the 'Capri' design by Jessie Tait, dating from the mid-1950s

'Cassandra' tureen in the 'Fashion' shape, dating from the late 1950s

Monday, 19 September 2011

Buttons, Brooches and a Big Bowl

I haven't been selling at any of the North London Vintage Markets over the summer but have been busy buying at carboots, antique fairs and markets and have also been delving deeper into all the various boxes and crates of ceramics and glass that I have squirrelled away.  I am now getting everything organised for my first market since June which is on 1 October.

As before I will be selling mostly mid-century ceramics including many Scandinavian pieces, but I will also have examples of 1960s art glass and interesting pieces of kitchenalia, homewares and fabrics. I have also gathered together some quirky pieces of jewellery and some nice vintage buttons:

Friday, 16 September 2011

Cats and Clowns

This little cat money box is one of the first retro ceramics items I bought and is still one of my favourites.

It was made by Carlton Ware in the 1960s or 1970s, not sure exactly when. They also produced others in the shape of owl, a pig, a noah's ark and a train and a series of cartoonish heads including a slightly quizzical clown. I will be selling another cat (a red one) and a clown on ebay over the next few weeks.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Hornsea Summit ceramics

I have a lot of Hornsea pottery in my own collection - particularly plant pots - many of which have already featured on the blog.

This week on ebay I am selling off quite a few other Hornsea pieces. Most of them are from the 'Summit' range and or the similar 'colour inlay' range used for tableware. These all date from the early 1960s.


Saturday, 10 September 2011

Vintage trunk

I have already featured a few of my vintage luggage finds on this blog but I have a new-ish addition to the collection which hasn't yet appeared. It's a sort of steamer trunk suitcase combined and has some lovely vintage luggage labels still in place.

I couldn't resist buying it but up till now it has just been sitting a bit forlornly in our hallway. I have now found a perfect use for it as storage for all the vintage fabrics that I have been collecting together for sale at the next North London Vintage Market on 1st October.

As well as storage and transportation I think it will also work pretty well as a display stand as well.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Jessie Tait Midwinter vase

My family all love going to carboots and we have been busy going to as many as possible over the summer - weather permitting!. The award for the star find goes to my mum for this lovely, and rare, Jessie Tait vase.

The over-glaze decoration of tube-lined stripes makes it beautifully tactile as well as great to look at. I think this one's a keeper for now.. and I have added it to some of my other monochrome 1950s ceramics.