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P is for… Per Lütken

Friday, July 6th, 2012

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vintage Per Lütken thule vase for Holmegaard

We’ve just realised that it’s been almost a year since our last Alphabet blog post!!  Where does time go?

Anyway, we’ll get back on our metaphorical alphabet bike and resume where we left off. The last post in this series was O is for… Owl.  So today it’s P – and ‘P’ is for… Per. Per Lütken to be precise.

green glass bowl designed by Per Lütken for Holmegaard

photo credit: 20th Century Forum

Per Lütken is one of the great names in Scandinavian glass. He assumed the role of art director & chief designer at Holmegaard Glasværk in 1946.

collection of vintage 'Duckling' vases designed by Per Lütken for Holmegaard

photo credit: Retropolitan

He introduced lovely soft colours and free flowing organic forms to the company’s output in the 1950s – ‘Provence’ bowls & ‘Beak’ vases being classic pieces from this period. The iconic ‘Aristocrat’ decanter is also much sought after by mid century modern fans. The 1960s saw experimentation with clear & coloured glass to achieve eye-catching, swirling designs. Towards the end of the decade he introduced his innovative ‘Lava’ glassware which retained impurities to give an earthy, rustic look. The 1970s saw Lütken produce one-off glass sculptures along with further mass produced ranges such as the Vintergaek series which incorporated opaline glass into a clear glass body. He continued to design, develop, guide, influence & innovate at Holmegaard until his death in the 1990s.

Collection of 'Flamingo' vases designed by Per Lütken for Holmegaard
photo credit: austrohungaro, Collectors Weekly

There are some must-visit sites on the net for reference guides to Scandinavian glass – 20th Century Glass, 20th Century Forum and Collectors  Weekly.

collection of colourful 'Carnaby' vases designed by Per Lütken for Holmegaard
photo credit: austrohungaro, Collectors Weekly

Here’s a selection of books on Scandinavian art glass that we recommend:

We often have plenty of Scandinavian art glass available in our shop. We have one lovely example of Per Lütken’s work currently in stock. It’s the small, icy blue vase in our main picture. It has the great man’s signature etched to the base and the date year of 1958.

O is for… Owl

Friday, September 9th, 2011

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detail from a brown vintage pottery money box in the shape of an owl

These are the big eyes of our latest owl – in this case, a pottery money box.

pottery pan trivet / pot stand in the shape of an owl pottery pan trivet / pot stand in the shape of an owl

vintage tin money box with owl decoration vintage pottery mug with owl face in relief on the side

They never stay with us long as these feathered friends are consistently popular in our shop.

green glazed vintage owl figure produced by Lotus Pottery

Whether in the form of money boxes, mugs, pot stands, textile prints, pictures or book illustrations.

small vintage white lustre pottery figure in the shape of an owl small vintage Shelf Pottery owl figure

vintage white pottery mug with transfer printed owl figure brown vintage Hornsea Pottery mug with transfer printed owl decoration designed by John Clappison

We’ve blogged a fair few times about the great illustrator, Kenneth Townsend. He designed the cutest owl as part of his Menagerie series – apparently the owl was his favourite animal!

vintage Kenneth Townsend pottery owl tile

Another wonderful illustrator with a thing for owls was Celestino Piatti who once said, “You can draw an owl a thousand times, and never find out its secret”.

mosaic of vintage Celestino Piatti owl illustrations
image credit: Fishink

We’ve had a quick trawl on the web for some more owls – here are some favourites:

cover from vintage book, "A Book of Various Owls" by John Hollander, illustrated by Tomi Ungerer and published by W.W. Norton & Company in 1963
image credit: Vintage Kids’ Books my Kid Loves

bright orange ceramic owl available from Anthropologie
Wise Ol’ Canister, Orange: £118 – Anthropologie

Happy owl open edition print by Matte Stephens on Etsy
Happy owl open edition print by Matte Stephens: $35 – Etsy

"day time owl" 3D art tutorial from mmmcrafts"night time owl" 3D art tutorial from mmmcrafts
image credit: mmmcrafts

vintage german matchbox cover with owl illustration
image credit: Shailesh Chavda

N is for… New

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

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collection of fabric doorstops / bookends handmade by Sarah Nicol

green fabric doorstop / bookend handmade by Sarah Nicol green fabric doorstop / bookend handmade by Sarah Nicol

We’re known for vintage here at H is for Home

collection of greeting cards by artist Gail Kelly featuring British trees, all taken from original linocuts hand-printed onto Irish linen

greeting card by artist Gail Kelly featuring an apple tree, taken from an original linocut hand-printed onto Irish linen

…but we also like to stock a smattering of new items too.

washing line display of 100% cotton hopsack tea towels designed and hand screen printed by Skinny laMinx in Cape Town, South Africa

100% cotton hopsack tea towel designed and hand screen printed by Skinny laMinx in Cape Town, South Africa. This design is entitled Borrowed Spoons

Things that we think sit well – contemporary products with a vintage or folk art feel.

vintage coffee set with cafetiere cosy handmade and embroidered by Janie (Knitted Textiles)

cafetiere cosy handmade and embroidered by Janie (Knitted Textiles)

We look for a handmade aspect too. These are a few examples – all currently available on our website.

M is for… Milk

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

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detail from a vintage 1950s red polka dot pottery jug

This vintage polka dot milk jug is a recent addition to our webshop.

vintage 1950s red polka dot pottery jug

Produced by Price Bros, it really is a fabulous bit of 1950s pottery… and just has to beat using a plastic milk carton!

vintage metal crate with vintage milk bottles

It got us thinking about other milky marvels we could rustle up.

vintage metal carrier with vintage milk bottles

Turns out we had quite a few pieces to share – from storage vessels like old bottles & crates to advertising items such as this teatowel.

detail from a vintage milk bottle tea towel vintage milk bottle tea towel

BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine ran a big feature on milk-related collectables this month… referred to as dairyana these days.

page from an article about dairyana in the June 2011 edition of the BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine

article about dairyana in the June 2011 edition of the BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine

page from an article about dairyana in the June 2011 edition of the BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine

Dairyana incorporates butter & cheese items too – so there are various utensils, stools, buckets, bowls, churns and moulds to consider.

vintage aluminium milk churn

Lots of lovely treen, enamel, metalware and pottery.

pair of antique copper cream pots

vintage Arabia jug with cow design detail from a vintage Arabia jug with cow design

Items have many practical uses which add to the appeal of collecting.

mosaic of images of vintage milk bottles

We like few pieces dotted around the kitchen. It adds a bit of vintage character & warmth. Some items we use as originally intended such as jugs – others can be repurposed like vintage milk bottles for displaying fresh cut flowers.

set of three vintage milk glasses in original packaging

So, raise a glass to dairyana… a milk glass of course!

L is for… London

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

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top of vintage biscuit tin with illustration of Marble Arch, London

There’ll be many eyes focusing on London this week with the Royal Wedding happening on Friday…

front cover of vintage Miroslav Sasek book, This is London depicting a marching guard in a bearskin
page from vintage Miroslav Sasek book, This is London depicting the Houses of Parliament
page from vintage Miroslav Sasek book, This is London depicting a ship going under Tower Bridge
page from vintage Miroslav Sasek book, This is London depicting a W H Smith booksellers shop
page from vintage Miroslav Sasek book, This is London depicting a packed tube train carriage on the Underground
page from vintage Miroslav Sasek book, This is London depicting a barrow boy pulling a cart in the Covent Garden fruit and veg market
page from vintage Miroslav Sasek book, This is London depicting an elephant at London Zoo carrying children on its back

…so “L”  has to be for London!
detail of the top of vintage biscuit tin with London illustrations of such as a Pearly king and queen, beefeaters, street hawker etc
We’ve gathered images of H is for Home shop stock items – past & present, that celebrate the capital…
detail of the sides of vintage biscuit tin with cartoon-like illustrations of tourists at London sites such as Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square
…famous landmarks, archetypal characters and classic scenes.
vintage tea towel featuring a London scene with a crowd of double decker buses at night around Christmastime, probably Oxford Street
They’ve appeared on all kinds of products…
vintage Chance Glass pin dish featuring a London double-decker bus designed by Kenneth Townsend
…lots of tins, pottery and book illustrations…
vintage Kenneth Townsend tile featuring a London beefeater
…and tea towels, posters and postcards.
vintage Kenneth Townsend tile featuring a pair of Chelsea Pensioners

We’d be tempted to have quite a collection if we were London dwellers!

vintage Kenneth Townsend tile featuring a London gentleman with bowler hat, briefcase and umbrella

We can’t resist a few pieces, even though we live out int’ sticks up t’North.

vintage 1959 London Transport postcard. "Roundabout" designed by Victor Galbraith

We often see London-tastic  products in the glossy interior magazines and websites – and we usually forget to bookmark them!

vintage 1960s Trans World Service menu cover depicting two horse guards in helmet and bearskin

However, you’ll always find some good stuff at places like the London Transport Museum or V & A Museum web shops…
vintage Carltonware moneybox in the shape of a London bobby
…and take a look at the “We ♥ London” Etsy Treasury that we’ve put together.

 pen and ink sketch of a London bobby writing out a ticket
pen and ink sketch of an old gent sitting on a park bench reading the news having a sneaky glance at a bikini-clad young woman walking past
pen and ink sketch of a shady character in sunglasses sitting on a bar stool holding an espresso cup
pen and ink sketch of an ancient bus conductress wearing a scarf lighting a fag
pen and ink sketch of an old man carrying a box on his head at Covent Garden fruit market
pen and ink sketch of a greengrocer hawking his wares
pen and ink sketch of a row of old women under hairdryers at the hairdresser's
pen and ink sketch of a newspaper seller at his stand on a rainy day
pen and ink sketch of a young boy with arms outstretched with pigeons  all around and on him
pen and ink sketch of a black railwayman calling out on a train platform
pen and ink sketch of two men in front of a row of whiskey barrels enjoying a wee dram

P.S. – Another special London event started last week – commemorating the original 1951 Festival of Britain.
triptych of images of an original 1951 Festival of Britain exhibition brochure
We loaned a few items to Kiera Buckley-Jones from BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine. She has recreated rooms from the period. Read her blog series charting its development here. We’re hoping to take a little trip down south to see it before it finishes in September.