Archive for the ‘ceramics’ Category

The elephant in the room

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

'The elephant in the room!' blog post banner

Vintage Gustavsberg Lisa Larson elephant tile with mugs of cacti

We’ve chosen this fabulous wall plaque that we bought on Monday as the week’s favourite buy. It’s only Wednesday, but we don’t think we’ll better it in the next few days!

Vintage Gustavsberg Lisa Larson elephant tile

This particular elephant in the room is the work of Swedish designer Lisa Larson – produced at the renowned Gustavsberg factory where she worked for over two decades.

Detail from a vintage Gustavsberg Lisa Larson elephant tile

We love the design – the raised, textured decoration forming the elephant and riders’ decorative costumes. The colourway is very attractive too with gorgeous cool blues and chalky whites.

Detail from a vintage Gustavsberg Lisa Larson elephant tile showing signature stamp

The condition is very good; it has the ‘Lisa L’ stamp to the front of the plaque and Gustavsberg paper label to the reverse. Everything a collector would want.

Detail from a vintage Gustavsberg Lisa Larson elephant tile showing the Gustavsberg label

It joins another one of her tiles in the H is for Home shop – a contrasting yet equally fabulous design in the form of a Viking ship.

Pop goes the Teapot!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

'Pop goes the teapot!' blog post banner

Vintage orange Rörstrand Pop teapot with tins of tea

We picked up this lovely vintage porcelain teapot on Monday morning – a good start to the week!

Underside of an orange Pop teapot showing Rörstrand base stamp

A very striking piece in terms of both form and colour, it’s called the ‘Pop Teapot’ and was designed by Inger Persson for Rorstrand of Sweden in 1968.

orange Rörstrand Pop teapot with lid off showing the strainer

It doesn’t just look great – it’s very ergonomic too. You need a teapot to feel good in the hand and pour well –  which this one does. The integral stainless steel strainer is a very nice feature too. 

orange Rörstrand Pop teapot with lid off and strainer to the side

Displays well and does the job well – a classic piece of design! We’ve noticed that the V&A museum has an example in their collection. Not to worry if you don’t drink tea either – it would sit quite happily amongst other pieces of art pottery or glass.

Vintage orange Rörstrand Pop teapot

This brilliant red-orange example will be available in our web shop this week.

Royal Copenhagen Tenera vase

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

'Royal Copenhagen Tenera vase' blog post banner

Royal Copenhagen Tenera vase designed by Johanne Gerber

This gorgeous vase has to be our favourite acquisition of the week!

Royal Copenhagen vase designed by Johanne Gerber

It was designed by Johanne Gerber for Denmark’s Royal Copenhagen Pottery in the 1960s.

stamp on the base of a  Royal Copenhagen vase designed by Johanne Gerber

It’s from the Tenera range and features this wonderful stylised fruit pattern.

detail from a Royal Copenhagen vase designed by Johanne Gerber

We love the subtle burnt oranges & yellows combined with the strong black – and the slightly dimpled texture adds further interest too.

Royal Copenhagen vase designed by Johanne Gerber

 It’s a good size, standing at just over 20cm tall and has real impact – in fact, it was the first thing we noticed in a large auction space filled with two hundred other objects!