Flower power

Collection of vintage enamelware with flower decoration

Following on from the themes of fish & birds we continue to look at the influence of nature on artists & designers. This week it’s the turn of flowers.

detail from a vintage chopping board

detail from a vintage chopping board

floral fabric detail floral fabric detail

vintage fabrics – pillowcases, curtains, tablecloths etc

floral fabric detail

Initially we were going to combine fruit, flowers & foliage but felt that they each deserved their own space. We’ll return to the other two soon.

vintage pottery bowl with floral decoration Vintage Figgjo Flint egg cup

Wining & dining – everything gets given the floral treatment…

Trio of plates with floral decoration

Mismatched plates look great together.

Vintage soup tureen with floral decoration vintage milk jug with floral decoration

Cups, saucers, bowls, jugs, tureens, egg cups, tea pots, coffee pots etc, etc, etc…

Denby Arabesque design tea pot

Again, we’re using items from our vintage collection predominantly from the 1950s, 60s & 70s. We particularly like the stylised treatment given to flowers during this period. You’re not likely to see any of these flowers in your florists, gardens or hedgerows!

trio of vintage Hornsea pottery with floral decoration

small vintage Hornsea pots

floral decorated lidded pot Small vintage china pot with floral decoration

Vintage ice bucket with floral decoration

Interpretations range from the elaborate – almost psychedelic – to the paired down & simple.

green vintage pottery pin dish pottery pin dish

Vintage pottery egg cup

1960s/70s floral coaster vintage pottery hors d'ouvres dish

We love the way that artists & designers play with scale & perspective.

Vintage pottery plate

Vintage Meakin cup & saucer Vintage Meakin cup & saucer

Some designs became almost geometric…

Vintage cup & saucer

…others were more traditional representations.
The very nature of flowers means that colour is a given and their combinations are limitless. They add a real vibrancy to everyday objects!

vintage painted tin tray

We’ve got loads more gorgeous examples so we may have to do a ‘part II’ some day! Hope you’ve enjoyed the ones we’ve chosen to share.

  • Beautiful, vibrant colors.

  • I'm a big fan of your photos on Flickr, and it's great to find that you also have a blog and are going to open a store. Do you mind if I write a post about you and your photos on my blog?

  • Hi Nina,

    I'm really flattered- I'd love you to mention us in your blog!

  • Wow. I'm envious of your collection. I am looking for some more info about a couple of the items pictured. The first is a sugar bowl shown in the top left pic above the text "Interpretations range from the elaborate – almost psychedelic – to the paired down & simple." It appears similar to a pattern I own, from Upsala Ekeby/Karlskrona, but I am surprised to see the gold detail on the rim since my pieces only have the flower illustration.

    Second, I LOVE the detail of the pattern in the top pic above the text "Some designs became almost geometric…
    …others were more traditional representations." Any info on the designer/manufacturer would be appreciated.

  • malcolm


    great collection of vibrant colours, just wondering what make is the red multi coloured flower cup and saucer, i would love to aquire some

  • Hi Rena – The lidded sugar bowl dates from the 1960s and was made by a Polish ceramics company – Walbrzych.
    It makes a great little trinket pot – we keep jewellery/rings etc in it.
    (We have some individual cups & saucers in the same pattern available on the website if you're interested).
    The other detail (flowers and houses) is taken from a 'one-off' 1960s glazed terracotta plate, simply signed on the back by the artist – "Ivan".
    Adelle & Justin x

  • Hi Malcolm,

    It's Elizabethan Pottery – Carnaby range. It comes in various colours, 6 different ones I think.