Posts Tagged ‘ceramics’

Creative Collections: Altenstadt bottles

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

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Vintage Altenstadt bottle collection

For this Creative Collections post we have this lovely group of bottle decanters.

Vintage Altenstadt pottery mark

They’re all marked Altenstadt, Western Germany to the base – so we know where they originate from, but we have to admit to ignorance when it comes to a designer or manufacturer. Anyone out there know?

Vintage Altenstadt pottery pirate bottle Vintage Altenstadt pottery sailor bottle

Each bottle represents either a specific character, such as a pirate or sailor…

Vintage Altenstadt pottery barmaid bottle Vintage Altenstadt pottery birds bottle

…or a group scene like the bar room or birds in a cage.

Vintage Altenstadt pottery city gent bottle Vintage Altenstadt pottery monocled man bottle

They’re very charming and look equally good as a group or stand alone piece. They’re very good quality ceramic and the graphics are fabulous, full of quirky details.

Vintage Altenstadt bottle stoppers

We usually put our collections together over a long period of time, picking pieces up singly. Not in this case however. The bottles were someone else’s hard work – hello Emma (of Wooden Donkey fame) if you’re reading this!! We bought her remaining stock when she retired from the vintage retail game. We were supposed to be selling them of course, but as you can see we’ve not managed to part with them as yet!

In Orbit

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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vintage orange Burleigh Orbit cup & saucer | H is for Home

Wow!! How about this for an eye-popping bit of orange Op Art loveliness?

vintage orange Burleigh Orbit cup maker's mark | H is for Home

This cup & saucer is from the Orbit range produced by Burleigh in the 1960s. It’s superb and quite uncharacteristic of their usual output which is normally very traditional. Someone must have had a rush of blood to the head (or taken LSD) that week. It’s quite a rare pattern and doesn’t appear for sale often.

vintage orange Burleigh Orbit cup & saucer with sugar lumps | H is for Home

It’s a great display piece, and would also provide the perfect pick-me-up start to the day filled with strong coffee. We’ve got a few for sale and they’ll appear in our webshop soon.

Charity Vintage: Stavangerflint Flamingo dish

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

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vintage Stavangerflint Flamingo pin dish being sold by and in support of the Hospice of St Francis
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We love vintage Scandinavian pottery chez H is for Home. We buy, sell & collect manufacturers such as Figgjo Flint, Arabia, Gustavsberg and Nymølle; and designers like Stig Lindberg, Lisa Larson, Bjørn Wiinblad and Kaj Franck.

This lovely little dish is Stavangerflint Flamingo designed by Inger Waage in the 1950s. It’s being sold by and in support of Hospice of St Francis* currently listed with a ‘buy it now’ price of £24.99 and would make a lovely addition to someone’s Scandinavian pottery collection!

*The Hospice aims to bring peace, comfort and dignity to patients and families facing the crisis of serious illness. We offer assessment and skilled clinical care, respite breaks, home support, day care and bereavement support. Care is free of charge and a flexible and individual approach is made.

Retro Magazine

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

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Retro Magazine with cup of tea and green & orange striped knitted cushion

This copy of Retro Magazine arrived last week. It was sent by the lovely people at Hus & Hem as we’d supplied an image of a yellow Finel coffee pot for them to use.

page from Retro Magazine showing a photo of H is for Home's yellow Finel percolator

Hus & Hem (and this off-shoot publication) hails from Sweden so we did have a slight problem to overcome with regards to the language barrier. We should be fluent in Swedish judged by the number of Scandinavian crime dramas we watch – but alas not!

sitting room

It didn’t stop this magazine being a very enjoyable “read” for us though. We could pick up on the general gist of the articles, but we mainly let the pictures do the talking.

vintage Volkswagen Golf feature

There’s certainly no shortage of them with lots of vintage retro gorgeousness to peruse.

dining table

Scandinavia is of course home to many great designers both past & present – and the source of many pieces so sought after by collectors. So it’s no surprise that they should have some excellent publications dedicated to the subject.

vintage decorated kitchen

The magazine crams loads in. There are some inspiring house tours, vintage fashion and features on classic design.

vintage fashion feature

As you can see from the article on Mari Simmulson & Upsala-Ekeby pottery for example, these articles are quite extensive and make great source material for identification or collecting.

selection of vintage Ekeby ceramic dishes

There are also current product pointers and a location tour with an eye to vintage design  & retail opportunities.

selection of vintage kitchenalia items

In this issue, Helsingfors (Helsinki in Swedish) is the destination – it’s gone onto our list for when we do that much longed for Scandinavian camper van tour.

Helsinki feature

The photography is excellent throughout. There’s also much use of vintage magazine articles & advertisements to display products or show items in situ.

selection of vintage loungers

It costs about £5.00 per issue.

selection of vintage chairs and stools

It’s definitely worth giving a try – you might even learn a new language!

Charity Vintage: Jie Gantofta biscuit jar

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

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Jie Gantofta biscuit jar for sale in support of Dove House Hospice on eBay for Charity
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We’ve long admired Anita Nylund’s designs for Jie Gantofta. Folky, colourful and most importantly useful. A collection of these jars looks fab in a vintage kitchen. We’ve come across containers in this range for tea, coffee, sugar, sugar shakers, salt & pepper shakers, salt pots, dried fruit, raisins, rice, spice jars, pickles and fish (?!).

Here’s a Jie Gantofta biscuit jar currently being sold on eBay for Charity in support of Dove House Hospice*. It’s already over £20 and it ends in a couple of days, so if you want to start or add to your collection get bidding quick!

*Dove House Hospice offers specialist palliative care to adults with life-limiting illnesses. Palliative care is the total care of a patient whose disease is no longer able to be cured. There is no charge for our services & we rely on funds raised in the community.