Vintage Micratex Catrina cups

Micratex Catrina mugs with chocolate digestive biscuits | H is for Home

You don’t come across these everyday, so we thought that they were definitely worth featuring in a blog post. We are, of course, referring to the cups and not the chocolate digestives!

Micratex Catrina mugs with chocolate digestive biscuits and cafetiere cover | H is for Home

This range of crockery is very hard to find – in fact we’ve been waiting for about 10 years to find a piece. The pattern will be very familiar to vintage fans – the unmistakable Lotus pattern designed by Arne Clausen – and famously used on Cathrineholm enamelware – kettles, coffee pots, saucepans et al – shapes designed by Greta Prytz Kittelsen. Here it’s being used in this range of vintage crockery made in England.

Adams Micratex Catrina mug base stamp

It was produced by Adams Pottery – a member of the Wedgewood group. Their range is called Micratex Catrina, but there’s no doubting it’s identical to Lotus. It was being produced way back in the 1960s. Did Arne Clausen give Adams permission to use it – or did Adams copy it? We’re not sure – it’s a rare oddity.

Micratex Catrina mugs showing 'Lotus' detail | H is for Home

We’ll enjoy drinking our coffee out of them whilst we investigate further!

Tibor Reich exhibition

Tibor Reich tapestry | H is for Home

Last week, I made an all too rare visit to Manchester; I was meeting a friend at the Whitworth to view the Tibor Reich exhibition.

Tibor Reich exhibition room at the Whitworth in Manchester | H is for Home

Tibor Reich mural at the Whitworth in Manchester | H is for Home

Tigoware sketch by Tibor Reich displayed at the Whitworth

Tibor Reich Tigo-Ware 'Florence' and 'Espanola' vases | H is for Home

It was wonderful seeing his work ‘in the flesh’ so to speak, rather than in books or on the internet, to appreciate the scale. The ‘Florence’ Tigo-Ware vase on the left of the photo above is over a foot tall.

Examples of Tigo-Ware designed by Tibor Reich and produced by Denby Pottery in the 1950s | H is for Home

Tibor Reich designed ceramic tiles | H is for Home

His black & white sgraffito designs are very eye-catching and distinctive.

Ceramic ashtrays designed by Tibor Reich | H is for Home

Apparently, he designed and produced these keyhole-shaped ashtrays as presents for friends one Christmas. I’ve never seen one on the open market, they’re absolutely beautiful!

Ceramic ashtray designed by Tibor Reich | H is for Home

Tibor Reich pen & ink sketches | H is for Home

A lot of his ceramic work is concerned with the female form and visage – my friend and I wondered whether his wife Freda, who was pictured in many of the photographs in the exhibition, acted as his muse.

Colour sketches of women by Tibor Reich | H is for Home

A displat of tools and other objects used by Tibor Reich | H is for Home

Tibor Reich's sitting room which he designed himself | H is for Home

Reich may be best known for his textiles (his designs were on the seats of Concorde and the QE II), however his practice was multifaceted. Ceramics, fine art, photography… he even designed his own home including the ‘flaming onion’ fire in his sitting room, shown above.

 

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Tibor Reich: Art of Colour and Texture, shown above, was published earlier this month to accompany the exhibition. It can be purchased here (£35.00). The Tibor Reich exhibition runs until August 2016, so you still have lots of time to check it out – it’s well worth it! If you can’t get to Manchester, the University of Leeds (where he studied) have a huge archive of his textile work which can be viewed online.

Wallpaper display at the Whitworth in Manchester | H is for Home

In an adjoining room, there was an exhibition of vintage wallpaper (which runs until the 4th of September 2016). With the room’s huge, tall walls the long rolls were shown off to spectacular effect.

Wallpaper display at the Whitworth in Manchester | H is for Home

Although I loved most of the designs, it also made me realise how overpowering some of the patterns would be if all four walls in a room were papered. A small feature wall would suffice!

Vintage 'Promenade' wallpaper sample | H is for Home

There were display cabinets of wallpaper samples – here are two of my favourites.

Vintage wallpaper sample with birds pattern | H is for Home

Forthcoming Attractions: End February 2016

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collection of vintage homewares

Here are some of our recent purchases and forthcoming attractions.

vintage brass horse and wooden printers letters

We’ll start with our little equine friend. Mid century brass horses – they’re like buses – we don’t pick one up for years then four come at once! We’ve just sold a lovely pair of similar horses in the web shop this week. This one’s equally stylish. Frederick Weinberg is a name often mentioned in connection with this kind of piece. As with the previous pair, this horse dates from the 1960s era and has a classic Etruscan like form. You’ll also notice some of those lovely vintage wooden printer’s blocks lurking there. We’ve just got hold of another small quantity of letters & numbers. They’ll be heading to our antiques centre space as it’s not really practical to list them all individually on the website… but if you’re after a particular letter or number, drop us a line and we’ll let you know what we have.

Vintage Wiktor Berndt face vase and Riihimaki vase

Next we have a couple of lovely Scandinavian glass vases. The green hooped example is known as a ‘tulppaani’ or tulip vase and was designed by Tamara Aladin for Riihimaki of Finland – and the amber ‘face’ vase was designed by Wiktor Berndt for Flygsfors of Sweden. Both date from the 1960s and the latter is signed to the base.

Antique earthenware cup Antique earthenware cup

We’ll head back a couple of hundred years with the next piece. It’s a small transfer printed cup featuring the tale of Cock Robin. It’s got chips, cracks and the handle’s missing – but it’s such a charming little object. Perfect with a few fresh flowers on a small table, tray or windowsill.

Vintage Rorstrand 'Party' teapot

This vintage tin is really lovely and the condition is remarkable considering it dates from the late 1950s/early 60s. It has a ski and winter sports theme with fabulous illustrations to the lid and sides. It still retains the original label to the underside for a ‘mallow selection’ produced by Elkes Biscuits. It’s the ideal container for cakes or home-made cookies. And if any of our readers out there do happen to own a mid century modern ski chalet… well it’s just perfection!!

Detail from vintage biscuit tin with alpine illustrations

And finally, we have to give a mention to this gorgeous teapot by Rorstrand. It’s not actually a recent purchase, but it feels like a new item to us. We misplaced the lid about 5 years ago. We’d given it up for sure – and it really irked us every time we came across the lidless pot in a storage box. Someone recently ordered a coffee set and as we unwrapped the various cups and plates from their newspaper wrapping, there it was! The little lid with its distinctive pattern peeking out of a piece of paper at the bottom of the box. How it got in there we don’t know – but what a great feeling! Anyway, we thought we’d give it a mention in our recent finds post! We’re always happy to share pictures of this wonderfully designed teapot anyway.

Duckydora dinner party

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Salad and garlic bread served on Duckydora 'Sienna' tableware with 'Florence' tea towel

We’ve just received some lovely Sienna patterned tableware from duckydora.

Duckydora logo on the underside of a 'Sienna' side plate

It was put straight to use that evening as we were having pasta with some garlic bread and salad. It was absolutely perfect for serving.

Slices of garlic bread served on a Duckydora 'Sienna' plate

This range is pared back, clean and simple with a modern, rustic feel. The bowl & plates are glazed terracotta in a lovely, soft baby blue shade – hand decorated with a repeating raindrop pattern. It’s photographed here with the complementing Florence tea towel which adds pretty stylised flowers to the scene.

'Sienna' salad bowl with 'Florence' teatowel

This Sienna tableware is just one of a range of products available at the duckydora website.

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West German vase collection

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Vintage West German vase collection | H is for Home

We’ve been Fat Lava fans for a long time. It was over 7 years ago that we first blogged about our West German vase collection. All the fabulous shapes and glazes make them a wonderful thing to collect. There’s much more information coming to light about the various factories and designers that produced them which adds further interest. Books, websites and magazine articles dedicated to the subject have appeared over recent years.

Vintage West German vase collection | H is for Home

We’ve seen quite an addition in our own numbers recently. As mentioned in Tuesday’s post, we bought 21 vases at auction last week.

7 vintage West German vases | H is for Home

There are some real beauties, including pieces by Dumler & Breiden, Carstens and Sheurich.

Trio of vintage West German vases | H is for Home

Some work well in small groupings…

Large vintage West German floor vase | H is for Home

…others are very impressive stand-alone pieces, such as this large, sculptural Carstens Luxus range ‘Beehive’ vase designed by Dieter Peter.

Trio of vintage West German vases | H is for Home

We’ve put about fifteen of them into our antiques centre space as they work very well in a large display. We’ll also add some to the website in the coming week – here’s what we currently have for sale in our online shop.

Forthcoming Attractions: Mid-September 2015

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Selection of vintage collectables heading to the H is for Home shop - September 2015

Here’s a selection of recent vintage buys heading shopwards.

set of vintage Beefeater steak plates

For starters, we have a classic bit of what is generally termed ‘vintage retro’ these days. These ‘Beefeater’ steak plates scream 1960s/70s.

detail view of a vintage Beefeater steak plate

They were produced by English Ironstone Ltd in Staffordshire. Aren’t they fabulous? We’ve got some young bulls on nearby farmland – you won’t be surprised to hear that they’re not quite as colourful as these.

Vintage Easimix mixing bowl by T. G. Green with blue patterned vintage fabric

We’re staying in the same era with the fabric piece.

Detail of blue patterned vintage fabric

Actually, the style is very similar – the same artist could have been responsible for both the plates and the textile!

Vintage Dumler Breiden 'fat lava' West German vase with wooden deer figure

This pair of items makes a nice little grouping – they would look perfect on a vintage, mid-century modern teak sideboard. We love the contrast of glazes on the vase – and the flash of orange of course. The stylised antelope is lovely. We come across similar wooden sculptures quite often, but this one stood out from the crowd. It’s particularly good quality in terms of material and skill of carving.

Yellow vintage fondue set

This fondue set is top quality for its type also – enamel pan with teak detailing, warmer and a set of six forks. It’s pretty much unused and a superb English mustard colour. Pop that on the sideboard too… ready for the retro dinner party.

Orange original vintage Anglepoise lamp

More vibrant colour with this vintage lamp – our favourite Anglepoise for some time. We love the stepped base, shape of the shade and bold red colourway.

Detailed view showing maker's mark on an orange original vintage Anglepoise lamp

It’s a Herbert Terry original and would look great gracing any desk or worktop.

Detailed view of a vintage Neiman Marcus poster celebrating Danish Fortnight

And finally, onto the poster that’s in the background of many of these photos. We’ve had it for a while, but it’s been rolled up in storage. We’ve just had it framed so we’re counting it as a new item! It’s a vintage poster advertising Danish Fortnight at the department store Neiman-Marcus in Dallas. The poster is gorgeous – and you can guarantee that most of those 1960s Danish homewares on sale were gorgeous too!