We picked up this very striking orange vintage saucepan during the week. It’s mid-century modern combined with ancient Egypt!
The range was manufactured by Italian company, Siltal in the 1970s for food writer and chef Robert Carrier. He was a big name in the cookery world around this time – perhaps you remember him on TV. If not, you might very well have come across his vintage cookery books and recipe cards in charity shops.
Mid-century modern treatment of more ancient life or art can be very successful – Roman, Etruscan and medieval subjects spring to mind. Egyptian imagery is a new one to us.
This Siltal saucepan itself is beautifully made – quite reminiscent of Cathrineholm in materials and style. Siltal is still manufacturing products today, although they seem to concentrate on fridge-freezers and washing machines nowadays. So you’ll have to look out for vintage examples if you like the look. The pans were made in a variety of colourways – and there were also ancient Greek and Chinese ranges too. This large lidded example will be going into our antiques centre space priced at £45. It’s pretty heavy, but we could post out if required.
We bought this yellow Cathrineholm kettle with a view to it going into our webshop, but as soon as Adelle saw it emerge from its brown paper packaging, she went all Gollum from Lord of the Rings on us. “Come to me, my precious!”, she exclaimed. The chances of it ever being re-sold slid away rapidly as the golden enamel glow filled her eyes!
It was added to our shelves of vintage Scandinavian loveliness – high up so it couldn’t easily be removed!
Another design we’ve been waiting to get hold of for a while is this Op Art crockery by Seltmann Weiden. We had it in stock previously and sold it all. This time we’ll sell some, but keep a piece or two. By coincidence, they appeared in the same week. They work very well together don’t they? The perfect combination for a bright and cheery afternoon tea we think.
We’ve acquired some lovely vintage homeware pieces in the last week or so – and there’s been lots of photographing and listing to do. Here’s a selection of our favourite recent additions.
We like to split items between the web shop, eBay shop and physical shop space so have been busy in the this month!
This mid century modern shelving unit was bought at auction recently. It’s for sale of course, but it also provides the perfect backdrop for other objects from the same era – pottery, lamps and so on.
As always, if you see anything that takes your fancy, just drop us a line.
This is our favourite item of the week.
We don’t think we’ve nominated an enamel sign previously.
It’s a vintage French sign advertising Valentine paints. We like the colours and absolutely love the graphic design.
We put it in a vintage industrial corner of the lounge to photograph it – oh no, it looks quite good!
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Cathrineholm just keeps getting more and more popular. When it appears on eBay it’s virtually guaranteed to sell, no matter what condition it’s in. This 8-inch avocado green Cathrineholm bowl is for sale by Crossways Enterprises*. It’s described as being in “good, used condition”, just a couple of scratches and tiny chips to the rim.
It’s currently £8.29 with an additional £3 P&P – so cheap! One sold a fortnight ago for £38. The going rate for the 8-inch size is around the £40 mark.
*Crossways Enterprises works to empower Crossways residents and local communities to combat exclusion and stigma regarding mental health. they aim to provide a person-centred platform from which to serve communities through sustainable projects and thus enabling each individual to realise that they are valued. Their vision is to build communities where people of all backgrounds are included and have the opportunity to live in dignity with hope for the future.
We’re not great fans of getting up early, but if you want to find good stock you just have to make the effort sometimes. In the depths of winter it’s just tooooo painful!! But something felt like it was the right time to hit the markets & car-boots again this weekend – like hedgehogs emerging from their pile of leaves! We dusted off the alarm clock and got going at 5am on Saturday morning. Here are some Forthcoming Attractions from the week’s search.
The early bird might indeed catch the worm, but we caught some birds of our own. This gorgeous 1960s egg cosy set comprises two teak egg cups and linen cosies with wonderful chicken decoration – what a cheery way to start the day. We also picked up a lovely Lord Nelson Pottery rolling pin from the classic ‘Gaytime’ range with its psychedelic flower and bird design.
More fauna with this cute little Chad Valley savings tin featuring the nursery rhyme ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’. The lid has a clock face with movable hands. Kids can learn a nursery rhyme, telling the time – and the value of saving the pennies!
We were actually talking about this range of enamelware the day before we went to Saturday’s market – ironically saying that we didn’t come across it as often as we used to! Lo & behold, we find a coffee pot & kettle. They date from the 1960s/70s and were produced in the former Yugoslavia. We love the simple daisy pattern.
And how about this gorgeous repeating apple design? This vintage basket has its fabulous original cotton liner and waterproof/stain-proof cover. A real favourite find this one!
Summer must be just around the corner if we’re picking up garden accessories. These vintage replacement deckchair covers might be just the thing if your outdoor seating needs sprucing up.
Last but not least, is the striking Blackpool Illuminations brochure featured in the main photo. Amazingly it’s from 1930, so not far off being a hundred years old! It’s part of a wonderful collection of ephemera we bought last week. It all dates from the 1920s to the 1950s. We’ve just started sorting through it, but there are all kinds of fabulous brochures, magazines and advertisements from this early to mid twentieth century period. The photo above is just a small sample, so we think we’ll have to return to it in more detail in a future post.