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The elephant in the room

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

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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.

Vintage Home Show buys!

Friday, November 16th, 2012

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vintage homewares bought by H is for Home at the Manchester Vintage Home Show including 1970s Crown wallpaper, 1970s floral tea towel, Swedish plaque of a fish in relief made from copper and tin and designed by Sven Lindström, Gustavsberg "Grazia" pin dish designed by Stig Lindberg and a "1001 Nights" porcelain charger designed by Bjørn Wiinblad for his Rosenthal Studio Line

We recently blogged about a very enjoyable Sunday morning spent at the Vintage Home Show held at Victoria Baths in Manchester. There were some excellent stalls with all kinds of temptation!

"1001 Nights" porcelain charger designed by Bjørn Wiinblad for his Rosenthal Studio Line

We acquired a few items as we wandered round.

detail from a "1001 Nights" porcelain charger designed by Bjørn Wiinblad for his Rosenthal Studio Line

The first (and most extravagant purchase) was this stunning charger designed by Bjørn Wiinblad. It’s from his 1001 Nights series and was produced by Rosenthal in the 1970s.

detail showing the artist's signature from a "1001 Nights" porcelain charger designed by Bjørn Wiinblad for his Rosenthal Studio Line

We admired it on our first circuit of the venue, picked it up and stroked it on our second circuit – and bought it on the third. We just couldn’t leave it behind!

vintage homewares bought by H is for Home at the Manchester Vintage Home Show including 1970s Crown wallpaper and 1970s floral tea towel

Then a couple of pieces of flower power caught our eye – quite understandable in the case of the zingy coloured tea towel. It was very reasonably priced, so had to be bought.

vintage 1970s floral tea towel

Unused vintage wallpaper is always much in demand. There’s usually enough on a roll to do a feature wall – or it can be used for lining draws/shelves – or various other craft projects.

vintage 1970s Crown wallpaper with floral pattern in browns and orange

On the same stall as the Wiinblad charger, we also spotted this fabulous Swedish metal wall plaque.

vintage Swedish plaque of a fish in relief made from copper and tin and designed by Sven Lindström

The stylised beaten metal fish just screams 1960s and was designed by Sven Lindstrom. We didn’t get the name of the stall holder so can’t give him a mention in person. He was very friendly and knowledgeable – travelling to Denmark on buying trips. He even gave us a few tips for places to check out… so thanks if you happen to be reading this! We’ll make a journey when we get our camper van sorted!

detail showing the maker's label from a vintage Swedish plaque of a fish in relief made from copper and tin and designed by Sven Lindström

We made our final purchase just as we were leaving – this pin dish was on the stall next to the main entrance.

small white vintage Gustavsberg "Grazia" pin dish designed by Stig Lindberg

We love the graphic townscape design in simple black on white – it just caught our eye despite being so small.

detail showing the backstamp from a small white vintage Gustavsberg "Grazia" pin dish designed by Stig Lindberg

It turns out to be the work of Stig Lindberg – a true great of Scandinavian design. That was a bonus!

If you missed the last two shows, the Manchester dates for 2013 have recently been confirmed – 17 March, 9 June & 27 October.

Bowled over by Stig!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

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large vintage bowl designed & decorated by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg of Sweden

We’re saying a fond farewell to our gorgeous Stig Lindberg bowl in a few days. We bought it last year at auction and despite it being very tempting to keep hold of these items indefinitely, we have to make a living. So it’s up for sale!

detail from large vintage bowl designed & decorated by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg of Sweden

It’s a stunning piece with blue band and black zig-zag design – hand decorated by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg of Sweden in the 1950s. Fully marked to the base with the artist’s distinctive markings.

detail from large vintage bowl designed & decorated by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg of Sweden

We put most items on our own website, but we’ve decided to list this one on eBay. There are avid collectors of Scandinavian pottery from this era – and Stig Lindberg-designed examples in particular. It will reach a wide audience for collectors worldwide who are searching for him by name. If you’re a fellow fan, there’s still 4 days left of the auction.

We’ve enjoyed living with it for a while, but it’s just got a bid… so it looks like goodbye!