We picked up this lovely lady yesterday!
She’s a vintage 1950s Duron chalkware or plaster lamp… and the best example we’ve ever come across. Not only the design, but condition too – they’re often chipped and a bit tatty. The painted decoration is all original. It has twin bulb fittings and works perfectly.
We tend to steer away from what’s termed as ‘kitsch’, but the occasional example sometimes takes our fancy. We like the classic Tretchikoff girl prints… and this Japanese geisha has a similar vibe going on.
The lamp can either stand on a horizontal surface or can be hung on a wall.
Here’s a view of the maker’s mark for collectors.
We’ll be a bit sorry to see her go actually, but go she must. The lamp is heading to our antiques centre space tomorrow. Sayonara lovely lady!
Hello! September is here, so that means we have an all new competition starting for you to enter. This month, our long-time homewares friend, Hunkydory Home has provided a table lamp for one of our readers.
Hunkydory Home is based up in Northumberland (we will visit that neck of the woods one day, the landscape looks stunning!) and has been making eye-catching lampshades and cushion covers for over a decade.
Each one is handmade using bright, colourful, mid-century inspired fabrics that will enhance any room in your home.
They have a large range of colours and patterns from which to choose – some are exclusive to Hunkydory Home – so you won’t find them anywhere else!
To be in with a chance of winning, visit the Hunkydory Home webshop and tell us which lamp you’d like to own and where in your home you’d put it.
Hunkydory Home table lamp
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We’ve acquired some fabulous vintage items this week.
We’ll start with two pieces for the kitchen diner – both items having a distinct Op Art feel. The coffee pot has a bold pattern of squares & circles in chocolate brown, black & white. It was produced by Johnson Bros in the late 60s or early 70s. The lidded casserole dish was made around the same time and has an equally striking design – this time, a repeating pattern of tulip heads in vibrant green & blue. It was made by Thomas of Germany. As we mentioned in the last Forthcoming Attractions post, we’re big fans of much of this company’s output.
This toy typewriter is a lovely example. It’s the Mettoy Elegant model in shades of pink – complete with original box. We’ve had a few of these Mettoy typewriters, but never in this colourway before.
Next is an old favourite – the West German fat lava. This example was produced by Dumler Breiden and has a striking, sculptural form with flashes of orange to the rim and twin handle like openings. The piggy bank was made by Cascade in the 1960s/70s. We like the design and pewter colour of the glass. You might want to use this money box for display only because there’s no stoppered hole to retrieve the coins – once they’re in, they’re in!
And last but not least, two nice bits of lighting. The miniature desk lamp is really cute. It dates from the 1950s/60s era and has a brass coloured flexi neck – perfect for those dramatic grey interiors perhaps. The wall lamp originates from the same period and is a real beauty. The mount is teak with brass & copper detailing – the glass shade has a wonderful swirling pattern. This piece looks good against grey too – and we can also see it hanging on a bright white wall in a pared back Mid Century Modern space.
If anything has taken your fancy, most of these items have just been put into our web shop.
Here’s a selection of recent vintage buys heading shopwards.
For starters, we have a classic bit of what is generally termed ‘vintage retro’ these days. These ‘Beefeater’ steak plates scream 1960s/70s.
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.
We’re staying in the same era with the fabric piece.
Actually, the style is very similar – the same artist could have been responsible for both the plates and the textile!
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.
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.
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.
It’s a Herbert Terry original and would look great gracing any desk or worktop.
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!
Here are some of our vintage furniture and homeware purchases from this past week.
We’ll start with the painting – an original 1960s oil on board. It’s entitled ‘Waterfront’ and features a harbour scene with dock buildings, cranes and lights reflected in the still water.
The artist is J. Jennings.
Next, this superb lamp by Hadrill & Horstmann. It has a counterweight mechanism which not only looks great, but works very efficiently too – the perfect design combo. The West German pottery vases & planters always sell well – especially with that distinctive flash of volcanic orange.
And more vibrant colour… this G-Plan stool with its original yellow fabric upholstery didn’t take much deciding upon.
It’s a fabulous shape too and went straight into the boot of the car!
There are slightly more muted tones in this studio pottery lamp base, but it’s no less attractive.
We’ve got a friend whose studio pottery collection is ever expanding.
She gave an, ‘oooooooh that’s nice!’, when she saw it – and has thus managed to squeeze one more piece into her house!
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We love this vintage atomic table lamp currently for sale by & in support of St Kentigern Hospice*. It’s so mid century modern! The rose-adorned shade may not be to everyone’s taste but this could easily be remedied. Recovering it in some Lucienne Day, Marian Mahler or Jacqueline Groag fabric.
If you’re interested, there’s not much time left to um and ahh about leaving a bid – the listing ends tomorrow night. It’s a ‘buyer to collect’ item (it’s located in St Asaph, Denbighshire) and the opening bid is £29.99.
*St Kentigern Hospice’s objective is to offer patients, their carers, families and friends, responsive holistic care in a warm, homely, safe, nurturing environment.