Salad Ware

Vintage Midwinter Salad Ware plate designed by Terence Conran | H is for Home

It’s very surprising that in our ten years of trading as H is for Home (and in the vintage ‘hobby years’ prior to that), we’ve never actually bought a piece of Terence Conran designed ‘Salad Ware’. Well, as of this morning, those days are over.

Detail from a vintage Midwinter Salad Ware plate designed by Terence Conran | H is for Home

Here’s our lovely new plate with its classic vintage 1950s design of fruit and vegetables.

Detail from a vintage Midwinter Salad Ware plate designed by Terence Conran | H is for Home

We love the shapes and colours… and its pared back simplicity. We even like the radish-shaped back stamp detail. It still looks modern today – imagine the impact it made over 60 years ago.

Base detail from a vintage Midwinter Salad Ware plate designed by Terence Conran | H is for Home

We might just have to stroke this piece a while before selling. Well, the house walls are newly painted, there’s a small space available… and it did come with hanging hooks!

A mysterious gentlewoman

Vintage platter with hand-painted gentlewoman illustration by Laila Zink for Finnish manufacturer Kupittaan Savi | H is for Home

This lovely large pottery charger was one of our more interesting finds last week.

Vintage platter with hand-painted gentlewoman illustration | H is for Home

We were wondering how to describe the subject matter. An elegantly dressed gentlewoman we figured – contemplating the day at the tea table with her cut flower and songbird.

Detail of a vintage platter with hand-painted gentlewoman illustration | H is for Home

It’s beautifully hand-painted and despite the piece being signed front and back, the artist was initially a mystery. But after some research, we’ve solved it! It’s the work of Laila Zink (1915-1999) for Finnish manufacturer Kupittaan Savi and dates from the 1950s/60s. It’s always good to keep learning!

Signature on a vintage platter with hand-painted gentlewoman illustration | H is for Home

It measures 36cm x 30cm and has holes to the reverse for hanging. It certainly makes for a very striking piece of midcentury modern wall art. She’ll be coming to our web shop very soon, but first dibs to our blog readers – priced at £175.

It’s a bit Fishy

Detail of yellow and mauve Aquarius fish plate | H is for Home

Last week, we featured a wonderful set of vintage bull plates – this week we have some equally fantastic fish plates!

Stacked set of vintage Aquarius fish plates | H is for Home

We bought five of the set in a single purchase and then managed to track down the missing plate in the following days.

Full set of vintage Aquarius fish plates | H is for Home

It’s now a fabulous and complete set of six.

Collection of vintage Aquarius fish plates | H is for Home

They’re highly stylised with beautiful detailing – dancing air bubbles, fluttering scales and swirling fins. We certainly haven’t seen anything similar in the local rivers or canals!

Back stamp on a vintage Aquarius fish plate | H is for Home

They’re from the Aquarius range produced by Washington Pottery in the 1960s. In 1970, Washington Pottery became English Ironstone Pottery Ltd. Three years later, it became English Ironstone Tableware Ltd, so you can trace the age of an item from its back stamp.

Detail from a purple & orange Aquarius fish plate | H is for Home

As with the bull plates, these colourful fish plates would look amazing displayed on a long shelf or mounted on a wall. Both types are listed in our web shop.

Price Points: Rectangular platters

Three rectangular platters

You won’t believe what a tough time I’ve had trying to find a rectangular platter. Ever since I bought myself a rectangular loose-bottom baking tin, I’ve been looking for a plate, charger, platter… whatever, that can accommodate the full, uncut quiche / tart. The tin measures 31 x 21cm, so I need a plate that’s at least that big. A bit of a rim around it would be perfect.

The plain white rectangular platters I’ve finally found are all well and good, but it’s the vintage example with the pretty green & blue border that has really taken my fancy.

  1. Vintage Mikasa Mexicana by Ben Seibel rectangular serving platter (38 x 27cm): £21.67, Etsy
  2. ‘No Limits’ platter in white by Seltmann Weiden (36 x 24cm): £58.03, Wayfair
  3. Denby large ‘Natural Canvas’ rectangular platter (39 x 26cm): £50, Debenhams

Gimme Five! Cake domes

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selection of 5 glass and pottery cake domes

I love baking and make a cake about once a week. With it being just two of us (Fudge isn’t included when it comes to cake!), having just a slice each each day, a normal cake lasts us at least 4 days. We need an attractive cake dome to keep it in. What I’m after is a glass or pottery plate with a glass dome so you can see the cake through it. Here are the prettiest ones I found on the internet…

  1. Orla Kiely multi stem cake dome, cream: £85, John Lewis
  2. Black Toast glass comport dome: £45.50, Emma Bridgewater
  3. LSA Vienna glass plate and dome: £64, Selfridges
  4. Anchor Hocking Monaco cake set & ribbed dome: £26.99, Amazon
  5. Sweetly Does it traditional 25cm glass dome cake stand: £30, House of Fraser

It’s a date!

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detail from a 1979 Arabia Kalevala date plate designed by Raija Uosikkinen

Any of you vintage fans born in 1979?  This could be the perfect thing for you.

detail from a 1979 Arabia Kalevala date plate designed by Raija Uosikkinen

It’s one of a series of ceramic date plates produced annually by Arabia of Finland.

detail from a 1979 Arabia Kalevala date plate designed by Raija Uosikkinen

Designed by Raija Uosikkinen, they take their inspiration from the Kalevala – the epic national saga of Finland.

Here’s an extract from the English translation of Rune 33 from which this plate draws its reference:

From a tree the raven answered:
“O thou little silver buckle,
Only son of old Kalervo,
Why art thou in evil humor,
Wherefore sad in thy demeanor?
Take a young shoot from the thicket,
Take a birch-rod from the valley,
Drive thy herd across the lowlands,
Through the quicksands of the marshes;
To the wolves let one half wander,
To the bear-dens, lead the other;
Sing the forest wolves together,
Sing the bears down from the mountains,
Call the wolves thy little children,
And the bears thy standard-bearers;
Drive them like a cow-herd homeward,
Drive them home like spotted cattle,
Drive them to thy master’s milk-yards;
Thus thou wilt repay the hostess
For her malice and derision.”

detail from a 1979 Arabia Kalevala date plate designed by Raija Uosikkinen

You don’t have to be born in 1979… they were made from the mid 1970s to the late 1990s. That gives a good span of potentially significant years – birthdays, anniversaries etc.

And don’t mind if there isn’t a special date to be marked… the artwork is so fabulous, they’re covetable for the patterns alone.

1979 Arabia Kalevala date plate designed by Raija Uosikkinen

Having said that, there’s sure to be a few completists out there who are just going to have to have the full set – and we wouldn’t blame you!!