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’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.
Here are some of our recent purchases and forthcoming attractions.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
This week’s buys have a distinct vintage industrial and haberdashery feel.
We’ll start with a couple of office accessories – a Smiths wall clock and perpetual calendar, both with a grey metallic finish. Very cool and masculine!
Slightly more feminine are these vintage wicker mannequins – useful for crafters of course, but very sculptural as interior decor pieces also.
We always pick up these shoe lasts when we come across them. They come in a variety of styles & shapes which adds interest to a collection – the wood often has a wonderful colour & patina too.
Painted furniture is much in evidence this week. The aged duck egg blue of the step ladders is a lovely shade – perhaps a candidate for one of our Home Tones posts!
This workbench light is a classic piece of vintage industrial style – the design, wear and colour all make it very desirable for fans of the look.
It was produced in the 1930s era and the Memlite brand is well-regarded by collectors.
This Victorian pine chest of drawers is a lovely size and simple style. It’s been over painted, but has aged quite nicely – and the cream colour isn’t bad. We could leave it untouched, strip the paint or distress slightly. Choices, choices!
No decision required for this vintage travel trunk. It’s going to look gorgeous with a simple bit of wax and leather cream.
Wonderfully aged leather, nice metal locks and stud detailing – the interior is so clean & tidy too. It’s a real beauty!
Items will be available to buy in our online shop, eBay or antiques centre space in the next few days.
Here’s a small selection of this week’s favourite vintage items.
We’ll start with the clock – one of the best we’ve picked up in quite a while. It’s a pedestal alarm clock made by Rhythm in the 1960s. The futuristic shape, vibrant emerald green face and wonderful condition all add to its overall appeal.
This silver plated jug is very striking too. It was designed by Hans Bunde for Kohrs of Denmark. It was filthy when we bought it, but a little silver polish has worked wonders!
We don’t do much charity shop trawling these days – well, not as much as we used to do. However, a visit to a new town recently meant we just had to pop into a few! We saw a pile of vintage children’s games in one window – they included a couple of boxes that had the Galt Toys logo which always piques our interest. They sometimes have fabulous illustrations by the likes of Kenneth Townsend for example. We liked the look of this alphabet puzzle. We didn’t want to spread the pieces all over the shop floor so took the risk that it would be complete when we got it home.
Complete it was – and rather lovely too! It dates from the 1960s era. It would look great on a long shelf or dado rail in a traditional nursery or children’s bedroom.
This small side table was produced by G Plan. It’s very sculptural and the wood grain is beautiful. We’ve just put it into our antique centre space to sit alongside a 1960s Danish teak armchair – and they make a great pairing.
And finally, the collection of West German vases. These are just three of twenty one vases that we bought at auction this week. They included some fabulous pieces by the likes of Dumler & Breiden, Carstens, and Scheurich. We’ll take a closer look at them in tomorrow’s post.
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!