Murano-style Bowl

31 Oct

Murano-style bowl

Murano-style bowl

Generally speaking I prefer Murano ashtrays to Murano bowls, because the ashtrays seem so much more functional to me – as much as I appreciate good looks I also like things to be practical, but sometimes you just have to stand back and appreciate the beauty of something! I really can’t see any practical use for this shallow Murano-style bowl, but really who cares! It’s so, so lovely to look at! And it’s in pristine condition! A perfect piece for a collector!

P.S. A similar piece of glass is for sale on Etsy for $100 (over a R1000!)

Dimensions: 5cm tall x 24cm in diameter

Price: R420

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Pair of Wedgwood Pestles and Mortars

31 Oct

Wedgwood mortar & pestles

Wedgwood mortar & pestles

These Wedgwood mortars are probably one of the coolest things that I’ve come across in a long time! I nearly passed them up (before I saw them) because I’ve never really sold pestle and mortars, but when I saw how cool they were I was super excited! My father used to be a pharmacist and talks about the old days when he used to crush raw ingredients to make lotions and ointments (I don’t think they really do that sort of thing anymore?), and given that these came from the house of a retired pharmacist I’m fairly confident that that’s what these were used for. But obviously they can be used to grind anything, and will hopefully land up in some clever person’s kitchen who can make delicious home-made breads and other tasty treats from scratch! There’s some wear to the bowls which gives them a sort of patina, and the pestles obviously don’t match which is a bit of a pity, although I do love the writing on the over-sized Meritor Maw Barnet pestle!

A great and very collectible pair – these Wedgwood mortars can sell for a fair whack!

Dimensions: Mortars – 9.5m tall x 16cm in diameter; Stoneware pestle – 25cm long x 6cm in diameter; Glass pestle – 12.5cm long x 3.5cm in diameter

Price: Wedgwood mortar with porcelain pestle – R320; Wedgwood mortar with glass pestle – R280

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Midwinter Milk Jug and Sugar Bowl

31 Oct

Midwinter Stylecraft sugar bowls & milk jugs

Midwinter Stylecraft sugar bowls & milk jugs

I love the ‘modern’ shape of these Midwinter Stylecraft sugar bowls – they’re kind of crazy looking now, so can you just imagine how wild they must have looked when they were first designed in the 1950s? And it’s great to find both the small and the large versions, and to have found them in such perfect nick!

A great example of mid-century design in near mint condition.

Dimensions: Small milk jug – 8.5cm tall x 6.5cm wide x 12cm long; Small sugar bowl – 5cm tall x 9.5cm in diameter; Large milk jug – 10cm tall x 9cm wide x 15cm long; Large sugar bowl – 7cm tall x 14cm in diameter

Price: R120 for the small set/ R150 for the large set

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Retro Irish Coffee Set

31 Oct

Retro Connemara coffee set

Retro Connemara coffee set

I love the pattern on this retro Irish Connemara coffee set – it reminds me a lot of Hornsea pottery. It doesn’t have quite the same finish as Hornsea which has a very matte feel, but it’s in great condition which means that the white glaze stands out nicely against the brown pattern, giving it a surprisingly clean look. And it’s nice to find a set that’s so complete – I’d guess that it dates to the late 1960s, so it’s impressive that nothing’s got lost or broken over the years!

Dimensions: Coffee pot – 22cm tall x 10cm in diameter ; Milk jug – 11.5cm tall x 8cm in diameter; Sugar bowl – 5.5cm tall x 10cm in diameter; Cups – 5cm tall x 6.5cm in diameter; Saucers – 13cm in diameter

Price: R240 for the set

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Midwinter Cups and Saucers – SOLD

30 Oct

Midwinter 'Quite Contrary' cups & saucers

Midwinter ‘Quite Contrary’ cups & saucers

A little taste of the fabulous Midwinter dinner service that I was talking about yesterday! Really how wonderful is this 1950s Jessie Tait pattern?! I’m not quite sure if the cups are meant for tea or coffee – I think that they’re probably too big for espresso, but maybe they’d be fine for an ordinary cup of filter coffee? The pattern is slightly inconsistent in places, but I think that’s probably a result of the manufacturing process – in terms of actual wear there are very few marks that I can see.

A wonderful bit of mid-century design that would make some collector (like myself!) very happy indeed.

P.S. This pattern really is very collectible – a full coffee set is for sale on ebay for £80 (R1400) with a set of four cups and saucers going for around R420!

Dimensions: Cups – 7.5cm in diameter x 6cm tall; Saucers – 12cm in diameter

Price: R230 for the set

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Grimwade’s ‘Quick-Cooker’ – SOLD

30 Oct

Grimwade's 'Quick-Cooker'

Grimwade’s ‘Quick-Cooker’

I was a bit worried that I’d paid too much for this Grimwade’s ‘Quick-Cooker’, so I was relived when I did a quick internet search and discovered that they can sell for a pretty penny! Aside from the fact that it’s a pretty darn cool piece of vintage kitchenalia (don’t you just love the advertisements on the underside of the lid?), I like the fact that it’s still a functional piece of cookware. The directions talk about using it to cook meat, but then they go on to talk about pudding (much more up my street!) and I thought that maybe there’s some clever person out there who could cook a killer Christmas pud in this? And then maybe even invite me around for a taste! I’m just being silly, but really how great would your Christmas pudding look served in this bowl, and I don’t know why I think it, but I’m pretty sure that it would be extra tasty!

Dimensions: 20cm in diameter x 10cm deep

Price: R280

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