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Corning Ware Saucepan – SOLD

16 Jan

Corning Ware saucepan

Corning Ware saucepan

I didn’t realise that this was a piece of Corning Ware when I first spotted it. You can’t see the detail in the photos, but the sides of the saucepan are slightly angled (not something that I’ve seen with Corning Ware before), giving it a bit of an ’80s feel – fortunately though, it doesn’t jump out at you – generally speaking the ’80s weren’t the best time for design! There are some light scratches on the base of the saucepan, but other than that’s is in great condition, including the pyrex lid, which are so often missing or damaged.

A great quality piece of cookware that will last you for years to come.

Price: R240

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Villeroy and Boch Part Tea and Coffee Set – SOLD

15 Jan

Villeroy & Boch 'Acapulco' part tea & coffee set

Villeroy & Boch ‘Acapulco’ part tea & coffee set

As a rule Villeroy & Boch are very collectible, but I often find the patterns a bit boring, so sometimes pass them up even if I find them at good prices! The Acapulco pattern, however, is one of their designs that just blows my mind! And I’m not alone – these pieces sell for an absolute fortune with a single mug going for as much as $40, and the jam/sugar dish a staggering $70! Looking at the colours and the boldness of the design, I would have thought that the pattern dated to the 1960s, but it’s actually much later than that, first being introduced in 1983. But I suppose that still makes them in the region of thirty years old – even though the ’80s still feel like just yesterday! The set, which consists of two teacups & saucers, two coffee mugs and a milk jug and sugar bowl, is in excellent condition, with absolutely no signs of wear. The one coffee mug does have a small mark on it, but it looks like a manufacturing defect as opposed to the result of wear & tear.

A great looking and highly collectible set – and at just over R300 something of a bargain (that’s the price of a single mug online!).

Prices:

  • Mugs – R50 each;
  • Teacups & saucers – R80 each;
  • Milk jug & sugar bowl – R140 for the pair/
  • R320 for the set

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Small Corning Ware Dishes – SOLD

3 Oct

Pair of small rectangular Corning Ware dishes

Pair of small rectangular Corning Ware dishes

I think these are the first rectangular Corning Ware dishes that I’ve come across – they remind me of chunky lunch boxes! I have to be honest, this isn’t my favourite of the Corning patterns, but the fact that they’re in mint condition more than makes up for that! Honestly, I’m not sure that they’ve ever been used before. The lady I bought them from was very particular though, so it might just be that she looked after them exceptionally well! I like the fact that they’re a bit smaller than a lot of the Corning Ware that I’ve sold, and the rectangular shape makes them quite unusual.

A pair of immaculate Corning Ware dishes that will last you a lifetime.

Dimensions: Each dish measures 23.5cm long (incl. handles) x 15.5cm wide x 13cm deep (with lid on)

Price: R150 each (two available)

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1980s Desk Lamp – SOLD

5 Sep

1980s desk lamp

1980s desk lamp

Justin has a serious aversion to the 1980s, so turned his nose up at this rather great ’80s desk lamp. I really do understand where he’s coming from – it wasn’t the best period for design, but the boldness of the red on this lamp and it’s very simple design won me over! Plus you can’t write something off just because it had the misfortune to be produced at the wrong time – you have to be a bit more forgiving than that when it comes to design (I’m talking to you Mr Machen-Moore!).

There’s some wear to the base, but otherwise it’s relatively clean. I think that this lamp would look fantastic in a contemporary office environment.

Dimensions: 30cm tall (when fully extended) x 14cm in diameter (at base)

Price: R140

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Retro Drostdy Dinner Service – SOLD

25 Aug

Retro Drostdy dinner service

Retro Drostdy dinner service

This dinner service has got me well confused! The pattern looks quite seriously ’80s to me (something that I’m willing to forgive because I love the shape of the dishes and the red detail around the rim of the plates), but I didn’t think that Drostdy pottery survived into the 1980s, plus the telephone number on the box is only five digits long – I ‘m pretty sure the telephone numbers in South Africa were six digits (changing to seven) in the ’80s? But even if it is only 30 or so years old, it’s remarkable that it’s still sitting in its box unused! Sadly one of the saucers was broken when I took everything out of the box, but otherwise the set is in absolutely mint condition! I’m not sure that I love the shape of the teacups, but the design of the rest of the set is just fantastic! I particularly like the way that the plates are slightly upturned, and as I said, that red rim is a really nice touch!

A wonderful and pretty unusual dinner service from one of South Africa’s most famous pottery houses.

Price: R320 for the set (19 pieces in total)

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Faceted Lead Crystal Vases – SOLD

22 Jul

Set of three faceted glass vases

Set of three faceted glass vases

I wanted an eclectic collection of vases for our wedding flowers, but also a sense of order, so I displayed different vases on each table, but with all the vases on each table matching each other (if that explanation makes any sense?!). These Cristal D’Arque vases, which we filled with chrysanthemums, were probably my favourites! Until very recently I had a larger version of this vase on my coffee table in my lounge (the wind knocked it over one very sad day a few months back), and I’ve been on the hunt for another one ever since! These smaller versions aren’t quite as impressive, but being lead crystal they’re still very beautiful to look at, especially with that faceted design. They’re also in perfect nick with not a scratch on any of them, which is impressive for glass that’s probably in the region of thirty years old.

Great quality vases with a very attractive design. These vases would look great grouped together or on display as part of a collection of glass or crystal.

Dimensions: Each vase measures 22cm tall x 8cm in diameter

Price: R130 each

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