Sunday, December 11, 2016

Czech pressed glass, a love story

Frantisek Peceny (1920-1977) Vase Pattern 20300/235
Sklo Union, Hermanova Hut

Small Bullet Vase, a.k.a. Lens Vase, designed by
Rudolf Schrötter for Rosice Glassworks in 1955

Vase pattern 20156/180 designed by Frantisek Peceny (1920-1977)
for Hermanova Hut 1968

Pavel Panek bowl Pattern 2305, Rosice Glassworks 1974

Large Pink Bullet Vase, a.k.a. Lens Vase,
designed by Rudolf Schrötter for Rosice Glassworks in 1955

Large Pink Bullet Vase, a.k.a. Lens Vase, 
designed by Rudolf Schrötter for Rosice Glassworks in 1955

Sklo Union Bowl designed by Vladislav Urban
in 1968 for Rosice Glassworks

Czech Pressed Glass

I love Czech pressed glass and I know I am not alone. I am totally aware that Bohemian glass manufactured in former Czechoslovakia is an obsession of vintage lovers and collectors all over the world and I love that because I am not a real collector. See, I could never afford to build a great collection and was never lucky enough to find good bargains around. When I had the chance to buy a Czech vase, there were so many and I never knew which one to choose. On the end, one of my favorite forms of entertainment is see other people's collections of Czech glass. I really enjoy it and I find it really relaxing. I do have some vases my self, three or four... wish I had more, but it is all good. These ones here are for sale at our Etsy store. Enjoy.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Royal Holland Pewter Coffee Pot

Royal Holland Pewter Coffee Pot

Sometimes I fall in love with some of the pieces we sell in our store. This Dutch pewter coffee pot is my most recent love story. I fear the day I will have to let it go. To avoid broken heart, I tend to set the price of my favorite items a little bit higher than the market, trying to avoid the inevitable sale. This is my way of avoiding saying good bye... but this tactic doesn't really work.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mid Century Modern Pendant

A Stunning Light Pendant

I fell in love the moment I saw this pendant. I had no idea who designed it, I still haven't got a clue, but I am pretty sure it is Danish because it has many of the blue prints of mid century Danish light design. I love the dark amber pressed glass. Naturally, it did not last at the store. In a very short time after this pendant was listed, it was gone... The pictures help me keep track of all the beauty that comes and goes in our little store...

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Amazing Colors of Mid Century German Pottery

Carstens Tönnieshof Jug Vase Pattern 1522/14

Strehla Bowl

VEB Haldensleben Vase Pattern 28041A

Strehla Vase Pattern 1227

VEB Haldensleben Pottery Jug Vase

Ilkra Edelkeramik J.L. Knödgen Vase Pattern 1028/10

 Steuler Candleholder designed by Cari Zalloni

Strehla Ceramic Bowl 

Carstens Tonnieshof Vase 1526-23 

Steuler Candleholder
148-10, Designed by Cari Zalloni

Mid Century Modern German Pottery

We have some really lovely pieces of East and West German pottery in the store these days. These are some of my favorites, they are very colorful as I really enjoy a complete pallet. These pieces are from Strehla, Carstens, Steuler, Ilkra and VEB Haldensleben, but we have many more at the store if you are interested.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Blue Glass Series 3: Magnor of Norway Glass Vase

Blue Glass Series 3: A Magnor of Norway Hooped Glass Vase

This lovely not so tall (16,5cm) cobalt blue hooped handmade glass vase is part of a series of hooped vases with many sizes and colors. The entire series is very pretty and is very appreciated in the Norwegian vintage market. Made by Magnor, a Norwegian glass giant, it is definitely worth more in the domestic market than in the international scene. This vase no longer has the original label, but I have seen vases exactly like this one, in many vintage stores and markets around Norway, all with the label "Handmade Magnor, Made in Norway". The pity is that I have never managed to find out the name of the designer who developed this series of hooped vases to Magnor since I have never been able to find any one of Magnor's old catalogs. Actually I am not even sure there were any catalogs with the names of the designer. Anyway, it is always pity not know the name of the designer...

This beauty is for sale here

By the way, we have in stock another vase like this one, except that it has four hoops instead of three. You can find the vase with four hoops  here

Friday, October 7, 2016

Blue Glass Series 2: Tamara Aladdin "Taalari" Cobalt Blue Ashtray

Blue Glass Series 2: Tamara Aladdin "Taalari" Blue Ashtray

Nobody smokes these days anymore, I mean, smoking is more and more an vilified thing of the past. Not fair with the ashtrays though. They were always some amazing beautiful ashtray art out there and they should keep coming. All mid century glass manufacturers included ashtray in their collections, it was part of life and it was an inherent part of creation. Not so much anymore. The other day I was browsing Christiana Glass Magazin and there aren't any ashtrays in line there... Even if less, people keep smoking, mostly outdoors or for therapeutic reasons but the ashtrays are gone. Too many vintage ashtrays out there and they are so pretty that it is impossible to ignore. Better adapt. You can use the beautiful piece for candy, for nuts, for salt or even as a ring dish. Why not? This one was designed by Tamara Aladdin for Riihimäen Lasi of Finland. A cobalt blue textured glass with the "Taalari" pattern designed by Tamara Aladin in 1973.

This beauty you can find here

Friday, September 30, 2016

Blue Glass Series 1: Cobalt Blue Textured Freeform Ruffled Finnish Art Glass Vase

Blue Glass Series

We have some beautiful blue glass items in stock and I am totally in love with all of them. Talking about "poliamore" at a glass level I am... My initial plan was to make a post with all the blue beauties we have on stock but since I have a terrible time editing photos I just could not pick only one of each piece. So, what was supposed to be a post became a series and to open it you have some images of a gorgeous, medium size, textured, free form ruffled, Finnish Art Glass blue glass vase. It is labeled and the label states: Art Lasi, Made in Finland, nothing else. I have other pieces by this manufacturer but have not been able to find the name of the designer. Anonymous, or not, is just beautiful anyway...  

You can find this lovely vase for sale here

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

In love with Sarpaneva's 1981 Arkipelago


Arkipelago is a stunning series of glass candleholders designed by Finnish designer Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala of Finland in 1981 and no longer in production. The pieces of the Arkipelago series are now collectors items hunt all over the world. The series is made of holders of many different forms and heights, all of them are made with of many layers of glass. Each holder shows beautiful unique swirls resembling the movements under water. I believe there is not one identical to another, they are all alike. It is just beautiful. Currently we have two pairs in our store. You can find them 13cm tall here and  and the 8,5cm tall here