Archive | June, 2014

Lavorazione Murano Art Glass Swan Dish

15 Jun


This is not a large piece, (approx. 6.5″ across). It is in good condition with the original sticker still on it which says ” Lavorazione Murano, Made in Italy”. This type of glass with contrasting coloured layers is called Sommerso.

I think this piece is from a company that used the Murano name but is not actually Murano Glass.   Lavorazione means ‘production’ .  From the research I have done so far, this glass could be from a trading company that made glass in the style of Murano and would have been made in Italy, but not on the Island of Murano.  Apparently there was an awful lot of glass coming out of Italy with stickers like these.

Still a pretty piece but not the real deal.

Found the following information on Wikipedia:


Sommerso (lit. “submerged” in Italian), or “sunken glasses“, is a form of artistic Murano glass that has layers of contrasting colours (typically two), which are formed by dipping a gather of colored glass into another molten glass and then blowing the gather into the desired shape; the outermost layer, or casing, is often clear. Sommerso was developed in Murano during the late thirties and was made popular by Seguso d’Arte in the fifties. This process is a popular technique for vases, and is sometimes used for sculptures.

This item will be for sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON

Priced at $10

Please note this item is no longer for sale!!!


Print by Karel Appel, Cirque Appel, 1979 Goldman’s Art Gallery

15 Jun


This  poster has some water damage to the top and bottom edges which has caused some rippling of the paper.  On the bottom right is printed the following information: Goldman’s Art Gallery 93a Hanassi Haifa March 1979.   Even with the water damage, I think the poster has some value and will be putting it up in my booth at Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON.  Signed lithographs of this poster sell for upwards of $2,000.00.  Gallery posters like this one can sell for over $200 if they are in good condition. This one will be modestly priced at around $40 due to the water damage.

The following information was found on this web site:


KAREL APPEL Artist Art Brokerage: Karel Appel Dutch Artist: 1921-2006. The vibrant and rather forceful works of the internationally known Dutch artist, Karel Appel have been displayed and well-received in major cities throughout the world. Born in Amsterdam in 1921, Appel had his first one-man show in 1949 when he exhibited with the “Cobra” group at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum. Since that time, he has had one-man shows (including three major retrospectives) in New York, Amsterdam, Boston, London, Milan, Paris, San Francisco and Tokyo. Appel has participated in over 150 group shows throughout the world, including the Sao Paulo Biennale (Honorable Mention, 1953; Prize for painting, 1959), the Venice Biennale (UNESCO prize, 1954), Kassel’s Documenta III, the Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum (Guggenheim International Award, 1960) in New York. Appel is also, well known for his murals in Amsterdam, Paris, and particularly in Brussels where he executed a mural for the Dutch Pavilion at the Worlds Fair in 1957.

Please note this item is now SOLD!!!

Grindley England Peach Petal Teapot, Staffordshire

14 Jun

grindley teapot 2

Large Peach Petal Teapot by Grindley Co. England. This particular item was produced sometime after 1954.  It is in good overall condition with no chips or cracks.  Some wear and darkened crazing lines on the inside.

Available for sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON.

Priced at $ 28.

Please note the teapot is now SOLD!!!

Some history of the company according to Wikipedia:

W H Grindley was an English pottery company that made earthenware and ironstone tableware, including flow blue. The company was founded in 1880 by William Harry Grindley (b. 1859) of Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent.

The company was founded at the Newfield Pottery by Grindley and Alfred Meakin (connected to J. & G. Meakin company), but the partnership ended in 1884 and Grindley continued alone. It moved to the Woodland Pottery in 1891. William Harry Grindley died in 1926.

W H Grindley was taken over by Alfred Clough in 1960, and became known as Grindley of Stoke in 1978. The company bought Ceramix in 1980, and was itself bought by Federated Potteries in 1982 before being bought back by W H Grindley in 1988. The company went into receivership in 1991 and was taken over by Woodlands Pottery. Pattern books and records from 1880-1930 are in the Stoke-on-Trent City Archives.



Thomas, Germany, Blue Striped Porcelain Dishes

14 Jun

Thomas germany dishes

Manufactured by Thomas of Germany, an independant subsidiary of Rosenthal A. G.  These porcelain dishes were produced sometime between 1959 and 1977.  The company is still in production today and is well known for its quality dinnerware.

The following information was found on the web site

Historical development

“Porzellanfabrik Thomas & Ens” was founded in 1904 by Fritz Thomas, in Marktredwitz, Upper Franconia. Only five years later, the porcelain factory, by then called “F. Thomas, Marktredwitz”, was acquired by Rosenthal. In 1960, porcelain production ceased at the Marktredwitz Thomas factory for space reasons. The new factory, “Thomas am Kulm”, in Speichersdorf, Upper Franconia, came on stream. Italian architect Marcello Morandini added geometrical patterns to the facade of this low building in 1984.

Today, the Thomas range is produced at the Thomas am Kulm site in Speichersdorf as well as at the Rosenthal am Rothbühl site in Selb.

Since the fifties, Thomas has been consistently developed as a brand for young, design-oriented and uncomplicated tableware. In 1965 the “ABC” glass and service collection was created by Hans Theo Baumann, winning several prizes. Scandinavian design, in particular, shaped the Thomas range up until the eighties. The “Scandic” design, by Hertha Bengtson, won the Faenza Gold Medal, for instance. At the end of the eighties, Thomas then pursued new design directions, particularly those emanating from London. The first “Cook Shops” replaced the elegantly laid table. At that time, the “Trend” service from design duo Queensberry/Hunt became one of the major sellers. Thomas was very quick to take up the “from oven to table” concept that is widespread today; all tableware being flame-retardant, heat-resistant, dishwasher-proof and microwave-proof. Since the nineties, Thomas has been all about new, functional, simple design. The 1997 “Vario” range, by Yellow Design, stood for innovative design and a modern, lifestyle-based marketing concept. Today, with ranges such as “Coup”, developed by renowned Munich designer Konstantin Grcic, Thomas is highly regarded as an innovative design-conscious brand.

These are on display at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market at 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON.

Priced at $45 for all the pieces.

1 Cake Plate

6 Lunch plates

3 can shaped cups

Please note these dishes are now SOLD!!

Mushroom Patterned Mugs, Made in Japan

14 Jun


Wonderful set of 4 colourful pedestal mugs, with pattern of mushrooms in blue, green and mustard yellow. These colours, and of course the mushrooms, are indicative of the late 60’s or early 70’s.  Japan manufactured a huge amount of colourful dishware for the North American market during this time period so it is still relatively easy to find and collect.  Finding items in mint condition is a little harder and prices usually reflect that.

These mugs are in wonderful condition and are on display and for sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON.

Priced at $20 for the set of 4.

Dansk Kobenstyle Yellow Enamelled Cast Iron Fondue Pot

11 Jun

Dansk fondue pot

Yellow enamelled Fondue Pot designed by Jens Quistguaard for Dansk  sometime in the 1960’s.  It has a teak handle and is made of cast iron.  I don’t think the base is the original although it appears to fit alright.  The pot itself is in very nice used condition, with little signs of wear. Made in France. The yellow colour is called ‘Sun Gold’

Will be for sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 MIll Street, Almonte ON.

Priced at $40.


Thermos Brand Domed Metal Lunch Box and Thermos

11 Jun


The lunch box and thermos was a staple for working men throughout the1900’s and this particular model dates from the 50’s to the 60’s. This is the Thermos Brand, made in USA.  You can read all about how people started to use lunch boxes on the Wikipedia site   It makes for very interesting reading.

The thermos pictured was not original to this lunch box but it is the model that went with this particular lunch box at the time.  The lunch box has a few dings and obvious wear. The thermos is also quite well used, the plastic lid slightly faded and the red plastic rim quite discoloured.  Still, they make an interesting and fun display.

For sale at my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON.

Priced at $15 for the pair.  A great deal!!

Please note: These items are now SOLD!!

Hornsea Linear Red and White Striped Canisters

11 Jun



I think these pretty red and white striped canisters were made in the late 70’s or early 80’s.  The pattern is called Linear. They were made by Hornsea Co. and located in Hornsea  (the town of Hornsea is in the East Riding of Yorkshire England). The company was in production from 1949 until 2000 when it went in to receivership.   In 1967 the factory started to produce full ranges of tableware, the first being the John Clappison-designed Heirloom, followed by his Saffron and Bronte patterns. The 1960’s and 70’s they were in their heyday of production.  Tastes changed in the early 80’s and profits plummeted.

Tucked in between the canisters is an Androck syrup dispenser with red plastic handle, dating to the 60’s.

Hornsea is widely collected and is durable and beautiful still today.  These canisters are in excellent used condition, the lids still fitting snugly.

These canisters will be for sale shortly in my booth at the Almonte Antique Market, 26 Mill Street, Almonte ON.  The market is open 7 days a weeks, all year long.  Over 50 different vendors in a two storey heritage building.

Priced at $ 35 for the pair.