06 Oct

Lot 8 (the last)

Phew — we’ve made it through my collection (or at least what I’m willing to part with). This last post is a few odds and ends, but just because they don’t go with any “theme” so far doesn’t mean they are less valuable.

These pieces had me thinking 4th of July barbeque. The flat fan vase is Bauer, designed by the prolific artist Ray Murray (as was the single candle stick). It is in very good condition save a small chip on the base (in the back). It is like those shown on page 65 of the Tuchman book and page 56 of the1986 Chipman one. They seem to be fetching impressive prices on eBay and online antique shops. Of course, with the chip, mine won’t go for top dollar, but I had thought that I’d offer it up since it doesn’t match the colors of the ringware I’m keeping. Now, on second thought, I’ve decided to keep it since it is an excellent example of the Cal-Art line.

However, the lobster salt and pepper shakers are way out in left field, so I’m setting them free. They are in very good condition and would make an excellent addition to anyone’s summer decor! You know you want them for $10. SOLD

The little blue creamer is 3.25 inches tall and is unmarked. There are factory imperfections in the glaze and I would describe the piece as overall more “rustic” than my other Bauer, Fiesta, and Franciscan pieces. But, it would work very well with romantic country or cottage decor. $5.

See how pretty it looks with this modern floral fabric?

The covered bean pot is also rustic in terms of factory imperfections. You can see it’s one chip on the lip too. It is unmarked and the color is not quite like my other aquas. It’s a perfect little stash pot for safety pins or buttons or … $7.

Lastly, we’ve come full circle.

Catalina vegetable dish

This aqua serving dish is by Catalina — the island pottery maker, a display of which I saw at the San Francisco airport. It is in very good condition with just a few scratches from use on the inside. From the Rancho line, it is 9 inches long and 6.5 inches wide. The clean lines and bright aqua color look great with modern decor. $25. SOLD

OK, now I guess I have to get back to the sewing machine.


05 Oct

Lot 7

This is classic Bauer. The ringware pattern was introduced in the 1920s and is pretty much what comes to mind when someone says “Bauer pottery.”

I’ve decided to keep my aqua and cobalt (a valuable color) ringware, but that leaves a few stray burgundy (also higher in value than yellow, orange and aqua) pieces without a home.

In the back are two custard cups (somewhat difficult to find) in fair condition matching item number 34 in the 1941 company catalog. The glaze is crazed on the inside and one has two cracks on the inside. They’d make adorable little pots to put your stash of beads or buttons in. $5 each.

In the middle is a coffee cup and saucer matching item number 59 in the company 1941 catalog. The cup is in excellent condition. The saucer is only fair as the glaze appears to be a bit oxidized (not as rich and shiny as the cup) and there’s a very small chip on the edge and one tiny pit. $15 for the set. SOLD

In front are salt and pepper shakers — number 88 in the 1941 catalog. They are in good condition with a few very small factory defects in the glaze and a small degree of oxidation. An excellent addition to any ringware collection (I’ve kept a cobalt pair). $18 for the pair. SOLD

Even different lines play well together. The gloss pastel batter bowl ($40), pink pitcher with ice lip I’ve decided to keep, and Cal Art vase ( now in the collection of my mom) all look great with these classic pieces.

Tomorrow will be the last few pieces up for sale.

02 Oct

Lot 5 & a Rainbow

I find it fitting that the day after I post a storm, I can post a rainbow. We saw a full one over our neighborhood this morning while we were waiting for the school bus. As with most rainbows, this picture does not do it justice!

Today’s lot of collectible pottery is rainbow hued as well.

I got several nice comments about my Bauer tumblers with brass handles. They are going to work great out on our lanai (grownups only). I have four more, although without handles. Their colors coordinate perfectly with my quintessential pink Fiesta pitcher and unmarked ball pitcher. I also happen to have six Fiesta saucers which are flat enough to double as hors d’oeuvre plates or would look cute paired with glass tumblers.

The Fiesta pitcher is in good condition — only subtle crazing in the glaze. $40

The Ice Ball pitcher (6.5″ tall and in diameter) is in very good condition, but unmarked. I suspect it is Hall or Franciscan’s El Patio, though it could be Fiesta as well. $30

Four Bauer La Linda tumblers in good condition (the aqua one has crazing and some discoloration on the interior). $30

Six Fiesta saucers in very good condition. $20

I have yet to decide what tomorrow will bring.

30 Sep

Lot 4

Todays collection is a mixed bag. My stationery loving friend used to (maybe still does?) have a beautiful white California pottery displayed on a shelf in her dining room. It was (is?) gorgeous. This group is an ode her collection.

Way in the back is a cream colored, matte glaze, Bauer vase with handles. It’s most likely pre-1950 and in excellent condition. If this one doesn’t go on permanent loan to Mom, or isn’t sold, there’s a good chance it will sneak back into my collection. It’s an excellent example of Cal-Art pottery though, so it gets a chance for a new home at $40. ON LOAN

The next piece, clockwise, is a middle period, Bauer ringware coffee carafe. It is missing it’s stopper, has a repaired lip, and thin glaze from the factory. While it’s not practical for serving, and not as perfect a specimen as the vase, it has a great shape and would make a lovely accent somewhere, maybe with dried flowers, or a casual arrangement of sand dollars and driftwood. $9.

Front right is a single candlestick with a matte glaze — number 520 from the 1941 Bauer catalog. It’s another Cal-Art piece and I’ve seen it in many collections and on page 65 of the Tuchman book on Bauer. It has a chip along the top of one of it’s scallops. $6.

Front left is an unmarked cornucopia vase with a squirrel peeking over the edge. The glossy glaze is crazed and it has a small chip on the edge, but it’s still very usable and very cute. $8.

Lastly is a vertical cornucopia vase. The bottom is marked “80 USA” but is not Bauer. (Thank you Brenda Johnson-Escoto, author of “Breaking Bauer…Myths!” for helping to narrow down the identity of this vase.) I’m guessing from the linear petal pattern that it was made post 1950. It has cracks , discoloration, and crazed glaze. I’ll throw it in as a freebie with purchase to anyone who wants it, otherwise it goes out on the garage sale table.

Tomorrow will be an intermission for the next 12 x 12 challenge (yippee, fiber art on my blog!) and then the pottery will return with color!

29 Sep

Lot 3

I’m pretty sure you can’t do 40s and 50s without pink. There’s no getting around it.

I saw this sort-of-set at the Pasadena City College Swap Meet (Pasadena, CA being home to all things California Pottery) and couldn’t pass it up. The handles on the cups matched the handles on my ringware. I had no ringware plates, so this solved that dilemma. Add a few vintage tablecloths (they all have pink) and I was good to go. These were our “company’s coming” dishes for a few years, but now I have my Polish Pottery and something’s gotta give.

Of course, you wouldn’t HAVE to go all pink and retro. I actually think that this compliments the current leaf and swirl trend very, very well. I was re-reading my “Complete Collector’s Guide to Bauer Pottery” last night and am back to thinking that this IS the Monterey Moderne pattern after all. Seems they made two styles of cups.

The majority of this group is in good to excellent (though not mint) condition. The five tea cups are excellent. There are eight saucers (nice to have a backup or two in case of breakage), 23 bread and butter plates (6.25″ dia.), seven pink luncheon plates (9.25″ dia.) plus one lone burgundy one, nine dinner plates (10.5″ dia.), two gravy boats in excellent condition, and one P pepper shaker with a chip on top. I seem to have lost the S shaker, unless it’s hiding in the missing box (in which case, I guess it’s still lost). The plates are mostly in good condition with a few excellent, and unfortunately one with clouding, and one with a crack. I am willing to sell everything you see here for $100 plus shipping since that’s essentially how I bought it. Because there are so many bread and butter plates I am also willing to entertain splitting the lot up, like say, 12 bread and butter plates plus the burgundy luncheon plate and gravy boat for one buyer and the rest to another.


Tomorrow will be another monochromatic day.

28 Sep

Lot 2

Nope, this isn’t quite the same as yesterday’s set, but it rocks the mid-century modern just the same.


But wait, it’s great with a romantic contemporary look as well.

The cup and saucer are Bauer (marked on the bottom). I used to think they were the Moneterey Moderne pattern (based on the saucer and colors), but according to this book, the cup handle and shape are more like El Chico or Al Fresco. Either way, They hail from the 1948 to 1962 era and are in excellent condition. The same goes for the bowl (5″ diameter), which is also Bauer and presumably part of the same line as the color is a perfect match. The vase, I’m not so sure about as it is unmarked. It may not be Bauer, although it is most definitely a contemporary. It is 6″ tall and unfortunately has a repaired petal and a quarter inch chip on one tip, as well as a tiny chip on two other tips. That doesn’t keep it from being an adorable accent though.

I also have these two Bauer Gloss Pastel batter bowls produced between 1939 and 1959. Before Mr. incredible hyperventilates, I’m not going to sell the both of them. The olive one has a chip on the lip, so we’ll keep that one, but the chartreuse is in excellent condition, so for the sake of a smaller overall collection, I’m willing to sell it. I also think that this one might work well on permanent loan to the Mom Collection of Things That Display Well in a Craftsman House (hint, hint).

I like these pieces together, so I’d be willing to sell them as a set if Mom doesn’t lay claim to the batter bowl.

I’d like $12 for the cup and saucer, $6 for the small bowl, and $40 for the batter bowl. I’ll throw in the vase as a freebie with any purchase. I forgot to say yesterday, that if anyone is interested in any of the pottery I post here, either leave a comment that you’re interested and we’ll continue the conversation off-line, or email me at me(at)kristinlaflamme(dot)com.

Tomorrow will look familiar, but in another color…

27 Sep

It Was Grama Bi’s Fault


You often find the most interesting things at airports. When we connected Frankfurt and Honolulu, this is what we found (besides SIL Betsy) at SFO. A wonderful exhibit of California pottery from the 40s. I adore this stuff, so I walked slowly and took it all in.

Chapter One

My Grama Bi had the cutest little 1910-ish house in Los Angeles, with pink and black tiles in the bathroom and curved cabinets in the kitchen. When I got my first apartment, she gave me a set of nesting bowls that embodied the feel of some of my favorite things about her house.

These were made by the Bauer company in the 40s to the 60s. I fell in love with the chunky, practical, honesty of Bauer’s cheerful pottery, which by the way, was on the verge of being a hot collectible (so hot in fact that they, and Fiesta, have reissued many designs in the last decade). When we found out we’d be returning to Germany after Mr. Incredible’s short assignment in Arizona, I decided that it would be better to put my collection in storage — knowing that our European housing would most likely be small with few cabinets.

Chapter Two

I spent the better part of yesterday unpacking boxes and reuniting with my treasures. Oddly, although I accounted for all the packer-labeled boxes on the mover’s inventory list, one box of pottery I packed, which may or may not have been inside another box, has disappeared. I’m really hoping that I somehow overlooked it and it will show up when I move some stuff in the garage or something. It had my favorite Aladdin teapot inside. Anyway, the above picture is what I’ve decided to keep. I focused my collection around Grama Bi’s bowls (in the back with some other pieces from the “Gloss Pastel” line) and the “Ringware” stacking refrigerator set (behind the aqua group) that my dad gave Mr. Incredible and I for our wedding. Of course, anything cobalt had to stay — my house is basically blue.

That leaves me with about the same amount of pottery in other colors or by other manufacturers, but all in good to excellent condition, all from the 40s to the 60s, all collectible. My plan is to put it up on Ebay, but I’m going to post it here first. Mostly because it’s purdy and I want to share, but on the off chance any readers are also fans of this gorgeous stuff, I’d love to give you guys first crack at it. I’ll try to post one “lot” per day, but don’t hold me to it.