04 Oct

Lot 6

I bought this pitcher because I thought it was just the coolest thing ever! It looks icy and cool on a summer’s day. It totally reminds me of the Yountville Diner in Napa Valley who’s walls are were filled with vintage pitchers (apparently, it’s something completely different now, which looks really intriguing, but I digress). It is unmarked, save for the number 730 on the bottom, so I have no idea of the manufacturer. I’ve not yet seen another like it. It’s in good condition with only a small chip at the bottom edge and some discoloration inside.

Imagine my surprise several years later (after the pitcher was snugly away in storage) when I ran across a tumbler and what I’m guessing is a creamer, with exactly the same glaze!! I’ve forgotten if I actually found them in Germany, or if they were from a flea market visit during one of our trips home. I suspect the latter. Anyway, the pieces are finally together, and YES, they do match! The tumbler and creamer do little to solve the mystery of their origins though. They have a sort of flying W on their undersides. The two smaller pieces are in very good condition.

I’m starting to have second thoughts about selling this set, so please take it off my hands for $50 before I change my mind.

Tomorrow should be another small “set.”

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.

27 Sep

Lot 1

Even before Gerrie (who I know loves mid-century modern) commented excitedly about my wares, I had planned on showing this set first.

It is much more mid-century modern than the rest of my collection, which has a more WWII look. Every time I look at this fabric, I think Gerrie, and look how nicely the cup coordinates!

I guess you could call this a luncheon set, or maybe a tea set with the addition of a teapot or coffee carafe which I don’t have. The manufacturer is Franciscan. They are well known for their “Dessert Rose” pattern, and highly respected as far as collectible California pottery is concerned. This pattern is “Tiempo,” which was first released as “Metropolitan” and commissioned by MoMA in 1939. The pattern was renamed Tiempo with the same shapes but different colors in 1949.

What I’ve got is a large rectangular platter (8″ x 12″) in Sprout green, a rectangular divided “bowl” (6.5″ x 10.5″) in Leaf green, four Sprout plates (not quite 8″), four Leaf bowls (4.5″ x 2″ deep), two Leaf saucers (6″) two Copper saucers, two Leaf tea cups and two Sprout teacups. Everything is in excellent condition. I want to keep this set together as I believe it has more value as such. Based on some internet research at antique sites and eBay, I’m asking $200 plus shipping for this gorgeous collection that embodies California mid-century modern entertaining.

Tomorrow’s offering will bridge my beloved 40s look with this sleeker aesthetic.