07 Oct

Happy, happy, happy!

I mentioned in my first post about my collectible California pottery that I was missing one box. All the boxes on the movers inventory were accounted for, so I was confused as to how something inside one could go missing. I called the moving company to see if perhaps my box was inadvertently left on the truck after being freed from the crate; but no.

Under the stairs in our house, I’ve been storing the empty boxes for our electronics (it’s good to have the original packaging for the next move), boxes of holiday decor, our beach bag, and the vacuum cleaner. Last night I decided, at my daughter’s urging, to get out some Halloween decor. When moving what I thought was our old TV/VCR combo that had been in storage (since it was small and useful only for deployments) I realized that I had written something on the box. Ah ha!! It wasn’t the TV at all — it was the missing box of pottery!!!!!

I’m so happy to have found Grama’s cookie jar (not shown), and my Bauer Aladin teapot!

(Thinking my vintage one was gone, I had been contemplating buying a new one, but at $70, oy.)

In other happy news, I’m nearly done with the Racetrack and rocket Booster quilt — only one more side of binding to sew on.

And this should finally conclude the pottery postings.

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.

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.”