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.

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.