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.

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.