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Each of the four glasses in this set stands6 7/8 inches tall x 2 1/2 inches across the top.  Each holds 16 ounces.  Each has frosted glass on the sides and a clear bottom.  Each is signed with the F in the shield mark of the Federal Glass Company.


There are three different decorations visible on this set of four. Two have a pear, cherry, orange over a cluster of grapes. One has pineapple slices and three cherries over an orange slice over a basket of berries. The third variation is a lime and a lime slice over strawberries and cherries over a lemon slice over some leaves and a grapefruit and slice.


What a fun funky and festive set of glasses.  Wipe up a pitcher of sangria or just some iced tea, grab a tray and head for the patio or veranda. All are in excellent condition with strong colors and no damage to the silkscreened designs.  Price is for the set.


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 Made by well-known Californian glass artist David Salazar, this contemporary art glass toothpick holder is one of the few David made that is based on the 2009 NTHCS Convention holder. David Salazar got his start with the Zephyr Studios  before working at Lundberg Glass Studios in the early 1970s and went out on his own around 1983. He is particularly well known for his Moon & Star pattern as well as his paperweights and marbles. This example is signed and dated 7-10 Salazar.


This toothpick holder stands 2 3/8 inches tall and is 1 3/16 inches across the top rim.  The base glass is clear but it has been sprayed with mineral salts in the tradition of Art Nouveau Tiffany or Steuben glass.  The resulting surface has overtones of purple, blue, rose and gold. The design of swirls is known as the King Tut pattern.  It is in excellent condition.  A great example of great glass by a great contemporary glass artist.


I am a long time member and past President (1988) of the National Toothpick Holder Collectors Club. I guarantee the authenticity of this TP. For more info on toothpick holders as a great collectible, visit the National Toothpick Holder Collectors Society web page at (www.nthcs.org)  Shown in the 1929 catalog reprint on page 32 of Jack Wilson's 1989 book, this is the #1119 2 5/8 inch tall tumbler shape of the whiskey or shot glass in the clear emerald green color.


It was also sold as part of a six shot glass, decanter and tray shown on that same page as the 1162 decanter set. It is clear emerald green glass and is in excellent condition. Add it to your Art Deco or Consolidated glass collection today.  Shown in the 1929 catalog reprint on page 32 of Jack Wilson's 1989 book, this is the #1119 2 5/8 inch tall tumbler shape of the whiskey or shot glass in the clear emerald green color.


It was also sold as part of a six shot glass, decanter and tray shown on that same page as the 1162 decanter set. It is clear emerald green glass and is in excellent condition. Add it to your Art Deco or Consolidated glass collection today.

set 4 Federal Fruit Slices zombie glasse

 

toothpick holder: Salazar July 2010

 

Consolidated Catalonian 1119 green whisk

 

Consolidated Catalonian 1119 green whisk

This type of solid milk glass decorated glass belonged to a line that Consolidated dubbed Con Cora, deriving from the first few letters of the names Consolidated and Coraopolis, the town near Pittsburgh where Consolidated made glass.


Milk glass became immensely popular after World War II. Almost every American glass company put out its version. Westmoreland, Imperial are the better known names associated with this glass. This line was Consolidated's entry into the crowded marketplace.


Dating from the 1950s to the early 1960s, most Consolidated Con Cora items were decorated in one of the three most popular lines:  Ivy, Violet, and Rose. 


 This #4011 shape piece is decorated in the 1510G decoration: the Rose decoration with Gold. It is not signed by the decorator. Two large open pink roses and one pinkish-gray rose are flanked by two half open roses.  There is a gold rim band around the neck of the piece.  The vase measures 6 inches tall. On the bottom of the vase is the word hand-painted in black paint, though it is a bit faded but still legible.


Enjoy America's glass past by purchasing a pratical and beautiful piece of American glass.  The piece is in excellent condition.  This Art Deco Scurlock Kontanerette refrigerator jar has patent number 88111, dating it from 1930.  Embossed on the bottom of the glass are the works Scurlock Kontanerette 6-30 31 oz. MADE IN U.S.A.  and the patent number 88111. 


It measures 5 1/2 inches wide x 4 1/2 inches deep and is 4 inches tall.   


This cool vintage piece has a unique design which allowed it to fit into the corners of a fridge.  The handle is easy to lift off. The seal is tight.  It is in excellent vintage condition and ready to use, a practial piece of America's past.  


Use it in the bathroom for your Q-tips or cotton balls!  Use it in your kitchen for your teabags.


Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your kitchen table today.  Here is the information I found about Merritt Island Pottery:  



Melvin Casper and his mother, Peggy Jamieson, founded the Merritt Island Pottery in 1937, after moving there from Chicago. They built the pottery out of planks milled from pine trees cut on the property. In 1937 there was no electricity on the island and so the first pottery was unglazed. Melvin spent a few years in China with General Stillwell during World War II but returned to continue making pottery on Merritt Island. He remains there today, teaching and making pottery, at 84 a master potter, hardened by the fire of World War II and glazed by the beauty of Merritt Island. He came to Merritt Island in the mid-1930s with his stepmother, Esther Peg Jamison, who also was an artist. The two traveled to Florida just after he graduated from the Chicago Art Institute, where he had studied drawing, painting and pottery. They came to the isolated barrier island in Brevard County to live with his uncle, an ornithologist.


''There were lots of birds here, thousands of mosquitoes and only nine people,'' Casper said. ''My mother and I opened this shop in 1937 and became the first potters in Florida. People came in boats to buy our pottery. There were no books to be had on the subject in those days, so ours was one big experiment. But we survived anyway.''


Melvin Casper died in 2001.


This pot or vase stands 3 1/4 inches tall and is 3 5/8 inches across the top.  It is wheel-thrown and glazed with a mocha overglaze over the reddish brown underglaze.  Bands are incised into the lower part of the vase.  It is hand inscribed Merritt Island Pottery.  I don't know if this is a 1930s piece or a Mid-century piece. I DO know it is a gorgeous piece of 20th century Florida and American studio pottery.


Add it to your American studio pottery collection today. It is in excellent condition with no damage.


 Cinderella would love this little ivory satin glass shoe with a swirled pattern and high sides, decorated in Fenton's design of purple roses with yellow small flowers behind them.  There are seven different locations painted.  The top rim of the shoe / slipper is painted a pale pink.


Dimensions: The slipper/shoe measures 5 inches long.


It is marked on the bottom with the artist's signature, "handpainted by J.L. Barnum." 


Condition: No chips, cracks or other damage.  Add it to your Fenton glass or glass shoe collection today.

Consolidated Con Cora Rose decoration va

 

Scurlock Kontanerette Deco refrigerator

 

Merritt Island Pottery Melvin Casper vas

 

Fenton Glass Ivory Satin Shoe Slipper #9

This lot consists of three Vernon Kilns Homespun pieces:  covered creamer, covered sugar, milk pitcher  The covered sugar bowl and the covered creamer each stand 4 inches tall.  The milk pitcher stands 5 1/8 inches tall.  


This very vintage retro pattern features bands of chocolate brown, forest green, yellow and pumpkin orange.  It is a beloved pattern.  


Each piece is in excellent condition.  Add them to your California pottery or Vernon Kilns collection today.  


Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of the past. It is ready for your home today.  This sweet little Victorian gem was made sometime between 1900 and 1921 as it only carries the word England and not Made in England.


It stands 5 3/8 inches tall.  It is decorated in the Charlotte pattern, a brown transferware pattern that also comes in a green and a purple color.


This sweet little gem would look lovely on a vanity table and would be perfect for hatpins or that one single rose!


Add it to your collection today.  The Spice O' Life pattern ran from 1971-1987.  Corning had a longtime connection to France so it is not surprising that they featured a line highlighting the interest in French cooking and culture.  In fact, Amory Houghton Sr, one of the prominent Houghton family executives of Corning had served as an ambassador to France through the 1950s.


These shakers were not produced by Corning but for Corning by the Gemco firm. The bottoms are milk glass and the tops are plastic painted a silver color to look like chrome.  They carry the Spice O' Life design as they were an official go-along to the line.


Add them to your Corning, Corelle, Pyrex or Gemco collection today.  This is a used vintage Achilles rubber stamp holder which holds up to 10 stamps. It is in excellent vintage condition and is 6" tall by 9 1/2" round. There is a patinated finish on the metal base, both on the top and on the bottom. I have decided not to clean it in case someone wants the vintage patina as is.


Add it to your Mid-century Office collection today.

Vernon Kilns Homespun sugar creamer pitc

 

Royal Crownford Charlotte brown bud vase

 

Corning Spice O' Life Poirier Saliere sh

 

Vintage Achilles Rotating 10 Stamp holde

Warm cheddar cheese soup? Cold gazpacho?  Fill them to the brim, set them on a tray and you are ready to go!


Each of these four handled soup bowls or lugs stands 2 1/2 inches tall x 5 1/2 inches wide to the end of the handles across the top.  The Goss Pottery and the Onion River Pottery of Winooski were somehow related. Research continues.


Goss/Onion River had their own patterns such as this Pineapple pattern but made a huge amount of promotional or advertising items which can easily be found here in Vermont as that is where they were made.  


Price is for the set. Add them to your Midcentury or Vermont pottery collection today.  Herei is a set of classic Art Deco inspired martini glasses in the classic martini cocktail shape!  Each glass stands  4 1/8 inches tall x 3 1/8 inches across the top.  


Both the foot and the top band are frosted glass both decorated with a thin silver rim.  There are three silver bands on the top.  This could well be Dorothy Thorpe stemware but I am not sure.  It certainly would go well with those Mad Men inspired stemware items.


The set is in excellent condition and will be ready for your next cocktail / house party.  Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of the past. It is ready for your home today.  These two Pillar Optic Rib with squared base Ritz blue bowls are made by Hazel Atlas and can be seen on page 111 of the Florence book, titled Hazel-Atlas glass.  


There were three bowls in the set:  6 inch, 8 inch, and 10 inch.  What you have here is the 6 1/2 inch bowl and the 8 1/2 inch bowl in excellent vintage condition. It looks like these bowls were little used, if any.


The price in the Florence book for the 10 inch bowl alone is $85. I bought these very reasonably so I will pass them along very reasonably as well.  Price is for the pair.  This Rival Ice-O-Mat ice crusher was state of the art for its time.  This particular one also has the wall mount mechanism so you can add it to your mancave or rec room for good!


It stands 9 inches tall. The base is 4 1/2 inches wide. It comes apart by pinching the two chrome toggles one each side.  The bottom is the container for the crushed ice. It is easy to transport it.  To use, you lift the hinged top and fill with ice cubes. Turn the crank and crushed ice fills the bottom container.  What could be easier?


I love the great graphics on the dial. It looks like the grill of a classic car!  It is in great working condition. There are a few scratches on it. It was used.  However it still has a great look and is ready to use.


Think Mad Men, the Playboy club and the Rat Pack! Think Las Vegas! Think retro barware! Add it to your barware or Mid-century glass collection today. Make some ice cubes in those vintage metal trays, crush them up, and stir up a great retro cocktail!

Goss Pottery Vermont set 4 handled soup

 

set 4 classic frosted silver martini gla

 

2 Hazel Atlas Blue Pillar Optic Rib bowl

 

Rival Ice-O-Mat retro ice crusher

The Culver Glass company began in Brooklyn, New York in 1939, founded by Irving Rothenberg. Culver Glass features real 22-karat gold decoration, used effusively and magnificently especially from the late 1950s on through the 1960s. 


This cool martini pitcher stands 10 1/4 inches tall and is 3 1/4 inches across the top and 2 7/8 inches across the bottom.  The decoration is on two panels, one wide, one narrow. A gold band surrounds frosted glass background on which stylized pine cones and needles are found.  It is in excellent vintage condition.


Think Mad Men, the Playboy club and the Rat Pack! Think Las Vegas! Think retro barware! Add it to your barware or Mid-century glass collection today. Make some ice cubes in those vintage metal trays and stir up a great retro cocktail!  This Heisey Ring Band custard glass toothpick holder can be seen be seen in Brederhoft on page 97. It carries a souvenir inscription of St. Johns N. B. (New Brunswick Canada).


The top part of the holder is thin enough to show a lot of fiery opalescence.  The original Heisey name for this custard glass was Ivorina Verde.  According to the  Brederhofts, the enamel decoration and gold was added to Ring Band by Oriental Glass Co, of Pittsburgh, PA.


It is in excellent condition. Add it to your toothpick, Canadian glass, custard glass, or Heisey collection today.  Born in the Russian Ukraine, Jascha Brojdo, known as Georges Briard, created some of the most stylish and recognizable designs of the Mid-century period here in the United States. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago eventually earning a Master of Fine Arts degree. He studied painting and design there. in 1947 he went to New York to work for Max Wille


This line is called Paradise.  This design is pure Briard, with its modernistic abstract stylized flying birds done in shades of turquoise, white and gold. Between the flying birds there are whimsical designs of leaves with that classic half open leaf pattern so characateristic of the mid-century wares. 


This same shape without the attached fork and chain can be seen on page 45 of the Pina Designed & Signed book. The Paradise pattern can be seen on page 61 of the Pina book.2.85 


It is signed with the standard Briard gold lettering. What I love is that the glass dividers on the plate have an indentation where the shaft of the fork rests.  There is some gold loss on the tops of the glass dividers and on some of the design. However, it is in good vintage shape and ready for your next retro cocktail party.


Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of the past. It is ready for your home today.  Terry Crider started his glasswork in 1976. He is self taught. This studio glass artist has put out a limited amount of work over the past 36 years. He uses NO MOLDS and his only help has been his wife Donna. I had email from Terry and Donna stating that he doesn't think it would be fair to the collectors to make any of the same things again. They have decided, if they do make glass again, they are not going to make anything that they have made in the past. He stopped blowing glass around 1990 and didn't start blowing again until 1999. This toothpick is in mint condition and is signed with Crider on the bottom with no date.  Judging by the base glass color and the pulled feather treatment, I will put it between 1977-1981.


This Crider toothpick holder is hand blown glass - it features his early Pulled Feather decoration on an amethyst base glass. What makes it special and hard to find is the applied glass threaded applied to it, applied by his wife Donna who did all the finish work on the pieces. It's hard to imagine the amount of work that went into this beautiful, hand made toothpick holder. 


This little toothpick holder stands about 1 5/8 inches high at its highest point and 2 inches wide at top. It is a fantastic piece of art glass! It is in perfect condition.

Culver glass Pine Cone Gold Martini pitc

 

Heisey custard Ring Band St. Johns N. B.

 

Georges Briard Paradise Relish tray with

 

Crider threaded feather urn toothpick ho

Shown in the 1929 catalog reprint on page 32 and page 34 of Jack Wilson's 1989 book, this is the #1113 7 1/4 inch bread and butter plate in the yellow wash color, sometimes called honey yellow by collectors. These hard to find plates feature the swirls and uneven hand tooled rims that make this line so distinctive.


The Catalonian line was made from 1927 to most likely 1932 when the plant closed. It is not known if the line continued after the plant reopened in March 1936. 


It is in excellent condition. Add it to your Art Deco or Consolidated glass collection today. It is in excellent condition with a good wash on it.  Shown in the 1929 catalog reprint on page 32 and page 34 of Jack Wilson's 1989 book, this is the #1113 7 1/4 inch bread and butter plate in the yellow wash color, sometimes called honey yellow by collectors. These hard to find plates feature the swirls and uneven hand tooled rims that make this line so distinctive.


The Catalonian line was made from 1927 to most likely 1932 when the plant closed. It is not known if the line continued after the plant reopened in March 1936. 


It is in excellent condition. Add it to your Art Deco or Consolidated glass collection today. It is in excellent condition with a good wash on it.  Made by the Anchor Hocking Company in the 1960s, the Lido line is yet another of the popular crinkle glassware so prevalent at the time. Like the Morgantown Crinkle line , it features highly textured surface. What distiniguishes the Lido line is that the pattern does not go all the way up to the rim of the glass.  It came in colors of Aquamarine, Avocado, Crystal, Honey Gold, Laser Blue, and Spicy Brown.


Anchor Hocking produced the "Milano" pattern from 1959 to 1963. The pattern name was then changed to "Lido" because subsequently the molds were remade by the Zanesville Mold Company in Ohio, a newly acquired Anchor Hocking Corporation subsidiary. The difference between the molds resulted in the `Milano' pattern name changing to "Lido." Although the two patterns are similar, the "Milano" pattern has a distinctive and more defined "crinkle" than "Lido". "Milano" was produced in Forest Green and Crystal only.  


Each one of this set of tumblers stands 5 1/4 inches tall x 2 7/8 inch top diameter and holds 12 ounces. There are two in Crystal and two in Honey Gold.   Made for cold drinks of ice tea, kool-aid, or lemonade, they are easy to grip and look great. A practical retro vintage design ready for your kitchen today. Price is for the set.  Made by the Anchor Hocking Company in the 1960s, the Lido line is yet another of the popular crinkle glassware so prevalent at the time. Like the Morgantown Crinkle line , it features highly textured surface. What distiniguishes the Lido line is that the pattern does not go all the way up to the rim of the glass.  It came in colors of Aquamarine, Avocado, Crystal, Honey Gold, Laser Blue, and Spicy Brown.


Anchor Hocking produced the "Milano" pattern from 1959 to 1963. The pattern name was then changed to "Lido" because subsequently the molds were remade by the Zanesville Mold Company in Ohio, a newly acquired Anchor Hocking Corporation subsidiary. The difference between the molds resulted in the `Milano' pattern name changing to "Lido." Although the two patterns are similar, the "Milano" pattern has a distinctive and more defined "crinkle" than "Lido". "Milano" was produced in Forest Green and Crystal only.  


Each one of this set of 5 Crystal beverage glasses stands 6 1/2 inches tall x 2 7/8 inch top diameter and holds 15 ounces.  Made for cold drinks of ice tea, kool-aid, or lemonade, they are easy to grip and look great. A practical retro vintage design ready for your kitchen today. Price is for the set.

Consolidated Catalonian 1113 honey plate

 

Consolidated Catalonian 1113 honey plate

 

set Anchor Hocking Lido Milano 12 0z. tu

 

set Anchor Hocking Lido Milano tall beve

The Culver Glass company began in Brooklyn, New York in 1939, founded by Irving Rothenberg.  Culver Glass features real 22-karat gold decoration, used effusively and magnificently especially from the late 1950s on through the 1960s. 


 It stands  4 3/4 inches tall and is 5 3/4 inches across the top.


This pattern is known as Prado Green and features three vertical rows of embossed squares of gold with alternating squares of textured green. There is a border of gold embossed diamonds at the top of the pattern.  It is in excellent vintage shape and comes with a pair of ice tongs found with it when I purchased it.


Think Mad Men! Think Las Vegas!  Think retro barware!  Add it to your barware or Mid-century glass collection today.  Make some ice cubes in those vintage metal trays!  Vermont Studio potter Stanley Ballard (1917-1960) graduated from Alfred University’s highly respected Ceramic Program in 1939, having studied there while these influential teachers were part of the faculty: Marion Fosdick, Charles Harder, Clarence Merritt, and C. Katherine Nelson.


From 1937-1939 he was a classmate of Glidden Parker. He had his studio in Burlington Vermont from 1946 -1960 until his untimely tragic death in February 1960. 



Produced by Vermont Mid-Century studio potter Stanley Ballard who worked in the Burlington area, this #679 shape lobed plate measures 11 inches wide across the diagonal. The shape is basically square but each corner has a biomorphic twist to it. 


The decoration is from one of his three Animal Lines:  Hen/Rooster, Fish, Horse. This is a hen done in shades of red, turquoise, cobalt blue, and gray outlined in black.  Excellent condition.


Add it to you American Mid-century studio pottery collection today.  1939 to 1942 with a producation period of only 3 years, this Harlequin maroon individual creamer is in excellent shape. The creamer measures 1 1/4 inches across and stands 2 1/4 inches high. 


It is shown on page 243 of book titled Fiesta, Harlequin, Kitchen Kraft Dinnerware produced the the Homer Laughlin China Collectors Associatiion and published by Schiffer in 2000. The valuation at that time was $27-29.  My price is much less because I bought it very very reasonably.


Although it does not have as much of a Art Deco styling as other pieces of the line it is just so darn cute! It was never marked as part of the line which is why one can find it sometimes at a good price even today. It is available in these colors: maroon, yellow, spruce green, blue, red, turquoise, rose and light green. 


Add it to your Homer Laughlin Art Deco Harlequin collection or American Art Deco era dinnerware collection today.  Each of the three iced tea tumblers in this set of Russel Wright American Modern glass measures  3 5/8 inches tall and holds 8 ounces to the brim. The color is seafoam, one of the four colors in which this line was produced by Morgantown circa 1951, but never marked. Excellent conditon. No chips, flakes or cracks. See a description of the items in this line illustrated and priced in second edition Kerr, p. 238-239.


This line can also be seen in the 2000 Keller and Ross book titled Russel Wright, Dinnerware, Pottery and More on pages 183-185. Though this line of Russel Wright glass designs may indeed be the easiest to find today, it is still relatively difficult to locate examples in excellent condition.  


I purchased these glasses very reasonably so I am able to offer them at a 50% discount from the prices listed in the Kerr book and well below the Keller/Ross price of $15-$18 each. 


Add them to your Midcentury glassware collection or Russel Wright collection today. Priced the set of four.


Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your home today.


Add them to your Midcentury glassware collection or Russel Wright collection today. Priced the set of four.

Culver Prado Green Ice tub. Think Mad Me

 

Ballard # 67 8 inch wide Rooster plate

 

Harlequin individual creamer, mauve blue

 

3 Russel Wright AM glass juice tumblers

Vermont Studio potter Stanley Ballard (1917-1960) graduated from Alfred University’s highly respected Ceramic Program in 1939, having studied there while these influential teachers were there: Marion Fosdick, Charles Harder, Clarence Merritt, and C. Katherine Nelson.


From 1937-1939 he was a classmate of Glidden Parker. He had his studio in Burlington Vermont from 1946 -1960 until his untimely tragic death in February 1960. 



Produced by Vermont Mid-Century studio potter Stanley Ballard who worked in the Burlington area, this Ballard5 1/2 inch yellow glaze bottleneck vase was made in two sizes, this being the smaller one. This vase may have been a second as it has a place on the side of the vase where it must have touched another piece in the kiln.


There is no mark on the bottom of this piece. It could have been made under contract for someone else who would have placed their paperl label on the piece.  I believe this to be a later piece given that there is no chocolate brown bottom band. Would look great even with an Arts & Craft piece. 


There is some outer rim roughness and one very small pinprick flake.  For that reason, it is priced extremely reasonably.  Add it to your Ballard collection and use it without fear!


Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your home today.  This pair of shakers was part of the Corelle Living Ware line produced by Corning and marketed to go along with the Pyrex lines so popular in the late 1950s to the 1970s.  Each shaker stands 4 1/2 inches tall and have a black plastic stopper that lets the salt and pepper slip out past the small openings in the bottom of the plastic stopper. Pretty ingenious I think!


The set is shown on page 153 of the 2004 3rd edition of the Mauzy Pyrex Book. It is priced there for $8-10 for the pair. My price is at the bottom end of that range.  


Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your kitchen table today.  From the M.A. Hadley site is the following information:  


"Hand-crafted Pottery Since 1940

Owing to the abundance of ancient clay deposits in the region, Louisville has been a center of pottery-making for generations. Out of this proud tradition, Mary Alice Hadley established one of Louisville’s most iconic and well-known potteries. The story begins in the early 1900’s. Mary Alice Hadley was born into a family of clay tile makers where her knowledge of working with clay first developed. Exhibiting an early interest in art and design, she ultimately became a widely recognized painter, winning numerous awards and acclaim from New York to Los Angeles.


By the late 1930’s Mary Alice Hadley began melding her artistic talent with her knowledge of clay ware. In 1939, Mrs. Hadley made dishes for her houseboat on the Ohio River. The creative result was a set of a custom dishes that caused such a stir among her friends and acquaintances that the idea for a business was born. Supplying those early requests provided wide circulation for her hand-crafted pottery and soon orders began to arrive from across the country. With the help of her husband, George, the Hadley Pottery Company was formed early in 1940.


In 1944, George Hadley purchased a building in the Butchertown area of Louisville as a birthday present for Mary Alice. The building, constructed in 1848, has been home to a wool mill, a candle factory and a cordage mill and for 65 years has served as the production location, factory salesroom and offices of Hadley Pottery Company. Many pieces of original art created by Mary Alice Hadley are still on display at the historic structure on Story Avenue, including several wall murals all hand-painted by Mary Alice herself.


The business prospered, attracting collectors from across the nation and around the world. The warm and whimsical designs that Mary Alice Hadley created have attracted multitudes of fans over the last 70 years and are still finding their way into the hearts of new Hadley Pottery enthusiasts every day. She worked at the Pottery until her death in 1965. George Hadley continued to run the business until it was sold in 1979 to Louisville natives, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth W. Moore. In September 2009, new partners joined the Hadley Pottery ownership group, but operations remain largely the same as they were when the company was started. The creative inspiration that Mary Alice Hadley brought to the ware still lives today."


Each part of this set of four coasters carries the words A VERY HAPPY ANNIVERSARY around a design of a bow with 2 bells hanging from the bow.  Each is signed M.A. Hadley on the reverse.  I don't know if these coasters are vintage or contemporary. You be the judge. I do know they are listed in current inventory on the M. A. Hadley website at $9.75 each.  In addition, I am including this 8 3/4 inch custom message plate.  On the front it has the name DIAINE and on the back the date May 16, 1981 as well as the Hadley signature.  


My price for the group is well below that figure for the set of four.  Price is for the set.  Each piece of the set is in excellent condition.  There was a time in the early 1960s when we looked back to the Colonial Early Americana time for design inspiration.  Earth tones with designs of mushrooms (like the canister set made for Sears), owls, quail, Woodland creatures were one inspiration. Another was Early Americana. 


This Pyrex 401 5 1/2 inch wide bowl is the smallest of the classic 4 bowl mixing bowl set.  The design on this bowl is inspired by the stencil designs in early Colonial homes.  Corning titled this design Homestead.  The background of this bowl is from the Desert Dawn series. The blue design again harkens from the Colonial America use of stenciling to adorn walls.


This bowl is in excellent vintage condition. Don't send it through the dishwasher too many times. Use  wooden utensils if possible and you can add this piece of vintage American glass to your kitchen or home for use or display.


Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your kitchen table today.

Ballard #32 yellow bottle vase

 

Pyrex Corelle Living Ware pair shakers

 

set M. A. Hadley coasters and a bonus pl

 

Pyrex 401 Homestead design mixing bowl

Vermont Studio potter Stanley Ballard (1917-1960) graduated from Alfred University’s highly respected Ceramic Program in 1939, having studied there under these influential teachers: Marion Fosdick, Charles Harder, Clarence Merritt, and C. Katherine Nelson.


From 1937-1939 he was a classmate of Glidden Parker. He had his studio in Burlington Vermont from 1946 -1960 until his untimely tragic death in February 1960. 



Produced by Vermont Mid-Century studio potter Stanley Ballard who worked in the Burlington area , this Ballard syrup jug is done in his signature chocolate brown glaze which he uses as an underglaze on other pieces. The scene depicts a maple tree with a sap bucket on it with mountains in the background. So, here is an iconic scene by a talented Vermont potter. 


Not signed on the bottom, but one can see the exact same item shown as a Ballard product in the Summer 1953 Vermont Life 6 page article on Stanley Ballard.


The top opening measures 1 inch. I believe this was the earlier mold on this design as the later one is 7/8 inch at the top and stands a little shorter.  The sap bucket on the this the later mold is also a little narrower. 


On the back of this Ballard syrup jug you also have some hand-painted flowers. Quant I say.


This was sold with a cork, which is not present. Excellent condition. 


Add it to your Ballard, American Art pottery or New Hampshire memorabilia collection today.  Vermont Studio potter Stanley Ballard (1917-1960) graduated from Alfred University’s highly respected Ceramic Program in 1939, having studied there under these influential teachers: Marion Fosdick, Charles Harder, Clarence Merritt, and C. Katherine Nelson.


From 1937-1939 he was a classmate of Glidden Parker. He had his studio in Burlington Vermont from 1946 -1960 until his untimely tragic death in February 1960. 



Produced by Vermont Mid-Century studio potter Stanley Ballard who worked in the Burlington area , this Ballard syrup jug is done in his signature chocolate brown glaze which he uses as an underglaze on other pieces. The scene depicts a maple tree with a sap bucket on it with mountains in the background. So, here is an iconic scene by a talented Vermont potter. 


Not signed on the bottom, but one can see the exact same item shown as a Ballard product in the Summer 1953 Vermont Life 6 page article on Stanley Ballard.


The top opening measures 7/8 inch. I believe this was the second mold on this design as the earlier one is exactly 1 inch at the top and stands a little taller.  The sap bucket on the earlier mold is also a little wider. 


This was sold with a cork, which is not present. Excellent condition. 


Add it to your Ballard, American Art pottery or New Hampshire memorabilia collection today.  This glass produced by the Imperial Glass Company is designed by iconic American industrial designer Russel Wright.  


According to my Keller/Ross book, all glass lines except for the American Modern line are scarce or rare.  


The Imperial chartreuse iced tea tumbler is listed at $25-$30.  Prices have fallen since the 2000 publication of this book. So, my price for it is less than half of what the book suggests.


It is in excellent condition and ready for your Mad Men Mid-century bar or rec room.  Or simply put them in your dining room china cabinet and bring out when you use your Russel Wright American Modern or Iroquois Casual China!


Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your kitchen table today.  MAD MEN MAN CAVE, here we come!


This 5 3/4  inch tall Deco cocktail mixing glass stands 6 inches tall and was made by Libbey glass, and is so marked on the bottom with their cursive L mark. The black screening of the 7 recipes on clear glass is in excellent condition. There is contrasting use of white for the cocktail glasses at the top of each recipe and dots between ingredients of each recipe.


It features a top band of cocktail names: Whisky Sour, Manhattan, Margarita, Daiquiri, Tom Collins, Martini and Cosmopolitan. Each recipe is underneath the name. A useful feature is on the side where their is a drink measure table ranging from 1 oz. - 12 oz. It is in great shape and ready for your Mad Men Man Cave.

Ballard chocolate brown maple syrup jug

 

Ballard chocolate brown maple syrup jug

 

Russel Wright Imperial Pinch glass $15.00

 

Libbey cocktail 7 recipe retro mixing gl

Bennington by Gil started in 1948 . They are among the few American studio potteries that turned into production potteries in the midcentury. It evolved into a co-operative of different art potters. They made their bread and butter by making gorgeous modern styled dinnerware that was distributed throughout the US and sold in fine department stores but this is an earlier more studio inspired piece. In their 1964 catalogue, Gil described their creations as "Art Objects in the Practical Realm" - Museum Honored, Hand-crafted, Modestly Priced,"



David Gil, trained at Alfred University and profiled in the Winter 1961 issue of Vermont Life, started Bennington Potters in 1948 in Bennington, VT right after WWII. 


This diminutive version of the iconic double trigger mug stands 3 1/4 inches tall. This vase is glazed with a high gloss white glaze on the inside. The outside is done in a semi matte white. It dates from the 1960-1968 period when Gil only used the term Bennington Potters on his pieces.


According to yet to be authenticated information, the suggestion for the double trigger handle was given to David Gil by one Maurice A. Douglass, a resident of Bennington Vermont and a collector of early Norton Pottery. 


In the 1964 catalogue, there are 3 sizes of the double trigger mug shown including this small #1370 size. 


This beautifully deisgned and balanced 1370 trigger mug is in excellent condition. Add it to your Mid-century Bennington Potters or David Gil collection today.

Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your kitchen table today.  Ready to go in your guy's man cave, this set of NFL promotional glasses in a smoky grey glass with white silkscreened design of a Jets Helmet and the words NEW YORK JETS on one side and the NFL logo on the other side.


This type of bar glass was known as a Roly Poly and made for all sorts of cocktails.  This set is in excellent condition and ready to go into your bar or man cave.  Ladies, if you are Jets fans, they are for you too!  Perfect Christmas or Father's Day gift. Shop early and wrap them up! Priced less than $5 each. Price is for the set.  Yona Ceramics of California was run by Yona Lippen and her husband Mac.  Yona Lippen started her career as a Hedi Schoop decorator. She left to start her own business featuring the figurines so popular at the time which were called --- pretty ladies.  Yona's figurines featured add-ons  including ceramic bows, ribbons, and spaghetti spacking.  After the popularity of the film The King and I, she abandoned the ladies in favor of Siamese themes. She often decorated these pieces with gold or silver overglaze.  She closed her business in 1958.


This 8 inch long x 5 1/2 inch tall planter is typical of that period of design.  It is glazed on the inside and the outside in a deep forest green.  Gold overglaze is liberally applied over the ribbed surface  of the outside of the planter.  On the bottom the piece is signed in the same gold color YONA 323.


The planter is in excellent vintage condition and ready to grade your home. Add it to your California ceramics collection today.!  This cup and saucer is in one of colors of Post 86 Fiesta in production since 1986: white.  Think a cup of tea or java!


It is in excellent shape. Add it to your Fiesta reissue or Post 86 Fiesta collection today.


Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your kitchen table today.

Cooperative Design #1370 white demitasse

 

Mad Men smoky New York Jets cocktail gla

 

Yona Ceramics Siamese green gold planter

 

Post 86 Fiesta white cup saucer

This cup and saucer is in one of colors of Post 86 Fiesta in production since 1986: white.  Think a cup of tea or java!


It is in excellent shape. Add it to your Fiesta reissue or Post 86 Fiesta collection today.


Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your kitchen table today.  Libbey's Golden Foliage pattern is a classic design of golden leaves on frosted panels, bordered in gold, with a gold top rim. This pattern is shown in Libbey's 1957-1958 catalog. It was discontinued in 1978.


This is a open sugar and creamer by Libbey. It has a metal stand AND the original sugar tongs. This was made for cube sugar, thus the tongs.  If you are old enough to remember when sugar was in cube form, you were probably alive when this was new!


Excellent conditon with very little gold loss around the rim if any. No chips or cracks. The sugar and creamer both stand 3 1/4 inches tall, 2 3/4 inches wide. This version of this popular pattern features a frosted background for the Autumn or Gold Leaves. The gold rim is excellent on this set. I don't think they were used much at all.


Talk about retro. Most adults over the age of 40 remember these glasses. I think they were even a premium in detergent boxes or were part of the Green Stamp program! 


Add dash of Mad men Mid century to your home!

Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, these are ready for your kitchen table, rec room or bar today.  Done by Lincoln Vermont potter Marcy Mayforth, this circa 1994 celadon green Tulips 5 inch tall  vase is glazed in a celadon green inside. The design is done in the sgraffito technique, then filled in as in an enamel piece.  There are three pink and blue tulips blossoms on the piece. It is signed Mayforth on the bottom with her last name and the dates 94. It is in excellent shape. Add it to your Vermont Art Pottery collection today.  Produced by the Morgantown Glass Company  in the period when they were known as the Morgantown Glass Guild which started in 1933, pair of 3 1/4 inch tall  7 oz. flat cocktails  in the Moss Green color.  This line in transparant colors started in the 1950s.


By 1958, it had been renamed the Decor line, which was the brainchild of J. Richard Haden who along with his brother Samuel K. took over the business from their father Joseph Haden.  In 1958, the first Decor by Morgantown" catalog was published.


However, when the Carbone Company of Boston, one of the major national Importers assumed the line as their own in the early  Sixties, the line became known as Crinkle. This line can be seen and is well presented on pages 214-215 of Jerry Gallagher's Handbook of Old Morgantown Glass (1995).


This pair of 7 oz flat cocktails is in the iconic Moss Green color.  They are in excellent condition and ready to join your Mid-century home as you serve lemonade or iced tea on the veranda or patio (such great mid century terms).

Post 86 Fiesta white cup saucer

 

Libbey Gold Leaves sugar creamer set

 

Marcy Mayforth 1994 green Tulips vase

 

pair Morgantown Crinkle cocktails

Shown in a catalog reprint on page 16 of the Dean Six book  titled "West Virginia Glass Between the World Wars" (2002, this is either the C473 7.5 inch Blenko Winged vase or it is a copy made by Bischoff Glass.  It features a clear main body to which Sea Green handles have been added on either side of the vase. Sometimes called the "eared" vase by collectors, it is a great example of the innovative work being done down at Blenko glass.  


It is in excellent condition and ready to display in your Mid-century Eames era decor.  Put it on a Paul McCobb credenza, fill it with real or silk flowers and sit back and admire.   This elegant vase is typical of the work of Bitossi – or more precisely the artistic wing of Bitossi called Flavia - where Aldo Londi, was Art Director from 1946. Based in Montelupo, Tuscany, Bitossi exported pieces from Italy under both the Raymor and Rosenthal Netter labels.


This is a striking Bitossi Italy vase using a chocolate brown, orange, and yellow combination of colors in a high gloss glazed vase.  This combination of colors was used extensively by the Rosenthal-Netter line  popular in the 1950s-1960s from Bitossi. The vase stands 12 inches tall and is 5 1/2 inches in diameter at the base. A very large striking piece which weighs almost 5 pounds!


This is known as the Vetrata pattern (windowpane).


The middle of the vase is decorated with a series of triangles over what I believe was a base white glaze.  The triangles are outlined in the chocolate brown glaze.  It is in excellent vintage condition and would display well on a Eames McCobb era credenza!  There is small glaze skip on the top rim but I believe this happened in its manufacture.  


It is signed on the bottom 941'A and the famous conjoined IT Italy mark.  It most likely carried either a Raymor or Rosenthal-Netter paper label.


Add it to your collection of Italian Mid century pottery today.  Libbey's Golden Foliage pattern is a classic design of golden leaves on frosted panels, bordered in gold, with a gold top rim. This pattern is shown in Libbey's 1957-1958 catalog.  It was discontinued in 1978.


This is a set of 4 Gold Leaf Cocktail/Sherbet goblets by Libbey.  Excellent conditon with very little gold loss around the rim if any.  No chips or cracks.  They stand 4 1/4" tall, 3 1/2" wide, the bowl is 2 1/4" deep and hold 7 ounces.  This version of this popular pattern features a frosted background for the Autumn or Gold Leaves.  The gold rim is excellent on this set. I don't think they were used much at all.


Talk about retro. Most adults over the age of 40 remember these glasses.  I think they were even a premium in detergent boxes or were part of the Green Stamp program!  


Add dash of Mad men Mid century to your home!

Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, these are ready for your kitchen table, rec room or bar today.

 Each of the four cocktails in this set of Russel Wright American Modern glass measures  2 3/4 inches and holds exactly three ounces to the brim. The color is seafoam, one of the four colors in which this line was produced by Morgantown circa 1951, but never marked. Excellent conditon. No chips, flakes or cracks. See a description of the items in this line illustrated and priced in second edition Kerr, p. 238-239.


This line can also be seen in the 2000 Keller and Ross book titled Russel Wright, Dinnerware, Pottery and More on pages 183-185. Though this line of Russel Wright glass designs may indeed be the easiest to find today, it is still relatively difficult to locate examples in excellent condition.  


I purchased these glasses very reasonably so I am able to offer them at a 50% discount from the prices listed in the Kerr book and well below the Keller/Ross price of $20-$25 each.


Add them to your Midcentury glassware collection or Russel Wright collection today. Priced the set of four.


Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your home today.

Blenko Bischoff? C473 7. 5 inch Sea Green

 

Bitossi Italy large 12 inch Vetrata vase

 

set 4 Libbey gold leaves cocktail goblet

 

set 4 Russel Wright AM glass cocktails

Marked on the back as holding 1 1/2 quarts, this practical piece of American glass is a divided casserole dish is often referred to as the Cinderella Oval Divided Serving Dish" decorated with the Primrose decoration in colors of a pumpkin orange.  It is very Mid-century design.  No lid but aluminum foil works well.  It DOES have an original Pyrex metal cradle which makes transport to the table much easier.  Add it to your retro kitchen today.


Go green! Save resources and purchase a piece of America's past. Sturdy, dependable, dishwasher-friendly, it is ready for your kitchen table today.  Made by the Allied Chemical company, this funky retro covered creamer and covered sugar set is of Melamine and in a Harvest Gold color, dating it from the late 1960s, early 1970s when even refridgerators were Harvest Gold, if not Avocado Green!  Think Brady Bunch!


The covered creamer stands 2 3/4 inches tall to the top of its finial. The covered sugar bowl is the same height. The finials on both pieces are a futuristic pinch design which was common on dinnerware of the Mid-century era.


It is in great shape with no scratches or cracks.  It would make a great breakfast set for a camp as it is lightweight and easily cleaned.  Add it to your Eames era funky kitchen today.  Bennington by Gil started in 1948 . They are among the few American studio potteries that turned into production potteries in the midcentury. It evolved into a co-operative of different art potters. They made their bread and butter by making gorgeous modern styled dinnerware that was distributed throughout the US and sold in fine department stores but this is an earlier more studio inspired piece.


David Gil, trained at Alfred University and profiled in the Winter 1961 issue of Vermont Life, started Bennington Potters in 1948 in Bennington, VT right after WWII. 


This version of the iconic double trigger mug stands 8 inches tall.  This vase is glazed with a high gloss Vermont Green glaze on the inside and on the outside.  It dates from the 1948-1959 period before Gil used the term Bennington Potters on his pieces.


According to yet to be authenticated information, the suggestion for the double trigger handle was given to David Gil by one Maurice A. Douglass, a resident of Bennington Vermont and a collector of early Norton Pottery.   


In the 1964 catalogue, there are 3 sizes of the double trigger mug shown but not this very tall #1372 size.  


This beautifully deisgned and balanced 1372 trigger mug is in excellent condition. Add it to your Mid-century Bennington Potters or David Gil collection today.  Here is a whimsical modern stoneware piece from the late David Gil at Bennington Potters in Vermont. started by David Gil in 1948. It is from the the post-1960 time period when Gil began to use the words Bennington Potters on pieces after having used a transition mark which included both the words Design Cooperative and Bennington Vermont.


This fluted 9 5/8 inch diameter plate was advertised in the 1964 catalogue as B 1653 and titled "Daisies", an ashtray which could also be hung on the wall as a plaque as it had a built-in wire on the back.  Its original 1964 price was $5.00.


It  features six stylized daisies.  The stems, leaves, and petals are incised. The 1964 ad states the this piece was available in white or turquoise with colored accents. The glaze I believe is an early white one as it is quite high gloss with some mottling in the glaze giving the color depth.  The steams and leaves have been accented in a dark olive green and the flowers are accented in dark brown.


This is a confirmed David Gil design. It was confirmed by Gloria Gil in May 2012.


The back of the plate/plaque has a wire hanger which was embedded in the pottery.  It is signed 1653 and has the spark mark on the forearm.  I would guess it is from the 1960-1964 period. It is in excellent condition.


Bennington Potters are among the few American studio potteries that turned into production potteries in the midcentury. It evolved into a co-operative of different art potters. 


After 1960, they made their bread and butter by making gorgeous modern styled dinnerware that was distributed throughout the US and sold in fine department stores.

Pyrex Primrose 1. 5 quart casserole in cr

 

Harvest Gold Melamine covered sugar crea

 

Cooperative Design #1372 tall trigger mu

 

Bennington Potters #1653 fluted plaque

This Duncan & Miller tab handled two-part relish dish measures 7 1/2 inches across and stands 1 inch high.  It is made of gorgeous clear fire-polished glass. It is part of a large pattern made from 1936-1955.  


The Teardrop pattern is shown and listed on pages 197-199 in the Ninth Edition (2001) of the Florence's Elegant Glassware of the Depression Era book. There it is valued at $20.  My price is quite a bit lower as it bought it very very reasonably.


Fill it with cranberry relish or bonbons, it's time to celebrate!


Add it to your Elegant Glass or American Mid-century glass collection today.  This Hazel-Atlas cobalt Aurora 10 ounce tumbler stands 4 1/4 inches tall and is shown on page 20 of the Eighteenth edition of the Florence's Depression Glass book on page 20.  It is in excellent shape. I am offering it well below the value the Florences placed on it back in 2008 when this edition was written as I purchased it very reasonably.


It is in excellent condition.  Prior to changing the name to Bennington Potters around 1960, David Gil's company was known as Cooperative Design. There, he and other Alfred designers fashioned all sorts of interesting Mid-Century items. Having trained at Alfred University, Gil came to Bennington in 1948. His designs are included in many Mid-Century exhibits and catalogues. 


This is the #1342 rimmed covered casserole with metal bail handle. It is done in an early teal glaze. It measures 10 1/4 inches across x 7 inches wide. It has a lid which features a metal handle which was formed into the pottery. . It would make a great  baking and/or serving dish as. It's a good-sized practical dish. It would look great with your McCobb or Eames buffet.


The casserole bottom is marked 1342. The lid is marked 1342 C, most likely the C refers to it being the cover. There is a tiny pinpoint flake on top rim though it is so small it is just on the inside part of the top rim which slopes down toward the handle. It  was there when I bought it and will be there when you buy it. I describe my items accurately. 


It is signed with the earlier transition mark which includes the words Bennington Potters and also Cooperative Design. This makes it more circa 1960-1961 than 1964.


Add it to your Bennington Potters or collection of Mid-Century pottery today.  Prior to changing the name to Bennington Potters around 1960, David Gil's company was known as Cooperative Design. There, he and other Alfred designers fashioned all sorts of interesting Mid-Century items. Having trained at Alfred University, Gil came to Bennington in 1948. His designs are included in many Mid-Century exhibits and catalogues. 


After 1960, they made their bread and butter by making gorgeous modern styled dinnerware that was distributed throughout the US and sold in fine department stores.  In their 1964 catalogue, Gil described their creations as "Art Objects in the Practical Realm" - Museum Honored, Hand-crafted, Modestly Priced,"



This #1538 saucer/coaster measures 4 5/8 inches across. It is done in the Turquoise glaze. 


The mark on the back shows that this piece, though a 1960s design, was produced later, probably in the early 1970s as it uses the lower case letters for all the words. It was meant to go with the #1537 12 oz. 3 inch tall Double Mug. Originally a dozen mug and saucers were priced at $30 a dozen in the 1964 catalogue.  In the Mid-century tradition of multiple uses for an item, it is still a very versatile and functional piece for today's home.


It is in excellent condition. Add it to your Bennington Potters or collection of Mid-Century pottery today.

Duncan Miler Teardrop Heart Relish dish

 

Hazel-Atlas cobalt Aurora 10 ounce tumbl

 

Early Bennington Potters 1342 casserole

 

Bennington Potters #1538 saucer / coaster

Here is a whimsical modern stoneware piece from the late David Gil at Bennington Potters in Vermont,  started by David Gil in 1948. It is part of the tableware set designed by Gil with mold numbers 1365 (followed by a letter) and it is referred to as the "Old Bennington" collection. David Gil designed the pieces, largely beginning in the early mid fifties, not likely adding to the collection after Yusuke Aida came on board and was commissioned to design the next collection there, (the so-called "Classic Bennington") in 1961.  Pieces from this series were produced well into - if not through -  the 70's, based on backstamp styles alone, as can be seen on the bottom of this piece.


This is the 1365I 8 1/4" wide salad plate in a standard glaze color for this line. It is a dark teal color.  It is in excellent condition. It is signed on the bottom with the stamped "bennington potters, bennington vermont" mark and the shape number 1365I.  


Add it to your Mid-century dinnerware or your Bennington Potters collection today.  This vase stands 7 1/4 inches tall and is 3 3/4 inches wide at the mouth. It is done in the brutalist manner of the late 1960s-early 1970s. The surface of the vase is covered with a spattered base over which the colors have been applied. thick black lines outline the colored sections. two yellow bands ar at the top and bottom. Red triangles form the middle with a blue band above and below.  The inside of the piece is glazed in a terra cota glaze. There is one 5/16 flake on the inside rim of the top.   The piece is signed simply in capital leters MADE IN ITALY. 


This funky and retro Mid-century pottery was probably made in Italy by the Toscany Company, of Empoli Italy. Empoli is a town in Tuscany about 20 miles south of Florence. Empoli is also not far from Montelupo, a famous center of Italian pottery made for export to the United States.  The silver label seen on identical pieces seems to be restricted to the 1945-1970 time period.


Another possibility is that it is from the studio of Bruno Bagnoli, who worked for Bitossi at Montelupo. Perhaps lesser known here in the United States than Aldo Londi, he nonetheless is well represented in Italy. His work can be seen on pages 160-161 in the book titled Novecento Ceramiche Italiane, Volume 2, by Emanuele Gaudenzi.


Add it to your Midcentury Pottery collection today. This would look stunning on a McCobb, Parzinger or Eames piece.  Annemarie Davidson (1920-2012) learned her enameling craft first from the great Doris Hall (1907-2001) in Cambridge, MA in 1957. In California she continued her studies with Curtis Tann. Her combination of geometric and organic form in her designs culminated in her most celebrated abstract designs, her Jewel line which features pieces of glass used to create free-form organic shapes which she calls Jewels. She also uses a sgraffito technique, incising straight lines from the center of her plate with the sharp point of a dart. Now in her late 80s, she no longer produces work today as of 2011 I have been told.


This 7 3/4 inch diameter low bowl, most likely from the 1960-1961 time period, is a good example of an earlier Ghostline piece. This plate features 3 large yellow gold jewels and 3 smaller pumpkin orange jewels, all symmetrically arranged on the plate. The lines are under the Jewels. A prominent Palm Springs CA dealer James Elliot-Bishop on his website has named this pattern as Ghostline. This particular example is unusual in that the two colors of jewels used are not in high contrast to each other as on many of her pieces. Also, this shape bowl was often used in the earlier 1958-1959 period.


The back of the plate has the gold paper label and is signed with her charcteristic AD interwined intiial. I believe this particular version of the label predates the more common one with the black line.  It reads Annemarie Davidson handcrafted enamels Sierra Madre California. Every piece was handcrafted by her alone, from start to finish. 


It is in excellent condition. 


The work of Annemarie Davidson was included in the seminal exhibit titled Painting with Fire which opened in Jan 2007 at the Long Beach Museum of Art. She was one of 30 enamelists included with a one page entry on her life and work. Her page is page 266 of the catalogue.  Made by the Homer Laughlin Company only from February 1936 to 1945 with a producation period of only 9 years, this Harlequin turquoise oval baker is hard to find today.  It is in very very good shape. The bowl measures 9 1/2 inches across and stands 2 inches high. It has great Deco styling and is a pratical and stylish piece today. I use a set of yellow individual salad bowls as my everyday dishes, great for salad, soups, pasta.


It is shown on page 236 of book titled Fiesta, Harlequin, Kitchen Kraft Dinnerware produced the the Homer Laughlin China Collectors Associatiion and published by Schiffer in 2000. The valuation at that time was $30-$33. My price is much less because I bought it very very reasonably.


It is in very good vintage condition with only a few light knife marks which can only be seen if you tip the bowl to the light.  Good strong glazing.


Add it to your Homer Laughlin Art Deco Harlequin collection or American Art Deco era dinnerware collection today.

Bennington Potters #1365I salad plate

 

Toscany or Bagnoli Italy Brutalist vase

 

Annemarie Davidson 8 inch wide low bowl

 

Harlequin turquoise oval baker




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