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This Mid-century enamel item was created by a woman named Louise Evans, who lived in  California. Now deceased, she created this item in the early 1960s. I purchased this from her daughter Lee in late 2007. In her e-mails, the daughter stated that her mother had taken enameling classes in the early 1960s in southern California. Perhaps she worked with Annemarie Davidson or Mary Sharp or Elizabeth Madley or the great Curtis Tann.  The daughter didn't know the name of the teacher. 


What is very clear is that she mastered the enameling process as her works compare favorably with some of the best made in California at the time. 


This plate measures 7 3/4 inches wide and stands 4 1/2 inches wide at its widest point. The background is done in a technique pioneered by Edward Winter and used extensively by Harold Tischler. It has lines in pinkish gold with some hints of green at the rim. The  glass jewels on the top layer make me think of gumdrops, thus the name of the pattern I am giving it.  The jewels are cobalt blue, light blue and yellow, creating green tones when they meet.  The back is nicely counter-enameled in a dark bronze or brown color. She signed this piece with her initials LE and 68, indicating 1968. She was a talented artist and in her daughter's words was "was heavily into copper enameling, lapidary craft and gardening".   Add this item to your enamel collection today!  This Raymor Bitossi Seta bottle shaped vase stands 15 inches tall. It is covered with both vertically incised lines and indentations horizontally in  the body of the piece. The piece has been painted in black, deep pink, and gold done in horizontal bands. It is simply a stunning piece of Eames era Midcentury ceramic art. The bottom is signed V222/43 and the word Italy in bold black letters. I would guess that the piece is Bitossi by the way the IT of Italy is written. It is in excellent shape. It would great on a Paul McCobb piece or even a Noguchi table.  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 2 lite candleholder measures 6 1/4 inches long x 3 1/4 inches wide x 2 3/4 inches tall. 


It is from Ballard's midde period, I think, as it has heavy mottling of the blue overglaze and chocolate brown underglaze. It is signed S. Ballard and shape number 82. It had a matching console bowl in this wave shape.  It is in excellent condition. Add it to your Ballard or American Midcentury studio art pottery 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 single candleholder uses the stanard #74 wave underplate onto which a candleholder was sprigged. It measures 4 1/4 inches wide and stands 1 1/2 inches tall. It is most likely from Ballard's later production period. It carries the standard S. Ballard signature and the shape number 74. It is in excellent condition.

Louise Evans enamel triangular copper pl

 

Raymor Bitossi Italy Seta bottle vase

 

Ballard #82 2 lite blue brown candlehold

 

Ballard #74 green candleholder

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 shape seems to be one of the early ones by Ballard which didn't make it to the later production period.


This is a stunning piece of American Art Pottery from the Midcentury period here in Vermont.  It is highly geometric yet asymmetrical in design. It has a slanted pedestal vase and three sides. A great design from Stanley Ballard. The glaze is s standard middle period green with blending of the chocolate underglaze at top and a band at the bottom.  It is signed S. Ballard 43 and is in excellent condition.  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 32 years. He uses NO MOLDS and his only help has been his wife Donna. I had an email from Terry and Donna a few years ago 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 made glass part time from 1988-2000. In 2005, he began again to produce a limited amount of glass. He's a great artist with VERY few early pieces out there. This toothpick is in mint condition and is signed Crider and dated 1979 on the base. 


This Crider 1979 amethyst base glass with white applied herringbone decoration is in a bulbous base urn shape shape. It is also has hand threaded decoration applied by Donna.  It's hard to imagine the amount of work that went into this beautiful, hand made toothpick holder. 


This little toothpick holder stands about 2  1/4 inches high at its highest point. It is a fantastic piece of American art glass! It is in perfect condition.  This Nippon three handled toothpick holder is just like the design shown on H4 #474 on page 46 of the 1991 book. Green wreath mark. Purchased at a New Hampshire auction in 1993.  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 shape seems to be one of the early ones by Ballard which didn't make it to the later production period. The vase measures 5 1/2 inches high x 5 1/4 inches wide. The opening is 4 1/4 inches long x 2 3/8 inches wide. Each one I own either has no shape number or is number 21 with the early chocolate brown band around the bottom dating it from his middle period of production. The chocolate underglaze can be seen at the top and underneath the mottling on the body. This early mustard yellow glaze is stunning. The original price of $2.50 can still be seen written in pencil on the bottom of this vase. The vase is in excellent condition. A very interesting shape and glaze combo by Stanley Ballard. Add it to your American Art Pottery collection or Studio pottery collection today.

Ballard spectacular rhomboid green vase

 

Crider 1979 bulbous threaded toothpick h

 

toothpick holder: Nippon

 

Ballard #21 ovoid top rectangular vase

Produced by the Cheshire CT firm of Bovano (started in 1953 by John BOnsignor, Gene VAn Leight and Warren NOden), this 4 1/2 inch tall cigarette lighter features a great design. Each of the four sides has bold stylized red 4 petal flowers on a black background. This pattern is shown on page 69 of the Spring 2003 Modernism magazine in Alan Rosenberg's article on enamel. 


The bottom of the lighter has brown felt and the gold circle label which reads Handcrafted by Bovano of Cheshire Conn.  It is in very good shape but it does have some rubs to the black part of the enamel in a few places, though no chips or breaks. Add it to your Mid-Century Enamel collection today  Annemarie Davidson 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. 


This 6 inch shallow bowl features another of her celebrated designs. This design uses overlapping leaves of brown over orange on a gold background.   It can be seen in the seminal article by Alan Rosenberg in the Spring 2003 issue of David Rago's fine Modernism magazine on page 71. The dish shown in the magazine article is cobalt blue over a lighter blue and is circa 1960.  


The back of the plate is signed with her charcteristic AD interwined intiails and her paper label which reads Annemarie Davidson handcrafted enamels Sierra Madre California.  Every piece was handcrafted by her alone, from start to finish. It is in excellen condition.  It is an impressive enamel of Mid-Century enamel art! Add it to your Davidson or Mid-Century enamel collection today.


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.  

 Produced by the Cheshire CT firm of Bovano (started in 1953 by John BOnsignor, Gene VAn Leight and Warren NOden), this 9 inch wide enamel bowl with a 1960s era abstract pattern features 4 colors: orange, gold, a pinkish brown and chocolate brown. I have named it Sunburst. The abstract pattern is alternating rays of these 4 colors in order. Matching colored small jewels are placed asymmetrically near the center. The back is done in the typical black counterenamel Bovano uses with remnants of the three original black felt pads still visible.  The normal gold circle label which reads Handcrafted by Bovano of Cheshire Conn is intact. It is in excellent shape with no nicks to the edge.  Add it to your Mid-Century Enamel collection today  Produced by the Cheshire CT firm of Bovano (started in 1953 by John BOnsignor, Gene VAn Leight and Warren NOden), this 8 1/2 inch square 4 rest Bovano ashtray is done in a very attractive overall pattern of small gold mini-jewels in a leaf pattern with lines of green suggesting stems amongst them.  Done on a standard Bovano green background, it is a very attractive abstract pattern. On the back there are the original four black felt pads and the imprint of the original Bovano gold paper label which is missing.  It is in excellent condition. Add it to your Bovano or Mid-Century enamel collection today.

Bovano Red Flowers enamel covered lighte

 

Annemarie Davidson enamel Starburst dish

 

Bovano 9" enamel Orange Sunburst bo

 

Bovano gold mini jewel Leaf enamel ashtr

What a great addition to your barware collection or bar! This ice bowl or ice tub is American made glass, most likely from the 1950s or early 1960s when it was quite popular to screen gold stylized decoration onto glass items. Cobalt blue squares are separated by gold bars. Each blue square has a stylized gold sun inside. It is a great looking piece with a gold rim. It is gently used but ready to serve many more years in your home.  It stands  4 3/4 inches tall and is 5 3/4 inches across the top. Time to make some ice and break out the cocktail recipes!  Made by the Bay firm and carrying its gold paper label which reads Bay Keramik, this 8 inch tall vase is in the classical trumpet shape, with three lobes.  The high gloss glaze cascades from a cream brown giraffe like pattern to a deep chocolate brown near the base. The bottom is signed Kermaik and carries the incised shape number 551 over 20. West German Art Pottery is an up-and-coming collectibles categeory. Pick up a labeled piece now for a very reasonable price. Add it to your Mid Century Art Pottery collection today.  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.


This item is an unusual shape which complements the early Ballard console bowl and candleholder. It is 4 3/4 inches long x 3 1/4 inches wide and stands 1 inch tall at the ends. The three lines in the middle of each side mirror the console bowl design. It really isn't an ashtray are there are no defined rests. There is no number on the bottom of this piece. It has the chocolate underglaze on the underside like his earliest pieces.   My guess is that this is yet another early shape which didn't make it into the later production shapes. It is in excellent condition.  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.


This Ballard #22 rectangular small footed planter in a mustard yellow glaze stands only 2 1/2 inches tall x 3 1/2 inches wide. It is signed with an incised 22 and S. Ballard Vermont. It is most likely from his later production period as there is no chocolate brown band at the bottom of the base. Excellent condition

Great blue and gold barware ice bowl

 

Bay Keramik West German trumpet vase $15.00

 

Ballard rectangular console dish

 

Ballard #22 rectangular small footed pla

Produced by Vermont Mid-Century studio potter Stanley Ballard, a student of Glidden Parker at Alfred University in the 1940s who worked in the Burlington area,  this Ballard white mottled #91 4 3/4 inch round vase is in excellent condition. The graduated stepped base is very unusual for Ballard . I think this shape is from his later studio period.  Measuring 8 1/2 inches square, this 6 rest ashtray in chartreuse green and forest green screams 1950s!  The inside of the well is done in a speckled pattern on the chartreuse and the raised border is done in a textured surface like a concrete block. The contrast between the forest green used for the rests and the rest of the ashtray is truly stiking. It is in excellent condition and would look fabulous on a glass top coffeetable or just filled with some soaps or bonbons. Add it to your collection today.  Produced by the Cheshire CT firm of Bovano (started in 1953 by John BOnsignor, Gene VAn Leight and Warren NOden), this 10 1/4  inch wide enamel rimmed bowl features what I have named the Straw and Jewel pattern which consists of dark blue straw lines and smaller burgundy red, teal green and gold jewels strewn along the straws on a cloud like background which is multi-tonal and contains primary colors of pink and green with some white shaded areas. A very unusual background. It is a very abstract florial pattern if you like. The pattern reminds me of some of Kay Dennings jewelry work for Bovano as well as the early Brower pieces I have seen.


The back is done in the typical black counterenamel Bovano uses and the gold circle label which reads Handcrafted by Bovano of Cheshire Conn.  All three original brown felt protective pads are still present. It is in very good condition. There one very time bruise to the enamel on the back side at the rim 1/16 inch in size. No damage to the enamel on the front or the front side of the rim.  The hanging plate rack is included but could be removed to use as a flat piece. Add it to your Mid-Century Enamel collection today.  Dating most likely from the Mid-Century era in California this little gem is made by the Freeman-McFarlin company mostly known for its ceramics. As you can see by the photo, it is clearly marked F Mc F and Calif USA along with what looks like the number 202. It is metal most likely copper with enamel highlights. It stands only 1/2 high and is  3 3/4 inches in diameter. It stands on three feet which are part of the body. It is in excellent shape. One can see a very similar piece on page 114 of Jack Chipman's excellent 1999 book called Collector's Encyclopedia of California Pottery Second Edition.

Ballard #91 large stepped circular vase

 

Made in California 8" square funky $10.00

 

Bovano 10 " Straw & Jewel pink enam

 

Freeman-McFarlin Space age small vase $25.00

Annemarie Davidson 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. 


This 7 1/2 inch 3 rest ashtray, most likely is from the 1961-1962 time period. This ashtray features 3 large yellow and 6 smaller orange jewels arranged in pairs between the larger yellow jewels. The underlying copper color can be seen near the edges. A prominent Palm Springs CA dealer James Elliot-Bishop on his website has named this pattern as Ghostline.


The back of the plate is signed with her charcteristic AD interwined intiails and her paper label which reads Annemarie Davidson handcrafted enamels Sierra Madre California.  This is what I think is her earliest label with the black line separating the words handcrafted enamels and the words Sierra Madre, California. Every piece was handcrafted by her alone, from start to finish. 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.  

 This beautiful enamel plate measures 7 1/2 inches wide. It features a golden center onto which jewels in deep red, green, orange and light green have been applied. There is a green border around the plate. There is some very minor edge chipping but it displays well. 


The back is counterenameled in a greenish color.There are two initials which were applied to the back in a yellow enamel. It loooks like JS but I am not sure.


It is a very nice piece of Mid Century enamel and may appeal to collectors of Bovano, Annemarie Davidson, Doris Hall, and others. Add it to your Mid-Century enamel collection today.  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.


This tall tapered vase is a larger size of his standard 19 and 20 series. It has a deep chocolate brown underglaze as is evident by the brown rim at the bottom of the piece, making this an earlier studio piece.


The white gray top glaze shows good mottling, making it a volcanic glaze. Marked simply S. Ballard Vermont but with no shape number, this piece is a great example of Ballard's early shapes and glaze. Add it to your American Art Pottery or Studio Pottery collection today.  It is in excellent condition.  This funky and wonderful yellow fondue covered pan was produced by Dansk in France and is so marked on the bottom of the black iron base and on the bottom of the yellow pan.  The stands is 4 1/2 inches tall and is heavy. The center of the stand is where the sterno container would rest. It is missing the handled lid but I am sure that could be found from a vintage Dansk specialist or perhaps online.


The yellow pot has the trademark Kobenstyle finial on the lid. The handle is probably teak. This pan has been used but the interior has no breaks to the white enamel lining. The bottom of the pan shows some wear. I have not tried to scrub it or clean it. I will leave that to the new owner.  The pan is 3 1/2 inches tall and a little over 6 inches wide excluding the handle. It is a really nice and functional piece of Mid Century Modern design. Buy it! Use it. Fire up the fondue!

Annemarie Davidson 7 1 / 2 Jewel enamel as

 

Gold Green Jeweled Enamel 7 1 / 2" Pl

 

Ballard 8 1 / 2 inch tall tapered mottled

 

Dansk Kobenstyle fondue pan with stand

Measuring 9 inches across and standing 2 1/2 inches tall, this great Mid Century Eames era piece is an example of the earlier work by Harris Strong of New York City. Though he is most well known today for his tiles and wall art, he started his company producing more three dimensional functional decorative objects such as lamps, bowls and of course ashtrays. This bowl has a teal green underglaze and is decorated with a swirling chocolate brown/black spiral pattern. It is in excellent shape though it does have some glaze pops which occurred during manufacture. The underside of the bowl is done in Harris Strong's characteristic high gloss black glaze. The piece is signed B-51. It is a great example of a very talented Mid Century icon. Add it to your Mid Century American pottery collection today.  Part of the Regent line made by Consolidated in the early 1940 or late 1930s, this 4 1/2 inch tall fan vase owes its shape to the earlier Catalonian Spanish Knobs line. In the Regent line, it is shape 1174-B. Pink cased in white and having a satin finish. This very vase was shown in Jack Wilson's 1989 book on page 70. It is illustration 177 in the glossy finish in that book, described as scarce, as are all Regent cased pieces. Excellent condition.  This pitcher is funky!  It stands 9 inches tall! The surface of the clear glass pitcher is coated with a rubberized surface onto which a white material was strizzled in a circle or loop patter. I have seen the tumblers which go along with the set. They come in about 10 different shades. There are both zombies and highball tumblers out there. This screams patio and the fifties! Fill it with ice tea, lemonade, or beer and have some friends over for a retro patio cocktail blast!  Produced by Royal Haeger in the late 1960s, in colors of yellow, white, brown and black, this #4170 shape vase is from the Smoke Ring line. Excellent condtion. It carries the original gold foil Royal Haeger label as well.

Harris Strong B-51 Console bowl

 

Consolidated Regent pink 1174-B vase

 

Funky 9" spaghetti strand green pit

 

Royal Haeger 13" Smoke Ring labele

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.


This #42/53 blue white mottled piece was the matching candleholder to the popular Ballard console bowl. One of a pair. Excellent condition.  Measuring 16 inches long  x 7 1/4 inches wide with a cutting surface of 7 inches wide, this cool and funky cheese board retains it original knife which fits exactly into the opening of the board. The original enamel square is in excellent condition, though it could use to be reglued to the  board. 


The design is pure Briard, with its modernistic abstract stylized pineapple, strawberries and bowl. Great colors of rust, yellow, brown. blue and gold. I believe this pattern is a variation of his Ambrosia pattern which can be seen on page. 28 of the Pina Designed & Signed book.  The same walnut cheese server can be seen on page 88 top of the page. 


Add a great piece of Mid Century design and impress your guests at your next cocktail party!  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. 


This vase stands 3 3/8 inches high and is 4 1/2 inches across. It is done in a turquoise base glaze. It carries the original S. Ballard label on the bottom. Excellent condition.  Wendell August Bittersweet trivet which measures 7 inches wide. Felt covered back. Original carbon smoke blackening intact. Excellent condition.

Ballard 42 / 53 console mottled holder

 

Georges Briard complete cheese board

 

Ballard #12 four lobe blue vase

 

Wendell August Bittersweet trivet

Juice King Deco juicer complete with all working parts and original paint in very good condition.  TP: Nippon 3 handle heavy moriage  Deco cobalt cocktail shaker w/ recipes  Heywood-Wakefield #1566G Drop-Leaf table in Wheat finsih in very good condition. Shown on page 241 of the Rouland book.  It measures 36 inces x 14 inches when both leaves are down and 36 inches x 60 inches with both leaves up. Height is 29 inches. It was made in 1956 in Gardner, Mass.

Juice King Deco juicer

 

TP: Nippon 3 handle heavy moriage

 

Deco cobalt cocktail shaker w / recipes

 

Heywood-Wakefield #1566G Drop-Leaf table

This Glidden turquoise matrix planter is signed with the incised name Glidden and #104 (no ram). It stands 2" tall x 4 1/4" long x 2 3/8" wide.  It matches many of his taller vases down in this trademark glaze. It is in excellent condition. A diminuitive example of this Alfred University master potter's work. Add it to your Mid-Century art pottery collection today.  Produced by Vermont Mid-Century studio potter Stanley Ballard, a student of Glidden Parker at Alfred University in the 1940s who worked in the Burlington area, this unusual decorated #19 vase carried the standard incised Ballard signature and the original price in pencil of $2.50. 

 

It measures 5 1/2" tall.  The design on the front of the vase is of mountains and pine trees done in a dark blue glaze. The rim of the vase has also been traced over in the same blue glaze color, giving it an almost violet effect. The back is plain. This is the only item I have yet seen with this decoration. Excellent condition  This Consolidated blue opaque Pine Cone salt shaker has its original top and measures 3 1/4" tall to tip of top.  A well know and very collectable pattern from Consolidated's early period. An example of the splended color created by Nicolas Kopp when he worked there. Excellent condition. No damage.  Produced by Vermont Mid-Century studio potter Stanley Ballard, a student of Glidden Parker at Alfred University in the 1940s who worked in the Burlington area,  this  3 5/8 inch square dish is a very early studio piece as it carries no shape number and was most likely hand formed. It has a very heavily mottled white glaze over a chocolate brown underglaze and sloping sides. A great example of Ballard's glaze and early shape. It is in excellent condition.

Glidden #104 turquoise matrix planter

 

Ballard decorated #19 pine trees / mount

 

Consolidated blue opaque Pine Cone shake

 

Ballard early studio 3 5 / 8 inch square d



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 31 years. He uses NO MOLDS and his only help has been his wife Donna. I had an email from Terry and Donna a few years ago 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 made glass part time from 1988-2000. In 2005, he began again to produce a limited amount of glass. He's a great artist with VERY few early pieces out there. This toothpick is in mint condition and is signed and dated 1980 on the base. 

 

This Crider 1980 JIP red white blue threaded  is hand blown cased glass - white with blue feathering on the outside and a pretty deep red on the inside. Then, to add to its beauty, it is threaded with very fine red threads around the body of the glass. It's hard to imagine the amount of work that went into this beautiful, hand made toothpick holder. 

 

This little toothpick holder stands about 3" high at its highest point. It is a fantastic piece of art! It is in perfect condition.  Produced by Vermont Mid-Century studio potter Stanley Ballard, a student of Glidden Parker at Alfred University in the 1940s who worked in the Burlington area, this all black #41 vase stands 3 1/2" tall x 3" wide.  One of the only shapes where I have seen more than one all black vase. Excellent condition  This wildly shaped Royal Haeger 5 rest ashtray is signed with shape number 1006. It is from the 1960s, boy is it!! 


 

 

It measures 11 1/2' across at its widest point and has a blended agate glaze with yellow/black highlights on a pumpkin orange color. Would make a great bonbon dish in the fall!


 

 

Add it to your Mid century or ashtray collection today  This desk item from the 1950s-1960s is called a perpetual calendar, I guess.  At least that's the name I have found it described by.  It's a fun and funky way to 'interact with time' on a daily basis as it is necessary to turn it over to reveal the next day's date.  This one features a scene of a Scottish bagpiper and was probably purhased in Scotland as a trip souvenir. Both sides have an identical scene<p> 

 

Nice useful little item, measures over 3' high, and made of chrome.Day, Date and month are changed by turning top over. In very good condition.

TP: Crider 1980 JIP red white blue threa

 

Ballard #41 black vase

 

Royal Haeger #1106 orange biomorhpic ash

 

Vintage chrome perpetual desk calendar.

This is a great pattern in Noritake design. It is called 'speed line' by Noritake collectors. What is also desirable about this 2 cut-out tab handled bowl is the use of gold luster on the speed lines in addition to the black and white used. Black and gold leaves surround a high abstracted blue flower on one side of the asymmetrically arranged design. Pure Art Deco Noritake genius carrying a red wreath mark from the 1925-1931 period.


 

 

In excellent condition, add it to your Noritake Art Deco collection today. I am a long time member of the <a href='http://www.noritakecollectors.com'>Noritake Collectors Society.</a> Come read about our great club,  our newsletter and consider joining us in our appreciation and pursuit of Noritake!  This #1535 Chick/Egg Bennington piece is designed as both a trivet and a plaque. Originally, it had four rubber knob feet so it can sit on a counter or a hanger to be used as a wall plaque. It still has its hanger but is missing the rubber ball feet. It is an earlier design by the late David Gil who started Bennington Potters as a design collaborative in 1948.  I found this Fiesta medium green plate in a stack of Harlequin plates while shopping. Go figure! The color is great but there is an imperfection under the glaze in one area. This was in the original firing as the area is glazed over. The area is about one inch long. This plate was also used, so it is not in 'mint' or excellent condition, but in good condition. But it's medium green!!  No chips, cracks or flakes to plate. Buy it and use it. It would make a great holiday plate for cookies! I bought it very reasonable so, the price I am selling it at is reasonable, so bring it home!  This Ballard vase is decorated with an abstract design of deep blue and black lines within a square. Marked #70 on the bottom, it is a late piece to the line I feel. There is a tiny flake on the one corner of the top rim. This is the only piece I have seen with this decoration.

Noritake Deco speed line gold black tab

 

Bennington Gil design #1535 Chick / Egg ti

 

Fiesta (Vintage ) 9 inch medium green pl

 

Ballard #70 decorated 2

This Royal Haeger #138 Ebony Cascade 1954 ashtray has 4 rests and is fully signed on the bottom. Great 'V' shaped center which adds to the geometric look. Part of the 'new' Cascade glazes Haeger debuted as part of their 1954 line.  Excellent condition. Would look stunning on a blond wood coffee table.  This Royal Haeger #2001 red/black 9' wild ashtray has a very 1960s rec room or den feel to it. Finished in a bold matte red glaze, this 5 rest ashtray would look great next to a retro vase from the Mid Century.  In great condition  Here is a whimsical modern stoneware piece from the late David Gil at Bennington Potters in Vermont. started by David Gil in 1948. It was made during the 1948-1960 time period when Gil used only the words Design Cooperative, or in this case only the letters CO OP around the hand mark AND david gil BENNINGTON.


David Gil Coop Design 7 inch teardrop bass playing man in teal glaze, with the COOP Man/hand logo. rough unglazed rim. Full Raymor paper label on bottom which states: MODERN in the Tradition of Good Taste: Raymor, designed by David Gil for Cooperative Design. Excellent condition.


I recently learned that when Gil decided to mark his works with shape numbers, he started with the number 1300. However, if an earlier design was to remain in production, they marked it with a number starting with 1200. This explains the numbering and mark on the transition pieces.


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. 


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.  Ballard pottery #21 3' footed planter wild glaze! It is signed 21 and has the incised S.Ballard Vermont mark. Great glaze on this footed pedestal piece, almost a Rockingham glaze. Has the original Ballard paper label as well.  Excellent condition

Royal Haeger #138 Ebony Cascade 1954 ash

 

Royal Haeger #2001 red / black 9

 

David Gil Coop Design teardrop bass play

 

Ballard #21 3

David Gil Coop Design 6 1/8 inch round x 13/16 inch  deep plate with rough unglazed bottom, signed with incised signature 'David Gil' and 'bennington'.  This mark dates pre-1960. There is little speckling in the glaze on the front of the plate. The sides of the plate are glazed as is the rim of the plate but the mark is from the middle period of the 1240 plate series, so I am putting this into the late middle period closer to 1960. 


The pattern on this plate is a very abstract one, depicting a Bull or Steer with horns. I have nicknamed this piece Lascaux Bull as it reminds me of the cave paintings there. The body is done in a simple line technique of blue and black. The eye is turquoise blue and there are two brown spots on the side of the animal. 


There are no hints of turquoise color in the  brown dots as seen on the early version of this design.  Excellent condition.


On the back of this plate, the incised signature is not as clear as on the early period plates. It looks like a white glaze was brushed over the bottom as one can see brush marks. 


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.


David Gil started producing work in Bennington Vermont 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, then into the Bennington Potters company we have known since 1960 and still very much active today.  This cone shaped vase was made and decorated by Mark Bellaire, another great Californian Mid Century designer. 


This 9 inch tall vase features stripes of color, a chocolate brown and terra cotta red with a wild yellow blotch which could be the sun.  


It measures 3 inches in diameter at top and 5 inches in diameter at he bottom.


Signed with standard black signature. Two black outlined figures with raised arms  are on the vase. Excellent condition.  This 20' long panther TV lamp was obviously modeled after the famous Royal Hickman one created for Royal Haeger in black. Good high gloss glaze on this interesting yellow/chartreuse color. Hollow eyes so light can shine through them! Excellent condition. Would look smashing on the right blond wood surface.  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.


This 4 1/2 tall vase is deep blue/green and signed S. Ballard 16  Excellent condition

Gil Raymor 1240 Lascaux Bull plate

 

Mark Bellaire 9 inch abstract figures va $75.00

 

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Ballard #16 4. 5 inch 2 lobe green vase

Czech 8 inch tall robin's egg blue cased and chartreuse mottled  fan vase w/black rim in stunning color combo.  Excellent condition. These great fan vases are pieces are getting hard to find, as fewer were made and remain in excellent shape.  Royal Haeger ebony cascade gazelle with its head up TV lamp in ebony cascade glaze. Stands 11' by 8' long. Beautiful application of this classic Haeger glaze. Excellent condition. No chips, cracks or crazing. Lamp has original socket, cord and wiring and is in working condition. This is one of the harder to find versions of Royal Haeger TV lamps. Add it to your TV lamp or Mid Century collection today.  Nippon footed pedestal cottage scene. This is the very one pictured in the book, Toothpick Holders: China, Glass & Metal and listed as H4 #469. Purchased at the 1986 NTHCS Iowa convention.  Nippon R.C, footed with gold floral band and 2 gold decorated handles. Mark 80. This is the very one pictured in the 1991 club book. Listed as H4 #461. Purchased at a Hirchack Auction in Stowe Vermont.

Czech 8 inch mottled fan vase

 

Royal Haeger ebony gazelle head up TV l

 

toothpick holder: Nippon footed pedestal

 

toothpick holder: Nippon R. C




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