Good weekend at the thrifts this past weekend. Among the treasures were a McCoy swan art deco flower holde (aqua) and a set of 4 Mottahedeh “Chelsea Birds” salad plate.
I love this plate. Eckhart Hall is about 2 blocks from my house, and is famed for housing the great minds behind the Manhattan Project. It looks as beautiful today as it did in 1931. But the trees are much larger!
T & R Boote
Waterloo Potteries, ca. 1892
An antique covered transferware soup tureen or vegetable bowl, richly decorated in pink and green flowers and gold trim. It is marked T & R Boote (Burslem, England). The bowl has the registry number 185168 (I believe), which dates it to about 1892 (see thepotteries.org).
The heavy round bowl measures 10.25 inches wide across the scrolled handles and about 8.5 inches wide across the lip of the rim. With the lid on, the piece measures about 6.5 inches high, or 4.25 inches to the top of the rim. The lid has a cutout on one side, for a spoon or ladle, which is why I believe it would be considered a tureen.
This piece is in very good condition, especially for its age. The only flaw that I can see are several brown spots on the inside base (see closeup photos). There is a lot of wear to the gold trim, particularly on the handles, rim, and lid handle. The bowl is structurally very sound, with no chips, cracks, hairlines, crazing, or fleabites.
On the bottom is a very clear crown and shield mark for Waterloo Potteries / Trade Mark / Royal Premium /Semi-Porcelain / T & R Boote / England / Rd 185168.
A tall fan-shaped vase from Weller Pottery, in the design called “Marvo.” According to Warman’s Weller Pottery (p. 185):
Marvo was introduced in the mid-1920s and production continued through 1933. The pieces are molded with tropical foliage and glazed in shades of orange or brown, pink, green …
This is an intense art pottery vase–better than my photos make it look. It is heavily decorated on both sides, and has a lovely dark-to-light green glaze. The top has 5 rings for holding flowers (I assume).
This vase is 8 inches high at the rim, 8 inches wide across the rim, and 1.75 inches deep at the rim. The foot is about 4 inches by 3.5 inches. It is in very good to excellent condition, with no signs I can see of chips, cracks, fleabites, or other flaws. There is light overall crazing. It’s really quite a stunner.
The glazed bottom (with unglazed footring) has a fairly clear black mark for “Weller Ware.”
This listing is for a magnificent Copeland Spode round platter (or huge chop plate) in a pattern called “Irene.” It is decorated with dark pink flowers and garlands, with smaller yellow flowers, a blue border, and yellow trim around the scalloped rim. The platter measures 14-7/8 inches wide across the rim.
This piece is in good to very good condition. There are no chips, cracks, or crazing. There are visible utensil marks when the platter is held to the light at an angle; none of the utensil scratches mar the design or can be seen when the piece is sitting flat.
The platter has a clear green and pink mark on the foot for “Spode / Copeland’s China / England . / Spode’s Irene.” There is also a green hand-written decorator’s mark with various letters and numbers, as well as a few indented marks under the glaze. This piece is shown at the replacement’s site as Irene by Spode:
Manufacturer Status: Discontinued Actual: 1953 – 1971.
Satin (or Custard) Glass Vase
Vaseline or Uranium Glass
Hand-Painted Pink Roses
I have to admit up front that normally I’m a pottery person, not glass. But I can’t resist depression-era uranium satin glass, such as this vase made by Fenton. The vase is a light greenish-yellow color, with hand-painted orange-pink roses on the front and back. When I tested it with my black light, I could see what a real knockout this piece is–it lights up the dark room!
This cool vase measures 5-5/8 inches high at the tip of the ruffled rim, and 2 inches wide across the foot. The vase is in very good to excellent condition, with no cracks, chips, or other flaws.
The foot has the original paper label for “Authentic Fenton Handmade,” along with a signature for the painter, “Handpainted by C. Evans.”
Everyone knows Wedgwood, but often overlooked is one of my favorite English china makers, Johnson Brothers. And this platter is in one of my favorite, romantic English patterns: Castle on the Lake.
Johnson Brothers, England:
“Castle on the Lake”
12-inch Vintage Red/Pink Platter
A gorgeous vintage platter from Johnson Brothers in a richly colored red (pink) pattern on an ivory (cream) body, called “Castle on the Lake” (see replacements.com item 45409). This pattern was made from 1939 to 1970, and I think this is an older piece, since there is no reference to dish washer or detergent on its mark.
The platter measures 12-1/8 inches wide across the gadroon (rope or braided) rim and 9.5 inches wide at the center. It is in very good condition, with no chips, cracks, or crazing. There are light utensil marks (visible when held to the light at an angle), and one speck in the glaze, which appears to be original to manufacture (see closeup photo with red arrow).
The platter is marked “Castle on the Lake / Johnson Bros. / England / Pat. No. 118580 / All decoration under the glaze / Permanent & acid resisting colors.”
I’ve long been a fan of the beautiful colors and Renaissance designs used in pottery from the area around Deruta, Italy. Here’s a nice example.
Heart-Shape Box with Lid
Green Rooster, Colorful Design
A very colorful heart-shaped trinket box (with lid), decorated in vibrant green and yellow (with red and blue highlights), from the CAMA workshop of Deruta, Italy. The center of the lid has a very cute hand-painted rooster surrounded by flowers.
This delightful piece measures about 3 inches long and wide by 1.75 inches high (with the lid on). It is in beautiful condition, with rich colors and designs, and no chips, cracks, flakes, hairlines, or crazing. (White spots are camera flash unless otherwise noted.)
It is hand-marked on the bottom with “CAMA Deruta Italy.”
The CAMA ceramic workshop was established in the 1950’s in Deruta, a small hill town in the beautiful region of Umbria between Florence and Rome. Each piece is carefully thrown or forged by hand, and hand-painted using only 100% lead-free glazes. The ceramic production tradition in Deruta goes back to the 13th century. Italian Giftware & Decor
Yay! Hard to believe.
The GM&O creamer sold on eBay for $425. The platter went for $180. The coffee cup was $110, and the little dessert bowl was $75. That’s $790! Woo-hoo! All paid for and shipped. Wish I could do that every weekend on eBay and Etsy!
Crazy railroadiana collectors! Love’em.
I didn’t particularly care for Boleslawiec pottery when I first noticed it in the thrift stores. It looked too “folk arty” for my taste. But then I started paying closer attention and studying it a bit (ample opportunity, given the large Polish-descended population in Chicago). I learned that the patterns often had meanings, that the best pieces really are hand-decorated, and there is a long history behind the production of this high-density stoneware line.
These three pieces of hand-made Boleslawiec (Poland) pottery are suitable for a child, including a small plate, cereal bowl, and mug. The bowl and plate are both decorated with flowers and multi-color bunny rabbits. The mug is decorated with orange flowers and blue teddy bears. All three pieces have labels for Ceramika Artystyczna (Artistic Ceramics), Kosciuszki, Poland. I listed them on eBay for $14.99 (as a set). They currently have 3 bids, at $31, and I’m hoping for a little more action before the end of the auction tonight.
Watch for a “B” mark with a stylized castle logo.