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Ceramic Swan Planter – SOLD

14 Aug

Ceramic swan planter

Ceramic swan planter

She’s about as kitsch as you can get, but I absolutely love this vintage Swan planter! I love the fact that she’s nice and large – there’s no way that you’re going to miss her when you walk into a room, plus she’s quite finely crafted for something in this style – these planters tend to be a bit naive, but this lady has much more detail than you normally see. It also doesn’t hurt matters that she’s in mint condition – honestly I didn’t see a mark on her.

A super quirky, but quite beautiful object that would look incredible with a classic potted fern.

Note: There’s no maker’s mark, but I suspect that the swan was made by Dartmouth Pottery, the same people who made the famous Gurgle Jug.

Dimensions: 22cm tall x 30cm long x 17cm wide

Price: R360

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Vintage Enamel Soil Bucket – SOLD

14 Aug

Vintage enamel soil bucket

Vintage enamel soil bucket

I probably shouldn’t be advertising this fact, but I’m pretty sure that this is an old enamel soil bucket (as in ‘he got so drunk he soiled himself’, not as in the stuff in your garden!). I don’t know why I think that I know this for a fact, but somewhere in the recesses of my mind I think I’ve either seen one for sale online or in real life. The fact that there’s a gap between the lid and the handle, allowing air to escape, also makes me think that’s what it’s for (you don’t want gasses to build up – sorry to be so crude!), but I suppose I could still be wrong (let’s hope that I am!). I don’t suppose it matters anyway – I’m sure that it’s been a very long time since it was used as anything other than a normal old bucket! But the lid is a a cool feature, and makes it that much more useful if you want to use it for throwing away your veggie cuttings, or storing your dog pellets.

An unusual bucket in reasonably good condition for its age. There are a some scratches from where the plastic grip on the handle has marked the enamel, but on the whole it’s not doing too badly.

Dimensions: Approx. 27cm tall x 32cm in diameter

Price: R295

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Poole Dripped Glaze Vase – SOLD

24 Jul

Vintage Poole pot plant

Vintage Poole pot plant

Without seeing the maker’s mark I don’t think that I would have believed that this vase was by Poole! It’s just not in the style that I normally associate with them, and which they’re so famous for. But regardless of who made it I knew that I loved it the moment I spotted it – of course it didn’t hurt matters when I turned it upside down and saw the Poole dolphin. I like the fact that it’s a decent size – big enough to hold a nice established pot plant, and I love that dark green dripped glaze – so very retro! Sadly it had a hairline crack where a bit of the glaze has chipped away (see pics under ‘more’), which obviously affect its value, but it’s barley noticeable and if you turn it around to face the wall you obviously won’t see it at all.

A very unusual and hard to come by design. As a lover of Poole pottery I’d be delighted to have this as part of my collection!

Dimensions: 19.5cm tall x 16.5cm in diameter

Price: R260

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Drostdy Wall Vase – SOLD

23 Jul

Vintage Drostdy wall vase

Vintage Drostdy wall vase

I found this lovely teal coloured wall vase hanging in the back of an antique store covered in dust. It was the only reasonably priced piece in the whole store, and I can only assume that the sellers didn’t think that there was a market for these vases anymore – but they’re so wrong! Wall vases have become super popular in recent years, thanks largely to Alex Hamilton and his crazy collection. Plus this vase is from South African pottery house, Drostdy, which has also gained popularity over the last few years. And on top of all of that you have the shape of the vase, which is the most lovely shell design, and the fact that it’s in near mint condition! An all round win really!

Dimensions: 18cm tall x 16cm wide x 6.5cm deep

Price: R140

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Small Wall Vase – SOLD

21 Jul

Small vintage wall vase

Small vintage wall vase

It may be a bit on the small side, but this is still a lovely wall vase! Of course I love the fact that it’s yellow, but I also really like the retro shape, and the grey shading. There’s a small chip on the underside of the vase that I’ve touched up with a spot of varnish, but otherwise it’s not in bad condition, plus once it’s hanging on your wall I don’t think you’d notice the damage at all.

A great piece to add to a collection – or to start one!

Dimensions: 15cm tall x 12cm wide x 4.5cm deep

Price: R120

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1960s Arabia Salt Box – SOLD

1 Jul

Small Arabia wall planter

Arabia salt box

When I first spotted this piece of Arabia pottery I assumed that it was a small wall planter – the holes made it clear that it was meant to hang on the wall, but I must admit I was confused as to why there were no holes for drainage. It turns out that my little planter is actually a salt box, and that originally it would have had a wooden lid that pivoted to allow easy access to your salt – what a clever design! Sadly the lid is missing, but I think it would be easy enough to add. Another option would be to use the box for storing sponges next to your sink, or if you’re very brave you could always drill a hole in the bottom and turn my imagined planter into the real thing!

Note: Even without lids these Arabia salt boxes sell for around $100!

Dimensions: 17.5cm wide x 9cm deep x 13cm tall

Price: R250

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