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Cut-Glass Decanter – SOLD

14 Dec

Vintage cut-glass decanter

Vintage cut-glass decanter

I bought this cut-glass decanter from the same couple that I bought that beautiful blue decanter from a few months back. It was another piece that they had inherited, and I suspect that it’s from more or less the same period. The glass really is quite beautiful with its dark green base trimmed with gold, and finished off with a faceted stopper. The stopper gives the impression of being crystal, but I’m fairly certain that it’s not – the finish isn’t nearly as fine as you’d expect with a piece of crystal glass, although it’s still a very delicate piece of glass.

A beautifully elegant decanter for your drinks trolley or bar – pair it with some vintage glasses and you’ll add some serious vintage style to your home.

Dimensions: 32cm tall x 12cm in diameter

Price: R260

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Small Retro Vase – SOLD

14 Dec

Small retro glass vase

Small retro glass vase

It’s not quite of the same quality, but this small retro glass vase reminds me a lot of the work produced by Finnish glass manufacturer RiihimakiThe simplicity of the design, the lack of any ornate curves, and the colour of the glass reminds me a lot of the mid-century Scandi style of art glass, although I really can’t say for certain – for all I know this glass could have been made yesterday! But that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s a very handsome vase, in near mint condition, that would look fantastic as part of a collection of retro glass.

Dimensions: 17cm tall x 11cm in diameter (at its widest)

Price: R120

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Retro Handblown Glass Bowls – SOLD

9 Dec

Set of retro hand-blown bowls

Set of retro hand-blown bowls

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a set of bowls quite like this! They’re unusual in that all of the bowls are hand-blown, evident by the fact that the bowls are all slightly different sizes. There’s also a certain naivety or roughness to the glass that contradicts the sleekness of the design – bar the detail on the foot of the larger bowl, the set has quite a contemporary feel to it.

I’m sure they won’t be to everyone’s taste, but personally I think that this is an uber stylish (and super exciting) set of bowls!

NB: The glass is quite a bit darker than it appears in the photos – almost a dark olivey-brown colour.

Dimensions: Large bowl – 25.5cm in diameter x 9cm tall; Small bowls –  12cm in diameter x 5cm tall;

Price: R320 for the set

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Retro Japanese Carafe – SOLD

9 Dec

Retro Tivoli carafe

Retro Tivoli carafe

This retro green carafe isn’t that large, but it’s super stylish! I love the fact that it doesn’t have a handle, and the shape is fantastic! For some reason I thought ‘Tivoli‘ was an Italian make, but it turns out that it’s Japanese, which in my world is way cooler (sorry to all the Italians out there!).

Dimensions: 17.5cm tall x 10cm in diameter (at its widest)

Price: R140

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Vintage Glass Ashtray – SOLD

7 Dec

Vintage hand-blown ashtray

Vintage hand-blown ashtray

I know that ashtrays aren’t that PC these days, but they’re just so beautiful! I quit smoking a couple of years ago, but when we moved into our new house in Joburg, my collection of glass ashtrays was one of the first things that I unpacked! Plus in addition to being great decor pieces, it’s also always handy to have an ashtray (or two!) at home in case you have guests round who do smoke – so much nicer than cigarette butts in your pot plants!

Note: This amber ashtray is in good condition, but there are a few fleabite chips on the underside of the glass, and a scratch on the side of the ashtray

Dimensions: 14cm in diameter x 5cm tall

Price: R150

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Vintage Green Kitchen Jars – SOLD

3 Dec

Depression-era green glass kitchen jars

Depression-era green glass kitchen jars

I really think these might be the most special kitchen jars I’ve ever been lucky enough to find! I really don’t think I’ve seen a set quite like these before, and having hunted for them online there don’t seem to be any other matching jars out there (although if I’d spent a little longer looking I’m sure I would have eventually found something similar – the wonders of the interweb never cease to amaze me!). Going on the style of the jars, I’d guess that they’re what is referred to as ‘depression-era glass’ and date to sometime around the early 1940s. Because of their age there is a bit of wear and tear, with the most notable damage being a chip to one of the smaller jars. The rest of the set has a few fleabite chips, and some scratches here and there, although nothing too serious. The small jars are quite petite and look like they would have originally been used to store spices, although you could also use them for tea and sugar, you’d just need to refill them more often. The larger jars are a bit big for teabags, and probably a bit small for something like flour, but really you could use them to store whatever you like – it’s just a matter of personal preference. Whatever you choose to us them for I know that they’ll look amazing – I had to stop myself from doing a hop and skip when I spotted them for sale, they were so darn good looking!

Dimensions: Large jars – 20cm tall x 10cm in diameter; Small jars – 14cm tall x 7cm in diameter

Price: Large jars – R150 each; Small jars -R110 each/R620 for the set

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