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Retro Crown Devon Serving Bowls – SOLD

8 Oct

Retro Crown Devon lobster bowls

Retro Crown Devon lobster bowls

I just love these retro Crown Devon bowls! Aside from the shapes of the bowls (which are pretty cool!), I also really like those crazy illustrations – I wonder if the bowls are actually intended for serving lobster? Although how large are lobster? Perhaps the bowls are too small? But you can use them as serving dishes for anything really! The larger, more elongated bowl has some faint marks caused by crazing, but on the whole these bowls aren’t doing too badly for their years – going on the design, I’d guess that they date to the early 1960s.

Dimensions: Large bowl – 36cm long x 14.5cm wide x 6cm deep; Medium bowl – 25cm long x 12.5cm wide x 8cm deep

Price: R180 for the pair

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Royal Commemorative Mug – SOLD

1 Oct

Crown Devon Royal commemorative mug

Crown Devon Royal commemorative mug

This is one of my favourite commemorative mugs! Obviously the old South African flag is not something that we can be proud of (anything but), but the blue and orange stripes look great on this 1940s mug which was made by Crown Devon to commemorate the Royal visit of George VI and Queen Elizabeth to South Africa. Aside from the colours I love the bokkie on the back of the mug, and the way that the faces have been applied in relief. As fas as Royal memorabilia go I think this mug has a certain cool factor to it that most Royal collectibles are missing!

Use it for your morning tea or as a place to stash your toothbrushes – either way you’ll see the delightful faces of George and Elizabeth staring back at you (don’t they look so happy?!).

Dimensions: 10cm tall x 7.5cm in diameter

Price: R120

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Small Crown Devon Gurgle Jug – SOLD

25 Jun

Small Crown Devon 'Gurgle' jug

Small Crown Devon ‘Gurgle’ jug

As much as I’m a fan of minimalism, a part of me also likes the overly ornate – beautiful water fountains, gargoyles on the sides of old buildings – that kind of thing. And these Crown Devon ‘gurgle’ jugs fit right in with that kind of over-the-top aesthetic. The idea of a gurgle jug (so called because of the sound it makes when you pour water from its mouth) was first introduced in the late 1800s, but this fish version produced by Crown Devon, dates from the early 1950s. The design gained massive popularity in the late Fifties when a pair of the jugs were presented to the Queen and Prince Philip during a visit to Dartmouth. The jugs come in all manner of colour and sizes, with this being a slightly smaller version. The colour is a bit darker than it appears in the photos – there’s green in the glaze, but it’s quite a dark green (you get a lighter green version that this could be confused for).

A wonderfully quirky jug that will look great on display!

Dimensions: 18cm tall x 11cm wide x 7cm deep

Price: R140

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Art Deco Casserole Dishes – SOLD

24 Nov

Art deco Crown Devon casserole dishes

Art deco Crown Devon casserole dishes

When I first started collecting vintage pieces many years ago, art deco was probably my favourite of all the styles, but over the years I’ve come to like a slightly cleaner (and perhaps harder) look. Certain art deco pieces though, still get me very excited, and the handles on this pair of 1930s Crown Devon casserole dishes are a perfect example of why I still love this iconic style so much! They really are so striking! And the hand-painted flowers, which almost sit in contradiction to the strong angles of the lids and handles, are just as beautiful!

Note: Both dishes are in pretty good nick for their age, but there is some minor discolouration to the glaze on the one dish, and the paintwork is slightly scratched in places on both of the casserole dishes.

Dimensions: Each dish measures 19.5cm in diameter x 14cm tall (with lids on)

Price: R160 each

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Crown Devon Spoon Rest – SOLD

29 Jul

Crown Devon slipper spoon rest

Crown Devon slipper spoon rest

This is one of the more unusual pieces that I’ve had for sale on Mint! I bought it from another dealer who sold it to me as a ‘spoon warmer’. Spoon warmers were particularly popular in Victorian England, where rooms were very cold, even in wealthy houses, and food served with a cold spoon would cool down too quickly for some tastes. Even worse, a dish with rich, fatty gravy could congeal unappealingly on its way to your plate!

Seeing as I don’t think that’s a problem that we have in too many South African houses, I thought that this spoon warmer could easily double as a spoon rest – not only would it keep your counter nice and clean when you’re cooking (necessary if you have an open-plan kitchen as a lot of our houses do these days), but it’s also really attractive and would make a great talking point sitting on your kitchen counter.

A striking bit of crockery, with an an interesting tale to it!

Dimensions: 25cm long x 18cm wide x 15cm tall

Price: R200

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Collection of Small Retro Vases – SOLD

17 Mar

Collection of small retro vases

Collection of small retro vases

I have to say upfront that all of these vases are quite small, in fact the blue and yellow vases are what I would term ‘miniature’. But they’re all very special, especially the mint green (the colour doesn’t show up well here) Crown Devon boat vase. It may be small, but what it lacks in stature, it more than makes up for in style. It really is fantastic! The glaze is unusually smooth, and is complemented perfectly by the ultra-minimalist shape. The BEP Ware (SA) vase and the West German WC Cortendorf vases are also wonderful and look great paired together – they’re obviously not practical as vases, but every now and again you have to throw practicality out the window in favour of plain old good looks!

A great collection of striking retro ceramics (and the perfect example of what was I say earlier about the wonderful colours used in the ’50s and ’60s)!

Dimensions & Prices:

  • Crown Devon boat vase – 10cm tall x 24cm long x 7cm wide; R200 SOLD
  • Blue BEP Ware vase – 7.5cm tall x 8cm long x 4.5cm wide; R55 SOLD
  • Yellow WC Cortendorf vase – 7.5cm tall x 12cm long x 6cm wide; R65 SOLD

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