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Collection of SA Pottery – SOLD

19 Nov

Collection of SA pottery

Collection of SA pottery

South African pottery has become quite collectible over the past few years. A while back you could pick up pieces of Drostdy (Grahamstown Pottery) and Lucia Ware (Boksburg East Potteries) for next to nothing, but today you have vases going for upwards of R600 on auction. Granted, they’re much more impressive pieces than these, but really it’s the name people seem to be paying for. These pieces, presumably made sometime during the 1960s, are all quite naive, a little bit more so than some other pieces that I’ve seen. That being said, the taller Lucia Ware vase is quite an unusual shape – I’ve only ever come across it once before – which makes it quite collectible, and the Drostdy vase is quite large, which again makes it that much more appealing.

Dimensions & Prices:

  • Tall green Lucia vase – R130; 28cm tall x 8cm in diameter
  • Yellow Lucia bowl – R60; 8cm tall x 13cm in diameter
  • Green Drostdy vase – R140; 22cm tall x 19cm in diameter

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Retro Drostdy Dinner Service – SOLD

25 Aug

Retro Drostdy dinner service

Retro Drostdy dinner service

This dinner service has got me well confused! The pattern looks quite seriously ’80s to me (something that I’m willing to forgive because I love the shape of the dishes and the red detail around the rim of the plates), but I didn’t think that Drostdy pottery survived into the 1980s, plus the telephone number on the box is only five digits long – I ‘m pretty sure the telephone numbers in South Africa were six digits (changing to seven) in the ’80s? But even if it is only 30 or so years old, it’s remarkable that it’s still sitting in its box unused! Sadly one of the saucers was broken when I took everything out of the box, but otherwise the set is in absolutely mint condition! I’m not sure that I love the shape of the teacups, but the design of the rest of the set is just fantastic! I particularly like the way that the plates are slightly upturned, and as I said, that red rim is a really nice touch!

A wonderful and pretty unusual dinner service from one of South Africa’s most famous pottery houses.

Price: R320 for the set (19 pieces in total)

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Collection of Ceramic Animals – SOLD

22 Apr

Collection of ceramic animals

Collection of ceramic animals

I have to admit, my brother’s definitely had an influence on my taste over the years, and some might say not necessarily for the better! But while I’ve inherited a bit of a penchant for ceramic animals,I like to think that my taste is somewhat more refined than my brother, who collects all manner of crazy figurines (sorry Mache!). With the exception of the green rabbit, which is quite naive in design (and I suspect quite modern), the rest of the animals have a certain grace to them. I bought the ellies and the lovely Drostdy penguin from a deceased estate, so I suspect that they’re fairly old – in fact Drostdy potteries hasn’t been around for at least 50 years, so that gives you an idea of the age. I love the way that the glaze has been used to shade the penguin and the elephants, and I especially like the yellow elephant tusks, which seem to make the ellies seems a bit more contemporary than they really are.

I know that these figurines aren’t for everyone, but if you have wondered over to the dark side then perhaps you’ll see the bizarre beauty that my brother and I see too!

Dimensions & Prices:

  • Drostdy penguin – R75; 9.5cm tall x 5cm wide
  • Green rabbit – R45; 10cm tall x 6cm wide
  • English elephants – R90 each; 9.5cm tall x 5cm wide x 18cm long

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Pair of Small Drostdy Bowls – SOLD

21 Nov

Pair of Drostdy bowls with lids

Pair of Drostdy bowls with lids

I’m not sure, but I think that these little lidded bowls were originally intended for soup, but I suppose that you could use them for anything really! They’d be great for dips or small side dishes, or perhaps even single lasagne servings? They were made by the South African pottery house, Drostdy, and I’d guess are in the region of 50 or so years old. The yellow dish is starting to show its age, with some crazing on the inside of the bowl, as well as a faint mark on the lid, but given their age they’re not doing too badly.

A sweet pair that are sure to prove handy in the kitchen.

Dimensions: Each bowl measures 11cm tall (with lid on) x 11cm in diameter

Price: R90 for the pair

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Drostdy Teapot – SOLD

7 Nov

Vintage Drostdy teapot

Vintage Drostdy teapot

This is a very simple teapot, but with a  lovely shape and a rather unusual black glaze. It’s always nice to come across vintage SA pottery – there’s not a massive amount of it out there, so I tend to buy Drostdy and Lucia Ware whenever I see it for sale. There are some slight scratches to the glossy black glaze, but otherwise this Drostdy teapot (presumably dating to around the 1950s) is in pretty good nick.

A nice functional bit of SA history that would make a lovely gift for a collector of Drostdy pottery.

Dimensions: 16cm tall x 10cm in diameter (at its widest)

Price: R110

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Small Drostdy Vase – SOLD

11 Sep

Small Drostdy boat vase

Small Drostdy boat vase

I’ve had to sellotape the original Grahamstown Potteries label onto the bottom of this Drostdy vase (it was hanging on by a thread when I bought it), but I loved the fact that it still had its label, so I couldn’t bare to throw it away! The vase, which has the most elegant shape, is in mint condition, with no real signs of wear. A lovely piece for any collector of South African pottery.

Dimensions: 28cm long x 10cm wide x 10cm tall

Price: R110

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