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Retro Serving Platters – SOLD

31 Jul

Collection of retro serving platters

Collection of retro serving platters

In addition to collecting plates for our wedding I was also crazy enough to decide that we needed our own serving dishes too – goodness knows why, it probably would have been much cheaper ( and a lot less work!) if we’d just hired them! And as result we have a dozen or so (ok, maybe a few more) platters cluttering up the kitchen! So I thought it was about time that I parted with some of them. Because we needed so many I couldn’t afford to buy platters that were in perfect nick, so most of them have a few marks here and there, but once you cover them with food the wear isn’t that noticeable – especially when you have all the excitement of a wedding or party to compete with! My favourite of this lot is definitely the Jessie Tait (Midwinter) ‘Quite Contrary’ platter – I’ve always loved this pattern – but all three of them are quite lovely!

Dimensions & Prices:

  • Midwinter ‘Quite Contrary’ – R130; 35cm long x 28cm wide
  • Broadhurst ‘Hawaii’ – R110; 33cm long x 26cm wide
  • Broadhurst ‘Bamboo’ – R110; 33cm long x 26cm wide

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1950s Midwinter Casserole Dish – SOLD

11 Jul

Midwinter 'Quite Contrary' casserole dish

Midwinter ‘Quite Contrary’ casserole dish

Designed in the late ’50s by one of the UK’s most famous female designers, this Jessie Tait Midwinter casserole dish is just fantastic! I’ve been eying it out for some time now, but I had to wait for it to go on sale before I could even contemplate it! Patience paid off though, and this wonderful casserole dish is now mine, all mine – until one of you lot (hopefully) takes it off my hands! The pattern is called ‘Quite Contrary’ (isn’t that just wonderful?!), and was designed in 1957 as part of Midwinter’s Fashion series. The underside of the lid has a bit of stained crazing, but other than that the dish seems to be fairly clean – especially when you think about the fact that it’s nearly 60 years old!

Dimensions: 10m tall x 22cm in diameter

Price: R250

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Midwinter Modern Teacups and Saucers – SOLD

14 Apr

Midwinter Modern teacups & saucers

Midwinter Modern teacups & saucers

I think have a bit of a crush on Jessie Tait! Really, the woman was supremely talented! Designed in the 1950s for Midwinter, the Quite Contrary pattern is quite delightful! Sadly there’s a bit of wear to the saucers, with one of them having a slight chip on the underside and the crazy pink, blue and black design somewhat faded in places – but it’s still a very striking set – plus the cups seems to be in almost perfect condition.

A most wonderful set of 1950s cups and saucers from one of my very favourite mid-century designers!

Note: This exact set sold on ebay for 41 quid – that’s just over R700!

Dimensions: Cups – 7.5cm in diameter x 6cm tall; Saucers – 12cm in diameter

Price: R240 for the set

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Midwinter Soup Bowls – SOLD

9 Apr

Set of 4 Midwinter soup bowls

Set of 4 Midwinter soup bowls

These Midwinter soup bowls have great credentials! The pattern, Spanish Garden, was designed by the legendary Jessie Tait in 1966, and the Fine shape, was designed by the Marquis of Queensbury in 1960 – it all sounds very impressive doesn’t it? I don’t really know anything about the dear old Marquis, but Jessie Tait is one of my very favourite designers – I’m yet to see something by her that I’m not head over heels in love with! Sadly two of the soup bowls have a bit of staining, but they’re still perfectly functional, and the wear’s not that noticeable that it jumps out at you.

A lovely set of rather striking bowls that are sure to come in handy with winter making its slow approach.

Dimensions: Each bowl measures 11cm in diameter x 5.5cm deep

Price: R130 for the set of 4 bowls

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Set of Midwinter Cups and Saucers – SOLD

24 May

Set of 6 Midwinter Alpine Blue cups & saucers

Set of 6 Midwinter Alpine Blue cups & saucers

Can you see now why I’m such a big fan of Jessie Tait? This is another fabulous design by Ms Tait for Midwinter – very striking, but also very different to the Ming Tree pattern that I featured yesterday. I think that this design is probably a bit later – most sites date it to the 1960s, but looking at the style of the cups and saucers I’d guess that it must have been the late ’60s – the shape has a definite ’70s feel to it. A great set in excellent condition for the most part – there is a bit of wear to the milk jug. A fantastic design that still packs a punch some forty years later!

P.S. A single Alpine Blue trio is selling on Etsy for $20 and a lone milk jug is for sale in the UK for 18 quid!

Dimensions: Cups – 7cm tall x 7cmin diameter; Saucers – 14.5cm in diameter; Milk jug – 7cm tall x 8cm in diameter; Sugar bowl – 5.5cm tall x 8cm in diameter

Price: R230 for the set

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Pair of Midwinter Serving Dishes – SOLD

23 May

Pair of Midwinter 'Ming Tree' serving dishes

Pair of Midwinter ‘Ming Tree’ serving dishes

I’ve been after these 1950s serving dishes for quite some time, but they were just a bit out of my price range. But finally the other day the seller and I met in the middle, and while I still paid more for them than I normally would, I’m so glad that I got to take them home! They were manufactured by Midwinter (my favourite name in English pottery) and were designed by the fabulous Jessie Tait (my favourite English ceramic designer) and are in the famous Stylecraft shape (my favourite of the Midwinter shapes) – need I say more?! And while there’s some wear to the dishes (see pics under ‘more’) they’re not in bad condition for bowls that are nearly 60 years old. A beautiful pair of bowls by one of England’s most respected names in pottery.

Dimensions: Each dish measures 22cm wide x 22cm long x 11cm tall (with lid on)

Price: R170 each

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