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Sejer Keramik Denmark

Sejer Keramik was a small pottery located on the island of Funen Denmark.

They produced some impressive stoneware items in the 1960s -1970s. Other than that not much is known about the pottery at this stage. Their work wasnt that well known until recently, but over the past few years has been popping up on quite a few auction sites and Etsy.

I have had one piece of Sejer previously, the impressive “Brutalist” looking large matt stoneware bowl below.

They also produced some stunning lamps and lighting – 1 design which I’ve seen in person at an auction, and the others pictured below (after the page break)

Sejer Keramik Denmark

Sejer Keramik Denmark

Sejer Keramik Denmark

Sejer Keramik Denmark

Sejer Keramik Denmark

Sejer Keramik Denmark

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Modernist Mystery Bowl

A fantastic modernist design bowl with a striking abstract motif.

It is made from very fine porcelain, and beautifully hand painted – but as to the maker I’m stumped.

I’ve had this piece for several years and as yet haven’t been able to identify the maker.

To me it appears to be of Scandinavian origin. If you recognise the signature or style I would love to hear from you!

Modernist Bowl

Modernist Bowl

Modernist Bowl

Modernist Bowl

Modernist Bowl – mystery signature

Wedgwood Pennine

Wedgwood Pennine was a hugely popular oven-to-tableware dinner service in the 1960s and 1970s.

It has that very English “country rustic” look and feel about it – but unlike much other British dinnerware of the era was very tough and durable, and can still be found quite easily in excellent condition.

Pennine was produced from 1965-1971.

Wedgwood Pennine

Wedgwood Pennine Cup & Saucer

Wedgwood Pennine

Wedgwood Pennine Oatmeal or Soup Bowl

On the excellent Wedgwood Museum website I found the following history of the design…. Read more

Bjørre Norway

Bjørre Pottery was a shorted lived, but important Norwegian pottery started in 1945 by Gunnar Remen and ceramist Egil Bjørnholt. The name consists of Bjørre Björ from Bjørnholt and re from Remen.

I have only ever come across 1 lovely item by this pottery – a large green patterned bowl pictured below.

Bjorre Keramikk had about 13-15 employees, including 8-10 decorators.

Production at Bjørre consisted of utilitarian and ornamental wares such as urns, platters, vases and pitchers. Most of the designs were quite decorative with charming repeat patterns.

Gunnar Remen traveled around the country with images of the ware, and sales were so good they had to move to larger premises soon after starting.

Sadly the whole production was destroyed by contamination in the imported glaze, and the company had to close down operations in 1951.

There is a facebook group for Bjørre Keramik on facebook HERE where you can see a whole lot more of the fantastic designs.

There is also an archived blog HERE with some more information and historical photos by Pål Matisplassen

Bjorre Norway

Bjorre Norway

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Elle Keramikk, Norway

The Elle Keramikk AS studio/factory operated in Norway near Oslo between 1942 and 1967. They produced a wide variety of pottery, but have become best known for their beautifully decorated, patterned fajance pieces. I used to come across the odd piece from time to time, but haven’t in a very long time now.

If you want to learn more about this charming pottery, go to the blog Elle Keramikk ,written by Trond Rødli (you will need to use an online translater platform for English).

Trond’s website has a comprehensive amount of information from years of collecting Elle pieces. The information includes many of the signatures, labels and hundreds of wonderful examples of Elle Keramik from this distinctive Norwegian Pottery.

Below are a few examples I found on Etsy. I can not locate the few archived images I had some years ago.

Elle Norway

Elle Norway via “Coolect” on etsy

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Yamasan Japan, Large Ikebana Form

I recently came across this large, tri footed Ikebana vessel by Yamasan Japan. It is a very modernist and architectural looking piece with its sweeping lines and sweeping curves

Ikebana vessels by this maker I used to find frequently, but this is the first piece I have come across in about 5 years. (see my previous post in this maker HERE).

It’s also different from the textured glazes frequently seen by this maker as well – being a smooth satin, brown ochre colour with some nice details like the carved panels, and the contrasting clear light green colour on the inside.

Yamasan Japan, Ikebana Vessel

Yamasan Japan, Ikebana Vessel c1960s

Yamasan Japan, Ikebana Vessel c1960s

Yamasan Japan, Ikebana Vessel c1960s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fratelli Fanciullacci Freize Vase

This striking FF vase c1950s came into my hands recently. The piece features a band around the pot of stylised reclining nudes, in the style of ancient Roman friezes.

With each piece of pottery in this design the frieze was hand carved, making each piece different and unique. Other examples of this FF design can be seen in Mark Hill’s book “Alla Moda” on p118.

The frieze has been overpainted with a clear glaze, showing the natural flesh clay colour underneath.

The remainder of the surface is a cream coloured glaze with tightly incised sgraffito lines. Inside is a clear glaze on the naturally flesh coloured clay. It is about 25cm tall.

Fratelli Fanciullacci c1950s

Fratelli Fanciullacci c1950s

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Midwinter Queensberry

Midwinter “Queensberry” was the first a series of very popular striped patterns introduced by Midwinter (and many other manufacturers) in the early 1960s. It was in production 1962-1978 on the “Fine” Shape.

As suggested by the name, the pattern was designed by the Marquis (David) Queensberry – who also designed the forms of this series along with Roy Midwinter.

The design of Queensberry had smaller rims than other designs in this series, but was otherwise the same. Features of the Fine Shape series included stackable items and dual function pieces on straight sided forms.

The design consists of stripes of varying widths in olive, yellow ochre, grey and black.

The design reminds me of lines drawn with oil pastels or crayon – and works so well on these “Fine Series” forms. Although a transfer printed design, it has the appearance of being hand painted.

Midwinter Queensberry

Midwinter Queensberry

Midwinter Queensberry

Midwinter Queensberry

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