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Midwinter Kismet

The very impressive decorative pattern on this Midwinter trio is “Kismet”, in production from 1968-1974. The design reflects so well the time in which it was designed – the late 1960s. This was a time of interest in all things Indian, spirituality, batik, psychedelia and The Beatles – amongst other things. It is such a joyful pattern.

The pattern was designed by Joti Bhowmik, who also designed a variation of this design in blue, purple, green and mustard called “Bengal” which was in production from 1968-1970. I haven’t been able to find out any more about Joti Bhowmik unfortunately, and cant find any other patterns them other than Kismet and Bengal.

The forms on which the designs appear are of course the very popular “fine shape” which was designed by the Marquis (David) Queensberry and Roy Midwinter in 1962, and introduced to the market a much stronger and durable ceramic with brighter colours, on a simpler and more modern, functional and streamlined profile.

Midwinter Kismet

Midwinter Kismet

 

Midwinter Kismet

Midwinter Kismet

Midwinter Kismet

Midwinter Kismet

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Carlton Ware Wellington

This very space age looking design is from 1971. It is a design called “Wellington”, and is by Carlton Ware, Stoke-on-Trent, England – a maker normally associated with quite traditional wares.

It was released in a very large range of colours and often with floral patterns, as both dinnerware items and decor items.

The frequent use of floral patterns and “earthy” colours with this smart design seems a quite an incongruous pairing, as florals are not normally something you would associate with “space age design”…… these days anyway.

However this sort of combination could often be seen in the early 1970s – A period that saw simultaneously the revival of studio based craft practices, the “flower power” movement, and the emergence of cutting edge futuristic “space age” design. You can often see this often odd combination of styles in the home magazines of the 1970s.

The intense red glaze on the photo below via the NGV Melbourne is my pick of the best colour-way in this interesting series.

Carlton Ware Wellington

Carlton Ware Wellington, Photo via Etsy Shop “Keepsies”

Carlton Ware Wellington

Carlton Ware Wellington – Photo Ray Garrod

Carlton Ware Wellington

Carlton Ware Wellington – Photo Ray Garrod

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Bucka Nissen Denmark, Bregentved

The elegant and stylish pattern on this dinnerware matches the equally elegant and stylish forms it is placed on. It seems to have been a very popular pattern in its time as I have come across it quite often over the years. The soft pastel colours and stylish leaf motifs date it to  sometime in the 1950s.

The pattern is called “Bregentved”, and there was also a series of glassware made to match this design made by Lyngby Glassworks Denmark.

The pattern is on dinnerware from a company called Bucka & Nissen (Also spelled Bucha & Nissen) who was a wholesale dealer and distributor of glass and ceramics founded in 1849 in Germany, which opened also in Copenhagen in 1865. From 1865 the two branches of the company then operated as separate companies – the German one closing in 1937 and the Danish one closing in 1968.

It is not clear if the design was printed onto “blanks” from Eschenbach Bavaria, or simply a finished product over-stamped by Bucka & Nissen for sale in Denmark under the Bucka Nissen brand name. Either way it is a very smart and design with classic mid-century elements, on high quality German porcelain.

Bucka-Nissen Denmark "Bregentved"