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Portmeirion Tivoli

This beautifully graphic pattern consisting of bold geometric shapes is “Tivoli”, designed by Susan Williams-Ellis for Portmeirion in 1964. It was created on the  striking “Serif” shape like many others by Ellis in the 1960s. The name “Tivoli” is a reference to the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, which inspired Ellis to create this pattern.

The design came in 2 colour schemes – chocolate brown and turquoise, and an olive green and turquoise. Originally the design was created in brighter colours – pink/blue and violet/grey/red – but Ellis was persuaded to go with the more subtle colour schemes.

Pictured is a storage jar from the series with its original lid – often now seen with cork lids.

Only in production for a few years as apparently it was not as successful as some of the other designs from Portmerion in the same era – although hard to see why!

Portmeirion Tivoli

Portmeirion Tivoli

Portmeirion Tivoli

Portmeirion Tivoli

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Figgjo Norway, Heliotrope, Turi Gramstad Oliver

This fabulous design is “Heliotrope”, another of Turi Gramstad Oliver’s striking designs. This series was only in production from 1970-1975 and is now quite hard to find.

A lot of the web resources for identifying and dating Figgjo output seem to have vanished over the past few years, but fortunately I was able to locate a list of a number of designs by Turi on a Norwegian Online Museum website here

I love the bold strong colours of this design, especially that of the sun and large flower – but also the layout and organisation of the design. You can almost smell spring in the air looking at this design. It is said to be Turi’s favourite design amongst the many she produced.

The design is placed on the same ceramic forms as most of the other Figgjo designs from the 1960s and 1970s like Lotte, Market etc which were all designed by Jorg Løve Nielsen

Figgjo Heliotrope - Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Heliotrope – Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Heliotrope - Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Heliotrope – Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Heliotrope - Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Heliotrope – Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Heliotrope - Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Heliotrope – Turi Gramstad Oliver (pattern slightly worn at arm)

Figgjo Heliotrope - Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Heliotrope – Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Heliotrope - Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Heliotrope – Turi Gramstad Oliver

Beswick Art Deco Vases

Beswick pottery operated in the U.K. from 1892 until 1969 when it was sold to Doulton, and the factory was eventually closed in 2002. Beswick is mainly known for its high quality porcelain figurines and collectables such as the Beatrix Potter characters, Disney characters, Horses and other animals.

They produced also produced some fabulous vases in the Art Deco era c1920s and 1930s, in addition to the striking modernist pieces they produced in the 1950s and 1960s including some outstanding designs by Colin Melbourne.

Recently I came across the very impressive Art Deco era vase pictured below by Beswick. It’s quite a tall piece at around 23cm and with quite lovely colours typical of their output at the time. The sweeping angular handle, streamlined form and spout with its defined ridges are typical Art Deco elements, but also have a lot in common with the “Futurist” style of the early 20th Century.

Beswick Art Deco Era Vase

Beswick Art Deco Era Vase

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