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Val St Lambert

Val St Lambert

I've recently been searching around for more information on the Belgian glass factory Val St Lambert. There's plenty of information on post 1940's designs -  the 1900's was the  factory's heyday, leading the world throughout both Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods with stunning  luxury cut glassware. However, when looking for post-war, midcentury styles - there's little to be found. Over the years, I've always been attracted to Val St Lambert pieces - They are quite distinctive to identify (which is quite rare in modernist glass!) The common attribute to most pieces is the heavy weight - pick a piece...

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Carstens - West German Ceramics

Carstens - West German Ceramics

Carstens  was a  West German ceramic company from 1945 -84.  Some of our favourite pieces and designs come from this manufacturer. So, here's just a little bit of information about them to help you identify and learn a little more...Most of the shapes and designs were made by Trude Carstens - the artistic director (until 1965). They were a successful company, with their peak from the 50s-70s. Generally, pieces are very good quality -and I think come in some very stylish and brave forms and glazes. To ID - turn over the item and you'll see a reddish clay around ...

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Retro Tile Love

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Retro Tile Love

    Some of you may already know...I have a thing about tiles from the 1950-70s. I've started to collect them and one day I hope to have a white tiled kitchen, with my beautiful collection of retro tiles randomly placed throughout. Decorative Tiles are a wonderful fusion of art and manufacture -  I suppose the tile's heyday, especially in Britain, was the Victorian era - from grand Gothic buildings with decadent tiled floor to ceiling walls, to the every day home featuring tiled fireplace surrounds.  You only have to look around you, from London tube stations to pre 1930's...

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Reviving Vintage Furniture

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Reviving Vintage Furniture

I thought I'd let you all into one of my best vintage secrets...an amazing potion that cleans and revives vintage wood. From antique mahogany to 1960s teak, this recipe works wonders and often fixes a piece of furniture you'd think would need a professional polish. I use this on all furniture and also wooden bowls, cheeseboards...in fact any real wood with a little wear should appreciate this make over. First up, wash, rinse & keep your plastic washing up bottle next time it finishes.  The ingredients you need to buy are as follows - Methylated Spirits, Pure Turpentine (it's important...

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Marvellous Midwinter

Jessie Tait Midwinter

Marvellous Midwinter

Even though I've been hunting and searching through antique fairs for years - I still love the fact that I can discover new things each and every time...this week, I found the most beautiful Midwinter Pottery pattern that I'd never seen before and it prompted me to delve into my Midwinter Book and decided to share with you my favourite patterns and shapes. A Potted (hah!) history....founded in 1910 by none other than Mr W.R Midwinter and grew selling sanitary ware and white basic tableware pre 2nd war. Roy Midwinter (the progressive modern son) took over in the 50's and...

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