Hi everyone. In the interest of time, I did the thrifting "group shot" instead of the nice-nice individual pics. It's great to do the blog on a weekly basis, but I'm starting to realize we're spending too much time on it and not enough actually work on the shop(s). May shift to twice a month instead... we'll see.
Starting on the left in front, an unusual looking red vase with black lines from Metzler & Ortloff. I hadn't known about this German company at all, but I got some help when I posted the mark to #thriftbreak on twitter. Company has been around a long time, but I believe this one is from the 60s-70s. I actually thought it was from Japan when I first saw it.
Right in back of that red vase is a simple stoneware vase - it's marked "Peterson 1979"... there's an initial in front of the Peterson that looks either like an "E" or a "J". I'd thought it might be Greta Peterson (Peterson Studios, did work for Jaru), but the style doesn't look like hers. Anyone have a clue? There's also a Susan Peterson who did stoneware and wrote a few books on ceramics, but it doesn't look like her sig.
I was so excited to find the Arabia Kaj Franck kitty pitcher in the wild. I've only found a single "cow" pitcher while thrifting, and we've been looking for a long time. Unfortunately, when I got home I realized it had a small hairline on the rim - so we may end up keeping it.
The tall green glass pitcher in the back is from IIttala in Finland. I'm not too sure on which line it is, but it has the IIttala sticker on it so I had to pick it up. It seems to be from Timo Sarpaneva's "I-Series" (I-Linja) line, though I'm not 100% on that - there's some conflicting info online so need to read up more on it. Some have it listed as being by Erkki Vesanto. (BTW, thanks to joeposch on #thriftbreak for the help and discussion on this).
The matte white op-art style vase to the right of it is also an unknown, though I'm pretty sure it's from West Germany. I was thinking either AK Kaiser, Hutschenreuther, Rosenthal or Schumann Arzberg. I haven't done the research yet, though it's interesting because all of those companies usually mark their wares, but this one has no marking other than a number.
To the right of the op-art vase is an unmarked enamel bowl I hoped was a Krenit. Having only ever found one other Krenit at a thrift, I'm not 100% sure though - the shape is not perfectly round and the edge seems a little wonky. The color seems right, though. At the thrift where I found it, a lady picked it up before me and turned it over before putting it down. I went "yoink" and snagged it before she could change her mind LOL...
The two "egg" ornament thingies in front are Arabia Finland pieces. I know I've seen these listed somewhere, but I can't seem to find the reference online. From the writing on them, I think the line is "Atelje"(?) and they're by Gunvor Olin-Gronkvist. Anyone know more?
I found yet another wooden Bojesen-style elephant at an estate. This one is significantly bigger and seems to be made of a different type of wood. I'm still curious what the story is on these things - pretty sure this one is a newer model though. The little owl in front of the elephant is another Roselane "Sparkler" piece - might've been distributed by Hagen-Renaker.
Lastly, I had a bit of buyer's remorse picking up the gigantic white bookends. They were unmarked but I recognized them instantly as being Jaru Art Products pieces. I've been trying not to pick up large heavy things, but certain pieces of Jaru can go for a surprising amount on Feebay - regardless of how "80s" they look, haha.
OK, probably see you in two weeks - happy thrifting!