New York was originally named "New Amsterdam" so I suppose it is only appropriate that I hauled in some Danish ceramics (plus a little metal owl sculpture). Here is Bubba casting his regal, pirate cat gaze over my booty and declaring that it meets his standards. Last plug: I'm on the Anderson Cooper Show Wednesday the 25th!
So I spent four days in the Big Apple (one to tape my TV appearance) and used a couple of hours from that time to hit the Thrift stores located around 23rd and 3rd in the Union Square/ Gramercy area. There was a Goodwill, Salvation Army, Housing Works, NYC Opera (or maybe Metropolitan Opera) all located on 23rd then there was a Jewish charity store called Vintage Thrift located around the corner on 3rd.
I also found a little tiny, disorganized and dirty ceramic store on 17th; there was no name, just an older lady sitting on a chair by the open door. That is where I found two square-ish bowls.
This is a Royal Copenhagen bowl made between 1969 and 1974. The shape comes from the Tenera range designed by Nils Thorsson. It's pretty small, only 4.25 inches square and one inch tall.
The pretty blue design was created by Marianne Johnson
I could date the bowl because there is a "bar" under the "G" in Copenhagen. The MJ is for Marianne Johnson, the numbers refer to the glaze and glaze colors and the writing to the right of the wavy lines is the painters signature.
This second bowl is from the Baca range, also designed by Nils Thorsson and also is dated to the 1969 to 1974 era. This bowl is a bit bigger- 6.5 inches square and 1.5 inches deep.
The design on the bowl was created by Johanne Gerber. I've seen some Vases in this pattern that are really striking!
Note the bar under the "G" in Copenhagen. The artist signature is the circle with the j and sideways g thingy.
I found this shallow oval dish/ bowl at the Vintage Thrift on 3rd.
Despite the fact that the Soholm stoneware company made a lot of pieces and existed until 1996, there is surprisingly little information available about pattern names, designers or artists.
The last thing I picked up was this cute little owl sculpture at the Housing Works thrift on 23rd.
It's only 6 inches tall, including the base
Check it out, it is made mostly of spoons!
It also has keys for feet
Try as I might, I could not find any info on this sculpture; I assume that the "Lima" on the underside of the base is Lima Peru.
Buying this stuff is a testimony to owning a piece of oversized, hard shell luggage- don't leave home without it!