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Mid Century Menagerie

December 18, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

I realised whilst tidying up the other day, that we seem to have a number of animals from the middle of last century… here are just four of them……

First up is this beautiful green plastic elephant. Designed by Luigi Colani for the German Bank Dresdners in the 1960s, these money boxes are something of a design icon, and are becoming increasingly sort after.

Originally made in several sizes (ours is a large one I think) in green, yellow and orange plastic, these “Drumbo’s” were given out to kids who opened savings accounts in the 1960’s and 70’s throughout Germany.

Next up is this ceramic bull who was created by the Celtic Studios,  near Penzance and also dates from the 1960’s. He was designed by Bill and Maggie Fisher and is part of what’s known as the “Folk” Range.

He’s a strange thing, a mix of soft rounded pottery curves, decorated with spiky black shapes and orange sploshes..  we like him though, or maybe its a she with those big eye lashes.

Next we have one of our two wonderful glass fishes. This is the smaller of the two and may or may not have been made in the 1950’s by the Italian glass blowing studios at Murano, near Venice.

These once derided ornaments were made in their 100’s of thousands throughout the 1950’s and 60’s and the interweb is full of “is it Murano, or isn’t it Murano”. Quite frankly I couldn’t give two figs. The fish shown here is full of beautiful swirling colours and is in perfect health… and that’s more than enough for us.

And last but not least we have this glass paperweight owl.

I’m afraid I know very little about this tactile and surprisingly heavy object. A quick look through Google images suggests that he might have been made by either Wedgwood in the 1970’s or Langham’s Glass in the 1980’s.

Either way, he sits proudly on the window cill keeping a watchful eye on all his friends….

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