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OBJEKT I Mark Hill Catalogue April 2020

Dealers reaching out with new ways to sell in the Corona Crisis Part 1


 

Mark Hill is an expert on the BBC ‘Antiques Roadshow’ and has presented

four primetime series on antiques, collecting, and interiors for BBC2.

He began his career at Bonhams, and then became a Specialist at Sotheby’s

before working with an internet company where he founded and ran

a ground-breaking alliance with eBay Live Auctions. As well as being the

co-author of the annual, internationally-published ‘Collectables Price Guide’

with Judith Miller from 2003-17, he has researched, written, and published

twelve books on 20th century design and decorative arts.

A Freeman of the City of London, he is an Accredited Lecturer

of The Arts Society and lectures across the world.

 

ANF: With that illustrious CV to his credit Mark has also used his extensive knowlege and beady collector's eye to amass a very large personal collection of esoteric objects which he is now willing to thin out in his personal response to Life in the Time of Corona.  As with the majority of the trade, survival tactics are in order and Mark has produced the first of a series of catalogues which please academics of the field as much as buyers of some rather affordable and remarkable objects.


Antiques News & Fairs - Mark Hill Objekt

MARK HILL

OBJEKT is a free e-catalogue written and published by me. It contains 20 different objects for sale that have been taken from my stock or private collection. Prices will start at under £100 and always aim to be affordable. As fairs and shows have been cancelled due to the Corona virus, this is a way for you to browse curated items I have for sale – I hope you will find it interesting.

These objects are mainly 20th century design, including glass, ceramics and metalware, but there’ll be a couple of objects from other centuries – just because they caught my eye or captured my mind in some way. Each object will be accompanied by some pithily-written text that explains the story behind it, and why I like it.

If you subscribe to my newsletter or follow me on social media, you get to see the latest issue and its contents first. You’ll have an exclusive 14 day period to browse and buy from the date of publication. After 14 days, I’ll post whatever is left unsold on my website and make it available to the general public. Don’t let something you love get away!

I’ll publish a new issue of OBJEKT every other month or so. The first issue was published on 8 April 2020 amidst the Corona virus ‘self-isolation’ period.

OBJEKT is published as a downloadable .pdf, and can be viewed easily on a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. Click on the Download button below to download a copy. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to buy something. I hope you enjoy the read!

 

As I write, we’re in the midst of ‘self-isolation’ a term coined this year to save

lives. I decided to produce this e-catalogue to (hopefully!) sell some of my

stock, and also to give you something to read that I hope you’ll find interesting.

In each issue, I’ll be selecting 20 objects from my stock or my private

collection and offering them for sale. Prices will start at under £100, with most

in the low to mid–hundreds of pounds. Payment and postage and packing

information is on the right hand page but, in all instances, please do contact

me if you have any questions or want to make an offer.


The pieces in this issue are focused on affordability, with readable and accurate

cataloguing that reveals the story behind each ‘objekt’. I’d like to thank Mike

& Debby Moir and Robert Bevan Jones for information that I’ve used in

cataloguing a couple of the pieces in this issue. Many of the pieces here could

form the backbone of any collection, or look great as a stand-alone piece. In

every instance, I believe that the piece is appealing and the story is interesting.

OBJEKT will be sent out to my mailing list and social media followers first, and

you will have an exclusive period of 14 days from 8 April 2020 to buy any

item. Simply send an email to books@markhillpublishing.com, or give me a call

on the number below.


Thereafter, any items that haven’t yet sold will be posted on my own website,

markhill.net, Mark Hill and BADA bada.org, the website of the British Antiques Dealers

Association, of which I am a member. If you’ve been sent this issue by a friend,

to receive OBJEKT yourself, please sign up to my mailing list here to receive

future issues and my newsletters.


A preview of 4 objects chosen by ANF:

 

Antiques News & Fairs - Mark Hill Objekt

 

A RARE CHLUM U TREBONE GLASS ‘VASE OBJECT’ DESIGNED BY PAVEL HLAVA


19.5cm high, 18cm wide - Price £1,200

Pavel Hlava’s (1924-2003) sculptural vases and ‘vase objects’ with internal protrusions are legendary within the lexicon of postwar Czech glass design. They are made from heat-sensitive glass, known as ‘Garnet’ at Chlum U Trebone (Cesky Cristal). Colloidal gold is added to the colourless glass batch, which adds a warm golden yellow colour.

When it is re-heated, the longer it is re-heated for and the stronger the heat, the colour changes from yellow to amber to orange to a fiery red. The protrusions make use of this heat–sensitive nature of the glass, and also question interior space, exterior form and functionality.

The shaped and graduated body of this early 1970s example works with the strong red columnar protrusion to create an interesting optical effect. Although sometimes produced ina series, each piece is unique as it was handmade, typically by Hlava himself, or under his direct guidance. This example is scruffily signed on the base by Hlava with a diamond  point ‘P Hlava Czechoslovakia’. On a lighter note, this always reminds me of the control column in the Tardis!


 

Antiques News & Fairs - Mark Hill Objekt

 

 

 

A RARE EARLY 1960s BITOSSI ‘SETA’ SMALL VASE

DESIGNED BY ALDO LONDI


18.5cm high, 7.4cm wide Price £110

Before the iconic ‘Rimini Blu’, designed in 1960, dominated production and sales at Bitossi, the widest range their designer Aldo Londi (1911–2013) produced was for ‘Seta’. Designed from 1957 onwards, the name means silk in Italian. Seta is characterised by sgraffito decoration, simple patterns in bright colours, and gilt details on an earthy ground.

This small vase is typical of the range, with its alternating bands of a brown and white grid and gilt swirls. The glossy orange neck roots it firmly in the 1960s. Like so much Italian pottery of this period, Seta pieces are usually damaged, with chips on the body or foot. This example is in excellent condition noting some small areas of wear to the gilding on the rim.

The base is marked ‘V•112/18 ITALY’, which are typical Bitossi export marks. I acquired this vase in the US, where many of the best, largest, and most unusual examples of Bitossi ceramics were sent. Until now, it has been in my private collection.


Antiques News & Fairs - Mark Hill Objekt


 A RUSCHA STRIPED RARE FLOWER GLOBE

10cm high, 9.5cm wide. Price £55.00

 

 

 

In West German Pottery from the 1950s-70s, Ruscha are a legendary name. Founded in 1905, the company employed many of the most talented designers and glaze technicians to come up with many forms and decors that are highly sought–after by collectors today.

This appealing decor is possibly a variant of ‘Zebra’, designed in 1968 by the notable Cilli Wörsdörfer. If not, it will date from the late 1950s or early 1960s, as the form number dates to the mid to late 1950s.

This form is extremely rare, probably because it is not immediately practical. However, I can assure you that it looks fantastic with some unusual shaped flowers or grasses! The base is impressed with the shape number ‘841’ and the size number ‘1. Further painted marks reinforce the shape number, and ‘Handgemalt’ indicates that it was decorated by hand.

I love the proportional form and its futuristic looks - it’s been in my private collection for years. The Death Star meets mid–century modern ceramics!

 

 

Antiques News & Fairs - Mark Hill Objekt

 

 

 


A VICTORIAN TERRACOTTA WATER COOLER


23 cm high, 13.5cm wide Price £35.00


I’ve always felt rather sorry for these Victorian terracotta water coolers, or water decanters. I think they’re rather lovely objects. I’m fond of the balanced and proportional form, and the strong browny-red of terracotta contrasted against the yellow and teal green. I also like the detailed, angular Greek Key pattern contrasted against the plain body. It all just works for me!

A number of potteries made these in the late 19th century, including Watcombe in Torquay, who employed the notable designer Dr Christopher Dresser. I don’t know who made this one, but I’d be happy to say ‘attributed to Watcombe’, due to the form and the pattern of the transfer-printed band. The body and the transfer each have a nick from production, and the base has been covered with some material, which has been removed, but these are trifling issues and it’s still very handsome.

And if you don’t wish to pour cooled water from it when you’re dining, you can just shove (or neatly arrange) a bunch of flowers in it. I’ve been using it as a vase for years.


To download your free copy of the April catalogue click here:  Mark Hill OBJEKT

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AN AMAZING HUNGARIAN RAM JARDINIÈRE

DESIGNED BY GEZA GORKA

 

A VICTORIAN TERRACOTTA WATER COOLER

 

A RORSTRAND SMALL DISH WITH A MICRO–CRYSTALLINE

GLAZE, DESIGNED BY GUNNAR NYLUND

 

A RUSCHA STRIPED RARE FLOWER GLOBE



News & Fairs Previews

OBJEKT I Mark Hill Catalogue April 2020

Dealers reaching out with new ways to sell in the Corona Crisis Part 1


 

Mark Hill is an expert on the BBC ‘Antiques Roadshow’ and has presented

four primetime series on antiques, collecting, and interiors for BBC2.

He began his career at Bonhams, and then became a Specialist at Sotheby’s

before working with an internet company where he founded and ran

a ground-breaking alliance with eBay Live Auctions. As well as being the

co-author of the annual, internationally-published ‘Collectables Price Guide’

with Judith Miller from 2003-17, he has researched, written, and published

twelve books on 20th century design and decorative arts.

A Freeman of the City of London, he is an Accredited Lecturer

of The Arts Society and lectures across the world.

 

ANF: With that illustrious CV to his credit Mark has also used his extensive knowlege and beady collector's eye to amass a very large personal collection of esoteric objects which he is now willing to thin out in his personal response to Life in the Time of Corona.  As with the majority of the trade, survival tactics are in order and Mark has produced the first of a series of catalogues which please academics of the field as much as buyers of some rather affordable and remarkable objects.


Antiques News & Fairs - Mark Hill Objekt

MARK HILL

OBJEKT is a free e-catalogue written and published by me. It contains 20 different objects for sale that have been taken from my stock or private collection. Prices will start at under £100 and always aim to be affordable. As fairs and shows have been cancelled due to the Corona virus, this is a way for you to browse curated items I have for sale – I hope you will find it interesting.

These objects are mainly 20th century design, including glass, ceramics and metalware, but there’ll be a couple of objects from other centuries – just because they caught my eye or captured my mind in some way. Each object will be accompanied by some pithily-written text that explains the story behind it, and why I like it.

If you subscribe to my newsletter or follow me on social media, you get to see the latest issue and its contents first. You’ll have an exclusive 14 day period to browse and buy from the date of publication. After 14 days, I’ll post whatever is left unsold on my website and make it available to the general public. Don’t let something you love get away!

I’ll publish a new issue of OBJEKT every other month or so. The first issue was published on 8 April 2020 amidst the Corona virus ‘self-isolation’ period.

OBJEKT is published as a downloadable .pdf, and can be viewed easily on a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. Click on the Download button below to download a copy. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to buy something. I hope you enjoy the read!

 

As I write, we’re in the midst of ‘self-isolation’ a term coined this year to save

lives. I decided to produce this e-catalogue to (hopefully!) sell some of my

stock, and also to give you something to read that I hope you’ll find interesting.

In each issue, I’ll be selecting 20 objects from my stock or my private

collection and offering them for sale. Prices will start at under £100, with most

in the low to mid–hundreds of pounds. Payment and postage and packing

information is on the right hand page but, in all instances, please do contact

me if you have any questions or want to make an offer.


The pieces in this issue are focused on affordability, with readable and accurate

cataloguing that reveals the story behind each ‘objekt’. I’d like to thank Mike

& Debby Moir and Robert Bevan Jones for information that I’ve used in

cataloguing a couple of the pieces in this issue. Many of the pieces here could

form the backbone of any collection, or look great as a stand-alone piece. In

every instance, I believe that the piece is appealing and the story is interesting.

OBJEKT will be sent out to my mailing list and social media followers first, and

you will have an exclusive period of 14 days from 8 April 2020 to buy any

item. Simply send an email to books@markhillpublishing.com, or give me a call

on the number below.


Thereafter, any items that haven’t yet sold will be posted on my own website,

markhill.net, Mark Hill and BADA bada.org, the website of the British Antiques Dealers

Association, of which I am a member. If you’ve been sent this issue by a friend,

to receive OBJEKT yourself, please sign up to my mailing list here to receive

future issues and my newsletters.


A preview of 4 objects chosen by ANF:

 

Antiques News & Fairs - Mark Hill Objekt

 

A RARE CHLUM U TREBONE GLASS ‘VASE OBJECT’ DESIGNED BY PAVEL HLAVA


19.5cm high, 18cm wide - Price £1,200

Pavel Hlava’s (1924-2003) sculptural vases and ‘vase objects’ with internal protrusions are legendary within the lexicon of postwar Czech glass design. They are made from heat-sensitive glass, known as ‘Garnet’ at Chlum U Trebone (Cesky Cristal). Colloidal gold is added to the colourless glass batch, which adds a warm golden yellow colour.

When it is re-heated, the longer it is re-heated for and the stronger the heat, the colour changes from yellow to amber to orange to a fiery red. The protrusions make use of this heat–sensitive nature of the glass, and also question interior space, exterior form and functionality.

The shaped and graduated body of this early 1970s example works with the strong red columnar protrusion to create an interesting optical effect. Although sometimes produced ina series, each piece is unique as it was handmade, typically by Hlava himself, or under his direct guidance. This example is scruffily signed on the base by Hlava with a diamond  point ‘P Hlava Czechoslovakia’. On a lighter note, this always reminds me of the control column in the Tardis!


 

Antiques News & Fairs - Mark Hill Objekt

 

 

 

A RARE EARLY 1960s BITOSSI ‘SETA’ SMALL VASE

DESIGNED BY ALDO LONDI


18.5cm high, 7.4cm wide Price £110

Before the iconic ‘Rimini Blu’, designed in 1960, dominated production and sales at Bitossi, the widest range their designer Aldo Londi (1911–2013) produced was for ‘Seta’. Designed from 1957 onwards, the name means silk in Italian. Seta is characterised by sgraffito decoration, simple patterns in bright colours, and gilt details on an earthy ground.

This small vase is typical of the range, with its alternating bands of a brown and white grid and gilt swirls. The glossy orange neck roots it firmly in the 1960s. Like so much Italian pottery of this period, Seta pieces are usually damaged, with chips on the body or foot. This example is in excellent condition noting some small areas of wear to the gilding on the rim.

The base is marked ‘V•112/18 ITALY’, which are typical Bitossi export marks. I acquired this vase in the US, where many of the best, largest, and most unusual examples of Bitossi ceramics were sent. Until now, it has been in my private collection.


Antiques News & Fairs - Mark Hill Objekt


 A RUSCHA STRIPED RARE FLOWER GLOBE

10cm high, 9.5cm wide. Price £55.00

 

 

 

In West German Pottery from the 1950s-70s, Ruscha are a legendary name. Founded in 1905, the company employed many of the most talented designers and glaze technicians to come up with many forms and decors that are highly sought–after by collectors today.

This appealing decor is possibly a variant of ‘Zebra’, designed in 1968 by the notable Cilli Wörsdörfer. If not, it will date from the late 1950s or early 1960s, as the form number dates to the mid to late 1950s.

This form is extremely rare, probably because it is not immediately practical. However, I can assure you that it looks fantastic with some unusual shaped flowers or grasses! The base is impressed with the shape number ‘841’ and the size number ‘1. Further painted marks reinforce the shape number, and ‘Handgemalt’ indicates that it was decorated by hand.

I love the proportional form and its futuristic looks - it’s been in my private collection for years. The Death Star meets mid–century modern ceramics!

 

 

Antiques News & Fairs - Mark Hill Objekt

 

 

 


A VICTORIAN TERRACOTTA WATER COOLER


23 cm high, 13.5cm wide Price £35.00


I’ve always felt rather sorry for these Victorian terracotta water coolers, or water decanters. I think they’re rather lovely objects. I’m fond of the balanced and proportional form, and the strong browny-red of terracotta contrasted against the yellow and teal green. I also like the detailed, angular Greek Key pattern contrasted against the plain body. It all just works for me!

A number of potteries made these in the late 19th century, including Watcombe in Torquay, who employed the notable designer Dr Christopher Dresser. I don’t know who made this one, but I’d be happy to say ‘attributed to Watcombe’, due to the form and the pattern of the transfer-printed band. The body and the transfer each have a nick from production, and the base has been covered with some material, which has been removed, but these are trifling issues and it’s still very handsome.

And if you don’t wish to pour cooled water from it when you’re dining, you can just shove (or neatly arrange) a bunch of flowers in it. I’ve been using it as a vase for years.


To download your free copy of the April catalogue click here:  Mark Hill OBJEKT

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AN AMAZING HUNGARIAN RAM JARDINIÈRE

DESIGNED BY GEZA GORKA

 

A VICTORIAN TERRACOTTA WATER COOLER

 

A RORSTRAND SMALL DISH WITH A MICRO–CRYSTALLINE

GLAZE, DESIGNED BY GUNNAR NYLUND

 

A RUSCHA STRIPED RARE FLOWER GLOBE