Once in a while I post some horrible collectibles, which my friend Christine and I use in our office. It started with one single piece – no this isn’t correct. There are three pieces (cup, saucer and plate), which form a matching set. The German term for this sort of ugliness is "Sammeltasse". They were very popular - mostly in Germany - during the 1950s and 1960s. Popular gifts and collectibles among the working and middle class.
It was unusual to have two matching sets. I only got to sets twice and I have a couple of sets in different colors. This summer I met a mother and her two daughters on a flea market. They wanted to sell a Sammeltasse. I asked for the price and I was shocked to hear they have six equal sets. They wanted to sell all of them at once. Ugly and boring?! I think it very important to present different ugly sets to start an interesting and special conversation. I really hope, they found someone, who bought all of them.
But back to the "single piece". I bought it for Christine, who is arranging and photographing the most beautiful stills. Some of her photographs are like Netherlandish still life paintings around 1600. A colleague once asked her, if she painted it (she actually could paint in this style too ...) – he didn’t recognize it as a photograph. I thought, a Sammeltasse would be a nice addition to her pictures too. Meanwhile I bought at flea markets and charity sales around 100 different sets. Sadly she didn’t photograph them at all - so you have to live with my poorly done pictures! But I used one of her still lifes as a background - therefore is a good photography is in the background. At least we use the sets in our office. If you want to know, why I posted it, because Antonio became careless and wrote something about "well crafted and so fine" ...
Maybe I should rent them to people for vintage parties?