Eyesore or Eye-catcher

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue October. 15, 2018 1035 views

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?

No, it's not a mirror, it's one of Christine's still lifes!

No, it's not a mirror, it's one of Christine's still lifes!

My favorite - genuine 1950s ...

My favorite - genuine 1950s ...

A hound's-tooth pattern - have a close look at it and you will get crazy for free!

A hound's-tooth pattern - have a close look at it and you will get crazy for free!

Late 1960s or early 1970s - a hint of historic taste ...

Late 1960s or early 1970s - a hint of historic taste ...

Shortbread - if you want to know! Victoria's favorite "Dracula" set.

Shortbread - if you want to know! Victoria's favorite "Dracula" set.

Sometimes I like it complete tasteless.

Sometimes I like it complete tasteless.

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 1 month ago

Wonderful series! Her still life painting is strikingly beautiful. Your odd pieces work so well with her painting as agrinning+1 "backdrop"......

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 1 month ago

I rather find them to be eye-catchers rather than eye soars. Very unique! Your photos have also done them justice.. Btw you friend Christine has an amazing talent. Wish we could see more of her photos here smile

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 1 month ago

At least they can't be easily overseen. Yes, she is hiding her talent ... grinning

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David Swatton 1 year, 1 month ago

Well, that's a bit of a mixture. Some of them I actually like; #5 for example, but others are eye-wateringly awful... #1, #3... really? triumph

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to David Swatton 1 year, 1 month ago

The 1960s - the odd mixture of "tasteless new-rich" and "I'm a wannabe Princess" with too much gold! The cup has a larger foot, which always comes in gold.
The 1950s - less gold and more typical/fashionable patterns and colors. The foot of the cup is often white and somtimes has only a small rim of gold.
Damned archaeologist always have to sort things in chronological orders by patterns ... joy

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David Swatton Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 1 month ago

Bet you're a nightmare to visit a museum with... "I would have called that Sub-Mycenaean rather than Protogeometric! This museum doesn't know what it's doing!"confounded

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to David Swatton 1 year, 1 month ago

Exactly!!! joy

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Scribe 1 year, 1 month ago

This reminded me of the nursery rhyme, "Hey, diddle, diddle" by Mother Goose.

Hey, diddle, diddle,
Sistlau and her collectibles,
The Sammeltasse is still a boon;
The flea market laughed
to see such sport,
And Sistlau walked away with more opportunes heart eyes

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Scribe 1 year, 1 month ago

Exactly!!!

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Russell Smith 1 year, 1 month ago

Thank you for sharing this . It brought back memories of my Grandmother and Great Grandmother/s houses . They are quite beautiful to me even if they are a tad over the top for todays standards .

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 1 month ago

smile Oh, that's nice to hear! My mother told me, she once had have some too, but I can't remember it. Actually I never saw them in any household I knew. Most people I knew as a child and teen were either boring conservative or fashionable.
No wonder I feel at home at flea markets ... wink

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Russell Smith Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 1 month ago

No we do not need that or No what are you going to do that... are words I hear quite frequently when I go to a flea market lol.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 1 month ago

Oh yes, therefore I go alone ...smile

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 1 month ago

Some bring back flashes from my yought, we had some like these in our house and my grandparents amso. It came out only on sunday. Well sombody has to collect them.As a whole it is a nice series.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 1 month ago

I think most people want to get rid of them as soon as possible! smile

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 1 month ago

We did

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 1 month ago

SHI*** wink

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 1 month ago

I knew I was to blame. It happens all the time smile

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 1 month ago

joy Now I'm sure you will very professional handling the burden. joy

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 1 month ago

OMG Antonio what have you done, she is out of controll now. We gonna see a lot of cup and saucers from now on.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 1 month ago

hahahahaha

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 1 month ago

Coffee?! smile coffee

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 1 month ago

Yes please,black as my soulsmile

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 1 month ago

thumbsup

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Sherry Hill 1 year, 1 month ago

some of these are gorgeous., i really liked the green set in your office sunday pics..

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year, 1 month ago

That's the one Christine prefers too! It's the Kermit set ... You should see the "all in gold" sets. You could get blind by all the gold. I prefer the typical 1950s. They have this old fashioned light colors, which I actually hate. How shalI I explain it?
The sets from 1950 are definitfly from outerspace and were flying saucers before starship Enterprise came around the corner! joy

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