From time to time, I come across vintage, small figural planters. They are the sort of knick-knacks that aren’t quite kitsch and not quite art pottery. They have a certain flair that makes them worthy of display. Today, I have two recent finds and one that’s been around for several years. As usual, I like to use my artifacts rather than keeping them empty.
The stylized blue bird is still unidentified. At first I thought it might have been made by Shawnee, but the details and glaze say otherwise. Tentatively, I’m thinking that it was manufactured by Royal Copely. Small coordinating blooms provide a low-key enhancement of the design.
Like most things from McCoy, this small planter, featuring two deer, is quite sturdy. I placed some small evergreen sprigs into the opening then added tiny red details. Even though I intended for this to be a year-around item, this will display especially well during the December holidays.
The charming ginger-haired children are the stars of a little wallpocket. I couldn’t find a maker of this piece, but it appears to be of German origin. The detailing has been carefully crafted and the glaze is especially pleasing. I decided on a visually economical tri-color floral theme to simply enhance the small vase.
You might have a miniature planter tchotskie in your home. Dust it off and enjoy it today.
The Blue Jay of Happiness smiles at this quote from Trev Broughton: “Knick-knacks, bric-a-brac, kickshaws, gimcracks, trifles, gewgaws: the very words have an inescapable patina of naffness and dust, and it is at first difficult to imagine how such items could ever have seemed worth the candle.”