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In Addition to Long Beach Antique & Collectible Show, Billy Blue Eye Adds the Del Mar Antique Show & Sale to January Events.

With the promise of a sunny, warm California winter weekend in the forecast, it is with great pleasure that Billy Blue Eye will attend the Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market this Sunday, January 16th.

In addition we have added to our January show schedule the three day Del Mar Antique Show & Sale held next weekend Friday, January 21st through Sunday, January 23rd. The Del Mar event is held indoors at the Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds where we will not be at the mercy of  Mother Nature as we were with the pre-holiday events in November and December.

Monmouth Western Stoneware  c.1930-35 6.5″ Bud Vase w/ original label, $49.00 (Left) SOLD and Monmouth c.1927-35 9.5″ Cobalt Blue Double Frond Vase, $79.00 (Right) SOLD

Billy Blue Eye since its inception has proudly offered works by Monmouth Western Stoneware Company of Monmouth, Illinois as we were drawn to the rich saturation of their glaze colors.  Monmouth was formed in 1894 creating utilitarian items such as butter churns, bowls, crocks and jugs. In the early 1900’s the company created an art pottery line and its work was often mistaken as product from the Red Wing Union Stoneware Company (Red Wing, Minnesota) that competed with Monmouth at that time.

In 1905, Monmouth was sold and in 1906 it was merged with six other stoneware companies to create The Monmouth Western Stoneware Company.  A more detailed history of Monmouth can be found at Oldstoneware.com.  The link for the Monmouth history is provided here.

In conjunction with its strong color story what originally attracted us to Monmouth was its very unusual brushed ware works created in the early 1900’s and used to perfection in it’s Dull Finish line that was documented in a 1927 catalog.  Jardinieres, vases and bulb forcing bowls from three series “Fern”, “Lotus” and “Egyptian” are favorites not only with us but with collectors worldwide. Examples from these series will be available at the Long Beach and Del Mar shows this month.

Monmouth Western Stoneware Company c.1925-30 Blue 10" Dull Finish Lotus Vases, $140.00 each (Background - Both vases SOLD) and Monmouth c.1926-30 Blue 7" x 2" Dull Finish "Fern" Japanese Bird & Mountain Bowl, $90.00 (Foreground)

The Long Beach, California  Antique & Collectible Market held this  Sunday, January 16th is open from 6:30 AM to 2:00 PM in the Veteran’s Stadium Parking lot.  Look for our green and white tent in our usual  booth, # A-853. For additional information on the Long Beach Flea Market contact us or visit their website http://www.longbeachantiquemarket.com. A discount admission coupon is available at their website.

Monmouth Western Stoneware c.1930's 8" Double Handled Scalloped Rim Vase w/ original label, $62.00 SOLD

We are proud to be joining in its’ 51st year, The Del Mar Antique Show & Sale held at the O’Brien Pavilion at the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds on  January 21 – 23, 2011. The show hours are Friday & Saturday from 11AM until 7PM and   Sunday beginning at 11AM until 5PM. A single admission purchase ($8 for adults) is good for the entire run of the show! Get a discount pass here.

Billy Blue Eye will be located in Booth 623 and in addition to Monmouth we will have treasures from all of your favorite pottery companies including Red Wing, Roseville, Van Briggle, McCoy, Weller, Catalina, Gladding McBean, Haeger, Stangl, Sascha Brastoff, Rookwood,  Beswick of England, and a selection of Australian, Canadian and German pottery companies. We have many new acquisitions to tempt the most discerning collectors.

For more information on the Del Mar Antique Show & Sale contact us directly or visit their website by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you soon at these events.

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Great Holiday Shopping at the Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market – Sunday, December 19th.

Saturday, December 18th – Update on Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market:
Although we were ready to load the van today and ride out tomorrow’s deluge, common sense and the threat of strong wind gusts during tomorrow morning’s rain storm have prevailed and caused us to reconsider and decide that we WILL NOT attend the Long Beach Flea Market.

We send our sincere apology to our treasured clients and friends and hope that any gift giving plans will not be greatly affected. We  do offer to e-mail photos of available ceramic items and ship any purchases to arrive before Christmas. We will ship free on orders of $200.00 or more and do accept Visa and Master Card. If you would like us to assist you in this manner, please call us at 949-496-1889, Pacific Time (9am to 9pm) or e-mail us direct at billyblueeye@cox.net.

Beswick Pottery c.1936-40 by Mr. Owen in 1940 11.5" Double Handled Vase, Mold #429, $140.00 SOLD

We offer our warmest Holiday wishes for a Merry Christmas and a peace-filled and healthy New Year. We are grateful for your past support and sincerely treasure the friends that have been made through your association with Billy Blue Eye. We look forward to seeing you at the January 16th Long Beach Collectible & Antique Market.

Michael Horvath and Robert Patrick

Catalina Pottery by Gladding McBean c.1942 7" High Gloss Embossed Hand-painted Xmas Cactus Vase Polynesia Line #385, $150.00 rare and fine condition SOLD

Thursday, December 16th – To our Treasured Clients, Friends and Holiday Shoppers:

Even though the rain gods seem to be uncooperative these last few events and the forecast for this weekend is wet, wet and more wet, we will be at the Long Beach Flea Market this Sunday, December 19th rain or shine.

For those of you that shop us regularly, we have a large number of newly acquired ceramic items bought just for this Holiday Season. Included in this selection are items from Sascha Brastoff, Van Briggle Pottery, Beswick of England, Red Wing, Weller, Roseville and Catalina by Gladding McBean.

Sascha Brastoff - c.1953-62 8.5" "Abstract" Series Banded Pillar Vase, $135.00

If you are unable to attend or do not wish to shop in the rain, should the forecast be accurate,  please feel free to contact us either by phone or e-mail. We can e-mail you photos of newly acquired items and get them shipped to you in time for Christmas. You may reach us at 949-496-1889 Pacific Time (9am to 9pm please) or e-mail us at billyblueeye@cox.net.

Catalina Pottery by Gladding McBean c.1937-43 7.25" Ribbed Fan Vase in White w/ Turquoise Mold # C310, $115.00 SOLD

Catalina Pottery by Gladding McBean c.1938-42 8.5" Experimental Color Combo Ribbed Vase in Pumpkin w/Turquoise Mold #C263, $160.00 SOLD

We certainly hope that we will be able to see you on Sunday.  We wish to extend a sincere thank you to all our clients and offer a heartfelt Merry Christmas and Happy 2011.

Michael Horvath and Robert Patrick


Are you having a hard time finding the perfect gift for that special someone that seems to have everything?  Too often we forget that gifts need not be brand new. Frequently the gifts that become life-long treasures are those that have been passed down from generation to generation. Shopping at the Long Beach Collectible & Antique Market offers one that type of option, of finding an item that becomes a generational gift.

Red Wing Pottery c.1920-30 10" Fish Handled Pitcher/Vase in Ivory with brown wipe glaze, $145.00 SOLD and c.1920-30 Semi Matte Ivory colored w/ brown wipe Candle holders, $85.00 (Not Pictured in Table-setting)

For me, my most cherished Christmas memories revolve around the dinner table. As a child it was my maternal Grandmother that prepared a traditional Polish Christmas Eve Banquet. In attendance were my five cousins and their parents, four siblings, Mom and Dad and of course the hostess and my Grandfather.  Being the second oldest of the children it wasn’t long before I was invited to the “adult table”. Sitting there, usually perched on a phone book or two, I was in admiration of the beautiful serving dishes, vases, candle sticks and other decorations that adorned the holiday table. So much so, that they began to symbolize what Christmas meant to me and their appearance on the dinner table enhanced the feeling of celebration.

Red Wing c.1950's 14" Ivory Cylinder on a Base Vase designed by Charles Murphy, $85.00 SOLD

As a young adult and years after my grandparents had passed, I annually recreated that Christmas meal complete with a keen and careful selection of items used in the table setting. Some items were passed down to me, others were carefully chosen to help set the festive mood, maintain the color scheme, and offer my guests the same feeling that this was to be a special and memorable meal. (And yes, they usually were.)

Billy Blue Eye Pottery has a wide range of ceramic items that can begin to take on that special meaning which helps create the atmosphere of “Christmas”, “Hanukkah” and all of the celebrations you hold dear. Pictured in this blog entry are a number of Red Wing Pottery items formally of Red Wing, Minnesota as well as items created for Red Wing during its’ partnership with Rum Rill Ceramics.

Red Wing c.1936 Two Piece Centerpiece w/ Stag Flower Frog in Ivory w/Brown Wipe over-glaze, $90.00 SOLD and a Rum Rill c.1930's Pair of 6.5" Triple Candelabras w/ original label, $110.00 SOLD

In addition to Red Wing and Rum Rill, Billy Blue Eye will be offering a selection of ceramic treasures from Roseville, Van Briggle, Weller, McCoy, Catalina by Gladding McBean, Beswick of England, Rookwood, Sascha Brastoff, Royal Haeger, Frankoma, Blue Mountain of Canada and Camark at Sunday’s Flea Market.

Red Wing c.1927-35 6" x 3" Grape Cluster Candle holders in Ivory w/ brown over-wipe, $50.00 and Red Wing c.1927-35 10" Vintage Grape Cluster Bowl in Ivory with brown over-wipe. $65.00 SOLD (Not Pictured in Table-setting) Three Piece Set (Pictured Above), $100

These great gifts and wonderful works of art are available by contacting us directly at billyblueeye@cox.net and  will be available for viewing this Sunday, December 19th at the Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market. We accept Visa, Master Card, and Pay Pal and all orders over $200.00 are shipped free.

Red Wing c.1945-55 8" Embossed Double Handled Vase in Ivory with brown over-glaze, $79.00 SOLD

The Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market is held from 6:30 AM to 2:00 PM in the Veteran’s Stadium Parking lot, visit our green and white tent,  booth A-853. For additional information on the Long Beach Flea Market contact us or visit their website http://www.longbeachantiquemarket.com. We hope to see you on Sunday.  Merry Christmas, a belated Happy Hanukkah and best wishes for the New Year from all of us at Billy Blue Eye to all of our “treasured clients and friends”.

Red Wing c.1930's 8.75" Semi-matte Ivory with Brown over-wipe, Double handled, Embossed Vase, $72.00 (Not Pictured in Table-setting)

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Come See Us Today, October 23rd at the Whittier, CA Street Faire

Billy Blue Eye is proud to participate today

in the Whittier, CA Street Faire.

Visit us at Booth 36 located at the intersection

of Philadelphia & Friends Streets in

Uptown Whittier.

Mention this post for special savings

on your purchase of $100.00 or more.

Billy Blue Eye will be offering over 350+ pottery

items from Roseville, Weller, Rookwood, Van Briggle,

McCoy, Beswick, Frankoma, Catalina & Blue Mountain.

We hope to see you there!

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Newly Acquired Roseville, Brush-McCoy & Beswick Pottery Make Debut at Long Beach Flea Market

 

Roseville c.1945 "Freesia" 8 inch Wall Pocket, Mold # 1296-8, $325.00 SOLD

Over twenty recently acquired vintage and antique vases, bowls, plates and other ceramic items from Roseville, Brush-McCoy and Beswick Potteries will be available  for the first time today at the Long Beach Antique and Collectible Market. Billy Blue Eye also offers selections from all of your favorite Potteries including Van Briggle, Red Wing, Royal Haeger, Sascha Brastoff, Catalina, Gladding-McBean, Frankoma, Weller to name a few and displays over 300 items.

Roseville c.1938 "Fuchsia" 3 1/2 inch Jardiniere Mold #645-3, $185.00 SOLD

The  vases pictured here  will be available  Sunday September 19th, at the Long Beach, California  Antique & Collectible Market.  Held from 6:30 AM to 2:00 PM in the Veteran’s Stadium Parking lot. Be sure to  visit our green and white tent,  booth A-853.

Brush McCoy c.1930's 6" Art Deco Stoneware Vase, Mold #521, $59.00 SOLD

For more information or to purchase any of these great vases, contact us directly at billyblueeye@cox.net. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover and Pay Pal and all orders over $200.00 are shipped free .

For additional information on the Long Beach Flea Market contact us or visit their website http://www.longbeachantiquemarket.com. We hope to see you there!

Beswick Pottery, c.1957-62 by Albert Hallam in 1956 7" Dbl. Opening Mid-Century Vase, Mold #1457, $110.00 SOLD

Beswick Pottery, c.1962-67 by Mr. Symcox in 1934 11" Vase original issue 1935-54, Mold #128, $135.00 SOLD

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Beswick Pottery’s “Zorba” Sixteen Piece Coffee Service Contains Strong Greek Inspiration.

c. 1970-73 Beswick Pottery "Zorba" 16 piece Coffee Service $190.00

Pottery designer Graham Tongue created the thirty-two items for the “Zorba” dinnerware line of England’s Beswick Pottery in 1968. The name itself conjures up Greek origins and visions of passionate dancing complete with plate breaking. Offered here is the sixteen piece Coffee Service produced by the company from 1970 to 1973.  Originally produced in two colorways, brown and olive green, both in a gloss finish. The decoration used geometric shapes of circles and triangles to create a border pattern for various “modern” shapes.

c.1970-73 Beswick Pottery "Zorba" Coffee Server

The brown finish, called “bronze,” was probably the “in color” at the time, and this is the color most often found today. The bronze items came in different combinations, one shade all over, dark brown and light brown (like this set), or in some cases three shades of brown. The dark brown has a satin matte finish.

Beswick "Zorba" Coffee Server Lid Detail

Beswick "Zorba" Coffee Server Bottom - Mold # 2211 & Backstamp

Beswick Pottery was founded by James Wright Beswick in 1896 although some historians say 1894. In 1898 a premises was opened on Gold Street, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, England, still the home of Beswick today although it operates under the umbrella of the Royal Doulton Group.

Beswick "Zorba" Open Sugar Bowl & Cream Jug Set

Throughout most of the 20th Century Beswick created beautifully decorated quick-selling lines of vases, pots, jugs, tea pots, trinkets and dinnerware. An early (1930) ad line read, “Everything the householder needs in earthenware”. The company employed many noted pottery designers including James Hayward, Albert Hallam, Mr. Symcox, and Mr. Watkin. These men were always given credit for their lines and many early collectors followed a specific designer.  To this day the best resourse book on the company, The Charlton Standard Catalogue of Beswick Pottery, by Diana and John Callow gives designer credit on each item featured in their excellent reference book.  In 1969  Beswick was sold to the Royal Doulton Group.

Beswick "Zorba" Set of Six Cups & Saucers

Billy Blue Eye Pottery is proud to offer this sixteen piece Coffee Service for $190.00. For more information and/or to purchase this great set, contact us directly at billyblueeye@cox.net.  We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover and Pay Pal and offer a full refund if not satisfied.  This set is in excellent condition with no imperfections.  We wish you all, as the Beswick Collectors Circle used to say, “Happy Beswicking”.

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