1950s - 60s Swiss Langenthal Resista White and Green Stripe Porcelain and Brass Stand Butter Warmer
A fabulously quirky piece of Kitchenalia that I never knew existed until I discovered this piece. Although if you thought about it, it makes sense - who wants their butter, sauce, or syrup to go cold? and why let this happen if you can use a warmer?
This butter warmer set is made up of three simple yet almost ingenious piece: the brass stand and (detachable) tealight holding tray, the pan itself which is made of the Langenthal Resista (hotel grade, heat resistant) porcelain and a lid... to make sure that you're not just evaporating away the contents of the pan.
The gracefully arched brass stand is made by another Swiss name of quality, Spring. Founded by the two brothers Arthur and Hermann Spring in 1946, their innovative designs made cooking at the table socially acceptable.
The Mid Century Modern design of this piece makes an excellent accompaniment to any dining room or table which has similar themed design influences.
Ceramic Pan: excellent, the visible body of the pan has no chips, scratches or crazing, the base of the pan has a use mark and as well as a mostly visible 'Langenthal Suisse' mark which was in use between 1940 - 1963. Brass Stand and Pan Lid: Very Good - the brass bears a well aged patina and wear which is commensurable with piece. Please do see photos as part of the condition report for both pieces.
Pan: c. 11" / 28 cm x c. 10" / 25 cm
Stand: c. 11" / 28 cm x c. 10" / 25 cm
Unpackaged weight (full set): c. 0.3 kg / 320 g
Set will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
The only 20th century Swiss porcelain factory began in 1906 in the Bernese town of Langenthal. Deeply rooted in the Swiss identity, the porcelain manufactory Langenthal SA – affectionately known by its workers as the “Porzi” – became noted for its cutting-edge technology, the diversity of its products as well as the quality of its porcelain. The artistic output followed the dominant aesthetic currents of the century while still preserving its local character. From Art Nouveau and Art Deco to the deliciously “vintage” designs of the 1950s and 1960s, from pseudo-rustic to avant-garde propositions, from collaborations with artists and designers to the influence of the artistic directors of the manufactory, the history of Langenthal is closely linked to the evolution of taste. Today, although its name still survives, all Langenthal porcelain is manufactured in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) in the Czech Republic.
1980s West German Thomas (Rosenthal) Oil and Vinegar White Porcelain and Cork Two Spout Cruet Flask
THE ITEM Presenting a stylish piece of late vintage Kitchenalia, simple yet refined in design.
The shape of the gourd-shaped body gives away it's dual purpose as a oil and vinegar flask and the decor is as equally elegant. The porcelain is faintly and concentrically lined on the entire body and finished with two simple encircling bands of green and orange at the flask's collar.
An bonus to this piece is that it is made with Thomas' 'spülmaschinenfest' porcelain, or 'dishwasher safe' porcelain, so easy to use and easy to clean ...!
An adorable piece that would suit a dining table with Vintage, Retro or Modernist inspired decor.
A BIT OF HISTORY The company was founded in 1872 as small decoration company under the name of 'Jaeger, Thomas & Co.' (1872 until 1898). During the first few years everything was fine but after various disputes with Jaeger regarding the product range and funding of special projects, Fritz Thomas decided to quit the company in 1898 to form 'Thomas & Ens'.
The near instantaneous success of Thomas & Ens caught the attention of Rosenthal and following Ens departure in 1907, Rosenthal moved to become the major shareholder in 1908 and Thomas was run as an independent subsidiary of Rosenthal.
CONDITION Excellent - there is little evidence of use (mostly present in the replaceable corks) and there are a few light movement marks to the underside on the base of the flash. Natural wear is commensurable with the age of the piece, please see photos as part of the condition report. The base of the flask is marked with the 'Thomas Germany spülmaschinenfest' mark, used between 1978 to 1998.
MEASUREMENTS c. 5.5" / 14 cm tall x c. "5.9 / 15 cm diameter across the widest point. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.4 kg / 367 g
NOTES Flask will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.