Well, after looking at a lot of the chinese 50's 'poli' stuff like this flying about, I am happy to think none of my pieces are Chinese.
But these are a different kettle of fish.
I would quite easily be fooled by them.
Thing is though, these are so good I don't think I'd mind, to be honest. :wink:
And they're not cheap either.
No doubt some of my pieces are new like these, but they look so good and I paid a bit less (on eBay) than the prices they're asking for them!! Obviously it would be nice to have the genuine 50's pieces, even if they are made by other artist of the period (and I'm sure some of mine are).
Anyway, while I'm here, there's something I've wanted to ask about the design influences on some of the Poli pieces, specifically the 'Dovetail, or 'Bow tie' style vases he designed.
But before i do that, I'll try and explain where I'm coming from with all this...
Now some of the pieces I have, and like some of those featured on the fossilfly website above, for example, are called 'Beak' vases (tho' fossilfly calls them "V neck"). That's fair enough. The 'Beak' style was a popular design motif of the 50's. Here's a couple of ceramic vases, made sometime between 1957 and 1961 that I own that have the classic 'Beak' style to them...http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-4010
Then some other pieces I have, like say this one...http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-3453
and the fossilfly "Spout" vases, have that classic 50's organic, aysmmetrical design to them that, again, was huge influence on many things in the 50's.
Here's a couple more ceramic vases I have to help illustrate this...http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-4011
I mean, I can understand the design influences behind these 'styles' so far.
But what I don't get, and this is the point of all this (yeah, I know...finally!! :wink: ) is the "Bow tie" vases, and why they are so named. (Or Dovetails as I've also seen them named) I mean, the bow tie wasn't much of a design influence in the 50's.
I've always thought they had more of a 'Atomic bomb' shape and style to them. Now bearing in mind the dawning of the atomic age in the 50's, and the huge influence that had on 50's design, then would it not be fair to say that it was this that had more to do with the design influence behind these style vases than ...say...bow ties? :wink:
Here's a piccy of the bomb "Fatman" to show what I mean...http://mothra.rerf.or.jp/Images/giff/fatman.gif
(obviously I had to google this piccy as, unlike with my ceramic vases, I don't have one of my own to illustrate where I'm coming from...too big for the mantlepiece, you know!! :lol: )
I've always assumed this was the influence behind the 'bow tie' vases, but does anybody know for sure?
I'd be really interested to hear your views on this...