Not too long ago a mid-century style vase caught my eye, but I decided to walk away. Good, right? Well you’d think, except I couldn’t let it go. I kept thinking about it and knew I’d be back in the area in a week… but would the vase?
Enter my friends the following week, and I near dragged them to the back of the thrift store where the vase had been… and as luck would have it, still was!
Um, they weren’t so smitten. So I sent this pic to my hubs to get his reaction. Only, his response didn’t reach me in time. I paced, and contemplated, waited until I had to make a decision. Was it walk away for a second time, or buy it without hub’s feedback?
I bought, I left, and in came his response… always the way, isn’t it? Nope, he wasn’t sold, either. Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it, just not all warm and fuzzy about it! Apparently I was in this one alone – my daughter flat out hated it, and another friend diplomatically withheld comment.
Well that was a month ago. Every day I look at this vase, and every day I still like it. Why? I don’t know, I just do. I’ve researched it, but can’t come up with much.
This vintage white glazed French jar and lid, c. 1940, was the closest I could find.
Can you believe this piece is 4′-8″ tall x 34″ wide?
I’m certain my vase isn’t this vintage, but who knows, maybe this French jar was the inspiration piece!
Here’s the bottom of my vase.
You’ll notice it doesn’t have any glaze on it, but do you see the etched mark? That’s likely the symbol of the artist. And the dark brownish marks indicate to me that this bottom was once covered in signature felt. You might remember my Royal Haeger vase with its signature felt bottom here. If I had to guess, I’d guess this vase is c.1970s, but if you know for sure, I’d love to hear from you!
To make a long story short, my vase is a great reminder of what’s important when you’re choosing pieces for your home. Never second guess what speaks to you. Surround yourself with things that draw you in, even if no-one else seems to see what you see. If you do this you’ll always feel at home in your home, and that’s what it’s all about!
Oh, and guess what was on the cover of my latest HGTV magazine?
Do you see it? Not the same shape, not the same colour or finish… but don’t you think the ribbing suggests they could be relatives?
Maybe there’s someone out there who can see what I see in my beloved vase afterall!
Do you have anything in your collection that makes others roll their eyes? Well, that’s okay, just remember what happened to the Ugly Duckling!
Thanks for stopping by!
BTW – this vase may or may not turn up in my bedroom makeover… but you’ll have to wait and see!
Photographs by Sheila Zeller unless otherwise stated.