Darling vintage Carla California ITALIAN CHEF and his WIFE salt & pepper shakers
A darling set of vintage pottery ITALIAN CHEF and his WIFE salt & pepper shakers, marked Carla of California on the bottom under the glaze, appear to be made in the 1940s. I bought them in an antique shop in Temecula in the 90s because I loved their ambience - the Italian Chef's surprised face, his wife's pose with her arm over her shoulder, holding a pot in the other. :~) The chef is about 5.25" high, his wife is 5.5" high. There is crazing in their glaze but there are no chips or cracks. The glaze on one of the chef's "buttons" is scraped. The wife has her original cork inside of her - I can't get it out. I only ever used them for display because they just make me smile when I see them.

Clean, no odors of any kind. They really are just darling!

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The phrase “California pottery” generally brings to mind the mid-20th-century output of Southern California potteries. After World War II, California potteries readily embraced the Mid-Century Modern aesthetic, as well as its crazier cousin, kitsch. For home-front America, World War II was a time of shared sacrifice, when people gave up simple pleasures to support those fighting overseas in the greatest struggle the civilized world had ever known. After the war, though, society breathed a collective sigh of relief and went out looking for a bit of fun.

One of the easiest things to do was to update one’s décor, and art pottery was a great and inexpensive way to do it. During the war and immediately after it, foreign imports were cut off, so a LOT of domestic art pottery firms sprang up. They were very successful until the early 1950s, when imports from Japan took over. By the time the ’60s rolled around, most of the U.S. firms were out of business.

Carla of California was there!


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Carla of California Chef & Wife Salt & Pepper


    Wonderful pieces of the past


    since 2022

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