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Space-age QUIST standing ashtray, F.W.Quist, ca. 1970.

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    Posted 4 years ago

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    I love this ashtray!!! In fact there is something about standing-ashtrays that drives me crazy about them. Probably the fact that they work on themselves as independent pieces of furniture and not just like something resting on a center or side table...

    This one is especially stylized and there's no doubt its designer searched for inspiration in the Saarinen's Tulip range of chairs and tables, which foot it imitates. The stem get narrower and narrower until it joins the ashtray, which has the shape of 3/4 of an sphere. The swinging lid with the cigarette holder allows the ash and butts to be kept out of sight.

    There's only BUT to this ashtray iand it s that you have to take the whole thing to the dustbin whenever you want to empty it... only we don't smoke at home, so we really don't have to do it ;)

    it's completely made of metal and stands about 50 cm. tall.
    I don't know why, but I've got the feeling it was made in France...

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    Mistery solved in... was it less than one hour? It was GTMOOM who recognized this shape with that of the Quist ball ashtrays.

    I'm borrowing the text appearing at about the small red ashtray

    "Little ball ashtray "Smokny", F.W.Quist, 1970, Germany

    Ball ashtray „Smokny“, model 3507 of F.W.Quist, tin, plated, red lacquered (original “Marlboro”-color).

    Design and manufacturer: Hardwarefactory F.W.Quist, Esslingen, Germany, 1970.
    Mark: on the bottom QUIST, white on black felt.
    Measure: Diameter: 2,36 inch (6 cm), high: 2,8 inch (7,3 cm)

    The hardwarefactory F.W.Quist, Esslingen, Germany was founded 1868 as „Lackier- und Metallwaarenfabrik“ from the turner and metal-turner Jacob Schweizer, jun.. In the year 1872, the conversion of the business from a public company occurred, the “Actien-Plaqué Fabrik”. From 1890, the director and shareholders Friedrich Wilhelm Quist took over the business as alone-owner. In his succession four generations continued the business as family-businesses until 1981.

    The business always stood for the manufacture more representatively props in the taste of the time. „Tischkultur, Gastlichkeit, Geschenkkultur dienten als Felder, einen gehobenen, verfeinerten Lebensstil zu dokumentieren und das unabhängig von der gesellschaftlichen Zugehörigkeit.“ (Served table-culture, hospitality, gift-culture as fields should document lifestyle, independently of the social affiliation) (Esslingen 2004, S.60)

    So, the form of the 1970 as newness presented ball-ashtray was borrowed this famous „ball“ or „globe“ (presented for the first time, 1966 at the international furniture-fair in Cologne) and „bubble“ (1968) chairs by the Finnish designer Eero Aarnio. The completely new and unconventional shape, Aarnio developed on basis of the simplest geometrical form, the ball. It advanced to a cult-object of the following decade and didn't lose any modernity until today.

    Lit.: Silbersachen, Die Esslinger Metallwarenindustrie von 1815-1981, Ausst. Stadtmuseum Esslingen, Esslingen 2004, p.86."

    Mystery Solved


    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
      beautiful!!! space-age lamp!!!
    2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
      ashtray sorry , typed too fast , I was thinking about my lamp!! LOL!!
    3. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
      lamp? it's an ashtray, sean!!!

      Thanks for the love ;)
    4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
      comment 2 :) your very welcome austro!! my bad :)
    5. Jewels Jewels, 4 years ago
      Really cool ashtray austro!
    6. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
      LOL, don't worry! :) i do appreciate your love, SEAN!!!

      Thanks JEWELS for loving it!!!
    7. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
      Very nice austro ! It looks as tall as me , how tall is it ?
    8. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
      Thanks for loving AGH and MANI!!!

      I' can't tell for sure, Mani, as it's now at my place inside some box... but I'd say close to 60 cm. tall. I'm sure you're much taller ;)
    9. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
      Thanks for your love SKLO and CINDB!!!!
    10. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
      your very welcome austro :)
    11. getthatmonkeyoutofme getthatmonkeyoutofme, 4 years ago
      The upper part looks like quist...
      just a shot in the dark....
      if you quit smoking one day, let me know
    12. getthatmonkeyoutofme getthatmonkeyoutofme, 4 years ago
      Had a short search... seems to be quist
    13. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
      Thanks GTMOOM!!!

      Well, it really looks like it might be one of Quist's ashtrays!!!!
      I've added a fourth picture: a collage with found pics of the more traditional Quist's ball ashtray.
      It does look like the proportions are the same (although not the size, but that's understandable as the stand-ashtray is intended to hold the ashes and butts of at least a couple of smokers, whereas the small one looks like something you hold). Also, the joining system seems to be just the same...

      I'd really say this one's a Quist!!!

      thanks again for your help, GTMOOM!!!
    14. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
      By the way, GTMOOM... I don't smoke ;) But I'm so proud of my ashtrays!
    15. inky inky, 4 years ago
      Very, very!! nice...:-)
    16. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
      Thanks INKY!!!
    17. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      It's just fantastic Austro. A sculpture really and I can imagine it fitting with your other MCM pieces!
    18. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Your photos are their usual high standard too.
    19. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
      Oh RACER, thanks so so very much!!!! :)

      This ashtray has always been by the Kukkapuro chair and they look fantastic together. I guess they'll together again at the studio.

      And thanks for the compliment on the pics again!!! It's nt easy taking pics of white items!!!
    20. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
      Also thanks to VET, RADEGUNDER and VIOLET for loving it!!!
    21. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
      Thanks PARIS and MIKE!!!
    22. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
      Thanks for loving HO2CULTCHA and CORMORAN!!!

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