Ceramics and glass from the People’s Republic of Poland are fashionable again. Don’t throw these items away – they are worth a fortune! Make sure you have these figurines and mugs at home

Cups, plates, trays and coffee mugs from the times of the Republic of Poland have returned, and their prices can be dizzying. Tableware from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s appears in many fashionable arrangements. Their timeless shape, once often underestimated, delights many of us and charmingly decorates the tables. Many people are re-discovering the unique pottery and useful glass from that time. Get to know the iconic dishes from the PRL period and check if you have them in the corners of your closet or in the attic.


Ceramics from the time of the People’s Republic of Poland appear more and more often in our dining rooms and are proudly presented on the tables. Plates, cups, bowls and jugs that remember the times of our great-grandmothers or grandmothers are now back in favor. We begin to appreciate post-war Polish utilitarian ceramics from the 20th century. For the elderly, it is a return to the carefree years of childhood and a sentimental trip to old times. Young people, on the other hand, often get bored with modern design, so they eagerly reach for the eternal dishes in vintage style. There are more and more collectors who know the value of tableware from the 1950s, 1960s or 1970s and are looking for designer gems from that period at flea markets and online auctions.

– You can find the best, original pearls with a soul in grandparents’ apartments, in specialized stores or on Internet groups – says interior decorator Ola Dąbrówka from the GOOD VIBES interior design studio.

Useful ceramics are constantly gaining in value. For some designs of cups, jugs or plates, you can get up to several hundred zlotys.

Check out our gallery of dishes from the Republic of Poland. Check if you have these gems of Polish applied art at home, in the attic or in the basement:

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The most famous utilitarian ceramics factories from the time of the Republic of Poland are:

  • Porcelite crockery factory in Pruszków – founded in 1872 by Jakub Teichfeld and Ludwik Asterblum, and existed until 2021. They produced, for example, the iconic mugs “Irena” and collaborated with Polish artists (Wiesława Gojewska or Zofia Galińska);
  • Porcelain Goddesses – the beginnings go back to 1922, and the label is still operating today. It is known, for example, thanks to the “Epos” coffee service and elegant dining sets;
  • Factory in Ćmielów – its history goes back to 1790, and in the 1950s and 1960s, not only beautiful tableware was produced, but also famous hand-painted decorative figurines (about 120 designs). They have become icons of Polish design that are known all over the world. In 1999, the factory resumed the production of iconic figurines from Ćmielów according to the original design;
  • Wloclawek pottery – was created in the 19th century and produced, for example, beautifully decorated decorative fruit bowls and horn vases, which users call spades. After a twenty-year hiatus, the plant resumed operations in 2002;
  • Production plant in Chodzież – its history goes back to the 19th century, and it is known, among other things, for its timeless table accessories and unusual decorative figurines. Today, the factory is connected to the factory in Ćmielów;
  • Ceramics Boleslawiec – a cult factory that until now produces unique samples of utilitarian ceramics modeled on folk dishes. The most recognizable motifs are: dots, triangles, fish scales, peacock eyes and clovers;
  • Tulowice ceramics – was founded in 1852 and is still active today. He became famous for contemporary faience designs with original decorations, especially trays in the shape of television receivers, known as “telewizor”;
  • Carolina porcelain factory – was founded in 1860 and is still active today. During the period of the People’s Republic of Poland, many iconic and timeless porcelain table services with subtle floral decorations were created there, which are sought after by many collectors of useful ceramics today;
  • Kristoff porcelain – the factory has been operating since 1831, and since 2010 it has been operating under the name Porcelana Krzysztof. Here, among others, the iconic Pikas plates by Teresa Waligórska and the famous new-look vases from the “Flora” and “Rock and Roll” collections, designed by Danuta Duszniak;
  • Mirostowice ceramic factory – the factory was founded in the 1870s, and in 1966 it employed Eryk Figel, designer of useful ceramics. Many iconic stoneware products (including mugs, coffee suits, bouillon bowls, ashtrays and vases) were created there.

Check out our gallery of dishes from the Republic of Poland. Make sure you have these pearls of Polish applied art in your home or basement:

See the gallery(24 photos)

If we like it household ceramics from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, it is worth looking for it first in grandma’s closets, in the basement or in the attic. Many people, inheriting an apartment from grandparents, aunts and parents, often unknowingly throw designer pearls from the time of the People’s Republic of Poland into the trash. Even if we are not lovers dishes in vintage stylethen we can give them away or sell them at a good price to collectors.

Well-preserved and complete tableware sets from that time and models designed by renowned designers of that time fetch the highest prices. You have to pay for some dish designs PLN 1500-2000, and from year to year they only increase in value. Cult figurines from Ćmielów from the 1960s and 1970s fetch prices at auctions several thousand zlotys.

Faience plates with a classic pattern, new look coffee suits and decorative figurines go well not only with interiors decorated in a classic style, but also with modern and minimalist decorations.

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