I found these coupe soup bowls at another favorite thrift store. It's located in a really nice part of town about an hour from me -- this is the same place I found a pre-WWII rhinestone brooch for $2.50 (book value: $165), several signed costume jewelry pins (usually $1.50), a large amount of Blue Bubble dinnerware, 8 very cool mid-century tumblers, and lots more. Most of the people who shop there (including my friend Mandy at Bayou Moon Antiques) go searching for cheap designer clothes.
They had four of these bowls for $1 each. There's not a scratch, ding or mark on them! The shape is just too cool.
Another view. Love it!
On the bottom, it reads:
a Ben Seibel design
Made In USA
"Impromptu" is an Iroquois blank that Ben Seibel used for several patterns including this one, Pins & Beads, which came out in 1956. Seibel appears to have been an extremely hard worker--he created designs and lines for companies like Fostoria (60s & 70s), Gilley (metal serving pieces, '50s), stoneware for Haeger--this vase just takes my breath away:
Can you say TIKI???!!!
If you like 70s flower designs you will love what he did for Mikasa, and I adore the fishy "Sea Fare" collection. He also did some great stoneware for Roseville under the Raynor banner.
The problem with finding these bowls is that now I have to find MORE Ben Seibel, and I doubt that I'm going to find much at $1! This site has some information on prices, though not on the soup bowl.
I'll keep my eye out, though. That's the fun of it!!