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Arabia Finland GA Series Teapots

Ulla Procope was the designer of the forms for this now iconic series of teapots by Arabia Finland. It was produced from 1955 to 1972 in a hard earthenware. There were 2 sizes that Im aware of. There were also accessories such as a such bowl and milk jug which you don’t see very often now.

The simple, streamlined and elegant modernist form with its cane or rattan handle has become a classic, and much loved design.

It was released several plain colours including plain white, stoneware brown and black (in both matt and gloss finishes)

Probably though, it is the designs by Hilkka Liisa Ahola on the GA forms which have become the best known and most often seen nowadays.

Arabia Finland GA3 Teapot, Ulla Procope

Arabia Finland GA3 Teapot, Ulla Procope

Arabia Finland GA3 Teapot, Hilkka Liisa Ahola Pattern

Arabia Finland GA3 Teapot, Hilkka Liisa Ahola Sunflower Pattern

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Arabia Finland “Kaarna” and “Mahonki”

Until recently I had thought that the well known Arabia Finland “Kaarna” design was by Ulla Procope (1921-1968). However, more research recently has made me question this. The Finnish websites “laatutavara” and “dishwareheaven” both attribute the design to Goran Back, as do a number of other sources. Unfortunately the authoritative book “Arabia” by Design Museo Finland doesn’t list the design.

To throw confusion into the mix, another design “Mahonki” is often confused with Kaarna.

One thing is clear though – Mahonki and Kaarna all have the same forms or models which are known to be designed by Goran Back.

The form is referred to as the “GD3” series of forms

Mahonki is most often referred to as being a design by Ulla Procope – but this refers to the design of glaze colour and style, not the form.

To complicate the background of these designs, Ulla Procope died in 1968 at about the same time these designs were being released, so the probability is that both Kaarna and Mahonki were collaborative works – which may have been completed after Ulla’s early death. Read more

Fratelli Fanciullacci Tapering Vase

I picked up this stunning Fratelli Fanciullacci Tapering Vase recently. A hard to find design….here anyway.

This hand decorated piece has an exquisitely detailed design consisting of bands of sgraffito (drawn lines), a top band of multi coloured glossy flowers, which have been applied thickly like enamel.

There is a green leaf repeat pattern near the base, along with a charming trellis and beautiful little white enamel dots over the piece.

The base glaze has a very luxurious and tactile, sand like texture often found on Fratelli pieces.

Inside it is glazed gloss with a nice touch of a delicate yellow splatter design inside near the top.

This pattern appears in Mark Hill’s book Alla Moda on p124. There seem to be a number of variations of the form. This one tapers from a round base to a rectangular top, and is 21cm tall.

Marked “Italy 8117” to the base.

Fratelli Fanciullacci Tapering Vase, Italy 1950s

Fratelli Fanciullacci Tapering Vase, Italy 1950s

Fratelli Fanciullacci Tapering Vase, Italy 1950s

Fratelli Fanciullacci Tapering Vase, Italy 1950s

Fratelli Fanciullacci Vase, Italy 1950s, Base Shot

 

Rorstrand “California” – Carl Harry Stalhane

I recently discovered the designer of the Rorstrand Sweden piece below which I have had for some time.

The striking modernist form and colouring, along with subtle incised decoration intrigued me.

Its designer was non other than Carl Harry Stalhane, and it was part of a very modern 1950s stoneware dinner set series he designed at Rorstrand Sweden, named “California” or “Californien”.

The incised decoration in the grey has variations – leaf like lines, radiating lines, and diagonal lines are the variations I have found online.

Rorstrand "California" Carl-Harry Stålhane

Rorstrand “California” Carl-Harry Stålhane

Rorstrand "California" Carl-Harry Stålhane

Rorstrand “California” Carl-Harry Stålhane

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Noritake Australiana, Blue Wren & Golden Wattle c1920s

Early 20th Century Noritake design always captivates me with their bright, saturated colours.

Equally fascinating are the designs Noritake produced specifiably for the Australian market – previously I have posted about the charming “Kookaburra” design.

I recently came across a tea set in this design – “Blue Wren & Golden Wattle” which has the backstamp which was used in the late 1920s.

The blue wren has the same pink and blue hues used in one of the variations of the  Kookaburra design and again features the golden wattle flower. As far as I can deduce – the blue wren design pre dates the Kookaburra design by about a decade.

Noritake Blue Wren - Golden Wattle

Noritake Blue Wren – Golden Wattle Teapot

Noritake Blue Wren - Golden Wattle

Noritake Blue Wren – Golden Wattle, Trio

Noritake Blue Wren - Golden Wattle

Noritake Blue Wren – Golden Wattle, Milk Jug

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Coccia Italy

I came across the first piece below earlier this year. It’s a maker I haven’t seen previously – but I was captivated by the piece.

The bowl is obviously Italian with such a delightful hand painted design, made from earthenware and cased in red leather. It is a form and style popular in Italy in the 1950s – and is most probably from the Florentine or San Marino region.

It is signed “Coccia” – but extensive searching has come up with no information about this maker – including whether it is a person or company by that name. The facebook group Midcentury Italian Ceramics and Bitossi Collectors have seen this signature on a few pieces, but again – no information has come to light about the Italian Pottery signed “Coccia”…..so if you know anything about Coccia I would love to know.

Pieces from this maker come up from time to time online, and they usually have a very similar style and painting technique….which bears a resemblance to the style often used by Fantoni.  I have included a few of them below:

Coccia Italy

Coccia Italy – Photo Ray Garrod

Coccia Italy

Coccia Italy

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SICA Italy

Its always great to find out the maker of an item to give it more context and place in history. I had the striking modernist design plate for several years before selling it recently, and have recently found out its maker – SICA, Italy.

The information about its origin came  thanks to the very well run facebook group Midcentury Italian Ceramic & Bitossi Collectors

The piece turns out to be made by SICASocietà Italiana Ceramica Artistica – which was founded in Nove, in the province of Vicenza in 1946. It split into 2 companies in 1969 after which the company split into “S.I.C.A.R.T” and “C.A.I.”. They produced a wide range or wares – often mistaken or misattributed as Bitossi – especially the figurines.

The example I had was part of the SICA production.

You can see a wide cross section of the wares made on the facebook group on this page

My favourites though are the modernist designs like the ones below which remind me so much of the painting and artwork of the 1960s.

SICA Italy

SICA Italy – Photo Ray Garrod

SICA Italy

SICA Italy Backstamp with Import Label

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Sejer Keramik Denmark

Sejer Keramik was a small pottery located on the island of Funen Denmark.

They produced some impressive stoneware items in the 1960s -1970s. Other than that not much is known about the pottery at this stage. Their work wasnt that well known until recently, but over the past few years has been popping up on quite a few auction sites and Etsy.

I have had one piece of Sejer previously, the impressive “Brutalist” looking large matt stoneware bowl below.

They also produced some stunning lamps and lighting – 1 design which I’ve seen in person at an auction, and the others pictured below (after the page break)

Sejer Keramik Denmark

Sejer Keramik Denmark

Sejer Keramik Denmark

Sejer Keramik Denmark

Sejer Keramik Denmark

Sejer Keramik Denmark

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