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Figgjo “Sicilia”, Turi Gramstad Oliver

This charming design is instantly recognisable as one by Turi Gramstad Oliver for Figgjo Norway.

The series is called “Sicilia”, and it was designed as a fruit set with 6 different plates (18.5cm) and a larger serving plate (about 30cm). The plates have a rounded square form used on some other series at Figgjo around the same time. The glaze being high gloss, adds to the design giving it a lovely tactile quality.

The outline of the design has been silkscreened, which was then finished with hand painting. 

Each of the 6 smaller plates has a male or female figure in a bucolic setting with fruit, and the larger plate has a design of the male and female figures together. 

Turi recalls it being made a long time after Lotte – probably some time in the early to mid 1970s.

Figgjo Norway "Sicilia" - Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Norway “Sicilia” – Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Norway "Sicilia" - Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Norway “Sicilia” – Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Norway "Sicilia" - Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Norway “Sicilia” – Turi Gramstad Oliver

 

Figgjo Norway "Sicilia" - Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Norway “Sicilia” – Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Norway "Sicilia" - Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Norway “Sicilia” – Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Norway "Sicilia" - Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Norway “Sicilia” – Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo "Sicilia" - Serving Platter - Turi Gramsted Oliver

Figgjo “Sicilia” – Serving Platter – Turi Gramsted Oliver – Photo via RetroHygge Etsy

Figgjo Norway "Sicilia" - Turi Gramstad Oliver

Figgjo Norway “Sicilia” – Turi Gramstad Oliver

 

Poole “Fleurie” 1979-80

The “Fleurie” Series was made at Poole Pottery UK 1979-1980.

It was designed as a range of giftware pieces by Ros Sommerfelt who was one of the long standing decorators at Poole who took on a greater role from the 1970s. 

Fleurie depicts portraits of Women with flamboyant hairstyles in an Art Nouveau style which was very popular in the 1970s. The design is much in the style of Alphonse Mucha, but they are not his designs as is often attributed.

The forms the design was applied to are the same shapes as the ones from the “Beardsley Collection” which Ros Somerfelt also designed in 1979. Others patterns she designed around this time were “Bow Bells”, “Lady of Shalott”, “Arthur & Guinevere”, and “Kandy” amongst others.

The glaze is a smooth satiny “alpine white” and the design transfer applied. Some pieces like the bowl picture below have a lovely band or decoration also applied.

Poole Fleurie , Photo Ray Garrod

Poole Fleurie – Photo Ray Garrod

Poole Fleurie , Photo Ray Garrod

Poole Fleurie , Photo Ray Garrod

Poole Fleurie , Photo Ray Garrod

Poole “Flurie” – photo Ray Garrod

Poole Fleurie Dish , with original box, Photo via LiveAuctioneers.com

Information sourced from “Poole Pottery”, Leslie Hayward & Paul Atterbury 1995.

 

 

 

Royal Doulton “Festival”, Lambeth Stoneware 1974

In 1974, Royal Doulton updated the concept of its original Lambethware stoneware from the turn of the century and created a casual tableware brand called “Lambeth Stoneware” – it was tough, durable, detergent and dishwasher proof and had strong public appeal. Other than the name though, it had no connection to the original Lambeth stoneware which closed in 1956 (and which was very different in nature) 

The new series was well designed with rounded forms and a country style charm which was popular at the time. It is long lasting and as tough as nails like a lot of the stoneware dinnerware series of the time.

There were a large number of patterns released, but I have not been able to locate a list of them – and I continue to be surprised when I come across another charming pattern from the series I haven’t seen before.

Two of the most popular seem to be “Tangiers” and “Basque” (which I have written about previously)…and recently I came across this charming pattern called “Festival”, produced 1975-1979. It features fruits, leaves and berries in blues and violets outlined in navy blue. 

The forms of this series seem to work best when a white glaze is used with a strongly coloured pattern, as in this design. It gives them a more timeless, less dated appearance than ones such as “Basque” with its dark muted tones. 

Royal Doulton Lambeth Stoneware "Festival"

Royal Doulton Lambeth Stoneware “Festival” Milk Jug – Photo Ray Garrod

Royal Doulton Lambeth Stoneware "Festival" Cup and Saucer,

Royal Doulton Lambeth Stoneware “Festival” Cup and Saucer, Photo via “Vintageoak” on Etsy

Royal Doulton Lambeth Stoneware "Festival"

Royal Doulton Lambeth Stoneware “Festival” – Lidded Sugar Bowl, Photo Ray Garrod