More out of curiousity than anything else, I purchased some time ago this impressive coffee set by Nittsjo Sweden. The shape of the coffee pot with that huge spout reminds me of a cubist style painting. It appears to have been made around the 1960s. The pieces in the setting are all handmade from a red terracotta clay and glazed with a soft mustard yellow coloured satin glaze.
Nittsjö Pottery was founded in 1843 in Sweden in the town of Nittsjo and still in operation HERE. On their website is a comprehensive history of the pottery….and there is also a history of the pottery on the Swedish Pottery Signatures site HERE .
The yellow coffee set appears to be a design by multi talented and sought after Swedish artist and designer Jerk Werkmäster (1896-1978), who was creative director at Sweden’s Nittsjö Keramik from 1933-1967.
Recently I found another charming, more traditional little piece from the same pottery, probably dating to around the 1940s. It is a terracotta clay, with slip decoration and a clear glaze.
This design from Arabia Finland has the most amazingly intense, almost warm, deep shade of blue. This very bold design is often mistaken for other bold and blue Arabia designs such as Valencia.
The pattern name is Köökki and it was a design by Gunvor Olin Gronqvist, produced between 1960-1976. It was produced in the studio at the Arabia Factory, and consisted of a range of hand painted kitchen objects such as salt boxes, butter boxes, boards, salt and peppers etc – but not of dinnerware.
Gunvor had a long association with Arabia Finland, working there from 1951 to 1993.
It’s fascinating how different the design works on different pieces.
Like many of the designs during this era at the Arabia factory, the pattern was also released in a brown version.
Arabia Finland Kookki Salt Box
Arabia Finland Kookki Bowl
Arabia Finland Kookki Platter
Arabia Finland Kookki
Arabia Kosmos was a pattern on the very popular “S” Model forms designed Ulla Procope in the 1960s, and the Kosmos pattern was designed by Gunvor Olin Gronqvist.
Kosmos was in production at Arabia Finland c1962-1976. Because this was a hand painted design you will get quite a bit of variation in the lightness and darkness in the pattern.
(The same model forms (Model S) were also used for the Anemone and Rosmarin and hugely popular Ruska designs)
Kosmos came in two colour variations, of which the blue one is less commonly found these days. I love the subtle shifts of reddish to yellow ochre colours in the brown version.
Arabia Finland Kosmos