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Ellen Malmer, Royal Copenhagen Pattern 627

I recently discovered a design by Ellen Malmer for the BACA series at Royal Copenhagen I haven’t come across previously.

I have written about the designs by Ellen Malmer previously HERE, and the story of the BACA series HERE if you are unfamiliar with either.

This simple and bold pattern is number 627, and it is placed onto form 3587 – a wide flat bowl in this case. Read more

Knud Basse

Knud Basse (1916-1991)

Knud Basse was a Dansish Ceramicist known for his very popular small figures of animals with finely processed matte or “haresfur” glazes.

He was associated with several makers including Michael Andersen & Sons, but his best work came from his workshop in Teglkas-Ronne (on the island of Bornholm Denmark) .

Knud also produced pieces for Danish pottery Palshus.

I have had some of the delightful figurines by Knud in the first few images below: Knud Basse Figurine Knud Basse Figurine

Knud Base Cypher

Knud Base Cypher

Recently I discovered a delightful small form , out of Knud Basse’s own studio on Bornholm, which has a thorn like design and a wonderfully coloured glaze:

Knud Basse Own Studio Vase

Knud Basse Own Studio Vase

The “thorned” design above is similar to a very striking series of larger forms with thorns, which Knud created for Michael Andersen & Sons. These are highly valued, prized pieces to collectors. Read more

Lehmann Pottery Denmark

Lehmann Pottery Denmark

Lehmann Pottery was located on the island of Langeland in Denmark, but not much else than that has been documented about their history.

It’s most active period was in the 1960s and 1970s, but ran until 2016 when it closed under different operators.

I have seen a few references to Erik (Ulrich) Lundbergh Ebeltoft as designer/maker of Lehmann pottery, and I have had pieces stamped Lundbergh Ebeltoft with a very similar look and feel to them.

Most of the pieces from this pottery are instantly recognisable with their velvety red or orange glazes, and dark brown textured (Chamotte) clay.

Lemann pottery is often stamped with a very tiny impressed LEHMANN stamp on the base, and sometimes you will find a piece with an original triangular sticker if lucky, in which case it is usually not stamped as well.

Lehmann Denmark

Lehmann Denmark

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Royal Tettau Ria

Royal Tettau Ria Design

Royal Tettau is a German/Bavarian Porcelain manufacturer with a long history starting in 1794. I found quite a concise and comprehensive history about it HERE, with all the backstamps!

This very stylish design by Royal Tettau dates to between 1954 to 1968 and from what I can see, the forms of this series are called “Ria”, and the pattern is  “no. 1347, grauer Rand” (Grey Border), although these 2 terms are often transposed online and you can often find it simply called “Ria” and in Germany “Ria, 1347 Grauer Rand”

The lovely line pattern reminds me of Jessie Tait’s Midwinter “Sienna” design. The shapes are very elegant, stylish and speak of the 1950’s.

Royal Tettau Ria 1347

Royal Tettau Ria 1347

Royal Tettau Ria 1347

Royal Tettau Ria 1347 via “FromTheSeller” Etsy

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Figgjo//Stavangerflint “Florry”

Stavangerflint//Figgjo “Florry” 1960s

This is a design by Nils Aarrestad Siversten(b1920, Stavanger, Norway) called “Florry”. A stoneware (Ildfast) series. From what I can find the design dates to 1960 .

It was designed at Stavangerflint, and you can find some with the Stavangerflint stamp, and others with the Figgjo stamp – which means it was still in production when Figgjo and Stavangerflint merged in 1968.

Nils Siversten also designed for Stavangerflint “Amber”, “Bardu”, “Beito”, and “Karin” designs as well as a very popular series of decorative objects under the name of “Rondane”.

One of the charming features of this design is that the motif is a different colour on each side.

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Royal Doulton “Iris”

Royal Doulton “Iris” V1346

Sometimes there are designs which you come across which are simply blindingly beautiful, and this happened   when I saw this design as a set for the first time.

I don’t collect or buy a lot of Royal Doulton, but I do really like some of their series from the first half of the 20th Century, in particular from the Art Deco Era.

This is the era in which Doulton created some outstanding designs which were popular for decades to follow.

The pattern is  “Iris” V1346, which was manufactured between 1937 and 1940 – officially not in the Art Deco Era – but such an archetypal art deco design with its design of an Iris. The angles and forms are also an identifier of the Art Deco era.

The shapes I think are actually very similar to Royal Copenhagen of the same period – like Fensmark and Quaking Grass.

The hand painting on this set is exquisite, as is the use of colour and line. Each piece is like a work of art and it’s fascinating to see how it all fits together – e.g. when the cup is on the plate how the shapes and design relate to each other so well.


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Royal Doulton “Rosslyn”

Royal Doulton “Rosslyn” D5399

After 80+ years Royal Doulton Rosslyn is still a very popular design in Australia.  It is probably because it was so popular in its period – (designed in 1933 but produced for years) as a wedding gift – that many people grew up with either their mother or grandmother having at least a few pieces of the set, if not the whole thing. In this era dinner sets were huge, and usually consisted of over 100 pieces.

What I like about the Rosslyn pattern is its Art Deco look with the stylised floral motif combined which is combined with black line work on a cream coloured glaze. The floral design isn’t over fussy, and has an almost Japanese quality about it.

The black line work also reminds me of the Architecture of that period too and of the Californian Bungalow style (1920-1939) with its black timber work staining in each room (“Japaning” as it was called).

There was also a version of this which instead of the black outline, had an orange outline – but to me that version does not work. The orange line looks lost on the design, which loses its impact because of it.

Below are some images of pieces in this design which have passed through my hands. Royal Doulton Rosslyn Royal Doulton Rosslyn Royal Doulton Rosslyn Read more

Noritake Harlequin

Noritake Harlequin c1953

This beautiful set of Noritake “Harlequin” demitasse coffee cups is from c1953. I used to see them come up at auctions and online frequently, but they seem to be much more scarce now.

I just love the strong colours and the lusciously thick glaze on this design – and Noritake is one of the few makers who used gold without having it look tacky – to my mind anyway –  even with their totally gold glazed pieces.

It is fantastic how well these colours all go together in different combinations. Something about them also reminds me of children’s painted woooden building blocks from the same era – must be all those primary and secondary colours!

Noritake Harlequin c1953

Noritake Harlequin c1953

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