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Arabia Finland, Anemone and Rosmarin

Arabia Finland designs Anemone and Rosmarin were patterns designed by Ulla Procope, both around the same time. I see variations between the exact dates, but both appeared to have been in production c1962 to c1976. I have seen Anemone described as being in production until 1993, but only from 1 source.

The designs are on the same “S” shape series of forms as was “Ruska” and several other designs.

I find it fascinating how just a single colour can transform the appearance and often monetary value of otherwise the same object. Perhaps it has something to do with changing tastes. The brown reddish iron oxide of Rosmarin might remind too many people of the 1970s or 1980s whereas the blue of Anemone seems more timeless.

Anemone tends to bring much higher prices on the resale market than Rosmarin.

The pattern is the same, and forms are the same – its only the colour that is different. This colour though changes the appearance of how the design ‘sits’ on the surface, in addition to the human eye often having a preference for blue colours over brown.

There are also more variations in intensity of colour in Rosmarin than in Anemone – the strength of the iron in the colour can vary from an almost wash-like appearance on some pieces of Rosmarin, to a wide range of dark and light iron oxide hues on other pieces. Anemone doesn’t seem to have quite the same variations.

It may also have something to do with the chemical difference between the 2 oxides – cobalt for Anemone, and iron for Rosmarin. Regardless though, I find it all quite interesting how colour can transform the same object.

Arabia Finland Anemone

Arabia Finland Anemone

Arabia Finland Rosmarin

Arabia Finland Rosmarin

 

Arabia Finland Anemone

Arabia Finland Anemone

Arabia Finland Rosmarin

Arabia Finland Rosmarin

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Denby Studio 1960s

This impressive looking series called “Studio” was released by Denby c1961 as a dinnerware set with a number accessories or decor items.

It seems pretty uncommon these days, except for some reason the accessories like jugs, small vases etc. which seem to pop up reasonably often.

The forms for this series were designed by Kenneth Clark who also designed the Gourmet range – and this shape was also used for Ode and Echo (a blue version of Ode).

 Kenneth Clark (1922 -2012)

“Took a domestic product that had become boring in its ubiquity and transformed it with technical knowledge and design flair into a vehicle of delight and usefulness. His designs honoured the traditions of studio pottery while incorporating the technical innovations of commercial potteries”

The glaze on studio is a beautiful speckled soft glossy grey with soft edged dark brown vertical lines. Inside the glaze is a glossy cream colour. The glaze would probably have been designed by either Albert or Glynn Colledge.

Denby Studio Tall Jug//Vase

Denby Studio Tall Jug//Vase

Denby Studio Cups – image via MotherMust Etsy

Denby Studio Jug

Denby Studio Jug – via ebay

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Midwinter Berkeley

Midwinter Berkeley is a design by Jessie Tait for Midwinter, produced 1969-1974. It is quite a rare design these days. The pattern was produced on the “Fine Shape” Series which Midwinter started in 1962.

The design consists of a band of squares in alternating olive and turquoise, with an alternating centre colour.

The design to me reflects the influence of colour theorist Joseph Albers....who’s work significantly influenced 20th Century Art & Design – including “Op Art”  popular in art, design and culture at the time – and especially big in Britain and Germany.

Midwinter Berkeley

Midwinter Berkeley

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Denby Romany

The Denby design “Romany”  is from the 1970’s – but I don’t have an exact date.

Apparently this striking glaze came about from an accidental mixing of the wrong proportions in a glaze recipe – and when it was fired and shown to Glynn Colledge he loved the effects of the glaze with its runs and thicker brown areas on top of the “old gold” glaze…so it went into production as a range.

It has that very 1970’s handmade feel about it, and is yet still contemporary – especially with some of the forms such as the bowl in the first image. Some of the pieces of Romany display lovely colour runs in the glaze, and the colour can vary from piece to piece quite a bit as you can see below – but this all adds to the charm of the design I think.

The Romany glaze has a lovely satiny smooth feel to the touch as well. Denby pottery is also all very tough stoneware – so if cared for it will easily last for decades.

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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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