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Arabia Finland, Esteri Tomula – Fennica

Arabia Finland, Esteri Tomula – Fennica

Often you will come across designs from different eras being given the same name…even though by the same manufacturer.

This is the case here with Arabia Finland “Fennica”.  This beautifully intricate and delicate floral design featured is one by Esteri Tomula for Arabia Finland on forms by Brita Heilimo.

This Fennica design was in production 1953-1974, and very different from the later “Fennica” c 1970s which had the same forms as Arabia Ruska in a plain cream colour. ( I have seen slightly different dates for production – but I think the one above is most accurate).

On some of the designs of Fennica, the colour scheme is blue/green/grey as in the first photograph. On other variations of the design the colour scheme is blue, pink and grey as seen in the 3rd. photograph. There may be some other variations which I haven’t come across.

In a previous post on the work of Esteri Tomula for Arabia I wrote about how she was inspired by the flora of Finland which is certainly evident in this design, with its beautifully hand painted flowers and leaves, and delicate white “pearls” of enamel on some of the flowers.

This series seems to have consisted of decor items such as vases, boxes, decorative plates etc.

Arabia Fennica

Arabia Fennica

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Arabia Finland, Esteri Tomula – Aamu, Flora, Botanica

Arabia Finland, Esteri Tomula

This lovely design “Aamu”, Arabia Finland and was designed by Esteri (Essu) Tomula (1920-1988). It was in production 1971-1973.

Such a simple and beautiful design, and so effective in both its boldness and use of that intense blue on white.

If you look closer at the design you can see a range of blue tones and details. The flower petals as well have delicately painted veins on the petals which add to the power of the design.

Arabia Finland Aamu - Esteri Tomula

Arabia Finland Aamu – Esteri Tomula

Arabia Finland Aamu - Esteri Tomula

Arabia Finland Aamu – Esteri Tomula

Arabia Finland Aamu - Esteri Tomula

Arabia Finland Aamu – Esteri Tomula

Essu had a long career with Arabia Finland for 40 years, and produced many designs that are now highly collectable. She started with Arabia in 1947 after graduating from the School of Applied arts (specialising in porcelain painting). She started in the hand painting department and soon moved to the department of applied arts. In the 1960s her designs were also printed on coffee and other enamel ware made my Finell Enamel.

Essu was inspired by the flora of Finland – which was a great match for the illustrational traditions and techniques of the 1940’s and 1950’s. Her technique was often to work with delicate black outlines which were made into transfer prints and then hand painted with areas of colour, easily apparent in designs such as Pastoraali. Read more