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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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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