Quite a rare find. This very attractive geometric design is Arabia Finland’s “Revontuli”, produced at Arabia from 1954 – 1963.
The form design is of course classic Kaj Franck, on his “TM” Shape, and the pattern design is by Raija Uosikkinen.
The TM shape was design by Franck in 1948, inspired by a coffee service in made by the Imperial Porcelain Factory of St. Petersburg for Emperor Paul 1 of Russia.
When designing this form Franck did not include a recess in the saucer to hold the cup, which kept the form pure in appearance – and as a consequence the saucer can also be used as a small sweet/cake plate.
Raija designed 3 colour-ways for the series as far as I can find out – Blue, Red and a Yellow Ochre.
Arabia Finland Revontuli Blue
Arabia Finland Revontuli Red
This is an Arabia Finland pattern you don’t see very often called “Pallas”.
It is very delicate china, with an equally intricate and delicate stylised floral pattern in gold.
The design is by Raija Uosikkinen, and produced c 1965-1970.
As far as I can tell it was a series of cups, saucer and plates – but not a complete dinner setting.
The sides of the cup are ribbed or scalloped – like a sea shell, which adds to the delicacy and overall feel of the design.
Arabia Finland Pallas
Arabia Finland Pallas
Wärtsilä (The owning company of Arabia Finland at the time) produced domestic enamel metal items starting in the early 1950s after their earlier takeover of company Kone-ja Siltarakennus in 1938. By by the 1950s the popularity of their enamel ware meant they were producing over 500,000 items per year.
In the early 1960s Wärtsilä rebranded their enamel ware division as Finel, and form designer Kaj Franck along with several of the Arabia pattern designers took their enamel ware in a new and very popular direction. The enamel ware out of Finel/Arabia from this era is now highly collectable and valued, by lovers of Scandinavian 20th Century Design.
Raija Uosikkinen and Esteri Tomula were two of these Wartsila/Arabia/Finel designers.
Recently I came across this stunning large enamel ware bowl with the “Knights” (Fi: Ritari) pattern by Raija Uosikkinen
Finel “Knights” Raija Uosikkinen
Because this ware was enamel on steel, it is now hard to find a piece without some level of chipping or wear to the enamel – but on bowls like the one above I think this light wear just adds to the charm of the design.
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