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Rorstrand “Palett”

Rorstrand “Palett” is an impressive and bold design, which appears to be from the late 1960s or early to mid 1970’s, but sadly its designer is not known. It has elements in the design that many of the designers at Rorstand during this period used.

The design features hand painted bands in warm ochre hues with a blue circle as the centre of the design on most forms. There appear to be some variations on this theme – but at this stage I’m not sure if they are Palett or other named designs so will leave that idea alone for now.

It seems a hard design to find, and there are not a lot of images of it online, and they consist mostly of plates or bowls, but I did manage to find a photo of a cup that was for sale below.

It is also a difficult word to search for also, as even in quotation marks “Palett” changes to other spellings on search engines. If anyone comes across the designer listed in some archive, book or other publication I would love to know.

Rorstand Palett

Rorstand Palett – Photo Ray Garrod

Rorstand Palett

Rorstand Palett – Photo Ray Garrod

Rorstand Palett

Rorstand Palett Backstamp

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Rorstrand Blue Fire – Hertha Bengtson

Hertha Bengtson designed “Blue Fire” for Rorstrand Sweden in 1949, and it was in production from 1951-1971. It became a hugely popular design both in Sweden and internationally with its sweeping and bold biomorphic forms, and  intense blue glaze.

It was the first major dinner service designed by Hertha, who unlike many of her peers had a strong interest in the design of dinnerware.

It is a slip cast earthenware porcelain with a subtle and quite beautiful moulded herringbone pattern  which isn’t always apparent at first glance.

Some pieces of the dinnerware are in bright white, contrasting with the intense blue of the other forms. It was also released with a deep red coloured glaze. I have read that it was also released in a grey and a green – but haven’t been able to find any record of those colours.

Rorstrand Blue Fire

Rorstrand Blue Fire – large platter

Rorstrand Blue Fire

Rorstrand Blue Fire – Large Platter

Rorstrand Blue Fire

Rorstrand Blue Fire – Small Bowl

Rorstrand Blue Fire

Rorstrand Blue Fire – Small Dish

 

Rorstrand Blue Fire

Rorstrand Blue Fire Teapot Image via shop “MrsMarvellousVintage” Etsy

Rorstrand Blue Fire

Rorstrand Blue Fire – white and blue components, Image via “TheSaleRoom”

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Bucka Nissen Denmark, Bregentved

The elegant and stylish pattern on this dinnerware matches the equally elegant and stylish forms it is placed on. It seems to have been a very popular pattern in its time as I have come across it quite often over the years. The soft pastel colours and stylish leaf motifs date it to  sometime in the 1950s.

The pattern is called “Bregentved”, and there was also a series of glassware made to match this design made by Lyngby Glassworks Denmark.

The pattern is on dinnerware from a company called Bucka & Nissen (Also spelled Bucha & Nissen) who was a wholesale dealer and distributor of glass and ceramics founded in 1849 in Germany, which opened also in Copenhagen in 1865. From 1865 the two branches of the company then operated as separate companies – the German one closing in 1937 and the Danish one closing in 1968.

It is not clear if the design was printed onto “blanks” from Eschenbach Bavaria, or simply a finished product over-stamped by Bucka & Nissen for sale in Denmark under the Bucka Nissen brand name. Either way it is a very smart and design with classic mid-century elements, on high quality German porcelain.

Bucka-Nissen Denmark "Bregentved"