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Gustavsberg Eldorado – Wilhelm Kage

This beautiful and elegant stoneware dinnerware is Gustavsberg “Eldorado”. It is a design by Wilhelm Kage (b1889-d1960) for Gustavsberg, designed in 1936 by Wilhelm and in production much later from 1956-1962 (post the retirement of Kage). During the 1920 and 1930’s Kage designed over 30 dinnerware designs at Gustavsberg, several of which went into production post his retirement.

The dinnerware set of Eldorado consisted of serving dishes, casseroles, ramekins, plates etc. – but I’m unsure if cups/teapots etc were produced – I havent been able to locate any images of such.

So far I have come across 3 main variations of this design – Brun (a brown ochre colour),  Pastell ( a yellow colour ), and Grun (pale green) but there seem to be more out there – I also found a bowl with a hand-painted stripe pattern on a clear glaze. (see last photos below). The brown appears to have been the most popular going by the quantity available now on the secondary market.

Gustavsberg Eldorado Brun

Gustavsberg Eldorado Brun – Photo Ray Garrod

Gustavsberg Eldorado Brun

Gustavsberg Eldorado Brun – Photo Ray Garrod

Gustavsberg Eldorado Brun

Gustavsberg Eldorado Brun

Gustavsberg Eldorado

Gustavsberg Eldorado Green – Photo via Metropol Auctions

Gustavsberg Eldorado

Gustavsberg Eldorado Photo via HappyMooseVintage Etsy

Gustavsberg Eldorado

Gustavsberg Eldorado Photo via Metropol Auctions

Doing research into more about this smart dinnerware design, I came across an interesting article in the American Publication, Ceramics Monthly August 1954.  It is a very interesting read, although this design is not mentioned – here is an excerpt….

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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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