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Rorstrand “Party” – Marianne Westman

Rorstrand “Party” – a design by Marianne Westman for Rorstrand Sweden, c1950s.

This is just so beautiful! I love the muted colour scheme of soft grey and a mustard yellow on this design of stylised abstracted tulips. The attention to detail is lovely too – with the hand painted tiny black stems at the base of each flower. It is a design I had never seen before until very recently.

It probably dates to the mid 1950’s, although I haven’t been able to find any verified information about the design. The design is on the same forms as “Mon Amie” and many other Westman designs of this period. Large generous cups are a feature of this series of forms too. A joy to look at.

Rorstrand Sweden, "Party" - Marianne Westman - photos Ray Garrod

Rorstrand Sweden, “Party” – Marianne Westman – photos Ray Garrod

Rorstrand Sweden, "Party" - Marianne Westman - photos Ray Garrod

Rorstrand Sweden, “Party” – Marianne Westman – photos Ray Garrod

Rorstrand Sweden, "Party" - Marianne Westman - photos Ray Garrod

Rorstrand Sweden, “Party” – Marianne Westman – photos Ray Garrod

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Ivan Rabuzin for Rosenthal

Ivan Rabuzin ( 1921 – 2008) was a Croatian naive artist, with little formal training, who is said to have been one of the greatest naive style painters of our time. His work gives us a “vision of an eternal spring, untouched, heavenly nature and light with gentle pastel colours and poetic compositions that become a vision of Heaven on Earth” (From the Ivan Rabuzin website) 

In 1976 Rabuzin was engaged by Rosenthal to create a number of  “Art at the Table” designs for their Studio Line series. The shapes or forms these designs were placed onto were series by Hans Theo Baumann, Timo Sarpaneva, and Ambrogio Pozzi…..(I would be interested to know if there are more)

I recently came across one of Rabuzin’s most popular designs he created for Rosenthal Studio Line, called “Moj Dom” – in production 1986-1987.

The design is on a series of forms known as “Duo” by Italian designer Ambrogio Pozzi. The tall elegant vase with the Moj Dom design nicely displays Rabuzin’s style in its muted pastel hues, and a gentle and idealised composition which suits the Pozzi vase form so well. 

The design was a part large dinner service with many components, plus decor accessories. 

Rosenthal - Moj Dom, Ivan Rabuzin.

Rosenthal – Moj Dom, Ivan Rabuzin. Photo Ray Garrod

Rosenthal - Moj Dom, Ivan Rabuzin.

Rosenthal – Moj Dom, Ivan Rabuzin. Coffee Pot – Photo via Paulus Porcelain

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Villeroy and Boch, Canals of Amsterdam H E Roodenburg, 1960s.

H E Roodenburg (1895-1987) was a popular and well known Dutch Graphic Artist who became known for his cityscapes of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Gorinchem and Utrecht.

In the 1960s Villeroy and Boch released a large breakfast service featuring Roodenburg’s black-and-white etchings of Amsterdam’s canals and buildings known as ‘Het Grachtenservies’ (‘The Canals of Amsterdam’).

The parchment white of the porcelain used really highlights the charming etchings which are different on each piece, and an incredible amount of detail is visible in each drawing. They are fascinating pieces to hold and study while being used.

Villeroy Boch, Canals of Amsterdam

Villeroy Boch, Canals of Amsterdam – Coffee Cups (originally with saucers). Photo Ray Garrod

Villeroy Boch, Canals of Amsterdam

Villeroy Boch, Canals of Amsterdam – Coffee Pot – Photo Ray Garrod

Villeroy Boch, Canals of Amsterdam

Villeroy Boch, Canals of Amsterdam – Photo Ray Garrod

Villeroy Boch, Canals of Amsterdam

Villeroy Boch, Canals of Amsterdam – Sugar Bowl – Photo Ray Garrod

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