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Hutschenreuther Hartkeramik Dinnerware

This very seventies looking design is from German maker Hutschenreuther.

The pieces in this dinner set are a high fired stoneware.  The glaze is a glossy orange glaze on a brown clay. Where thinner the glaze allows the brown clay body to show through (e.g. the ridges and corners), but also on the outside of each piece often the orange glaze has brown undertones on smaller pieces. The glaze also has a lovely subtle orange peel type texture in parts.

It was part of the “Hartkeramik” series from Hutschenreuther head designer Renée Neue in the 1970s. Neue is well known for his use of bright bold colours, striking vases, and the bold dinnerware designs for the company during this period. 

The forms in this series bear some stylistic similarity to the well known Thomas Germany, “Scandic Shadow” series of tableware designs by Scandinavian ceramic designer Hertha Bengtson, and is typical of the design from this era. 

Hutschenreuther, Germany Hartkeramik Dinnerware

Teapot from Hutschenreuther, Germany:  Hartkeramik Dinnerware Series

 

Hutschenreuther, Germany Hartkeramik Dinnerware

Tea Cup/Saucer from Hutschenreuther, Germany.  Hartkeramik Dinnerware Series.

 

Hutschenreuther, Germany Hartkeramik Dinnerware

Lidded Casserole from Hutschenreuther, Germany.  Hartkeramik Dinnerware Series.

 

Hutschenreuther, Germany Hartkeramik Dinnerware

Soup Cup, Hutschenreuther, Germany.  Hartkeramik Dinnerware Series

 

Hutschenreuther, Germany Hartkeramik Dinnerware

Hutschenreuther, Germany. Hartkeramik Dinnerware Series.

Hutschenreuther, Germany Hartkeramik Dinnerware

Milk Jug and Sugar Bowl, Hutschenreuther, Germany.  Hartkeramik Dinnerware Series.

The backstamp on this series features the Hutschenreuther Lion logo and the Hartkeramik stamp. 

Hutschenreuther, Germany Hartkeramik Dinnerware

Backstamp on Hutschenreuther, Germany – Hartkeramik Dinnerware Series.

Below, one of the bolder colour combinations on dinnerware from the same period by Renée Neue for Hutschenreuther which he is probably better known for, than for the use of a single colour on his ceramic designs. 

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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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