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Midwinter Designs by Charles Cobelle

Midwinter Designs by Charles Cobelle

When I first found the Midwinter Pottery items in the first image below at an auction, I was reminded of the work of French artist Leger…….I was on the right track at least (French)

The design turns out to be by painter Charles Cobelle (born Carl Edelman (1902-1994).  His early career was in France then continued in the U.S. from the 1920’s.

I found a record of the design in the Midwinter Pottery book by Steven Jenkins. The design is called Desert Scene, and is a transfer print from a painting by Cobelle – It is known as a pattern on a range of dinner ware in the “Fashion Shape” (c 1955-1960)

Midwinter Dinnerware- Charles Cobelle Desert Scene

Midwinter Dinnerware, Charles Cobelle Desert Scene

Here is a fascinating summary of the life and work of Cobelle from Wikipedia: Read more

Soholm Denmark, Burgundia

Soholm Burgundia Series

The shapes for this very modernist looking series were designed by Holm Sorensen, and the pattern/glaze/decoration by Svend Aage Jensen in 1956. Many of the same forms were used on the now very rare “Zambesi” series by the same collaborators and other series in the same decade.

The base glaze on Burgundia is a satin black, and the pattern has various designs hand-painted in white, yellow and pale blue.

It is hard to know exactly how many forms there were in this series, but there seems to have been a large number – some of which are now very very rare – like the coveted Bull, and the Stork.

Soholm Burgundia Design, Ewer

Soholm Burgundia Design, Ewer – Side View

Soholm Burgundia Design, Ewer

Soholm Burgundia Design, Candle Holder

Soholm Burgundia Design, Candle Holder

Soholm Burgundia, Bowl

Soholm Burgundia, Bowl – photo via Pinterest

Soholm Burgundia Design, Vase

Soholm Burgundia Design, Vase – this form came in 5 sizes.

Soholm Burgundia Group

Soholm Burgundia Group from Lauritz.com Auction House Denmark

Soholm Burgundia, Bowl

Soholm Burgundia, Bowl

From the book "Søholm - Bornholmsk keramik"

Burgundia forms, From the book “Søholm – Bornholmsk keramik”

Soholm Burgundia Ewer Vase

Soholm Burgundia Ewer Vase – Via Pinterest

KPM Denmark, Kjøbenhavns Porcellains Painting

KPM Denmark, Copenhagen Porcelain Painting Factory

The design below is  commonly referred to as Black Rose

It was made by KPM  or “Kjøbenhavns Porcellains Painting” (The Porcelain Painting Workshop of Copenhagen) which was owned by Niels Holst and Christian Knudsen who bought it in 1924. (Not to be confused with the German company Royal Porzellan Bavaria KPM)

They ran KPM Denmark conjointly with what became “Niels Holst & Son A/S”, and was later known simply as Lyngby until its closure in the 1960s. The stunning designs from Lyngby in  the 1960s are better known, but those from its KPM era are less well known these days.

The very 1950s looking design is the sort of one people will either love or hate, with not much in between probably. I love the exuberance of the design – even though its not the sort of thing I would own as a dinner set.

This design reminds me how popular black or black/grey and white was as a colour scheme on domestic dinnerware in the 1950’s….as well as the frequent use of silver/platinum coloured trim on designs for the domestic market.

The shape of the black rose pieces is called Vallø. It was a form used quite frequently by KPM in the 1950s with different patterns.

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

KPM Denmark, Black Rose Design

You should normally be able to find a range of designs from KPM from this era online. The two below I found on Etsy writing this article. Read more

Royal Copenhagen Fredensborg 937

Royal Copenhagen 937

Royal Copenhagen Fredendsborg (design no. 937) is a beautiful plain cream coloured porcelain design, with a luxurious gold trim.

It is a design by Thorkild Ohlsen who designed the famous Fensmark and Quaking Grass Designs I have posted about previously.

The pieces in this are the same shape and size and colour as Fensmark and Quaking Grass, but it always amazes me how a change of colour and pattern (or in this case no pattern) can transform a form.

The glaze on this series (937) has a luxurious clotted cream colour, with an equally luxuriant gold trim on the pieces.

Simple, elegant and timeless.

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg Stamp

Royal Copenhagen, Design 937, Fredensborg Stamp on shape 9481

Soholm Denmark, 2 Sunflower Designs

Soholm Denmark, Sunflower Designs

As often happens when researching ceramics, I come across 2 or more different series by the same producer with the same name – but very different in style and appearance.

The first vase pictured below is a Soholm Denmark Solsikke (Sunflower) Design vase on form no. 2036 (which is normally seen with the Soholm Burgundia pattern).

Its production dates to around 1958. It is now quite a rare design. Holm Sorensen is attributed to the form design and Svend Aage Jensen to the decor. Both the stylish form and the smart graphic design elements are immediately identifiable as designs of the 1950s.

Soholm Sunflower Vase Sorensen/Jensen

Soholm Sunflower Vase Sorensen/Jensen

Soholm Sunflower Vase Sorensen/Jensen

Soholm Sunflower Vase Sorensen/Jensen

Soholm Sunflower Vase Sorensen/Jensen

Soholm Sunflower Vase Sorensen/Jensen

Soholm Sunflower Vase Sorensen/Jensen

Soholm Sunflower Vase Sorensen/Jensen

The next images are from a series at Soholm which has the same name, by Einar Johansen, and which was produced between 1966 and 1968. This series as a more rustic feel about it, and more “earthy” tones – again reflecting a different era of “back to nature” and the handmade. Read more

Figgjo Norway, Market Design

Figgjo Norway, Market

Figgjo Norway, “Market” was designed in 1963 by Turi Gramstad Oliver, straight after she had designed Lotte. Each shape of the Market series features a different scene of characters at food markets dressed in folk style costumes.

The colours are hues of green and yellow on a white ground. It was in production from 1966-1980.

In its era, Market was as popular as the Lotte design, but the most admired design of the two now, 60 years or so later, seems to be Lotte. Both Lotte and Market have a similar look and feel to them with their quirky and delightful characters, costumes and settings.

Figgjo "Market" Design Cups

The design on every form is different, as is the case with Lotte. I haven’t yet come across a complete list of the forms in these series, but I continue to find a shapes that are new to me. Figgjo of this era was exported worldwide in large numbers – and especially to Australia, the U.S. and Canada where designs such as Market and Lotte are still very popular on the secondary market – but now to a whole new generation. Read more

Figgjo Annemarie

Figgjo Norway, Annemarie

Kirsten Selmer Medgård designed the decor of Annemarie which was produced between 1971 and 1977. The form designers were Jørg Lion Nilsen and Ragnar Grimsrud who designed many of the forms for Figgjo in this era.

The pieces from the Kirsten Dekor series are typified by their bright, bold and colourful “flat” floral designs – but it seems the designs are much harder to find that Turi design pieces – perhaps made in smaller number due to the popularity of series like Lotte and Market.

Kirsten also design the stunning “Saturn” design for Figgjo which seems to be incredibly rare. It has equally bright, bold graphics in her distinctly “flat graphics” style – this time in stunning blue hues.

Figgjo AnneMarie

Figgjo AnneMarie

Figgjo AnneMarie

Figgjo AnneMarie

Figgjo AnneMarie

Figgjo AnneMarie

Figgjo AnneMarie

Figgjo AnneMarie

Figgjo AnneMarie

Figgjo AnneMarie Backstamp

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Denby Potter’s Wheel

Denby Potters Wheel

Denby “POTTERS WHEEL”  was designed by David Yorath, 1973.

The forms for this dinnerware were actually designed by Gill Pemberton in her Bokhara series, and given a new life with David’s pattern & colours.

Potter’s Wheel was produced between 1974 and 1987. It has a simple otameal and iron oxide brown glaze and  simple pattern of concentric circles.

There are varations in the intensity of the colours much like other Denby stoneware.

The centre area of the plates was glazed in either a rust, yellow, green or blue colour (but finding a plate other than in rust colour is very rare these days)

Denby Potter's Wheel

Denby Potter’s Wheel

Denby Potter's Wheel Plate

Denby Potter’s Wheel Plate

Denby Potter's Wheel

Denby Potter’s Wheel Bowl

Denby Potter's Wheel Plates

Denby Potter’s Wheel Plates

Denby Potter's Wheel

Denby Potter’s Wheel

Denby Potter's Wheel Colours

Denby Potter’s Wheel Colours

There was also a range of giftware designed to match this set which I really like. Each piece is different because they were hand-painted.  The range seems to consist of vases, jardinieres, and small bowls. I really like the texture and finish of these pieces and their design is timeless.  David also made a number of one off pieces in similar colour-ways to these. Read more