Quite a rare find. This very attractive geometric design is Arabia Finland’s “Revontuli”, produced at Arabia from 1954 – 1963.
The form design is of course classic Kaj Franck, on his “TM” Shape, and the pattern design is by Raija Uosikkinen.
The TM shape was designed by Franck in 1948, inspired by a coffee service in made by the Imperial Porcelain Factory of St. Petersburg for Emperor Paul 1 of Russia.
When designing this form Franck did not include a recess in the saucer to hold the cup, which kept the form pure in appearance – and as a consequence the saucer can also be used as a small sweet/cake plate.
Raija designed 3 colour-ways for the series as far as I can find out – Blue, Red and a Yellow Ochre.
Arabia Finland Revontuli Blue
Arabia Finland Revontuli Red
Anja Jaatinen-Winquist (b 1934 – ) started with Arabia Finland in the late 1960s while the company was going through a rapid period of change and expansion, and she continued working at Arabia in the product design department until 1974.
She designed several tableware services for Arabia including the M model “Karelia” with its iron oxide decoration, “Saara” (in production 1971-1976), and also Kalevala, and Paju (which came in both blue and yellow variations)
Anja was also a very skilled wheel thrower and made one-off items for the art department…although these works are very hard to find now.
Arabia Finland Saara
Arabia Finland Saara
Arabia Finland Paju Blue/Yellow
Arabia Finland, Esteri Tomula – Fennica
Often you will come across designs from different eras being given the same name…even though by the same manufacturer.
This is the case here with Arabia Finland “Fennica”. This beautifully intricate and delicate floral design featured is one by Esteri Tomula for Arabia Finland on forms by Brita Heilimo.
This Fennica design was in production 1953-1974, and very different from the later “Fennica” c 1970s which had the same forms as Arabia Ruska in a plain cream colour. ( I have seen slightly different dates for production – but I think the one above is most accurate).
On some of the designs of Fennica, the colour scheme is blue/green/grey as in the first photograph. On other variations of the design the colour scheme is blue, pink and grey as seen in the 3rd. photograph. There may be some other variations which I haven’t come across.
In a previous post on the work of Esteri Tomula for Arabia I wrote about how she was inspired by the flora of Finland which is certainly evident in this design, with its beautifully hand painted flowers and leaves, and delicate white “pearls” of enamel on some of the flowers.
This series seems to have consisted of decor items such as vases, boxes, decorative plates etc.