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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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Rorstrand “Mon Amie” Marianne Westman

Marianne Westman (1928-2017) is one of the most loved and well known designers of 20th Century Swedish ceramics.

In her time at Rorstrand Sweden where she worked from 1950 to 1971, her skill in design and her ability to identify new trends meant that during their peak, her designs like Mon Amie and Picknick represented almost half of Rorstand’s massive volume of sales.

Marianne’s first design for Rostrand was Mon Amie, released in 1952 – based on her earlier drawings of white Labrador tea flowers. It was to become one of her most popular designs, and was re-released (on updated forms) by Rorstrand in 2008 to celebrate Marianne’s 80th Birthday.  It is powerful design which still resonates with people today.

Her skilful designs of the 1950s and 1960s have a distinctive, often light hearted feel about them which are stylistically so indicative of the era – and it is the designs from this era which appeal to me the most. Mon Amie, Picknick, Pomona, Verdura, Knorr, Verdura and Tippa are some of these charming early designs by Marianne.

Recently I was fortunate enough to come across a few pieces of Mon Amie:

 

 

Rorstrand Mon Amie

Rorstrand Mon Amie – Cane Handled Teapot

Rorstrand Mon Amie

Rorstrand Mon Amie

 

Rorstrand Mon Amie

Rorstrand Mon Amie – Open Sugar Bowl on Saucer

Rorstrand Mon Amie

Rorstrand Mon Amie

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