Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Upsala Ekeby Vikings

I just recently got the large Upsala Ekeby Viking by Taisto Kaasinen to go with his smaller friend.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Knud Basse Bear

Our bear collection is getting a little out of hand, but they're usually so cute.  I love the little white spot on his chest - plus, he sort of looks like one of our cats!  This one is designed by Knud Basse of Denmark.  I don't know if this was produced in his own studio (or if he even had one), or if this would have been produced by Palshus.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Deco Jars from Hålsingborg Sweden

More fun mid-century pottery - covered jars for jam (sylt) and pickled beets (rödbeta).  I found these at an antique store last weekend that is usually pretty overpriced - I was expecting the worst when I asked the price, but they were only $15 for the pair!  Unfortunately, they have a name that isn't really google-friendly (try googling "deco sweden"!) so I haven't found much information on them.  But adding "hålsingborg" gives a few results showing similar pieces.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Upsala Ekeby - Karlskrona Tray

I found this online and when I received it it totally exceeded my expectations!  I love the mid-century pattern, and the curves of the sides and handles are really unique.

Karlskrona Porslinsfabrik was joined with Upsala Ekeby in 1942 and produced until 1968.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Figgjo Flint Norge Bowl

We went antiquing today and this was the only result, but it was a good one!  We hardly ever find this Norge pattern by Figgjo Flint, and love it. The bowl has three "sides," one with a woman and goat, one with a woman churning butter, and one with a man planting seed.

I love the little storage house, too.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Elle Norway Tray

This is the third of my Elle pieces with this stylized floral pattern, although I think the argument could be made that they are butterflies based on this tray.  Unlike the other two, this one is completely unmarked on the back, but I'm fairly confident that it is Elle.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Elle Norway Plate

Another of my plates with the stylized flowers designed by MI (or M1?). This one is larger than yesterday's and had a different painter - I like the work of "S" on this plate a little bit more!  

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Elle Norway Plate

I have a few plates with this simple floral design, and I really like them. Based on my understanding of the back markings, the shape number for this size plate is 550; the original designer is "MI" (their initials?); and the person who actually painted this piece is "P."  I saw another example of this plate and design with identical markings but a different painter, and both places had the number 2113, so I wonder if that is the number of this particular design-?

I have two other examples in yellow that I'll post in the coming days.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Bing and Grondahl Marsvin

This is one of the porcelain figures that my grandma gave me at Easter when I was younger.  It is a guinea pig (marsvin) by Bing and Grøndahl.  The bottom is marked with the logo, shape number (2490), and the initials TR.   Based on the logo, this was made between 1970 and 1983.  In addition, the clay has some incised letters that look like K and the pi symbol (π).

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Souvenir Sandnes Plates by Figgjo

My grandma brought these souvenir plates back from one of her trips to Norway, probably in the 1950s based on the mark on the back.  They each say "Greetings from Sandnes."  I think this is the first time I've seen a Figgjo Flint sticker, too.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Rune Pattern by Nissen

This is an eBay purchase that arrived today.  We didn't necessarily need another set of dishes, but 40 pieces of Nissen dinnerware in the Rune pattern for only $30 was too good to pass up!  I didn't really know what to expect when we bought them, and the pictures made the pieces look a little dull, but in person the glazes and shapes are really nice!  Jens Quistgaard designed other patterns for Nissen/Kronjyden/Bing and Grondahl (like the Relief pattern), but I'm not sure if he also designed this.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Terra Norway Plate

I got this plate mainly because it has a really nice mark on the bottom, compared to the other Terra pieces I have.  It does have a nice folk-quality to it, though.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lisa Larson Cat

Monty is curious about this new Lisa Larson cat that looks just like him.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Elle Plate

I found another piece with a scenic design by Arvid Furuheim similar to the vase I have by him.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Porsgrund Platter

One of my grandma's Porsgrund platters.  The back is marked with the year (1966) and Handmåla T. Rønjom (Hand painted T. (I think Torstein) Rønjom).