Friday, 27 January 2012

Cathrineholm Lotus enamelware

When I first came across Cathrineholm enamelware. I like many people thought that it was produced in Norway by a lady called Cathrine Holm, or maybe it was just designed by her, but I soon discovered that this classic design was actually produced by the metal working foundry company Cathrineholm that manufactured wrought iron, chains, nails and agriculture equipment, later moving onto enamelare, until a fire caused its closure in 1972.
There are many designs of Cathrineholm enamelware, some more popular that others. Probably the most well known designer has to be award winning, Grete Prytz Kittelsen. Born in 1917, Grete worked as an artist, goldsmith and enamel designer, and won numerous awards, she is also known as the “Queen of scandinavian design”
Cathrineholms most famous design, has to be the lotus ware pattern, a simple iconic pattern, which has become a timeless classic and highly sort after by collectors, for its striking design & functionality. Most people assume the lotus pattern was designed by Grete prytz Kittlesen, due to the shape and stucture, and the fact that so many Cathrineholm items where were designed by Grete Kittelsen.
However this is where the story takes a twist, it is infact Arne Clausen, we have to thank for this wonderful piece of design. Arne Clausen was an artist and worked at the factory as a decorator, apparently Clausens designs were added to kittelsens, without her knowledge. It is said that Grete Kittelsen, really didn't care for the pattern, and believed the collection should be void of decoration.
So we have both Arne Clausen and Grete Kittlesen, to thank for some of the most influential designs of the Scandinavian Art movement.
Arne Clausen should really get the recognition he deserves, so please spread the word. His family have recently allowed to produce ceramic bowls incorporating the stunning Iconic Lotus pattern.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

This week

This week, originally uploaded by planetutopia.

Sneaky preview of what I'm listing on eBay this week, including one of my precious Cathrineholm kettles, these will be listing tonight 19/01/12 at around 8 o'clock. Good luck poppets.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Cathrineholm lotusware

I love Cathrineholm enamel, originally uploaded by planetutopia.

Gone a little bit Cathrineholm mad this week, I just love saving identical items up for a while and then Photographing them all together, but soon they must find new homes.

Cathrineholm Kettles

Cathrineholm Kettles, originally uploaded by planetutopia.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

This week

This week, originally uploaded by planetutopia.

This weeks updates, the clear out continues, for all you bargain hunter's, all these item's will be up for auction, in our eBay shop, favourite finds have to be the 1970's blue enamel bowl, Finel casserole pot by Kaj Franck, and the onion lampshade.
Good luck if you bid.

Friday, 6 January 2012

January sale... clear out

This week, originally uploaded by planetutopia.

Having a clear out on eBay, rather than having a sale on the website, we are just putting everything to auction. Good luck if you bid.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

vintage new year

vintage new year, originally uploaded by planetutopia.

Happy New year to all my friends, followers and of course customers, hope you all had a great Christmas.
Lots planned for the New Year, these lovelies will be added to the website tomorrow. :)