Lotus Position

Multicoloured group of Cathrineholm enamelware

Amongst the items of fresh stock for next week we’ve got some lovely Cathrineholm pots & pans that we recently picked up.

Orange Cathrineholm saucepan detail

This range of enamelware was designed by Grete Prytz Kittelsen in the 1950s.

Blue Cathrineholm saucepan

Grete Prytz was born in Norway in 1917 to a famous, Oslo-based family of goldsmiths.

olive green Cathrineholm kettle Olive green Cathrineholm kettle

Between 1936 & 1941 she studied at the National College of Arts & Crafts. After graduating she went to work for the family firm designing jewellery and metalware.

Dark blue Cathrineholm coffeepot

Enamelling was a Norwegian speciality in the early years of the 20th century, a technique which Grete revived, drawing on the family’s expertise in this field. Characteristic of her designs were the abstract motifs and striking colours such as her Lotus range illustrated here.

There was an exhibition of her work at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design (Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arkitektur og Design) in Oslo until the end of August 2008. There is also a book/catalogue to accompany the exhibition available here.

If you’re a collector or are interested in seeing more of this work have a look at the Lovers of Cathrineholm Designs Flickr group.

  • Wow, I had to close my mouth because I was drooling too much. =) We hardly see any Catherine Holm – I once saw one of the blue casseroles with lid but it was scratched up so we didn't get it. Have been regretting it ever since!

  • Marilynss

    I found a mint-in-box Catherineholm butter melter in Lotus pattern with original wrought iron stand (in box). Am trying to find out how to identify piece (has number on box) and rarity.
    Please email me if you have any info. Thanx
    So. Calif.

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