Posts Tagged ‘Grete Prytz Kittelsen’

Charity Vintage: Cathrineholm milk pan

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

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vintage Cathrineholm milk pan for sale on eBay for Charity by & in support of Midleton Elderly Aid
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This vintage orange on white Cathrineholm milk pan is currently being auctioned on eBay for Charity.  It’s been listed with just a single photograph which shows a bit of scorching to the wooden handle. However, the enamel looks to be in very good nick. It’s for sale by & in support of Middleton Elderly Aid over in Leeds.

Unfortunately, they’ve spelt Cathrineholm wrong and haven’t mentioned the Lotus pattern. Hopefully potential buyers will find it despite this. Perhaps this is why it’s top bid is still only 99p despite being on eBay for Charity for two days and counting. The current going rate on eBay at the moment, for examples with a bit of wear & tear, is about £20.

Currently, in addition to the milk pan, Midleton Elderly Aid also have listed a matching medium-sized saucepan and skillet/frying pan – both in similar condition. If you bid on and win all three, postage costs will tumble!

*Middleton Elderly Aid intends to promote independence amongst the over-60s population of the Middleton area through a range of activites and services.

Charity Vintage: Orange Cathrineholm bowl

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

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vintage orange & white enamel Cathrineholm 'Lotus' bowl up for auction on eBay for Charity by Strut for Charity
Orange Cathrineholm bowl being sold in support of Strut in the Community*
(Ends 6 Feb, 2013 20:18:33 GMT)

Last week we helped a charity to publicise a Miroslav Sasek matchbook that they we’re auctioning on eBay. Then we thought – why don’t we do this more often? And so we shall!

This is the first of a new feature where we highlight vintage goodies listed on eBay where 100% of the sale is given to charity.

*Strut in the Community offers respite care for children with special needs by organising After School Clubs, Youth Clubs, Playdays & Residential Holidays

Forthcoming Attractions: Early May 2012

Friday, May 4th, 2012

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vintage orange enamel Cathrineholm "Lotus" kettle with vintage orange floral patterned apron and orange floral print Staffordshire Pottery mug

There isn’t the usual number of items in this Forthcoming Attractions post. It’s just that they really summed up the last few days. We had a magazine photoshoot on Wednesday chez H is for Home. The groovy flower-power apron represents the hours of cleaning we had to do before they arrived – and the fabulous Cathrineholm kettle represents the endless cups of tea that kept us going! It’s not that we live in a dirty house or anything, but there’s a constant battle against coal dust & dog fur.

Both items will be hitting the shop soon – and a further post about the photoshoot will follow very shortly too!

Lotus Position

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

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.

A leaf out of our book

Friday, February 29th, 2008

potato print of tree with birds

Our current series of blog posts is looking at the inspiration of nature on artists- previous themes being fish, birds and flowers.

leaf shaped glass dish

This week we’re putting leaves & leaf-inspired designs into the spotlight. Sometimes it’s the whole object that takes the form of a leaf as with the glass dish above, but more often it’s the decoration.

Cathrineholme lotus pattern enamel kettle Cathrineholm lotus design enamel coffee pot

Lotus pattern enamelware designed by Grete Prytz Kittelsen for Cathrineholm of Norway – produced in many colours including green, yellow, blue, red, orange and black.
Leaves lend themselves very well to simple, pared down designs.

detail of1950s waste paper basket detail of plate
1950s leaf detailing

The repeating pattern of leaves on a stem is very strong visually.

Iden Pottery vase Rambouillet plate
Iden Pottery vase :: Boch Rambouillet plate

tall jug by Villeroy & Boch
Villeroy & Boch jug

One of favourite designers, Stig Lindberg, used a very similar repeating leaf pattern to great effect in his Bersa collection for Gustavsberg.

Enamelware kettle designed by Stig Lindberg
Bersa enamelware kettle

Grete Prytz Kittelsen and Stig Lindberg along with many other influential Scandinavian designers are covered in a great book – Scandinavian Design, Charlotte & Peter Fiell.
Designs were sometimes more free-flowing as in this 1950s Wade Pottery cup & saucer.

1950s Wade pottery cup & saucer

All the pieces above date from the 1950s, 60s and 70s – here are a couple of older examples. We love these rustic iron candle holders and have got quite a collection!

leaf shaped iron candle holder leaf shaped iron candle holder
Victorian candle holders

PS – We’re not sure precisely which day yet- but the H is for Home website is going live next week. We’ll be doing our next blog on the day we go live- so stay tuned!