We should, in reality, be keeping this beauty to ourselves – but hey, it’s for charity! It’s a vintage Cathrineholm coffee pot in the white on orange Lotus pattern.
It’s up for sale by & in support of St Luke’s Hospice, Sheffield* and it’s in really lovely condition. The starting price is only £39.99, but I’m sure it will have a bid by the time this post is live. Cathrineholm coffee pots in this colour and condition regularly sell for around £135 – and the prices keep going up!
*St Luke’s Hospice, Sheffield cares for adults of all ages throughout Sheffield who have life-limiting illnesses and support their families. They’re a charity, and all their services are free of charge.
It was written not only with Greta’s close cooperation, but with extensive contributions from her – in the form of interviews, added text, selection of images and so on. You really are getting to know the artist intimately.
Greta was one of the foremost Scandinavian designers of the Mid-century Modern era – in addition to which she also collaborated with many of the other great names from the period.
She had “a thorough knowledge of materials, vast technical skill, independence and originality.”
Her work has directly touched the daily lives of countless thousands with her ranges of beautiful yet practical kitchen & tableware.
She’s rightly praised for making good design accessible as she simplified the production process wherever possible, thus keeping retail prices affordable.
She’s immediately associated with the iconic Lotus cookware produced by Cathrineholm of Norway in the 1950s – ironically, the repeating leaf pattern of the Lotus range was the work of another designer – Arne Clausen.
She was responsible for the form & colours of the range – and apparently preferred the enamel without the additional decoration.
Her range of products is vast – pots, pans, plates, cruets, bowls and cutlery.
There are decorative objects too, such as candelabra & vases…
…and not forgetting the beautiful jewellery – we just love her jewellery!!
The book is very well written – comprehensive, entertaining and informative.
It’s full of wonderful archive images, product advertisements & brochures.
Also, fabulous photographs of her work – which is some feat as the beauty of enamel is very difficult to capture in print.
The book concludes with a wonderful reference section including a fully illustrated catalogue of works and chronology.
It’s a must have book for anyone who shares our passion – or is not yet familiar with her work.
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 activities and services.
Amongst the items of fresh stock for next week we’ve got some lovely Cathrineholm pots & pans that we recently picked up.
This range of enamelware was designed by Grete Prytz Kittelsen in the 1950s.
Grete Prytz was born in Norway in 1917 to a famous, Oslo-based family of goldsmiths.
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.
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.