There’s such a goldmine of vintage Scandinavian designers from which to choose, we’ve decided upon yet another this week – Raija Uosikkinen (1923-2004).
She is probably most well-known for her fruity Pomona and folk art Emilia patterns for Arabia, where she worked from 1947 to 1986. She also designed annual Christmas commemorative collectors’ plates for the company between 1978 and 1983.
The Finnish designer’s work is most easy to find on Tradera (the Scandi version of eBay), Etsy and to a lesser extent on eBay.
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We’ve selected this gorgeous little item for this week’s favourite buy.
It’s from the Emilia range designed by Raija Uosikkinen for Arabia Pottery of Finland. She worked for the company from the 1960s onwards and produced some wonderful designs. The colourful preserve pots with stylised fruit decoration and the plates depicting the Kalevala legend also spring to mind.
This particular piece is a lidded sugar bowl… also perfect for jewellery, keys, loose change – or any small precious thing!
We really don’t come across pieces from this range too often, so it’s lovely to handle them. They’re incredibly detailed, but also have a charming simplicity. Coming to the shop soon!
Here are some of our favourite recent purchases – picked up at auction & flea markets over the past couple of weeks.
Items range from a 19th century country Windsor chair to 1970s alarm clock. There’s some lovely pottery including a large Arabia plate and 1950s handpainted pieces by Glyn Colledge. Also a nice selection of vintage kitchenalia and the best child’s sewing machine we’ve ever come across! For a full listing see below.
- antique stickback Windsor chair
- Campden Pottery dish decorated with an incised cockerel figure
- child’s 1950s Vulcan sewing machine
- trio of 1970s T G Green tea, coffee & sugar containers
- aluminium measuring cup
- wooden perpetual desk calendar
- Hornsea Pottery owl mug
- large Arabia plate designed by Raija Uosikkinen
- hand painted Glyn Colledge/Langley Pottery vase
- lemon yellow alarm clock
- vintage 1950s Tala aluminium flour, sugar and cereal canisters
- striped pottery oil/vinegar pot
- handmade Eldfast Hoganas Keramik fish plate
- hand painted Glyn Colledge/Denby Pottery atomic pin dish
- atomic, wall mountable wire plant pot holder
We’re hoping to make this a regular post. It will enable us preview items about to hit the shop – and also share with you photos of goodies that might just take that bit longer to be prised away.
Any of you vintage fans born in 1979? This could be the perfect thing for you.
It’s one of a series of ceramic date plates produced annually by Arabia of Finland.
Designed by Raija Uosikkinen, they take their inspiration from the Kalevala – the epic national saga of Finland.
Here’s an extract from the English translation of Rune 33 from which this plate draws its reference:
From a tree the raven answered:
“O thou little silver buckle,
Only son of old Kalervo,
Why art thou in evil humor,
Wherefore sad in thy demeanor?
Take a young shoot from the thicket,
Take a birch-rod from the valley,
Drive thy herd across the lowlands,
Through the quicksands of the marshes;
To the wolves let one half wander,
To the bear-dens, lead the other;
Sing the forest wolves together,
Sing the bears down from the mountains,
Call the wolves thy little children,
And the bears thy standard-bearers;
Drive them like a cow-herd homeward,
Drive them home like spotted cattle,
Drive them to thy master’s milk-yards;
Thus thou wilt repay the hostess
For her malice and derision.”
You don’t have to be born in 1979… they were made from the mid 1970s to the late 1990s. That gives a good span of potentially significant years – birthdays, anniversaries etc.
And don’t mind if there isn’t a special date to be marked… the artwork is so fabulous, they’re covetable for the patterns alone.
Having said that, there’s sure to be a few completists out there who are just going to have to have the full set – and we wouldn’t blame you!!