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Friday, August 24, 2012

My Latest Obsession Catherineholm



I was going along just fine, until one day my son said to me "have you heard of Cathrineholm?" That was all it took, and a photo of the design, to make me fall in love. The way these pieces compliment my love of Orla Kiely was a bonus.

Here's a little history from WikiPedia and another site

Grete Prytz Kittelsen (born Margrethe Adelgunde Prytz) (28 June 1917, Oslo - 25 September 2010, Oslo), was a Norwegiangoldsmith, enamel artist, and designer. She is one of the most well-known Norwegians in the Scandinavian Design movement,[1] and has been referred to as the "Queen of Scandinavian Design"

As one of the leading artists of the Scandinavian Design movement, Kittelsen received several awards and honors in the 1950s, including the Lunning Prize in 1952, and the 1954 Grand Prix at the Triennale in Milan for her enamel collection. From 1954 to 57 she participated in the "Design in Scandinavia" exhibition, shown in several places in the United States and Canada.[2] Near the end of the 50s, her products, manufactured by Hadeland Glassverk and Cathrineholm, were commonly found in Norwegian homes

About Cathrineholm from this site

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Above is the Cathrineholm factory, which is no longer in existence.
Contrary to what many people believe, Cathrineholm isn’t the name of a person; it’s the name of a factory located outside of Halden in Norway. The Cathrineholm factory began production in 1907 as an ironworks manufacturer and made wrought iron products and agricultural equipment. For a period, they also manufactured signs for advertising and general household items made of enamel on steel. Due to changing economic circumstances, the Cathrineholm factory later evolved into producing enameled kitchenware.
Although Grete Prytz Kittelsen is probably the best known contract designer that worked in association with the Cathrineholm factory, she was only one of many. As a collector, this is important to note as Grete’s work with Cathrineholm is typically much more sought after than the work of other contract designers. Grete’s work with Cathrineholm began in 1955 and continued until the exit of her friend, Gunnar Klein, in 1972 due to financial difficulties.
Since 1975, no new pieces have been created under the Cathrineholm or Standex brands. And this makes us want to die inside a little bit.

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I have a Cathrineholm Pinboard on Pinterest here
And here is my modest collection.
Orla Kiely prints hanging behind my cathrineholm bowls.

4 comments:

cathywhatisoldisnew said...

I found one of those bowls at Goodwill a couple of years ago for $1.99. I didn't know anything about it other than I could tell it was vintage by the heavy weight of the metal and I loved the retro style. I saw my exact bowl on the cover of Better Homes and Garden that summer! I love your collection and hope to add to my "one bowl" collection someday! Thanks for sharing all the history.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Hi Margo!
I've not ever heard of Catherineholm...but I believe I've seen it!

I'm picturing Fondu! ...as a kid... very Mod/ or Mid Century Mod...whatever. I love the colors and I think it looks great!

I am sooo wishing I could be at that sale tomorrow.

I think it was this time last year, that Ki was there and I met her and you...

have fun and sell a bunch! ~Pat

Shabby Vintage Junk said...

LOVE your collection Margo....I'll be on the lookout for you when I'm tramping the 'fields' in a few weeks....!!

Hope you had a GREAT weekend....!!

Cheers,
Tamarah :o)

JunqueMagnet said...

These have been on my radar forever. I think you sent out some good vibes because two days after I read this I found a saucepan at the thrift store. Complete with lid and wooden handle. Swooning I was!! At last! Thanks for sharing and I'm hoping your good luck keeps working for me so I can find more!!

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