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, 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. Near the end of the 50s, her products, manufactured by Hadeland Glassverk and Cathrineholm, were commonly found in Norwegian homes
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.
I have a Cathrineholm Pinboard on Pinterest here
And here is my modest collection.
Orla Kiely prints hanging behind my cathrineholm bowls.