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Arabia Lustre Glaze Vase (Finland), 1917-1927

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ARABIA - FINLAND COLLECTION42 of 54Arabia - Wall-candleholderinteresting pieces - sydney australia
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Posted 4 years ago


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Founded in 1874, originally as a subsidiary of the Swedish Rörstrand, Arabia became an independent Finnish company in 1916, producing high-quality porcelain and stoneware to this day. The company is probably mostly known for its colorful 1960’s jam pots (the ‘Pomona’ line), the dark blue/purple ‘Valencia’ line designed by Ulla Procopé (1921-1968) in 1961 and the dark brown ‘Ruska’ also designed by Ulla Procopé (also in 1961) - apart from the more recent ‘Moomin’. The ‘Ruska’ stoneware is interesting – until relatively recently it was the kind of pottery nobody (at least here) would touch with a ten-foot pole: it was simply too brown, too 1960’s. But now, as the result of the retro wave it is suddenly fashionable again. Recently I had dinner in a very hip and trendy restaurant where coffee was served in Ruska cups!

However, in the early 20th century this characteristic type of marbled lustreware was manufactured at Arabia. I assume that they, like many others, followed the current trends and popularity of all things shiny! This vase (height 10 cm) has a very simple shape, but this type of pottery is found in a variety of shapes, sometimes with handles etc., and also in other colours such as a darker grey type and one in magenta/pink. I bought this vase from a private person for a very reasonable price – I come across this type of lustreware quite often and the prices vary a great deal.

Mark: a kiln with the letters APA in brown (the first A is illegible)), along with the number 148 and 'MADE IN FINLAND'. This mark was used by Arabia 1917-1927. It is quite easy to date Arabia pottery, thanks to the list of pottery stamps they have published on their own website:$file/Arabia_factorymarkings.pdf


  1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
  2. jensen jensen, 4 years ago
    Thanks a lot, Sean - and vetraio, ks85, and Gracay2004.
  3. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
    woooooooooooooooooooooow :P love it!
  4. inky inky, 4 years ago
  5. cogito cogito, 4 years ago
    Yet again expanding my world!
  6. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
    Jensen , I had asked iittala on facebook of whom was the designer of the luster ware , I do have one myself as of now !!! it will be here this week and the one , I have is very very very large!!!
  7. jensen jensen, 3 years ago
    Congrats, Sean! Yes, I have seen some very large ones from time to time - they were made in many different sizes and shapes!
  8. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
    Thankyou Jensen :) yes youll love this one when it arrives this week :)
  9. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
    Hello Jensen, iittala , gave me a link to the Arabia museum and there isn't even one on there or talked about , I did call David Mann at this am and said that these were a normal production at that time. so he also said he didn't even know , so these are still going as unknown as far as whom has designed these. :(
  10. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
  11. jensen jensen, 3 years ago
    GASP - this makes me consider buying all the Arabia vases I see here on flea markets and emigrate to the US, living off them for years! :-)
  12. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
    I hear ya Jensen!!!! lol :) Love your GASP!! :)

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