And then I discovered Cathrineholm. And then I discovered Vintage Enamelware in general. Oh dear.
Now that I am familiar with Vintage Enamelware, I can see that I was always the sort of person who would find this stuff appealing, I had just not discovered it. I've always had a soft spot for aprons, and that feeling of mid-century domestica. I've often fantasized about being a 1950's housewife, and wearing pretty dresses and aprons while baking some sort of fabulously rich-but-oh-so-simple cake from scratch in my retro oven. Cathrineholm (or 'CH' as many collectors simply refer to it as) and other makers of mid-century Enamelware appeal that to very part of me; the part that longs for the simply, bright, clean, domestic life of the mid-century.
(Of course, I realize that the 1950's were not at all an ideal time for north american women... and not wish to TRULY return to those times but there are little aspects of that time that appeal to me greatly-- like colour bowls and pitchers... and aprons)
Cathrineholm 'Lotus'- 1962. Designed by Grete Prytjz Kittelsen & Arne Clausen.
These lovely bowls (and other kitchenware-- but I only collect the bowls) were produced by the 'Cathrineholm' factory in Norway in the early 1960's. Cathrineholm actually produced many different bowls/kitchenware of many different designs. However, most famous and recognizable (and most beautiful, in my opinion) is the 'Lotus' design by Kittelsen & Clausen.
These bowls come in an array of colours with green being the most common, and pink being the most rare. At the time of writing this (2015) a 8" green bowl will sell on eBay for about $50 usd. An 8" pink bowl would fetch $600+. All of the colours are collectable, but the reds & pinks bring it to a whole new level. I presently only have greens and blues... but would do shameful things to get my hands on a couple reds or pinks.
Dansk 'Kobenstyle'- 1955-1965 - Designed by Jens Quistgaard.
Personally, I am not particularly interested in the colours from the 70's onwards. It's only very early Dansk Kobenstyle that appeals to me. And only the #703, #704, and #708 pitchers. The rest of the line (the dutch ovens, and coffee pot, and pans) don't tickle me in the same way as the pitchers-- for whatever reason.
As mentioned above, Dansk actually produced two shades of yellow. Initially it was just 'Yellow' (which is the shade I believe that I have) and then in 1965 they introduced the 'Sun Gold' yellow. 'Sun Gold' yellow, from my research, seems to be a darker, more buttery shade than the one I have.
In the mid/late 70's, Dansk production was moved to parts of Asia. At that point, the logo (each Dansk piece is logo-stamped on the bottom letting you know where it was produced-- all of my pieces are stamped Denmark) was changed to an 'international' label. (Booooring!)
Red is by far the most common colour in the Dansk Kobenstyle line up. It is the only colour that was produced for the duration of Dansk's history. Every other colour experienced a discontinuation of some sort, at one point in time or another. A red pitcher on eBay will set you back about $40.
Turquoise and Yellow are easy enough to find, though tend to cost you a bit more. A selling price of $50-$60 is pretty standard.
Blue has been my hardest to find so far. Despite having been in production between 1965-1975, they very rarely pop up on eBay. When you see one, you have to act quick. I was SUPER excited to scoop up my beauty just a couple months ago.
At this point, I have 4 Dansk (Denmark) pitchers. I the last 2 that interest me are the 'Sun Gold' yellow, and the Lime Green. Lime Green is particularly hard to find because it was only produced for ONE year between 1955-1956, and then again from 1974-1976. If I could find a '55 Lime Green I would pee my pants like a little girl.
Arabia/Finel 'Hearts'- Mid 1960's- Designed by Kaj Franck
Arabia of Finland is a Finnish company which is still producing beautiful tableware to this day. In the mid 1940's, Finel brought on designer Kaj Franck to head their design department. Franck immediately set to work with the company releasing many very adorable (very collectable) designs. Of which, is my favourite, the 'Hearts' collection.
Despite their collectability, many of Kaj Franck's designs don't especially appeal to me. I even find some of them to be downright ugly. However the Hearts collection, makes my toes tingle.
The Heart bowls are quite easy to find. They come in 2 sizes (of which, I only have the smaller) They're all over eBay all the time for $40-$60 (depending on size and condition). The pitcher is next hardest to find. It's not often found at all on eBay, and when it is, it will usually go for $100-$150. The mugs are even harder to find. I was fortunate enough to scoop those up on a Facebook Enamelware Collector's page for a very reasonable price. I'd love to add 2 more to my collection.