Wednesday, January 16, 2013

History Lesson: Cathrine(holm) The Great



If money were no object, I would collect every piece of Cathrineholm lotus pattern enamelware out there! Alas, money (or lack thereof) is a very big object and I can only afford to ogle all the wonderful pieces that can be found on Etsy.

For the longest time, I thought Cathrineholm was a person, you know Cathrine Holm - admit it, you did too! Cathrineholm is actually the name of the factory outside of Halden, Norway that produced these iconic enamelware pieces from the mid-1950's through the late 1960's.

While Cathrineholm manufactured a number of lovely enamelware pieces; the lotus pattern is by far the most recognizable and sought after by collectors.

Created by designer Arne Clausen in 1962, this simple design quickly became Cathrineholm's best selling pattern; which explains why there are so many pieces still floating around today - lucky us!


Clockwise from left: Yellow Lotus Sauce Pan, Gallivanting GirlsGreen Lotus Plate, Bit Of ButterBlue Lotus Teapot, Paper SparksMini Lotus Bowls, Twin Hearts VintageBlack Lotus Dutch Oven, West Coast Modern.

25 comments:

gazaboo said...

Fabulous retro look and still so in and functional a half century later.
Love these pieces, great post, thanks Bryan!

Jaime Core said...

These designs are gorgeous, particularly that black dutch oven! I knew nothing about Cathrineholm before but now I'll keep my eyes peeled for it.

Anathalia said...

They are so beautiful! Fantastic blog post, Bryan!

stephania d. said...

lovely designs and such an interesting post!

ReconGirl said...

Love the pink so much! And the lotus pattern in general. Great pieces!

BeeJayKay said...

Thanks for introducing me to Cathrineholm! I'm in love!

Wicked Darling said...

Thanks so much for this post! I remember seeing this when I was a child, but knew absolutely nothing of the history of Cathrineholm. What gorgeous pieces! I LOVE the pink dutch oven! :)

aloofnewf said...

Wow!! I love the bold colors and graphic design!! I can see these pieces mixing well with a vintage as well a modern country style kitchen!

Anonymous said...

love love love c-holm! thanks for the super post!!

Kathi said...

one of my favorite patterns ever ! and I did think it was a person not a factory. great info

Whimzy Thyme said...

Fabulous! I keep hoping one day I will find one of these beauties at an estate sale. Thank you so much of the information!

Miss Magpies Shoppe said...

Love the excellent blog post! I am particularly fond of the blue and white nesting bowls. Thank you for sharing the great information and wonderful finds!

Elise said...

I am with you, Whimzy! I keep thinking I will find one also :) Beautiful blog post! The arrangement and the different items rock! Great presentation!

Sophie from Retrovert said...

I too love the striking lotus design of Cathrineholm. I was lucky enough to find one just like the casserole in the advert at the top. I haven't quite decided yet whether to keep it or sell it though!

Toni Oswald said...

I am slightly obsessed with those casserole dishes! And! I wouldn't mind a whole collection~ hehe Great blog!

Egle said...

Great tribute to the greatest artist!

Tracy Mcdaniel said...

I agree I also love Cathrineholm too!! Amazing colors they are ! Another great post :)

Rachel @ RhapsodyAttic said...

Awesome pieces here!! I love Cathrineholm! Thanks for the history lesson!! :)

Rhonda Beigert said...

Oh great! another thing for me to collect and obsess over. These are so cool!

Teresa said...

Love, love, LOVE! For some reason, these pieces are incredibly hard to find in the midwest... at least where I live. :(

ace faced said...

Love Catherineholm and love this post!

Niftic Vintage said...

LOVE,love,love...such classic and timeless designs! Thanks for the insight into this wonderful talent!

HilltopTimes said...

Love the lotus. Love this Post! Thank you so much!

Story Tellers Vintage said...

Haha...I'll admit it...I at one point thought it was an actual woman :)
Would love to see more of the companies designs, outside of the lotus pattern!

ThirdShift said...

Cool post! Very interesting!

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