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Rare Size ARABIA Crocus Tea Cup & Saucer

Rare Size ARABIA Crocus Tea Cup & Saucer

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This is a masterpiece crocus tea cup and saucer from ARABIA, a tableware manufacturer representing Scandinavian Finland. The series name crocus is a type of iris flower. The person in charge of the design was Estel Tomura, who is known for works such as Flora, Varum, and Botanica, and is skilled at incorporating natural flowers into designs.

There are three types of Crocus series: black and white version, color version, and black and white gray rim version, but this is the black and white version which is relatively rare. Crocus was manufactured for only two years, from 1978 to 1979. Reprints have also been sold in recent years, but there are certain differences from vintage ones, such as the shape being sweeter and the reprints using mugs that were not in the original. This teacup and saucer is a particularly rare large-sized vintage crocus, and there were very few produced. This is a rare item that is rarely available even in the vintage market.

■Detailed specifications

Manufacturer: ARABIA / Arabia form design: Peter Winquist / Peter Winquist Pattern design: Esteri Tomula / Esteri Tomula Year: 1978-1979 Country of origin: Finland Condition: ★★★★☆ (4: Good condition)
Both the cup and saucer have very slight storage scratches, but the main body itself is in beautiful condition with no history of use. There are two small vertical penetrations inside the cup. Penetration is a crack that runs on the glaze surface during firing during the manufacturing process, and is not a scratch from use or damage to the body itself. This is a unique condition seen in the Crocus series.


Diameter 9.3cm Height 6.5cm Saucer diameter 17cm

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Esteri Tomula

Esteri Tomula

Esteri Tomura (1920-1998)

Born in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Her father, who was a university professor, bought a villa in the countryside called Urjalan in the northwestern part of Helsinki. be done. Esteri Tomura has a congenital dwarf disease and initially majored in pottery at Aalto University of Arts in Helsinki, but due to physical and physical reasons she was unable to handle clay satisfactorily. Therefore, he gave up the path of pottery and sought his own expertise in design.

After joining ARABIA , he will hone his skills as a pattern designer with Laija Uosikkinen, who became a lifelong friend. While Uosikkinen preferred abstract and geometric patterns, Tomra seeks the origin of his designs in Finnish flowers, which were the original scenery of his childhood. Tomra, who created masterpieces in spite of his physical handicap, has something in common with Birger Kaipiainen, who suffered from polio and designed the timeless classic Paratiisi.

Click here for a list of Esteri Tomra's works♪

ARABIA - Arabia

ARABIA factory

ARABIA is a ceramic manufacturer representing Finland in the 20th century. Originally, ARABIA was a factory established in Finland by the Swedish company Rörstrand to produce pottery for Russia. The company's name comes from the fact that it was established in the Arabian district of Helsinki, the capital.

From the 1950s to the 1980s, many world-famous designers such as Ulla Procoppe, Birger Kaipiainen, Laiya Uosikkinen, and Esteri Tomura created many works, known as the Golden Age of ARABIA. Works that had a great influence on modern modern design were created at the time, from simple Scandinavian modern designs to highly decorative and well-crafted pieces. ARABIA is known for its masterpieces such as paratissi, crocus, flora, and corari, which are both practical and decorative items unique to Scandinavian tableware that are useful for both interior and everyday use.

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