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Rare [Viola Logo] Arabia (ARABIA) Paratiisi Tea Cup & Saucer

Rare [Viola Logo] Arabia (ARABIA) Paratiisi Tea Cup & Saucer

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Manufacturer: ARABIA
Designer: Birger Kaipiainen / Birger Kaipiainen
Series name: Paratiisi
Year: 1969
Country of origin: Finland
Condition: ★★★☆☆ (3.5: good quality)
When you shine a light on the surface of the saucer, you can see traces of cutlery. This is a vintage item in good condition with no cracks or chips.

■Size Width 11.7cm (including handle) Height 6.7cm Saucer diameter 17cm

This is an early teacup and saucer from Arabia's famous Paratissi manufactured around 1971. Paratiisi means "paradise" in Finnish. It was designed by Birger Kaipiainen, the company's leading designer, and released in 1969. Production of the Paratissi was temporarily discontinued in 1974 because it was time-consuming to make. The logo has changed twice in just 5 years, but this is the first logo with a viola.

The Paratissi logo began with the viola (pansy) logo in 1969, followed by a leaf logo that replaced the ARABIA mark with the viola part produced around the latter half of 1971, and a circular English logo in the 1988 reprint. There are four types: a replaced crown logo, and a modern black and white logo that removes the colors of the 1988 logo. The crown logo of 1988 was made in Finland, but all modern versions are made in Thailand.

This is one of the earliest viola logos manufactured by ARABIA, but as there is no year stamped on the backstamp, it is thought to have been manufactured around the second half of 1971. ARABIA products have the manufacturing date engraved on the backstamp until the first half of 1971. Both the cup and saucer have the viola logo with no date stamped on them.

The paratissi with the viola logo is difficult to find even in its home country of Finland, and is extremely valuable worldwide. It can be said to be a collector's item among collector's items among ARABIA products.

For more information, please also see this article (History of the ARABIA Paratissi logo) .

Paratiisi ~ Finland's paradise ~

paratissi cup

"Paratiisi" is a masterpiece created by Birger Kaipiainen, a famous designer of ARABIA. The series name means "paradise" in Finnish. After some trial and error by Kaipiainen, Paratissi was launched in 1969. Each piece of Paratissi was decorated with a richly colored print, making it one of the most elaborate and luxurious series of Arabic tableware of the time. Production ceased in 1974 due to the severe economic recession and fuel shortage caused by the oil crisis.

Paratissi is also known for its frequently changing logo, called a backstamp. 1) A logo that started with the viola (pansy) logo in 1969, 2) A logo that abolished the year stamp in the first half of 1971, and 3) A leaf that replaced the viola part produced around the second half of 1971 with the ARABIA mark. logo, 4) Crown logo, which was replaced with a circular English logo in the 1988 reprint, 5) Black and white logo from mid-2000, with the color of the 1988 logo removed, and 6) Made in Thailand, with the circle mark further removed. There are 6 types of logos. Until the mid-2000 logo, it will be made in Finland. The important thing to know is that the Thai made logo does not have "FINLAND" stamped on it.

History of Paratissi logo

In particular, the reprint editions of Paratissi from the mid-2000s onward are characterized by their darker decorations and thick design lines that make them easy to understand. Vintage items up to 1988 have pale colors and thin lines, giving a sense of depth throughout. Vintage tableware is more beautiful as tableware.

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ARABIA - Arabia

ARABIA factory

ARABIA is a ceramic manufacturer representing Finland in the 20th century. Originally, ARABIA was a factory established in Finland by Sweden's Rörstrand as a base for producing 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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Birger Kaipiainen

Birger Kaipiainen

Birger Kaipiainen (1915-1988)

Born in Pori, southwestern Finland, on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia. Finland's leading designer, known as the "King of Decorators". Although he moved to the capital, Helsinki, when he was a child, Kaipiainen spends every summer with a homestay in the Russian town of Sortavala. The sense of nature and artistry cultivated there would influence him throughout his life. In his prime, Kaipiainen suffered from polio, which forced him to walk with a cane for the rest of his life. Due to a disability in one hand, he was unable to turn the potter's wheel and make pottery by himself, but this experience is said to have inspired him to hone his unique artistic sense.

Kaipiainen graduated from Aalto University's Faculty of Art, Finland's top art university, and began working at ARABIA in 1937 , before also transferring to Sweden's Rorstrand for four years from 1954 . During the heyday of simple and unadorned modern Scandinavian art, Kaipiainen's designs were rich in ornamentation and characterized by detailed depictions drawn in every corner. He has created a unique worldview that stands out from the mainstream of the time, designing Paratisch in 1969 , Apia in 1970 , and Sunnuntai in 1971 . These are still Arabia's reprints and are their signature products.

Click here for a list of Birger Kaipiainen's works.

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