Friday, June 3, 2016

For the love of the soft and dark pewter

For the love of pewter

I love pewter and I am never tired of admiring the delicate work of the Norwegian pewter manufacturers. They are so pretty, well made and naturally full of references and meanings too. They were everywhere, in every Norwegian home, but slowly the power of pewter is starting to fade. Not many people still admires this soft dark metal the way they used too. Not even Norwegians.

What I call the "Great Houses of Norwegian Pewter" are slowly disappearing, closing doors and an old custom is about to change, the uses and abuses of pewter. I understand, some people are exhausted of pewter, the society has shown signs of a pewter hang over, but I can´t stop myself from repeating it: we will see a pewter come back and when it does, let´s all hope the beautiful Norwegian pieces were not all melted away...  I keep mine safe and sound.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Decorated Figgjo Flint Soup Tureen

Figgjo Flint Suppefat

This soup tureen was produced by Norwegian manufacturer Figgjo Flint some time in the years of 1960s and is simply one of the most adorable designs they have ever made. I call this a design "mother-in-law classic", because I used to see one at the home of my in-laws. It is folky, naive, romantic and patriotic at the same time.

It is decorated with images of a couple dressed up in traditional party clothes. Norwegians love their traditional dresses and are very proud of them and every little county in this country has a different design. One more beautiful than the other. And this lovely piece soup tureen shows a little bit of their pride and sense of place.

The most curious thing about this decor is that, this scene on the tureen could represent an image of the year 1920, as much as it could represents an image of Norway in the 2016. Norwegians make a huge effort to keep the traditional institutions running strong and since this small Scandinavian nation became an independent one, the can not stop themselves from being proud of who they are,  this is what ultimately make Norwegians, Norwegians. Those dresses and suits are part of the package, they will not abandon them, actually, they made them more fancy most design clothes, meaning, those dresses can cost a fortune, as much, or more than a famous design creation.

How lovely are the Norwegians?

This tureen is as lovely as all Figgjo Flint pieces and is in excellent vintage condition, but it has a downside, it has lost its lid. Yes. It is a lidless tureen which now can be used to serve other delicious things like popcorn, pomme frites (chips or crips), biscuits, cold soups like gaspazcho or serve as a planter or plant pot.

It is to be loved in whatever condition it is...