Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A great gift

Only one piece today, so you'll get it from all angles:-) I feel so fortunate to own my grandmother's Folklore set, designed 1970- 75 by Turi Gramstad Oliver for Figgjo, have a look here. My gran used it every day, so obviously it's full of fond memories! It's a great pattern too, very cheerful and whimsical with amazing colors. The pieces show scenes from what looks like great al fresco summer meals, with people in folkloric costumes that I don't necessarily recognize as norwegian. Some of the pieces have proverbs that rhyme, with a "frame" of petals.

The other day my mother in law surprised me with this beautiful herring jar that she found in the cellar and had long forgotten about. Needless to say, I was thrilled! It has the same shape as the sugar jar, but is much bigger. The sugar jar only has flowers on it, this one has those whimsical people figures all around it, as well as flowers in bloom.






The text makes sense in norwegian, but is really hard to translate. Without the rhyme, it's rather pointless... I'll give it a go; "Herring in many ways, to the hostess' praise". That turned out rather stupid, I don't know if it makes sense, but it gives you an idea.


A bit of flirting going on...



 Finally, a snap with two of my other pieces to give you an idea of the size.

17 comments:

  1. Vilken skojig serie, och ännu finare med alla minnen av mormor =). Och snäll svärmor har du med!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ja, det er så hyggelig med saker som har affeksjonsverdi! Tenker på min mormor hver gang jeg ser Folklore. Og svigermor er veldig snill:-) Jeg ble så glad!

      Delete
  2. Now you have three, you're got a collection!
    They are very sweet and a bit cheeky too! They will look great in my......,oops your Teak kitchen!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They ARE a bit cheeky, I agree:-) Oh yes, these three are on my kitchen String shelf in the company of the equally cheery butterdish! You can come visit your, uhm, my kitchen anytime!

      Delete
  3. It's hard to do anything but smile when you look at these Tove. I love that they were well loved and actually USED by your Grandmother. Are they out and about in your new kitchen?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree, they really make you smile:-) I use most of my vintage stuff, and these make me think of my Grandmother every time I see them. I actually remember when she got it, and I used to be so fascinated by those people figures. I still am:-)

      Delete
  4. This is so special! Love the little people mixed in with the colorful flowers. The shapes and lids are incredible. So many times the lids on pieces like this get broken or lost. Lucky you. Also lucky you because these have such sentimental value. I don't have anything from my grandparents or parents that has been collected or passed down. Such treasures! Loved seeing them and I'm sure they look fabulous in your kitchen.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much, Stacey, you're so sweet! Using my grandmother's set in my own home is very precious. Yes, I agree, it's hard to find these pieces with their lids intact! The lids fall off very easily, it's been pretty close sometimes when I'm in a hurry...I have to buttercups, which I found in a thrift, both with missing lids. I couldn't leave them behind, and now use them as small planters. You're right, they DO look good in my new kitchen:-) Thanks so much again, it's always so nice to hear from you!

      Delete
  5. What a great collection Tove! I would have never thought flirting and a herring jar would ever work together but they certainly do! I've also never seen this pattern before - very charming.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much, Francine! Never flirted in a herring jar?:-) That summer feast always bring a smile to my face! My grandmother ADORED flowers, I guess that's why she chose it. This pattern was quite popular over here, but didn't have a very long production period. It's interesting to see which patterns emigrated and which didn't. Thanks again, Francine:-)

      Delete
  6. http://www.tradera.com/sill-i-dill-trevlig-burk-folklore-turi-design-f-f-norway-auktion_201212_177695659

    Hi there! .... Tomorrow evening on tradera one of there hertig pots at auction - now at 71 kr I recognized it having read you blog earlier! They are so pretty !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I checked it out after reading your comment, it's a very cute piece! I didn't know Figgjo exported with Swedish text, but I guess it makes sense:-) Looks like there's a lot of good stuff at Tradera! Thanks again, I'm so glad you like it!

      Delete
  7. That should read of course Herring pots!!!!-sorry��

    ReplyDelete
  8. What a sweet gift from your mother-in-law and how wonderful that the piece she found matched your existing pieces!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi there, Dana, still in one piece? My mother in law didn't know I had the set before she spotted it in my new kitchen. I didn't display it in my old one, but now it's so much fun to decorate! I hope you're having a great time with that too, these days, that you're not too tired! By the teasers in your last post, it looks like you've got it all together:-) Good luck with those final touches, can't wait to see!

      Delete
  9. Sikken fest at have den på frokostbordet. Hvis det var min tror jeg, at jeg ville spise sild hver dag!

    /Birgitte

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Så hyggelig, Birgitte! Ja, det er et riktig "godt humør"- mønster, det lyser opp ethvert bord:-)

      Delete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...