Arabia ‘Kosmos’ espresso cups
made in Finland, 1962-1976
Arabia is so collectable at the moment! These are ‘Kosmos’ espresso cups & saucers, designed by Gunvor Olin Gronqvist [or GOG as noted on the backstamp!] in the early 60s.
Kosmos came in brown, blue, and olive [as with this set.] The cups are marked ‘66’ and the saucers ‘69’, which are the catologue numbers rather than the date. It’s interesting to note that Kosmos was the first ceramic set to introduce espresso cups – previously only coffee and tea cups were produced. Perhaps there was something in 1962 that influenced Finnish people to embrace the espresso?
The espresso cups and saucers and in great vintage condition, and ready for use. They are for sale: $AU55/pair.
J & G Meakin Studio ‘Eden’ jug & sugar bowl
made in England 1964
This set comprises a sugar bowl and jug from J & G Meakin, featuring apples and pears on the front, and a gooseberry on the back – in a pattern called ‘Eden’. Eden was designed by Alan Rogers in the mid 60s and it is so representative of 60s design and colours. These pieces were once part of a whole dinner set- but like most patterned things- less is more; a whole dinner set would be quite overwhelming whereas these two are absolutely charming. And if my memory serves me correctly, apples & pears is rhyming slang for stairs!
J & G Meakin have been producing pottery in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent since 1851 and continue in production today: Eden, however wasn’t produced past the late 60s. Pottery by J & G Meakin is quite collectible- especially pieces made at the turn of the century and in the 50-60s period. I have written about J & G Meakins ‘Studio Ware’, almost from the mid 50s, previously. The jug and sugar bowl are in excellent condition.