I recently discovered a great new blog devoted to Cathrineholm and the company’s best known designer, Grete Prytz Kittelsen called Cathrineholm Fan. Here’s a little background about the site and why it was created:
CathrineholmFan.com is a labor of love for a few devoted collectors. After falling in love with the iconic designs of Grete Prytz Kittelsen, which were produced the Cathrineholm factory in Oslo, Norway, we wanted to find out as much information as possible on the designer, the factory and the history of these pieces.
Unfortunately, information on the history of Cathrineholm is scarce.
After years of searching in vain to get more detailed accounts on the production of our favorite enamelware, we decided to start putting together the pieces of information that we do know.
More than that, in recent years, the popularity of Cathrineholm pieces (especially the lotus pattern) has exploded across the globe. Because of this, prices have begun soaring. As collectors, it’s been disheartening to see unscrupulous sellers taking advantage of the hype and selling damaged pieces for premium prices. Without any sort of repository on CH production and a general opinion on prices, sellers have been able to demand unfair sums for pieces, making it nearly impossible for many devoted collectors to continue adding pieces to their collections.
In creating this site, we hope to compile a resource for collectors and fans that documents the Cathrineholm factory’s production of the enamelware pieces, the work of Grete Prytz Kittelsen (in collaboration with the Cathrineholm factory) and eventually to create a pricing guide based on how we, as serious collectors, grade pieces, establish their worth and fairly price pieces.
I’m extremely fond of Cathrineholm myself and own a few of their enamel products featuring Grete Prytz Kittelsen’s lotus pattern (pics on this page and here are my own) so I’m happy to see that some fans of Cathrineholm have created a site that will help serious collectors as well as casual collectors learn about the company and their prized enamelware. For more information about Cathrineholm designs and the folks behind the Cathrineholm Fan site please visit CathrineholmFan.com.