WOW. This is the largest and most significant purchase I think I've ever made at an auction. Its pretty rare to get hold of a large and (almost) complete dinner set, especially such an iconic one from a Scandinavian maker. This week I did though, and it's a STUNNER.
It is a 12 person setting of the Figgjo Norway Market designed circa 1963. It is in absolutely amazing condition, with only one or two smaller pieces missing and no damage or wear to any pieces which is just so rare. This pattern was designed by Turi Gramstad Oliver who started with Figgjo in 1960 and designed some of its now most iconic designs including the similar LOTTE design in Blue.
FIGGJO AS, Norway was founded in 1941 near a local clay source and is located at Figgjo, near Stavanger, on the west coast of Norway. They first started employing outside designers in 1946. In 1968 Figgjo took over STAVANGERFLINT - another Scandinavian favourite. Today their focus market is the Food Service industry, although they do make some domestic ware still. They have a great website HERE which has a very well written timeline.
Doing some research for this post I also came across this blog which has fantastic images and information about Scandinavian Pottery - including some of the hard to identify pottery from lesser know potteries in Norway.