Figgjo Lotte is undoubtedly one of the most recognisable and iconic Scandinavian patterns of the mid 20th Century. It has a charm and popularity that has endured, and remains to this day immensely popular and collectable around the world.
It was of course designed by Turi Gramstad Oliver who started with Figgjo in 1960 and worked with them for over 20 years producing some of their most loved designs. Oddly enough I have not been aable to find an exact start date for the first release of the design in the 1960s, but I do know that there was a second release in 1972 - which seems to be when most of the ware that we come across these days is from.
There isn't a lot of difference between the look of the 2 series - but in the first series some pieces like the plates and soup bowls had rims or lips rather than a rimless or "coup" shape. The coup main plate is also about 1cm wider. As far as I can find out all the motifs are the same in both series.
Figgjo backstamps can seem confusing and contradictory during the period that Lotte was made due to company restructures and renaming - but a Norwegian website has images of quite a few of the main ones HERE.
All of the Figgjo dinnerware from 1960 onwards are made of vitreous china - making it very hard, craze resistant and very tough. There is good explanation of Figgjo history on its official website HERE
Enough words....its all the about the wonderful pattern, motifs and shapes. More tomorrow! If anyone knows more details about Lotte I would love to hear from you.
|Lotte Large and medium sized jugs|
|Lotte Duo front view|
|Lottel duo - side view|
|Lotte sugar bowl and conserve bowl|
|Lotte wide jug|
|Lotte souffle dishes or ramekins, small|
|Lotte Mugs - might just have to keep these!|
|Lotte sauce boat|
|Lotte coffee pot|
Both of these stamps are from the 1970s - not sure what the V555 means though