I had never heard of Cathrineholm, a midcentury Norwegian company, when I stumbled upon two unmarked bowls at the thrift store last spring. All I knew was that I was immediately attracted to them on the shelf, despite the fact that they were very dirty. I loved the leaf pattern and the retro colors, and I thought they might look nice in my kitchen.
It wasn’t until I got them home and conducted an internet search out of curiosity that I discovered that the bowls I’d brought home with me were worth a lot more than what I’d paid (a dollar a piece), and that they were a much sought after and collectable item. I couldn’t believe my luck. Of course, from then on, I was hooked, and now I can’t get enough of these beautiful bowls:
All of these pieces feature the lotus pattern, which is probably the most popular pattern the company produced. They come in a huge variety of colors and sizes. Although I love them all, I’m a bit partial to the bowls with the “little leaves” design.
My research on Cathrineholm led me to another company, Finel, that also produced graphic, colorful enamel bowls in the 1960s. Finel bowls are also very collectable, and in some ways I might prefer them to Cathrineholm. I just love the variety of patterns and imagery used!
Enamel bowls are so wonderful because they are very durable, versatile, and simply gorgeous to have around the kitchen. Which is your favorite?