Cathrineholm (Japan) 'Lotus' Tin Canisters (set x4) *RARE FIND*

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The Cathrineholm factory opened in Halden, Norway in 1907. Originally producing ironworks and agricultural equipment, they then moved to creating signage and general household wares, before producing enamelled kitchenware.

As a designer, Grete Prytz Kittelsen was contracted to Cathrineholm, from 1955 until 1972.

During that time she designed a range of enamelware for the company - most famously Lotus (1962-65) and not-so-famously Stripes (1956), Square (1958) and Bands (1958).

Contrary to popular belief, the flower pattern displayed on the Lotus design was not the work of Grete herself, but by a lesser known employee. In fact, Grete has been known to comment on how she doesn't like the pattern at all and that it ruins the look of her solid-colour design!


We have a set of four EXTREMELY RARE tin (not enamel) canisters featuring the 'Lotus' pattern. Whilst the canisters were not made by Cathrineholm themselves, they were outsourced to a partner in Japan who produced both the canisters and spice canister pieces on behalf of the company.

All are in good to great condition but do absolutely show light signs of wear.

All have some light nicks in the paint on the sides, little but some, but mostly on the base. Otherwise no major dents or anything like that.

All wooden lids and rubber seals are intact. No rubber seals are "hardened" so they're still soft and all seal very well. No lids are chipped or cracked.

The bases are show signs of wear in the paint as mentioned, but are in generally good condition. Internally, they're also in very good condition.

The largest has JAPAN on the base of the canister, whilst the others do not. All lids have JAPAN on the underside of the wooden lid.

Approx dimensions (with lids on, height x diameter):
- large: 20cm tall x 15.5cm diameter
- medium: 16cm tall x 13.5cm diameter
- small: 13cm tall x 12cm diameter
- smallest: 10cm tall x 10.5cm diameter