"Relief" together with plates from Figgjo Flint at the back
and "Nothingham" from Barratts of Staffordshire in the front
At home I have several different kinds of cups. New and old in one big rather confusing mix. I simply can´t make up my mind : "Who´s the fairest of them all". But I guess number one is "Meri" by Ulla Procopé for Arabia which I wrote about earlier - CLICK -. At least for the moment.
At our weekend cottage I´ve changed the cups so many times, that I´ve given up counting. But I think we´ll stick to the coffee cups from "Relief" for a long while. The pattern and the colour reminds me of the corn fields surrounding us in summer. And as the designer of the series, Jens H. Quistgaard, spent his last days not so far away from our cottage, there is something local about it that I really like.
"Relief" together with "Nottingham" from Barrats of Staffordshire
Some might find it a bit disrespectful that I use them together with plates of a total different pattern. And that I use the saucers for my flowerpots instead of for the cups. But that´s what lifts my spirit.
Jens H. Quistgaard designed "Relief" in 1959-60 for Kronjyden who by then had been taken over by the Nissen family. The series was in production for many, many years and was very popular. Sometimes the stamp is missing. The general theory is that it´s from the early Kronjyden days. There might have been a sticker which by now have been lost. At other times you might see the logo of Kronjyden or as above a mix of Kronjyden and Nissen. Unfortunately I don´t know when the Nissen family started using their own name and logo instead of Kronjyden.
Top from left: Kronjyden sticker + Kronjyden logo
Bottom from left: Bing and Grondahl + Kronjyden logo
In 1972 Bing and Grondahl took over the factory and pieces are marked with their stamp.
You might have noticed that my cups are not from the same production. Some of them are Kronjyden/Nissen and others are from the early Kronjyden days. There is a slightly difference in the glaze. The early production being a bit darker. A fact that is important to keep in mind if you like your set to be equal.