This set of Arabia RUSKA is a perfect addition to any mod collection, their look goes extremely well with the asian asthetic too. These pieces are all in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or glazing. They have the wonderful clean sound of high quality stoneware. Very little if any utensil wear on most pieces. These were bought in the mid 60's, and have been in the family for, um, a very very long time. It's time for someone else to enjoy them and their sturdy rich beauty.
4 Dinner plates, 10" diameter. As you can see on the bottom, the Arabia stamps have washed off as they normally do. Practically no traces of use.
About Arabia of Finland :
Produced by Arabia Porcelain Factory in Finland, the world famous Ruska design was in production without a break from 1961 until 1999. Ruska (meaning Autumn foliage) ware by Ulla Procope, was first produced in 1961. Robustly shaped Ruska, or the S model, was Arabia's FIRST product line made of Stoneware. The living finish on the surface of all the Ruska articles was also designed by Ulla Procopé. Arabia's laboratory developed its own technique for creating this pattern.
The S model was also produced in hand-painted versions under the names Anemone and Rosmarini, as well as Kosmos (Cosmos) which was a special underglaze pattern designed by Gunvor Olin-Grönqvist. Ruska became one of Arabia's most persistent models, still being produced without a break in 1999.
It is fired at very high temperatures, creating a stoneware that is virtually indestructible. Arabia stoneware is oven proof, freezer proof, dishwasher proof, microwavable, and almost chip-proof. The stoneware is a sumptuous glaze of mottled dark chocolate-brown and black matte glaze.
Ulla designed Ruska to reflect and complement the rich colors of the season in Lapland. These colors are perfect for coordinating with the textures of wood,straws, leaf motifs or heavily woven fabrics
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