Collecting: Mushroom Bowl by Esteri Tomula

This bowl is an iconic piece of Finnish Mid-Century Modern design. The pen and ink mushrooms are the work of Esteri Tomula, a designer who worked at the Arabia ceramics factory in Helsinki from 1947-1984. This bowl is enameled steel, from the 1960s, and it’s not unusual to see them priced anywhere from $50 to $120, as they’re highly sought after. This was a housewarming gift from my mother, who I guarantee found it at a yard sale and snatched it up for $5 or less. Mom was a magnificent bargain hunter with excellent taste!

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4 Responses to Collecting: Mushroom Bowl by Esteri Tomula

  1. i LOVE that bowl, TIna!

  2. Tina says:

    So do I, I’ve always had a thing for enameled bowls. It wasn’t until much later that I discovered who designed it, and where it was from – that’s just icing on the cake!

  3. OldNFO says:

    Very nice!

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