This Arnold Wiigs Fabrikker Mid-Century charger measures 1.75" high by 13.5" in diameter. It was decorated by artist Eva Hase. She chose a Dragon as her subject. In Norway, the 'dragon' is threaded throughout Norse Mythology. This guy is enamel-decorated over a sleek black ground, and finished to a high gloss. This large charger is marked 'A/W.F., Nr. 85', 'HAND PAINTED', and 'Made in Norway'. Eva Hase's signature is barely visible in the glaze. This charger is in studio mint condition, no apologies.
Online references reveal that Arnold Wiig started his career in ceramics making pressed flower pots and a few years later in 1943 together with his brother-in-law, Albert Larsson, he founded the company Arnold Wiigs Fabrikker.
The early years were difficult, facing lack of good materials and skilled labour. In 1945 AWF collaborated with the Danish company Syberg Olsen & Co and AWF got a license to manufacture the popular SYCO-pot made by the Danish company. It was an immense success and AWF had to start a new enterprise in Strömstad, Sweden to meet the demand.
The SYCO-pot was a cash-cow during the first post-war years, but in the 1950s the demand fell.
The ceramic production was still a good business and the company's position and the share of the Norwegian market was big. The artists of the workforce, a strength of the company, were: William Knutzen, Hilding Brask Danielsen, Arne Clausen, Arnold Rakeng, Willy Skogmann and Elsa Dahl and from Denmark Rut Mäkelä and Eva Hase and from The Netherlands Otto Mulders.
The Swinging Sixties was not that good for the company due to fires and it was being held back from further expansion by a lack of capital. In 1966 the finance company Incentive took over the business and Arnold Wiig, the founder, left and in 1969 Bjørn Fagerlie bought it and the factory had then about 20 employees. Due to a rise in international competition and a fire in 1977 the company closed.
Arnold Wiigs Fabrikker Norway Mid-Century Charger with Dragon by Eva Hase Mint
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