‘Figgjo’ is a Scandinavian porcelain manufacturing company based in Norway.
Since they established in 1941, they have, and continue to produce highly collectable and desirable wares of a high quality. That includes the Lotte range, an iconic design collected amongst mid-century modern enthusiasts.
The Lotte design that we all know and love (The blue and white imagery of a Man and a Lady) was designed by Turi Gramstadt Oliver. It was first issued in the 60’s however their second issue in 1972 tends to be when most of the items we see today were produced.
Other designs produced by Lotte include the similar but green Market design, Saga, Viking, Flint, Turi, Grill, Corsica, Anne Marie and more, some I’m sure that you will have discovered on your vintage journey.
The Figgjo range tends to go up and down in value, so it’s hard to determine. However the most popular and widely collected seems to be the Lotte and Anne Marie ranges.
The more valuable pieces include the covered butter dish, the figural salt and pepper shakers, the cereal bowls and the large dinner plates. Condition of course does play a large factor in valuing pieces.
Dating the pieces can be a little tricky as they were produced for a long time.
However after 1979 Figgjo changed their name to Figgjo AS. So if your pieces don’t say this, you’re safe to say they are early.
I personally collect the Lotte design and have done so ever since I had my first coffee from one of the cups. I found them beautiful to drink from. I also rarely find them damaged. Seldom is there chips or cracks. Most of the wear is usually to the design from many many washes.
The Figgjo pieces tend to keep in such good condition because from 1960 onwards are made of vitreous china, making them crazing resistant (yay), and super tough!
If you would like further information, or have pieces to sell, perhaps try posting in our vintage forum.