Learn about Arabia Ceramics

Arabia, the Finnish ceramics manufacturer was established in 1873, by the Swedish company Rorstrand, itself a ceramics manufacturer since 1726. The name Arabia was derived from the Helsinki district in which the first factory was located, Arabianranta.

Manufacturing commenced in 1874 with assistance from skilled Rorstrand staff, with the primary market being Russia. Production facilities expanded in the late 1880s and 1890s with about one third of output destined for the Russian market.

In the 1900s export sales began to fall due to higher production costs and import duties in the destination countries and Arabia concentrated on domestic sales.

The company was sold in 1916 to Finnish investors and a program of modernisation and additions to the plant was undertaken. There were a number of ownership changes in the 1920s with the end result that Arabia, Rorstrand and another Swedish porcelain manufacturer, Lidkoping becoming part of the one group.

By the 1930s Arabia was the largest porcelain manufacturer in Europe. more...
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An Arabia Liekki design set of Ovenware dishes, flamed proof, of various shapes. (4)

Arabia (Finland) 'Ruska' stoneware dinner set, comprising of 6 large, 6 medium and 10 small plates, 6 large & 5 small bowls, 10 teacups with saucers, coffee pot, milk jug, sugar bowl and 6 coffee cups with saucers

Scandinavian modern Arabia Ruskin dinner service, Includes 14 cup/saucers, teapot, sugar, creamer, eight soups, eight bread plates, six dinner plates, eight dinner plates, eight salad plate

Vintage Arabia coffee set, comprising 6 cups with saucers, milk jug & sugar bowl

An Arabia jug black and white decoration depicting tea in the park. Height 21 cm

Arabia Ware coffee set, comprising of coffee pot, milk jug, sugar bowl, cake plate and 12 cups with saucers

An Arabia of Finland part tea service for six plus two spare saucers

Rare J. Bleau antique map of the entire middle East with Arabia prominent. Region: Maps of the middle East, Turkey and Central Asia, mapmaker: J. Bleau. Place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1640. Medium and colour: copperplate, hand coloured. 41 x 52 c

Large vintage wall ceramic plaque. Peacock Arabia Finland Hovisaari. 49 cm high.

An Arabia 1970s coffee & tea set with 12 cups & saucers, coffee pot & tea pot, sugar & milk

Two Arabia porcelain bowls, both with matching translucent leaf decoration, incised to base 'Arabia Finland' (2). Height 8 cm. Height 6 cm

Arabia, lidded vessel, pale green glaze with applied linear geometric pattern to body; 'Arabia' and indistinct signature painted to the base. Height 20 cm

Finnish Arabia black bear figure. Marked to base 'Rl'. Height 13 cm

Arabia stoneware coffee set, comprising coffee pot, three cups and saucer and 4 demi cups and saucers, together with four stoneware mugs

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