Retro Arabia Ashtray – SOLD

6 Nov

Arabia Finland ashtray by Kaj Franck

Arabia Finland ashtray by Kaj Franck

This is the first time that I’ve come across this Arabia ashtray in green glass. I see them for sale now and again, but all the versions I’ve ever seen have been clear glass, and I have to say I think the green makes it a much more interesting piece! In typical Scandinavian style this ashtray is a very simple design, but as beautiful as its simplicity is, the colour adds another dimension of interest. Not that I should criticise anything designed by Arabia, let alone by Kaj Franck who was responsible for designing this ‘Cigaro‘ ashtray. Some sites state that the ashtray was originally designed for Nuutajärvi (owned by the same holding company as Arabia) in the mid 1950s, and others that it was manufactured for Arabia in the late ’60s. I suppose it’s possible that it was made under both names at different times? Regardless it;s a very handsome chunk of glass that would make a great addition to a mid-century collection.

Note: There is a very small fleabite chip on the one corner, but it really is barely noticeable. The glass is also a darker green than it appears in the photographs.

Dimensions: 10cm long x 8.5cm wide x 6.5cm tall

Price: R230

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Top view of Arabia Finland ashtray

Top view of Arabia Finland ashtray

Detail of fleabite chip

Detail of fleabite chip

Arabia Finland ashtray with matchbox

Arabia Finland ashtray with matchbox

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