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Moomin mug – Mug Blue – (1990 – 1996)

Arabia Moomin Mug #2

Mug Blue (1990–1996)

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£130 - 170 Based on Condition

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Mug Blue, also known as Painting Moomins. The mug was manufactured from 1990 to 1996. One of the images is from the logo still seen on the bottom of the mugs, in the bottom stamp of Arabia Moomin prod...

Mug Blue, also known as Painting Moomins. The mug was manufactured from 1990 to 1996. One of the images is from the logo still seen on the bottom of the mugs, in the bottom stamp of Arabia Moomin products. The other images are from Tove Jansson’s comic strip #20 Moomin under Sail, novel Moominpappa at Sea, as well as from Lars Jansson’s comic strip #31 Artists in Moomin Valley. The images were arranged by Tove Slotte. The mug presents Moominpappa and Moomintroll painting passionately. Colouring experiments were made on the first three mugs. They tried burnt pigments with three different tones, of which only one was chosen for production. Mug Green, Mug Blue and Mug Rose were all launched at the same time in 1990. "I feel the light yellow and the blue mugs are more balanced than the comic strip mugs. I believe the consumers agreed with me, as the production of the comic strip mugs was discontinued after just a couple of years, and similar designs haven't been made since", says Tove Slotte.

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  • Price estimate

    • £130 - 170 Based on Condition

  • Name

    • Mug Blue

  • Also known as

    • Painting Moomins

  • Product category

    • Moomin Mug

  • Mug number

    • 2

  • Production period

    • 1990–1996

  • Theme

    • 90s

  • Brand

    • Arabia

  • Bottom stamps

    • 2 different

  • Product designer

    • Kaj Franck

  • Graphic designer

    • Tove Slotte

  • Characters

    • Moominmamma

    • Moominpappa

    • Moomintroll

  • Original images

    • Comic strip #20 - Moomin under Sail (1959) - Tove Jansson, Lars Jansson

    • Comic strip #31 - Artists in Moomin Valley (1962) - Lars Jansson

    • Book - Moominpappa at Sea (1965) - Tove Jansson

  • Measurements

    • Height: 8.1, Width: 11.2, Diameter: 8.3 cm

  • Weight

    • 250 g

  • Volume

    • 300 ml

  • Color

    • Blue

  • Material

    • Vitro porcelain

Bottom stamps (2)

moomin product bottom stamps
1990
moomin product bottom stamps
1990 – 1996

Who designs the illustrations for the Moomin mugs?

moomin mugs designer

Tove Slotte, born in 1957, is a Finnish artist and a graphic designer. She is a professional ceramist. Tove Slotte worked at Arabia from 1985 to 1990, after which she has worked as a freelance designer. She is best known for designing and illustrating the Moomin products for Iittala and Arabia ceramics. Tove Slotte has been a Moomin fan since her childhood. She says her favourite Moomin book is The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My. Tove Slotte has designed the Moomin products for Arabia for more than 30 years.

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