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Moomin mug – Mug Dark Blue – (1991 – 1999)

Arabia Moomin Mug #5

Mug Dark Blue (1991–1999)

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£550 - 800 With sticker

£130 - 190 Without sticker

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This mug was sold in between 1991 and 1999. It is also known as Moominpappa. It was designed by Camilla Moberg, and the images are from the comic #12 Moomin and the Sea by Tove Jansson. In the imag...

This mug was sold in between 1991 and 1999. It is also known as Moominpappa. It was designed by Camilla Moberg, and the images are from the comic #12 Moomin and the Sea by Tove Jansson. In the images one can see Moominpappa inspired by the sea, writing and sending out a message in a bottle. Camilla Moberg was working as a freelance designer, and was hired by Arabia to substitute Tove Slotte. Moberg recalls the process: "The first thing I did was go through all the original books and comics. I chose images that would help build the story. For the background colours I found inspiration in the coloured books by Tove Jansson. I wanted to capture the atmosphere and feel of Moomin Valley as best I could."

Additional information

  • Price estimate

    • £550 - 800 With sticker

    • £130 - 190 Without sticker

  • Name

    • Mug Dark Blue

  • Also known as

    • Moominpappa

  • Product category

    • Moomin Mug

  • Mug number

    • 5

  • Production period

    • 1991–1999

  • Theme

    • 90s

  • Brand

    • Arabia

  • Bottom stamps

    • 2 different

  • Sticker

    • MUKI T. SININEN - MUGG M. BLÅ

  • Product designer

    • Kaj Franck

  • Graphic designer

    • Camilla Moberg

  • Characters

    • Moominmamma

    • Moominpappa

  • Original image

    • Comic strip #12 - Moomin and the Sea (1957) - Tove Jansson

  • Measurements

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

  • Weight

    • 250 g

  • Volume

    • 300 ml

  • Colors

    • Blue, Dark blue

  • Material

    • Vitro porcelain

Bottom stamps (2)

moomin product bottom stamps
1991 – 1999
moomin product bottom stamps
1991 – 1999

Who designs the illustrations for the Moomin mugs?

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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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