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Moomin mug – Mug Rose – (1990 – 1993)

Arabia Moomin Mug #3

Mug Rose (1990–1993)

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This mug has been known as Mug Rose as well as Rose Comic Strip. The mug was in production from 1990 to 1993. The design is similar to the design in the first one, Green Comic strip (Mug Green). The o...

This mug has been known as Mug Rose as well as Rose Comic Strip. The mug was in production from 1990 to 1993. The design is similar to the design in the first one, Green Comic strip (Mug Green). The original artwork is from Tove Jansson's comic #9 Moomin Falls in Love. In the comic strip we meet Moomintroll trying to impress Snorkmaiden, quite successfully. 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. To this day Mug Green and Mug Rose are the only mugs picturing a full comic strip. "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

    • £470 - 750 Based on Condition

  • Name

    • Mug Rose

  • Also known as

    • Rose Comic Strip

  • Product category

    • Moomin Mug

  • Mug number

    • 3

  • Production period

    • 1990–1993

  • Theme

    • 90s

  • Brand

    • Arabia

  • Bottom stamps

    • 2 different

  • Product designer

    • Kaj Franck

  • Graphic designer

    • Tove Slotte

  • Characters

    • Little My

    • Moomintroll

    • Mymble

    • Snorkmaiden

  • Original image

    • Comic strip #9 - Moomin Falls in Love (1956) - Tove Jansson

  • Measurements

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

  • Weight

    • 250 g

  • Volume

    • 300 ml

  • Colors

    • Red, Rose

  • Material

    • Vitro porcelain

Bottom stamps (2)

moomin product bottom stamps
1990
moomin product bottom stamps
1990 – 1993

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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