Thrill of the Hunt #125

April 4, 2022

Welcome, friends, to another fun-filled Thrill of the Hunt post where I share my latest thrifty (and usually) vintage finds with you.

Arabica Finland 9 blue and white teapot

My hope is that by sharing my thrifty finds I can motivate and inspire you to explore your own local thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets and barn sales and make your own fabulous finds for yourself. So let's get started.


blue and white teapot with Locally Sourced Seeds & Blooms sign

Two of my kids gave me a gift certificate for Christmas to a local vintage shop I just love. I happily coughed up the certificate for this lovely blue and white porcelain (what I'll call) mini teapot. 

makers mark Arabia Made In Finland 9 bottom of teapot

I looked it up online and found some history on Etsy and Replacements.com: 

Arabia Finland started production of the Sininen maisema (Landscape Blue) service in 1955 to compete with the successful English transferware porcelain. Copperplate engravings were used for the decoration, based on the AS model with wavy edge, a design by Reinhard Richter. Pictured in very bright cobalt blue are various landscapes with mills, farmlands and country houses, framed with a broad band of flowering roses. It was in production from 1955 to 1970. Also released in red, green, brown, grey and blue-green.

blue and white porcelain teapot castle forest river

My mini teapot (I've also seen it described as a coffee pot) features a beautiful landscape with a river, forest, mountains and castle tower, all framed with the typical band of roses. While I paid $27.00 for it (which is a splurge for me, but hey -- gift certificate!), the same sized pot is being offered online for $56.00. And many of the other Landscape Blue patterned pieces were going for over $100. 

chinoiserie porcelain pieces blue and white teapot

Talk about night and day: I found this blue and white porcelain teapot at Goodwill for $2.99!

teapot lid with curly handle blue and white flowers

Would you look at that delicate handle? I fell in love with the details.

Japanese teapot blue and white wall art

On the bottom it says Made In China. There's no maker's mark, but sometimes you've just gotta go with what brings you joy. 

ironstone pitcher 2 cups boxwood ball vintage blue white pitcher

I came upon this vintage blue and white pitcher in a thrift/antique store in Galena, IL over this past New Year's holiday.

blue and white porcelain pitcher

It has a slight imperfection on the spout (looks like it got burned and has a small chip), which to me made it all the more special. And for $7.00 I couldn't resist.

bottom of pitcher makers mark bee hive

It has a maker's mark on the bottom that is very hard to decipher. My daughter did a little research and she thinks one of the images (which appears to have been stamped into the piece) depicts something akin to a bee hive. There is also a graphic of a triangle with a bee hive in the middle of it and some words inscribed going around the triangle. Finally, there are some blue painted brushstrokes of unknown origin.  

Have you ever seen anything like it before? I haven't, but would love to hear your thoughts.

Well, that's it for today, friends!

I hope you've enjoyed reading about

Thrill of the Hunt #125

and that I've inspired you in some way. 

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Arabica Finland 9 blue and white teapot

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