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I’ve got a new addiction/obsession and it came about in the craziest way ever. To make a long story short, we almost had the most unfortunate thing happen in my apartment. Thankfully, at the end of it all, we only lost one of my fave cast iron pots- to say it was scorched/melted/destroyed would be an understatement.

So in my quest to replace my pot, I thought about my options. I could try to find a Le Creuset sale- that would be ideal. But I didn’t want to spend, so I thought about all the enameled cast iron options: Martha Stewart, Cuisinart, Lodge, West Elm even. But then, I decided to stop by Etsy to find a steal on a vintage one. Maybe an original midcentury Danish Dansk. Not as heavy or as durable as Le Creuset, but still pretty solid and with the lid that doubles as a stand for your pot, I couldn’t help but wonder if this was to be my next purchase. And just when I though my mind was made, I fell upon the Cathrineholm Lotus collection.


I had seen them before but just hadn’t given them much thought, I really don’t know why. But all of a sudden, I had to have them- they looked way too lovely. I figured they were just what my kitchen was missing. So, imagine my surprise when I finally made up my mind, to find how pricey this little suckers were. Apparently, as they have become increasingly rare, they have become the pride of many collectors, who don’t even cook in them. The more pristine the condition, the pricier.  It became my mission to find the best quality Cathrineholm at the least ridiculous price. Over the past few, I have what I think is as far as I’m going to go with my collection and I’m happy to say I spent well under what many are charging on Ebay and Etsy.  I find Ebay is more affordable when it comes to Cathrineholm. You might also luck into them at flea markets and random online vintage stores like I did. A few other things I learned red is so rare that you probably won’t find under $200. The kettles and salt+pepper shakers despite their small size tend to go for way way more than the largest pots.

If you remember, this was a quest to replace my cast iron pot. I now have 4 Cathrineholm Enamel (enamel dutch ovens not heavy duty cast iron) pots and I don’t think I want to cook in them. These suckers might be worth a lot more in a while. So back to Square one.  Hopefully I don’t end up with another distraction/new obsession.




  1. Judith Kellett

    April 18, 2022 at 12:14 am Reply

    I was interested to find this post: I have used Le Creuset, Finel and Cathrineholm wear for over 25 years, especially during my farm years when I was cooking on a fuel stove. As time has gone by. I have moved away from heavy cast iron like Le Creuset and such, and can now get more use from lighter enamelled pans such as the Scandinavian ones.
    Over the last 25 years or so, I have become older, and the extra years have brought me some minor problems that make it harder for me to use, lift and manoeuvre very heavy pots. The lighter weight of my two Cathrineholm pots, along with their nifty handles that don’t need pot mitts all the time(!), has seen them being resurrected to use on the induction cooker.
    Finel pots are also of similar weight to the Cathrineholm equivalents, but the way they are designed makes them terribly likely to chip. Most of the Final enamel that gets sold for astronomical prices has received little or no use. All my Fine pans have some chips: some have also suffered “ageing ” of the surface enamel.
    Especially for those folk who have acquired an induction cooktop and realised that a LOT of their old stainless/Scanpan/aluminium gear is now not usable, I seriously recommend putting your Cathrineholm (or other enamel) into serious use. I have found it to be pretty durable in continuous use. Just don’t drop it or boil it dry!

  2. Jonas

    February 7, 2021 at 7:14 am Reply

    You need a ”string” shelf by Nils Strinning 😊

  3. Arielle

    August 3, 2018 at 11:13 pm Reply

    Love this blog post! I too have become obsessed with mid century enamelware, mostly Cathrineholm! Would love to see pics of how you decorated your house with these!

  4. Beth Orofino

    July 26, 2018 at 2:37 am Reply

    Please, can you tell me if there is ny significant difference between Cathrineholm manufactured in Scandinavia, and Cathrineholm manufactured in the Netherlands? I just purchased a wonderful squarish bowl in bright yellow and it is labeled Cathrineholm Holland. Can you help me?

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