"If we don't go for a picnic this very instant, anything might happen to us!"
Arabia, Moomin children's dish set (1990-1994). This set sold at Auction House Helander September 29th 2016, hammer price: 113 euros. Up to date estimated price for the set: 280 euros.
The adorable Moomin dish sets
Moomin themed children's dish sets have been manufactured at a lesser volume than the highly popular Moomin mugs throughout the decades. However, they have found their way into collectors' hearts. Since the 1950s both morning and evening porridges have been enjoyed using wonderful Moomin dishware and the tradition continues from one generation to the next due to high popularity among all ages.
Moomin themed children's dishware is highly sought after among collectors as well as morning porridge eaters as are many other Moomin products, fetching up to three digit prices. At Auction House Helander the hammer prices for Moomin dish sets reach new heights from one year to the next.
For the love of Moomins
Both new and older Moomin themed children's dish sets are especially popular as christening gifts and as presents for children on their first birthday – they've been given as graduation gifts too!
We've listed Moomin themed dish sets including information and up to date estimated prices. As with Moomin mugs, the prices of children's dishware are affected by condition, possible color variations, luster and the presence of original packaging.
With older dish sets a requirement for a good price is often the entirety of the set i. e. a mug and a plate, sometimes also a spoon. In this case the dished can be sold as a set, fetching a higher price.
"I have a plate but no mug!"
Not to worry!
At Auction House Helander we've sold for example a 1950's children's mug without a plate with the hammer price climbing up to hundreds of euros. So if you have just a plate, spoon or mug or other odd dishes, don't throw them away! They might be your map to happy Moomin Valley.
The following is a comprehensive list of Moomin dishes based on their actualised medium prices at Auction House Helander. Moomin dishes that are still sold in stores are not listed. The prices are hammer prices with added buyer's expenses of + 22,32 %% and a hammer fee of 7 euros.
Estimated prices for Moomin themed childrens' dish sets, updated in March 2020
Arabia, Moomin mug and plate. Snorkmaiden, late 1950s, design by Tove Jansson & Kaj Frank. Estimated price for the set 1000 euros.
Arabia, Moomin mug and plate. Moomintroll, late 1950s, design by Tove Jansson & Kaj Frank. Estimated price for the set 900 euros.
Arabia, Moomin dish set for children, 1990–1994. Motif designed by Tove Slotte-Elevant, form by Richard Lindh. Estimated price 140 euros, without spoon 130 euros.
Arabia, Moomin dish set for children, Happy Family, 1995–2001. The set includes a mug, a plate, a spoon and a pitcher. Estimated price for a mug and a plate is 40 euros.
Arabia, Moomin dish set for children, Moominsummer Madness, 2001–2003. Estimated price 200 euros.
Arabia, Moomin dish set for children, Flying Moomins, 2003–2012. Estimated price 40 euros.
Arabia, Moomin dish set for children, Comet in Moominland, 2005–2007. Estimated price 200 euros.
Arabia, Moomin dish set for children, Moomin Jungle, 2012–2016. Estimated price 40 euros.
Arabia, Moomin dish set for children, Moomin Roleplay, 2012–2016. Estimated price 40 euros.
Moomin mugs for children
Arabia produced two Moomin mugs for children. The mugs aren't part of any dish set and thus don't include plate or spoon. Helander includes them in the list of Moomin dish for children since they are of smaller size than regular Moomin mugs.
When to buy and when to sell?
Whether it is Moomin-themed tableware, Moomin mugs, Moomin figurines or spoons, the Moomins are here to stay. Therefore hesitating when to buy or to sell is not necessary – although there are occasional small rises and drops in the prices. You can use Moomin products to seek profit, but for most, collecting is a pure hobby.
Auction Helander's price estimates help you to get an idea of the true value of the dishes. When the valuation is based on actual selling prices, the views of both seller and buyer are realistic and sale is made between satisfied trading partners.
Atelier Fauni 1950s–1960s, Moominpappa's hat. Sold at Helander in 2016 for hammer price of 65 euros.
Auction House Helander is an open Moomin House for everyone
Sometimes collecting may come to an end – for example in case you happen to achieve a complete collection (like Hemulen once did with his stamps). If you feel it's time to transfer your treasures to some other happy hobbyist and start a new collection yourself, Auction House Helander is here for you!
"Nothing in the world is more fun than enjoying oneself, and nothing is easier."
Text & price estimations: Minna Sirén
Pictures: Auction House Helander & Muumimuki.fi