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Plate - Columbine


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Selb (made)
    Chelsea (In Lucienne Day's Cheyne Walk studio., designed)

  • Date:

    1958 (designed and made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lucienne Day, born 1917 - died 2010 (pattern)
    Rosenthal (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glaze, decal printing

  • Credit Line:

    Given by The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Porcelain plate, designed by Rosenthal, 'Columbine' pattern by Lucienne Day. Covered with a white glaze, then decal decoration is printed on, it is a grey scribblyall-over abstract pattern. The back is glazed plain white

Place of Origin

Selb (made)
Chelsea (In Lucienne Day's Cheyne Walk studio., designed)


1958 (designed and made)


Lucienne Day, born 1917 - died 2010 (pattern)
Rosenthal (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Glaze, decal printing

Object history note

Lucienne Day began designing for Rosenthal after meeting with the director Philip Rosenthal and Seibert Göppinger, director of Göppinger Kaliko-und Kunstlerderwerke GmbH, which made printed plastic fabrics, in 1957. Simplicity of design was essential, some in outline, others overlaid with panes of pattern, or mottled effects. Lucienne Day's relationship with Göppinger was short lived, but she continued to work with Rosenthal for twelve years.
Luicienne Day's earlier patterns for Rosenthal were all overtly experimental. However, from a technical point of view, some of her designs proved difficult to execute, therefore her later production designs became simpler in concept, with central motifs abandoned in favour of patterned bands or borders.
The 'Columbine' pattern as the second of Lucienne Day's to go into production. Her design was a scribbly all-over abstract pattern. It was printed in grey, and complimented by lids and saucers in plain pink or yellow, this proved to be her most successful commercial pattern.

Descriptive line

Porcelain plate, 'Columbine' pattern, designed by Lucienne Day, made by Rosenthal, porcelain printed in grey, designed 1958.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lesley Jackson, Mitchell Beazley, 2001. 'Robin and Lucienne Day Pioneers of Contemporary Design', Great Britain, p. 92-96





Production Type

Mass produced


Ceramics Collection

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