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Mug - Cat

Cat

  • Object:

    Mug

  • Place of origin:

    Staffordshire (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1982 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Khan, Farhana, born 1949 (designer)
    Staffordshire Potteries Ltd. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with printed decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designer

  • Museum number:

    C.335-1983

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

White earthenware mug with printed decoration of a cat walking along a balustrade. Printed in blues, yellow and green.

Place of Origin

Staffordshire (manufactured)

Date

1982 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Khan, Farhana, born 1949 (designer)
Staffordshire Potteries Ltd. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with printed decoration

Marks and inscriptions

'Kiln Craft' surrounded by the words 'STAFFORDSHIRE ENGLAND'
In relief on the base

'© MCMLXXX II FARHANA DESIGNS LONDON 01 289 0851· M01'
Printed in blue alongside the handle

Dimensions

Height: 9.5 cm, Width: 11 cm, Depth: 8 cm

Object history note

The designs for these mugs are sent as art work to Staffordshire Potteries who then covert them for application to their mugs by a from of silk screening.

The image of the cat walking along a balustrade evokes a contemporary image of a comfortable home.

Historical context note

Mugs have continued to gain popularity for use in the home and designers have been concerned to make the mug more attractive and acceptable to middle class tastes. Due to their straight-sided cylindrical shape, mugs are a convenient format for design and decoration in many styles. In the 1980s they have become like generic conveyors of style messages and are marketed in the same way T-shirts and greeting cards - the decoration on these examples would be successful on any of these media.

Descriptive line

'Cat' mug with the 'Kiln Craft' trade name, earthenware with printed decoration, designed by Farhana Khan, made by Staffordshire Potteries Ltd. (Kilncraft range), England, 1982.

Materials

Earthenware

Techniques

Printed

Subjects depicted

Cat

Categories

ELISE; Ceramics; Earthenware

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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