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  • Place of origin:

    Staffordshire (probably)

  • Date:

    1950-1965 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with underglaze printed and hand-painted decoration

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

White earthenware side plate, decorated with black lines with multiple arrow heads and yellow spots with black centres and outlines.

Place of Origin

Staffordshire (probably)


1950-1965 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with underglaze printed and hand-painted decoration


Diameter: 17.5 cm, Height: 2 cm

Object history note

Nos. C.131 to 155-1992 form a group of ware selected from Susannah Walker’s own collection to show a variety of popular “contemporary” designs in mass-produced tableware. She had collected these from car-boot sales, charity and bric-a-brac shops etc, rarely paying more than a few pence for each.

Historical context note

Plate is representative of the consumer demand for Contemporary tableware and consequent boom in the production of these goods in post-war Britiain. Bright simple decoration is a predictable reaction to the austerity of the wares enforced by government regulations until 1948. In order to speed up production, manufacturers used stencil patterns and air-brushing techniques. This decoration would most likely have only been used for tea sets: the loud colours and patterns would have been considered too strong for formal dining.
[Susan McCormack, 'British Design at Home', p.143]

Descriptive line

Plate, earthenware with underglaze printed and hand-painted decoration, England, 1950-1965.

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

Walker, Susannah. Contemporary/Moderne: British Mass-produced Tableware of the 1950s. Thesis (M.A.) - V&A/RCA Course in the History of Design, 1990. 8 p.




Printed; Hand-painted; Underglazed


ELISE; Ceramics; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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