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Cup and saucer - Vogue (shape)
  • Vogue (shape)
    Slater, Eric, born 1902 - died 1984
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Vogue (shape)

  • Object:

    Cup and saucer

  • Place of origin:

    Fenton (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1930-1931 (designed)
    1930-1931 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Slater, Eric, born 1902 - died 1984 (designer)
    Shelley Potteries (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bone china, printed in black and painted in enamel colours and lustre

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Kay Rush

  • Museum number:

    C.162:1, 2-2003

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 37 []

Shelley Potteries are best known for their delicate, attractive and adventurous bone china tea and coffee wares of the 1920s and 1930s.

This cup and saucer is in the 'Vogue' shape featuring the 'Red Blocks' pattern. It was designed in 1930 by Shelley Art Director, Eric Slater, who studied under Gordon Forsyth, an advocate of improvement in industrial design. Slater's 'Vogue' shape, was very modern and made from finely-turned high quality bone china, the geometric form--conical cups with solid triangular handles--was well-matched with a range of dynamic Art Deco patterns, such as Red Blocks, which has the appealing addition of silver lustre. Despite the novel appearance of Vogue, some customers criticised the wide-mouthed cups for allowing drinks to cool too quickly, and complained that they could not put a finger through the solid handle, nor hang the cup by the handle for storage.

Physical description

Cup and saucer, bone china, geometric shape, black printed, with pattern of overlapping blocks in red and black enamel colours and silver lustre.

Place of Origin

Fenton (manufactured)

Date

1930-1931 (designed)
1930-1931 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Slater, Eric, born 1902 - died 1984 (designer)
Shelley Potteries (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Bone china, printed in black and painted in enamel colours and lustre

Marks and inscriptions

'Shelley', within a cartouche, 'ENGLAND', and indistinct registered number, printed in green.
Maker's identification; printed

'11786', painted in black
Maker's identification; painted

Descriptive line

Cup and saucer, bone china, 'Vogue' shape, 'Red Blocks' pattern, designed by Eric Slater, manufactured by Shelley Potteries, Fenton, Staffordshire, England, 1930-1

Categories

Ceramics; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares; Drinking

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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