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Alpine Pink bone china scallop dish - 1936

Alpine Pink bone china scallop dish, © Wedgwood Museum
    Alpine Pink bone china scallop dish
    © Wedgwood Museum

Wedgwood Alpine Pink bone china scallop dish.

Alpine Pink actually refers to a bone china body which not only has a pink glaze, but is pink tinted throughout its ceramic medium. Alpine Pink as a self-coloured translucent body was developed by Norman Wilson, and first shown at the Grafton Galleries Exhibition in London, England, in 1936. Following its initial date of introduction of 1936, Alpine Pink continued to appear until well into the 1950s. Examples of tea, coffee and dinnerware were produced, as well as certain ornamental items such as covered boxes, shell shaped plates and so on. On occasion the Alpine Pink body was further enhanced by the addition of freehand decoration in either silver lustre, or naturalistic depictions of roses, portrayed in red.

  • Type of object: Dinner ware/dish
  • Mark: Portland Vase
    WEDGWOOD
    BONE CHINA
    MADE IN ENGLAND
    ALPINE PINK
    [Printed in green]
    A
    [Printed]
  • Year produced: 1936
  • Body: Bone china, Alpine pink
  • Material: ceramic
  • Accession number: 9038
  • Dimensions: 19 mm (height), 220 mm (width), 223 mm (depth)

Related people

  • Norman Wilson Designer

    Norman Wilson - Designer (1902 - 1985)

    Norman Wilson was born in 1902 and a master potter, designer and inventor. He was Works Manager at Etruria from 1927, Production Director from 1946 and Joint Managing Director from 1961. Norman Wilson was educated at Ellesmere College and graduated as a silver medallist from the North Staffordshire Technical College. He worked for a short period with his father who was also a china manufacturer before emigrating to Canada where he broke in polo ponies. He was recalled to the Wedgwood company by Frank Wedgwood who appointed him Works Manager at Etruria in September 1927. Norman Wilson was responsible for the introduction of the first gas-fired tunnel ovens at the factory as well as a wide range of new bodies, shapes and glazes. Mr. Wilson during the period 1930-1960 experimented and produced a wide range of Ornamental items such as vases and bowls in a range of ceramic bodies, and exhibiting a wide variety of glazes. He died in 1985. His son, Andrew Norman Wilson (best known as A.N.Wilson), born in 1950, is a writer, newspaper columnist and broadcaster.

Glossary

  • Alpine Pink

    Alpine Pink

    Alpine Pink, a coloured bone china body. This solid coloured body was introduced by Norman Wilson in 1936 and first shown at the Grafton Galleries Exhibition in London in 1936. Unsuccessful trials for a stained bone china body had been made in 1878, and subsequently between 1882 and 1886 when green, yellow, pink and lilac bodies were produced in very small quantities. Alpine Pink was the first true commercial production of a stained bone china body. Following its initial date of introduction of 1936, Alpine Pink continued to appear until well into the 1950s – examples of tea, coffee and dinnerware were produced, as well as certain ornamental items such as covered boxes, shell shaped plates and so on.  On occasion the Alpine Pink body was further enhanced by the addition of freehand decoration in either silver lustre, or naturalistic depictions of roses, portrayed in red.

  • Bone china

    Bone china

    A porcelain made from clay and feldspathic rock with the addition of about 50 percent of calcined animal bone. Josiah Wedgwood II introduced bone china at the Wedgwood Etruria factory in 1812.