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Alpine Pink bone china teacup and saucer - c.1936-56

Alpine Pink bone china teacup and saucer, © Wedgwood Museum
    Alpine Pink bone china teacup and saucer
    © Wedgwood Museum

Wedgwood Alpine Pink bone china teacup and saucer.

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: Teaware/cup and saucer
  • Mark: (unmarked)
  • Year produced: c.1936-56
  • Body: Bone china, Alpine pink
  • Material: ceramic
  • Accession number: 8980k, 8908b
  • Dimensions: 60 mm (height), 139 mm (width), 113 mm (diameter)

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.