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Bone china plate, black line circle with electronic components, The Kalkulium Suite designed by Eduardo Paolozzi - After 1987

Bone china plate, circle with electronic components,The Kalkulium Suite designed by Eduardo Paolozzi
    Bone china plate, circle with electronic components,The Kalkulium Suite designed by Eduardo Paolozzi

Wedgwood has been commissioning designs from distinguished artists for over two centuries. These have included, John Flaxman, George Stubbs, Emile Lessore, Walter Crane and in recent times, Rex Whistler, Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Arnold Machin, Richard Guyatt, David Gentleman and Eduardo Paolozzi. In 1987 Paolozzi designed The Kalkulium Suite collection for Wedgwood, incorporating six complex geometric designs based on electrical components. The colour palette continues the electrical theme using only red, black and blue.

Wedgwood has been commissioning designs from distinguished artists for over two centuries. These have included, John Flaxman, George Stubbs, Emile Lessore, Walter Crane and in recent times, Rex Whistler, Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Arnold Machin, Richard Guyatt, David Gentleman and Eduardo Paolozzi. In 1987 Paolozzi designed The Kalkulium Suite collection for Wedgwood, incorporating six complex geometric designs based on electrical components. The colour palette continues the electrical theme using only red, black and blue. Plates sold as a set of six and the edition was limited to 500 sets. This plate is decorated with a circular black line that covers entire plate, from this black line coloured electronic components are found, reproduced on the plate as lithograph. The ceramic body is bone china with a clear glaze applied.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/plates and platters
  • Mark: Kalkulium Suite
    in a limited edition of 500 sets of six plates
    by
    [Eduardo Paolozzi signature device]
    [Portland vase in black ink]
    WEDGWOOD®
    Bone China
    MADE IN ENGLAND
    [printed in gold]
  • Year produced: After 1987
  • Body: Bone china
  • Glaze: clear glaze
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: lithographed
  • Accession number: 11218b
  • Dimensions: 268 mm (diameter), 15 mm (height)

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  • Sir Eduardo Paolozzi CBE, ARA

    Sir Eduardo Paolozzi CBE, ARA (1924 - 2005)

    Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Queen’s Sculptor in Ordinary to Scotland, produced sculptures for over fifty years until his death in 2005. Born near Edinburgh in 1924, he was the son of Italian immigrants. His father sold ice cream as a means of making a living. In 1940 he inherited the ice cream business, but at night he attended Edinburgh College where he studied Arts in order to become a commercial artist. In 1944 he attended the Slade Art School of Oxford. About 1947 he went to France where he was deeply impressed by the work of Surrealist artists, with his most profound influence coming indirectly from Marcel Duchamp. In the 1960s his sculpture became geometric in origin, and in 1970 he was to design for the Wedgwood factory the series known as ‘Variations on a Geometric Theme’. Comprising six individual silk-screen printed bone china plates, 200 sets of these were produced. Each plate exhibited colour variations. In 1987 Paolozzi was to design again for the Wedgwood factory with ‘The Kalkulium Suite’ – with the six designs appearing again on a bone china medium, and the ‘Quetzalotal’ plate and mug. The 10-inch plates, in fine bone china, were issued in a limited edition of 750. The one-pint mug was in Queen’s ware, and was limited to an edition of 2,000. His latest work for Wedgwood was the magnificent black basalt figure depicting Newton. Inspired by the painting by Blake, the sculpture was originally produced in bronze in order to stand outside The British Library in 1997. The scaled-down version in black basalt was produced in a limited edition by the Wedgwood factory and has received much acclaim.

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  • 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.

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