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Bone china plate, commissioned by The National Art Collections Fund, designed by John Piper - After 1989

Bone china plate, commissioned by The National Art Collections Fund, designed by John Piper
    Bone china plate, commissioned by The National Art Collections Fund, designed by John Piper

The National Art Collections Fund initiated a series of Art Plates as part of a series of commissions of contemporary art in aid of its Modern Art Fund. In 1989 and again in 1990, the Fund commissioned two collections of contemporary prints by distinguished artists. The artists commissioned for this new series of six limited edition plates included Peter Blake, Patrick Caulfield, Bruce McLean, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi and John Piper. The project was sponsored by Glaxo and Wedgwood produced the plates.

The National Art Collections Fund initiated a series of Art Plates as part of a series of commissions of contemporary art in aid of its Modern Art Fund. In 1989 and again in 1990, the Fund commissioned two collections of contemporary prints by distinguished artists. The artists commissioned for this new series of six limited edition plates included Peter Blake, Patrick Caulfield, Bruce McLean, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi and John Piper. The project was sponsored by Glaxo and Wedgwood produced the plates. Many modern artists have used the Green Man motif, John Pipers plate entitled ‘THE GREEN MAN’ uses the mysterious leafy face disgorging vegetation, decoration applied through lithograph. The image covers almost the entire plate, edge lined in Matt black basalt, clear glaze applied to main image. Main body is in black basalt. A Matt finish has been applied to the rear of this plate.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/plates and platters
  • Mark: .One of an edition of 500 in a series of six designs.
    commissioned by The National Art Collection Fund & Wedgwood
    {image of ceramic jug)
    WEDGWOOD®
    Bone China
    MADE IN ENGLAND
    'THE GREEN MAN'
    [John Piper signature applied by device]
    ©John Piper
    National
    Art Collections
    Fund
    Decorative art object. Not for food use. Unusual colour pigments may contaminate food
    [printed in gold]
  • Year produced: After 1989
  • Body: Black Basalt
  • Glaze: clear glaze, matt
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: lithographed
  • Accession number: 11655
  • Dimensions: 310 mm (diameter), 15 mm (height)

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  • John Piper

    John Piper (1903 - 1992)

    The painter and printmaker John Piper was born in Epsom and educated at Epsom College. He trained at the Richmond School of Art, followed by the Royal College of Art in London and was later appointed an official war artist in the Second World War. Piper was predominantly inspired by the landscape of Britain, and especially church architecture. This was reflected by some of his commissions, which included co-designing the stained-glass windows for Coventry Cathedral and creating tapestries for Chichester Cathedral. Piper was also well known for his work designing theatre sets.

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  • The National Art Collections Fund

    The National Art Collections Fund

    The Art Fund (formerly the National Art Collections Fund) is an independent membership-based British charity, which raises funds to aid the acquisition of artworks for the nation. It gives grants and acts as a channel for many gifts and bequests, as well as lobbying on behalf of museums and galleries and their users. The Fund relies on members' subscriptions and public donations for funds and does not receive funding from the government or the National Lottery.

    The Art Fund sponsors the museum of the year award (known as the Gulbenkian Prize from 2003 to 2007 and the Art Fund Prize from 2008 to 2012). This is a £100,000 prize awarded annually to the museum or gallery that had the most imaginative, innovative or popular project during the previous year. In 2009 the Wedgwood Museum won this award.