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Bone china plate, Gold, green and yellow, Variation on a Geometric Theme collection by Eduardo Paolozzi - After 1970

Bone china plate, Gold, green and yellow, Variation on a Geometric Theme collection by Eduardo Paolo
    Bone china plate, Gold, green and yellow, Variation on a Geometric Theme collection by Eduardo Paolo

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 1970 Eduardo Paolozzi designed a collection of six bone china plate entitled ‘Variation on a Geometric Theme’. Comprising six individual silk screen printed bone china plates, of which 200 sets were produced. Each plate exhibited a colour variation.

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 1970 Eduardo Paolozzi designed a collection of six bone china plate entitled ‘Variation on a Geometric Theme’. Comprising six individual silk screen printed bone china plates, of which 200 sets were produced. Each plate exhibited a colour variation. This plate is decorated with vertical bands of screen-printed patterns including stripes, zigzags and circular patterns in gold, green and yellow, which cover entire plate. Small label can be seen on this plates base, WEDG 52 E has been hand written on it. For this set Paolozzi was awarded the gold medal of the President of the Chamber of Deputies in the International Competition of Artistic Ceramics at Faenza Italy (the leading European competition for ceramic design).

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/plates and platters
  • Mark: [Portland vase in black ink]
    WEDGWOOD®
    Bone China
    MADE IN ENGLAND
    [printed in gold]
    Variations on a Geometric Theme
    A Limited Edition of 200 sets of six plates
    [printed in black ink]
    [Eduardo Paolozzi signature device in black ink]

    WEDG 52
    E
    [handwritten on small white label]
  • Year produced: After 1970
  • Body: Bone china
  • Glaze: clear glaze
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: silk-screen print lithographed
  • Accession number: 11207a
  • 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.