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Bone china plate, Quetzalotal plate designed by Eduardo Paolozzi - After 1987

Bone china plate, Quetzalotal plate designed by Eduardo Paolozzi
    Bone china plate, Quetzalotal plate 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 Paollozzi designed the Quetzalotal plate and mug. The 10 inch plate was made from bone china and issued in a limited edition of 750. The mug was made from Queens ware earthenware and was limited to an edition of 2000.

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 Paollozzi designed the Quetzalotal plate and mug. The 10 inch plate was made from bone china and issued in a limited edition of 750. The mug was made from Queens ware earthenware and was limited to an edition of 2000. Decoration incorporated six complex geometric designs based on electrical components, which can be seen on plates centre area. Colour palate continues the electrical theme using mainly red, black and blue, and reproduced on the plate as lithographs. The inspiration for these designs was inspired by the Aztec civilization in south America, conveying a strong impression of Aztec art in a geometric pattern. Main body is made from bone china with a clear glaze applied. On left hand side of plates base hand written in gold ink you can see the following, T16641 7-7-86, could indicate this was a test piece. Also the edge line in silver and designers signature are missing, as well as title of this piece and reference to this plate being part of a limited edition run of 750.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/plates and platters
  • Mark: [Portland vase device]
    WEDGWOOD®
    Bone China
    MADE IN ENGLAND
    [printed in gold]

    [left hand side T16641 7-7-86 hand written in gold ink]
  • Year produced: After 1987
  • Body: Bone china
  • Glaze: clear glaze
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: lithographed
  • Accession number: 11221
  • 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.