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Cup and saucer with Afternoon Tea pattern - 1937

Cup and saucer with Afternoon Tea pattern
    Cup and saucer with Afternoon Tea pattern

This cup and saucer are decorated with Eric Ravilious' Afternoon Tea pattern. The background decoration has been groundlaid in green with the pattern printed in sepia.

This cup and saucer are decorated with Eric Ravilious' Afternoon Tea pattern. The background decoration has been groundlaid in green with the pattern printed in sepia.

  • Type of object: Teaware/cup and saucer
  • Mark: (Portland vase device)
    WEDGWOOD
    MADE IN ENGLAND
    [Printed in sepia]
    Designed by Eric Ravilious
    [Printed in black]
  • Year produced: 1937
  • Body: Bone china
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: transfer-printed, ground-layed
  • Accession number: 9118, 9118a
  • Dimensions: 22 mm (height of saucer), 148 mm (diameter) and 66 mm (height of cup), 87 mm (diameter)

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  • Eric Ravilious Designer

    Eric Ravilious - Designer (1903 - 1942)

    Eric William Ravilious was born in west London and trained at the Eastbourne School of Art, winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in 1922. He studied engraving, illustration, colour printing and mural painting. Ravilious was introduced to Tom Wedgwood in about 1935 by Lady Cecilia Sempill, and worked for the Wedgwood firm between 1936 and 1940. His first design to go into production was the commemorative mug originally produced for the Coronation of Edward VIII, and adapted for that of George VI in 1937. His work for Wedgwood not only included these designs for commemorative wares, but also incorporated patterns for dinner and tea ware, lemonade sets and nurseryware. Because of wartime restrictions on the production of decorated ware, many of his designs were not put into production in any quantities until the 1950s. In 1940, Ravilious was made an Official War Artist, but was lost on active service in 1942. His designs for Wedgwood included 'Afternoon Tea', engraved in 1937. 'Garden' designed about 1939 and put into production during the 1950's. 'Persephone' designed around 1938 and 'Travel' pattern, designed about 1937.