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Egg cup from the Travel series by Eric Ravilious - 1953

Egg cup from the Travel series by Eric Ravilious, photography M.Coupe
    Egg cup from the Travel series by Eric Ravilious, photography M.Coupe

This egg cup is from the Travel dinnerware series designed by Eric Ravilious in around 1938. Although the engravings were made prior to the outbreak of hostilities, the series however was not put into production until after both Ravilious' death and the lifting of wartime decorating restrictions. The range features a series of vignettes depicting different modes of transport and was initially considered as the design for official tableware for the New Zealand Shipping Line. However it was rejected for being 'too busy' in favour of a design be Edward Bawden. In 1953 the range was eventually released on the Windsor Grey grey-coloured earthenware body, with the surface pattern printed in black and the vignettes and borders hand-coloured.

This egg cup is from the Travel dinnerware series designed by Eric Ravilious in around 1938. Although the engravings were made prior to the outbreak of hostilities, the series however was not put into production until after both Ravilious' death and the lifting of wartime decorating restrictions. The range features a series of vignettes depicting different modes of transport and was initially considered as the design for official tableware for the New Zealand Shipping Line. However it was rejected for being 'too busy' in favour of a design be Edward Bawden. In 1953 the range was eventually released on the Windsor Grey grey-coloured earthenware body, with the surface pattern printed in black and the vignettes and borders hand-coloured.

  • Type of object: Useful ware/egg cup
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    MADE IN ENGLAND
    [Printed in black]
  • Year produced: 1953
  • Body: Windsor grey
  • Glaze: clear glaze
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: hand-enamelled, transfer-printed
  • Accession number: 9085
  • Dimensions: 57 mm (height), 48 mm (diameter)

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    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.