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One pint mug, Queens Ware, earthenware, Quetzalotal, designed by Eduardo Paolozzi - After 1987

One pint mug, Queens Ware, earthenware, Quetzalotal, designed by Eduardo Paolozzi
    One pint mug, Queens Ware, earthenware, Quetzalotal, 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 Paolozzi 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 along the exterior of the mug. Colour palate continues the electrical theme using mainly red, black and blue, and reproduced on the mug as lithographs. Edge line in silver. Main body is made from Queens ware earthenware with a clear glaze applied.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/loving mug
  • Mark: Quetzalotal
    in an edition of 2000
    by
    [Eduardo Paolozzi signature device used]
    WEDGWOOD®
    of ETRURIA & BARLASTON

    [small blue label has 73 hand written on it]
  • Year produced: After 1987
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: clear glaze
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: lithographed
  • Accession number: 9353
  • Dimensions: 105 mm (diameter), 160 mm (width), 104 mm (height)

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  • Sir Eduardo Paolozzi CBE, ARA Designer

    Sir Eduardo Paolozzi CBE, ARA - Designer (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.

Glossary

  • Queen’s ware

    Queen’s ware

    In 1765 Wedgwood provided a tea and coffee service to Her Majesty Queen Charlotte (wife of George III) in the new earthenware body he had recently perfected. She was so pleased with the set that she not only allowed Josiah to style himself ‘Potter to Her Majesty’, she also allowed him to call his new earthenware ‘Queen’s ware’ - a name by which Wedgwood’s cream coloured earthenware is still known today.