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Queen's ware calendar plate - Seasons - 2004 - 2003

Queen's ware calendar plate - Seasons - 2004
    Queen's ware calendar plate - Seasons - 2004

Between 1971 and 2009 Wedgwood issued annual calendar plates in Queen's ware - each displaying the year's entire calendar set against a differing decorative theme. These have included numerous flora and fauna as well as subject and historical themes. These giftware items were of special interest to the collectors' market. The changing designs over the decades reflect the changes in taste over the last quarter of the Twentieth Century and the beginning of the Twenty First Century. This example from 2004 is the thirty fourth in the series and has a floral theme.

Between 1971 and 2009 Wedgwood issued annual calendar plates in Queen's ware - each displaying the year's entire calendar set against a differing decorative theme. These have included numerous flora and fauna as well as subject and historical themes. These giftware items were of special interest to the collectors' market. The changing designs over the decades reflect the changes in taste over the last quarter of the Twentieth Century and the beginning of the Twenty First Century. This example from 2004 is the thirty fourth in the series and has a floral theme. The printed design is in bright tones. Called Seasons, the floral design is seperated into three seperate areas - a central boss, a border frieze, and a circular design between the two. The central boss incorporates a flower head with petals in colours of the spectrum from ranging from red to lilac. Across this is the legend 'seasons 2004' in white with a green border. The boss is bordered by a ribbon in green on which is written the names of the four seasonal flowers depicted on the plate: aster, hellebore, narcissus and poppy. Surrounding the central boss are the calendar months in black on a white ground. The ornate border consists of four large panels each of which has a naturalistic representation of the flower for that season. These are outlined by a scrolling ribbon device on which are written the names of the calendar months which are appropriate to that season and the name of the season. Further dividing the four panels are four Classical-style figures, each in a seperate cartouche, representing the four seasons. The figures are in contrast to the polychrome design and are in grey and black pen and wash style. The plate is edge lined in green. The 10 inch plate is Vogue shaped. The plate's reverse features a special decorative backstamp which also acts as a key to the design. Production of Calendar plates was usually limited to the year prior to release, meaning that this item was manufactured in 2003. This plate would have been sold giftboxed and with a colour descriptive leaflet for £25.00.

  • Type of object: Dinner ware/plate
  • Mark: (Outline of border design key device)
    SEASONS
    (Portland vase W device)
    WEDGWOOD®
    ENGLAND 1759
    CALENDAR
    PLATE 2004
    QUEEN'S WARE
    ©WEDGWOOD
    FLOWERS
    [Printed in black]
  • Year produced: 2003
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: cream
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: silk-screen print lithographed
  • Accession number: 14163
  • Dimensions: 268 mm (diameter), 23 mm (depth)

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  • 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.

  • Giftware

    Giftware

    Giftware