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Tea cup and saucer - Alpine Pink - 1938

Alpine pink tea cup and saucer, Wedgwood Museum
    Alpine pink tea cup and saucer, Wedgwood Museum

Cup and saucer in Alpine Pink.

Alpine Pink Is a Bone china coloured body introduced in 1936, and reintroduced for a short period in 1955. It was made in traditional shapes (including Nautilus) and coupe/ Savoy shapes.

  • Type of object: Teaware/cup and saucer
  • Mark: Portland Vase
    Made in England
    Alpine Pink
    (printed in green)
    (printed in sepia)
  • Year produced: 1938
  • Body: Alpine pink
  • Glaze: clear glaze
  • Material: ceramic
  • Accession number: 8980g, 8983e
  • Dimensions: 83 mm (diameter of cup), 67 mm (height of cup), 147 mm (diameter of saucer)


  • Alpine Pink

    Alpine Pink

    Alpine Pink, a coloured bone china body. This solid coloured body was introduced by Norman Wilson in 1936 and first shown at the Grafton Galleries Exhibition in London in 1936. Unsuccessful trials for a stained bone china body had been made in 1878, and subsequently between 1882 and 1886 when green, yellow, pink and lilac bodies were produced in very small quantities. Alpine Pink was the first true commercial production of a stained bone china body. Following its initial date of introduction of 1936, Alpine Pink continued to appear until well into the 1950s – examples of tea, coffee and dinnerware were produced, as well as certain ornamental items such as covered boxes, shell shaped plates and so on.  On occasion the Alpine Pink body was further enhanced by the addition of freehand decoration in either silver lustre, or naturalistic depictions of roses, portrayed in red.