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Vegetable tureen and lid in Persephone pattern - 1955

Vegetable tureen, © Wedgwood Museum
    Vegetable tureen
    © Wedgwood Museum

This tureen is decorated with Eric Ravilious’ Persephone pattern. It is printed underglaze in black which is further enhanced by blue enamel colour with shaded band on border of loops and touches of blue on motifs of fish and vegetables.

This tureen is decorated with Eric Ravilious’ Persephone pattern. It is printed underglaze in black which is further enhanced by blue enamel colour with shaded band on border of loops and touches of blue on motifs of fish and vegetables. The form of the tureen is a traditional one with scroll handles and open knob with scalloped edge.

  • Type of object: Dinner ware/tureen
  • Mark: PERSEPHONE
    DESIGNED BY
    RAVILIOUS
    (in a circle)
    WEDGWOOD
    MADE IN ENGLAND
    & BARLASTON
    (printed in black)
    AL9984
    BM
    (written in red)
    WEDGWOOD
    6 T 55
    (impressed)
  • Year produced: 1955
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: cream
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: hand-enamelled, transfer-printed
  • Accession number: 11488, 11488a
  • Dimensions: 250 mm (base diameter), 220 mm (lid diameter), 150 mm (height including lid)

Related people

  • Eric Ravilious

    Eric Ravilious (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.

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.