Quetzalotal mug - 1987
Designed by Eduardo Paolozzi this one-pint Queen’s ware mug is decorated with his Quetzalotal pattern, and was limited to an edition of 2,000.
Designed by Eduardo Paolozzi this one-pint Queen’s ware mug is decorated with his Quetzalotal pattern, and was limited to an edition of 2,000. Overglaze, silk-screen printed, geometric pattern repeated with minor variations three times with squares, circles, oblongs, multicoloured, mainly pastel shades, top edge lined in platinum.
- Type of object: Teaware/mug
- Mark: Quetzalotal in an edition of 2000 by Eduardo Paolozzi (signature) WEDGWOOD ® of ETRURIA & BARLASTON MADE IN ENGLAND (printed)
- Year first produced: 1987
- Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
- Material: ceramic
- Decoration: silk-screen print lithographed, edge-lined
- Accession number: 9583
- Dimensions: 106 mm (height)
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi CBE, ARA
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.