Foley bone china tea service, c 1934
Unmounted (ref: 2382)
Marks: FOLEY/ENGLISH BONE CHINA/FRANK BRANGWYN RA (facsimile of signature) / ARTIST’S/COPYRIGHT RESERVED/FIRST EDITION
Provenance: Edgar Peacock; Edgar Horns, Eastbourne, 20 September 2000
Exhibited: China Pottery and Glass Exhibition, Harrods, London, 22 October – 10 November 1934; Frank Brangwyn, Leeds, Bruges, Swansea, 2006
The Foley and Royal Staffordshire Potteries invited a number of distinguished British artists to create contemporary ceramic designs which were then entrusted to Clarice Cliff and her assistants. The results, revealing ‘a deﬁnitely English type of contemporary and modern design and [possessing] a freshness of outlook and originality of treatment which is altogether delightful’, were displayed at a special exhibition at Harrods in 1934. (89)
This set, comprising three cups and
saucers, six plates, milk jug, sugar bowl and a serving dish, is
thought to be unique.
Other artists involved included Angelica Bell, Vanessa Bell, Clarice Cliff, Duncan Grant, Barbara Hepworth, Dame Laura Knight, Paul Nash, Dod Proctor, Eric Ravilious and Graham Sutherland.