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218/2001

Collection

CER

Brief description

A glazed earthenware lidded storage jar in pattern gaytime, manufacturer marked as 'Lord Nelson', possibly manufactured by Elijah Cotton Ltd in 1976.

Title

Gaytime

Object name

storage jar

Object number

218/2001

Location

Temp Exhib Space

Production organisation

Cotton, Elijah (manufacturer)

Production date

1976

Production place

Hanley

Material

earthenware
glaze

Physical description

A glazed earthenware lidded storage jar in pattern gaytime, manufacturer marked as 'Lord Nelson', possibly manufactured by Elijah Cotton Ltd in 1976. Cylindrical in form with a flat base, and narrow concave band around top forming a mouth smaller in diameter than the base. White ground glaze with transfer design of stylised/simplified peacock and flowers, in bright psychedelic colours; orange, yellow, mauve, pale blue, green and red. Cylindrical in form the lid is hollow, with top sectionwider, with flat top and sides. Lower section is narrower with rubber seal around the mid point. Top section is decorated on the flat top with a simplified flower in the centre surrounded with a circle of single looped black line, each loop is filled with a different bright psychedelic colours. Marked on base.

Label

Exhibition text, source and date unknown

The style of everyday tableware is always changing. Unlike fine china which is often purchased as a wedding present and lasts a lifetime, everyday tableware is replaced more frequently. New shapes, colours and patterns are introduced by designers and manufacturers to attract us to their products.

When surveyed across the 20th century, tableware provides a remarkably clear picture of the main developments in style and taste. The designs echo the changing styles in domestic interiors, and reflect the ways in which social and domestic conventions evolve.
 
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