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166/2001-1

Collection

CER

Brief description

A glazed earthenware coffee cup in pattern 'Focus', designed by Barbara Brown, on shape 'Fine', (shape) designed by David, Marquis of Queensbury and manufactured by Midwinter in 1964. Ground is white. White ground throughout with transfer print design around the exterior of the cup bowl, of alternate single square, then group of four smaller squares, each with coloured disc, with dismeter being height of the sqauer, on coloured ground. The colours are blue/grey, brown/grey and black. Cylindrical in form, the cup has flat sides, and curves inwards at the base, in a concave fashion to circular base. With a high looping 'D' shaped open handle, the cup is marked on the base with black transfer print; MIDWINTER; FINE TABLEWARE; STAFFORDSHIRE; ENGLAND. Marked on base.

Title

Focus
Fine

Object name

cup
coffee cup

Object number

166/2001-1

Location

Temp Exhib Space

Production person

David Queensbury (designer)
Barbara Brown (designer)

Production organisation

W. R. Midwinter Ltd (manufacturer)

Production date

1964

Production place

Burslem (manufactured)

Material

earthenware
glaze

Dimensions

Diameter: 7cm
Height: 7cm
Length: 8.5cm

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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