VANESSA BELL TUREEN
TUREEN AND LID DESIGNED BY VANESSA BELL
Extremely rare - only 12 dinner services were produced
Designed by VANESSA BELL in 1934 and produced in a limited edition at Clarice Cliff
Very Good condition
Postage to UK included
In 1934 Harrods department store in London held a selling exhibition entitled 'Modern Art for the Table'. It was part of a Government campaign of the 1930s to encourage leading artists to produce designs for industry, with the hope of improving ceramic and glass design. It was a ground breaking collaboration between the artistic community and the decorative arts industry.
Twenty-eight artists and designers were invited to submit their designs which were translated for painting and printing on to various ceramic and glass shapes. There were three companies involved: Clarice Cliff (A J Wilkinson Ltd.) produced the earthenware, E Brain & Co (Foley China) produced the bone china and Stuart and Sons the glass. Some designs were reproduced on specially designed shapes, others were put on to standard factory shapes.
Although some interesting pieces were produced, the experiment was not wholly successful. There was some critical acclaim but most of the designs were too far in advance of public taste. Most of the ceramic patterns were discontinued after the exhibition.
The selection of artists was impressive and included Graham Sutherland, Paul Nash, Barbara Hepworth, Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, Angelica Garnett, John Armstrong, Dod and Ernest Procter, Milner Gray