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Coronation Mug, Queen Elizabeth II: C.70-1992

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Coronation Mug, Queen Elizabeth II


Factory: Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Ltd
Designer: Guyatt, Richard Talbot




Earthenware mug, printed underglaze in brown and painted on glaze in pink and with gold.

Cylindrical, cream-coloured, earthenware mug, with loop handle. Decorated on the exterior with a graphic interpretation of the royal coat of arms. The initials, 'E II R' , almost the height of the mug, sit between the (smaller) figures ’19’…’53’; both are in a stippled, foliate design which appears beige and decorated in pink; gold highlights have been added to the figures. Superimposed, in dark brown, is the outline of a crown flanked by a lion and a unicorn, the animals described in outline by leafy strands. Another leafy strand runs down the centre of the handle. The outer upper and lower rims and the handle edge are banded in gold. Inside, 'GOD SAVE THE QUEEN' is printed in brown; the letters, in capitals and shaded and hatched, are evenly spaced to form a continuous band, which is painted pink. The underside is flat, recessed to form a foot-ring, and glazed.


History note: Unknown before Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor

Legal notes

Given by Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 11.0 cm
Height: 10.5 cm
Width: 15.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Barlaston ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1992-04-27) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


20th Century, Mid#
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 1953


In 1952-3, Guyatt also designed a dinner service for King’s College, Cambridge, incorporating a number of college emblems and a lemonade set for Liberty’s, featuring views of old London churches, a design known as, ‘Oranges and Lemons’ . He also designed Wedgwood commemorative mugs for the Prince of Wales's Investiture in 1969 and several royal weddings; his last, in 2005, was for the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar. Guyatt’s other commercial commissions ranged from exhibition stands to coins, stamps, the WH Smith logo and packaging for Anchor butter.

Richard Gerald Talbot Guyatt CBE (1914-2007) began his career as a freelance graphic designer with posters for Shell-Mex and BP and book illustrations. At the Royal College of Art, where he was a professor from 1948 and later rector, he lead the introduction of education in graphic design and influenced subsequent expansion into typography, illustration, printmaking, photography, film and television design. From 1952-55 and 1967-70 Guyatt was consultant designer to Wedgwood and this commemorative mug for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 was the first of his Wedgwood designs to be put into large scale production. The company had revived the use of engraved designs in the mid 1930s – a mode of decoration which allowed the artist’s own work and ‘hand-writing’ to be reproduced in a factory setting, and well suited to Guyatt’s style.

The Fitzwilliam Museum also holds examples from Guyatt’s ‘Oranges and Lemons’ lemonade set and King’s College dinner service, and Wedgwood Coronation mugs designed by Eric Ravilious.

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Components of the work


Materials used in production

Clear glaze
Cream-coloured earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Cream-coloured earthenware (Queen's ware), printed underglaze in brown and painted onglaze in slightly lustrous pink and gilt
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Circular backstamp. ‘Coronation’ in flamboyant scripy; ‘QUEEN ELIZABETH’ in ornate capitals; a small crown above

  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed in brown
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: CL 6487.E.
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.70-1992
Primary reference Number: 11807
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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