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Hors d'oeuvre set: C.262.1-3 & A-2015

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: W.R. Midwinter Ltd
Designer: Midwinter, Roy
Designer: Tait, Jessie




Hors d'oeuvre set (?) comprising three rectangular dishes in a stainless steel (?) frame. 'Fashion' shape with 'Zambesi' pattern. The three dishes are each made of white earthenware, moulded glazed, and painted in red and black enamel. Each stands on a rectangular footring from which the slightly curved sides slope upwards to the rim. On the two short sides the rim has a narrow curved flange. The interior is painted with short black strokes and the flange is red. The narrow rectangular wire frame which holds the dishes is attached at each end to another wire which is bent to form a rectangular handle and two feet.


History note: N.J. Zolman, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.8 cm
Length: 17.4 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2015-11-23) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


20th century
Elizabeth II
Circa 1956 CE - 1969 CE


Restrictions on factory production of decorated ceramics were removed in 1952 and this led to a great upsurge of new streamlined forms and brightly-coloured patterns in 'Contemporary' style. The 'Fashon' shape range was designed by Roy Midwinter (1922-1990), in 1954. The pattern, Zambesi, was designed by Jessie Tait (1928-2010), in 1956.

School or Style


Components of the work

Dish composed of enamel ( black and red) earthenware
Frame composed of stainless steel Height 5.5 cm Length 45 cm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the s of Staffordshire and e of England are in lower case letters

  • Text: Midwinter/Modern/FASHION SHAPE/staffordshire england
  • Location: On base of each dish
  • Method of creation: Printed in greyish black
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.262.1-3 & A-2015
Primary reference Number: 207198
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 2 December 2015 Updated: Wednesday 17 February 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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