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Vogue Sunray cup and saucer: C.4.4 & A-2018

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 17 (Flower)

Titles

Vogue Sunray cup and saucer

Maker(s)

Shelley Pottery Ltd (Factory)
Slater, Eric (Designer)

Description

Bone china, transfer printed in fawn and painted over-glaze in yellow and black enamels.

Bone-china cup and saucer in ‘Vogue’ shape. Circular cup of inverted cone shape with straight sides, small raised foot and solid triangular handle. Circular saucer with straight sides rising ro wide rim. Decorated on inside edge of cup and edge of saucer with ‘Sunray’ pattern, a stylised Art Deco design of black sun with yellow surrounding glow and fawn rays; a small fawn and black only version on the outside of the cup. A black band outside a thinner yellow band runs round the remaining inside rim of both cup and saucer and a thin yellow band around the inner circle of the saucer. The inside base of the cup is solid yellow. The handle is edged in yellow with a fawn triangle on each side.

Notes

History note: Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum with a contribution from the Decorative Arts Society Purchase Fund

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 10.2 cm
Diameter: 12.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Fenton ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2018-01-29)

Dating

First half of the 20th century
1930 CE - Circa 1933 CE

Note

Part of a coffee service, made by Shelley Pottery, Staffordshire. Joseph Shelley joined Wileman & Co. at the Foley Works, Fenton, in 1872. Under his son Percy, the trade name ‘Shelley’ was used from c.1910. Incorporated as Shelley Potteries Ltd in 1929, the business continued to produce bone china useful and decorative wares until 1966, when it was taken over by Allied English Potteries.

Recent research has shown that these particular cups are more likely to be for tea, not coffee, as they are larger than the standard Shelley coffee cups in this shape.

The set comprises coffee pot with lid, sugar bowl, cream jug, two cups with saucers, two side plates and one cake plate. Vogue shape was designed by Eric Slater, Shelley’s Art Director, and produced from 1930 until around 1933, with many different patterns; ‘Sunray’ is pattern number 11742. The factory mark was in use from 1925-45.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels glaze Saucer Height 1.8 cm
Cup Height 6.5 cm
Parts

Materials used in production

Bone china

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Rd75663
  • Location: Underside of cup
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: with one black dot below

  • Text: 11742
  • Location: Underside of cup
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in black
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 2
  • Location: Underside of cup
  • Method of creation: Hand painted un black
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: with three dots below

  • Text: 11742
  • Location: Underside of saucer
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in black
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: C
  • Location: Underside of saucer
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in yellow
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4.4 & A-2018
Primary reference Number: 223105
Entry form number: 1348
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 10 April 2018 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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