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Vogue Sunray cake plate: C.4.8-2018

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Vogue Sunray cake plate


Factory: Shelley Pottery Ltd
Designer: Slater, Eric




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

Large bone-china plate in ‘Vogue’ shape. The sides square, but extended into a triangle on two opposite sides; the corners scalloped; the sides slope upwards from a circular centre. Decorated with ‘Sunray’ pattern, a stylised Art Deco design of black sun with yellow surrounding glow and fawn rays, the sun set against one of the corners and the rays extending to the middle of the plate. The side triangles are outlined in yellow and filled with a fawn pattern. Two thin circles of black and yellow sit halfway between centre and rim.


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

Length: 24.5 cm
Width: 20.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Fenton ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


20th Century, first half#
1930 CE - Circa 1933 CE


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.

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

Materials used in production

Bone china

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: E
  • Location: Underside
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in black
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 11742
  • Location: Underside
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in black
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: 41
  • Location: Underside
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in black
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4.8-2018
Primary reference Number: 223109
Entry form number: 1348
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 10 April 2018 Updated: Tuesday 29 November 2022 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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