This touch-inviting work of art pottery is by the internationally famous English ceramic artist and Art Director of Newport Pottery, Clarice Cliff (b. 1899 - d.1972). This particular piece comes from the Waterlily series by Cliff in 1938 with the form and hand painted décor being inspired by the flower of the same name.
The exquisitely tactile design came during a time when taste was towards heavily modelled ware. Cliff reflected this preference into the curved and lightly gathered petals, the diminutive flower buds nestled on the lily pads which cushion the flower and floating reed leaves resting on the lake surface. This design also came during the time of Cliff's successful breakthrough into international fame, where she received unprecedented publicity and when the phrase 'career woman' did not exist.
This refined piece is an excellent representation of Cliff's innate ability to bring forth and elevate the unique qualities in something that is otherwise seemingly simple. Stylistically timeless, the combination of the design with the colour palette and its condition makes it a beautiful statement piece that is also a tangible piece of history.
Excellent. There are no chips or repairs. There is a single hairline rupture on the interior of the bowl that does not affect the display or functional qualities as well as crazing to the glaze that is commensurate with the age of the piece. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the dish is stamped with Cliff's 'Clarice Cliff, NEWPORT POTTERY, ENGLAND'
Height: c. 4.7" / 12 cm (from base to rim) Width: c. 7.9" / 20cm cm x c. 6.1" / 15.5 cm. Base measurements:: c. 8.7" / 22.2 cm x c. 6.9" / 17.5 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.1 kg / 1,080 g
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A BIT OF HISTORY
Clarice Cliff (1899 - 1972)
Born in the city of Stoke on Trent that was made famous by its pottery in 1899, Cliff was working in one of the many factories by the time she was 13 and by the late 1920s she was designing the colourful pottery that would blossom her career. Her striking signature characteristics appeared in her use of colour, pattern and form design. Innovative and talented, she would go on to become Art Director for Newport Pottery in 1930.
Cliff became successful and internationally famous on an unprecedented level for a woman ceramic artist despite being known for being shy. Her colourful life and unmistakable skills in design are still being celebrated in modern day.